When we fall in love, do we fall for the person, or our idea of that person? John Green’s third novel after Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines explores just that, with a road trip thrown in as a young man looks for a missing object of affection.
Quentin Jacobson, aka Q, has always nursed an unrequited crush on the daring and outspoken Margo Spiegelman. When she shows up at his house in the middle of the night, dressed like a ninja and plotting a campaign of vengeance, he follows her out. Margo’s plans have always been extravagant, solo affairs…until now. Things get more complicated the next day when Margo disappears, leaving only a series of clues for Q to unravel. And the further he goes, the less he sees of a girl he thought he knew…
Green brings this mystery to life with his brilliant wit and trademark emotional honesty. Paper Towns went on to win an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, and has appeared on bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.
In 1985, Neil Gaiman saw his son peddling his bike around a graveyard in West Sussex…and looking quite comfortable doing it. Inspired to write something “a lot like The Jungle Book and set it in a graveyard”, he revisited the idea on and off over twenty-odd years until The Graveyard Book came to life.
On the night that a toddler boy’s entire family is brutally murdered by ‘the man Jack’, he crawls out of the house and up the hill into the nearby graveyard. There he is named Nobody Owens by his foster parents, the long-deceased Owenses, and is raised by them, the graveyard caretaker Silas, his ghostly teacher Mr Pennyworth and tutor Miss Lupescu. With the powers and skills granted to him, along with the Freedom of the Graveyard, Nobody makes new friends (and foes), goes on amazing adventures, and ultimately faces down his family’s killers – and the shadowy secret society behind it all.
This enchanting tale, also adapted into two graphic novels, may be populated by ghosts, werewolves and other such creatures, but the story is propelled by fascination and wonder, never sheer horror. We recommend it as a pick for slightly older children, or anyone interested in Gaiman’s works in general. The Graveyard Book has won four awards, including a Hugo Award, Carnegie Award, and a Locus Award for Best YA Novel.
Life tends to throw you a curve when you least expect it – but if you deal with them positively, your unexpected surprises could very well be blessings in disguise!
Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help them run the farm. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage instead sends Anne Shirley: a bright, eager to please, chatty and imaginative girl. The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making the close-knit farming community of Avonlea her home: domestic mishaps, including dying her hair green instead of black; the fast friendship she forges with Diana Barry; her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with fellow schoolmate Gilbert Blythe, who earns her instant hatred when he teases her about her red hair. An older Anne goes on to win a scholarship that would allow her to pursue a degree on the mainland in Nova Scotia, but fate has other plans…
The first in the classic Anne of Green Gables series, spanning Anne’s life between 11 and 75, this warm-hearted, humorous book will be an ideal addition to any girl’s personal library.
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