5 Book Blurbs

Start your weekend off right and read…

Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

A gun, an elevator journey, and dead brother. A decision. But a decision influenced by intertwined stories, stories of Will’s brother, and Will’s life.

This book is a stunning look into teenage gun violence and will keep you gripped all the way through.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six criminals band together to pull off the greatest heist in this dark and teeming city. However, their leader has to keep them from killing each other along their journey. Filled with just the right amount of grit – Eyeball removal, a few plague ridden corpses – You’ll be sucked in in no time.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Lara Jean doesn’t admit to her crushes. She writes them secret letters and never sends them. But then, somehow, those hidden letters have been mailed and all her crushes know everything…

Can something good come out of all this?

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

When sixteen year old Starr witnesses her oldest friends murder at the hands of a police officer, the fragile balance of her life between poor and rich is broken. The things Starr knows could change everything. They could even get her killed…

All the Bright places – Jennifer Niven

Does Finch save Violet or does Violet save Finch? Neither of them know. In each other they find a little freedom.

Suicide, depression – this book covers some pretty heavy topics, but gives a great insight into them too. Heart wrenching to the end, this book will have you walking alongside the main characters on their journey together.


It’s #readforempathy day today (June 11) in many libraries – encouraging people to read stories that will help understand others’ point of view.

The idea is: ‘read stories, build empathy, make a better world’.

Here are some ILC suggestions for some great reads that might open your mind to others’ experiences:

Boys Don’t Knit – T.S.Easton

One boy’s reaction to having been a criminal, and his rehabilitation.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

A close look at a family surviving the death of a child, and the way a close-knit group of people can fall apart.

Am I Normal Yet – Holly Bourne

An account of life post-mental health crisis, with a girl trying to stay sane in new circumstances. And a dash of romance too.

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

Peer pressure, non-conformity and bullying are all explored in this bewitching account of American high school life. With added ukulele.

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
What if it were white people that history had suppressed and insulted, rather than black? Noughts and Crosses turns the world on its head, and makes you think.

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
Take a look at life from the perspective of a refugee, born in an immigration detention centre. Understand forces that might have driven someone to leave their country and come to yours.

Literary Periodic Table

Keep an eye out for the new literary elements displayed around school. These are a great way to find a new read. Which element do you fancy reading from next? Romance, mystery, crime, dystopia, comedy or something else?

Which element will you start with?

Whatever you pick, flip open the card to find a recommendation and bring the card to the ILC to borrow the book inside!