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The loneliest girl in the universe

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

I couldn’t put this down.  Gripping story!  Get it now from the LRC! Ms T

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Strange Creatures

Looking for something different to read this Easter?

Try the Strange Creatures book list for Scottish Book Trust.

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Children of Icarus

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Winner of the Scottish Teen Book Award 2018!

Scottish Teen Book Award 2018

Ever since our protagonist can remember, she’s heard the story of Icarus and watched children enter the labyrinth outside the city each year, destined to become his angels. Although being chosen as Icarii brings honour, she’s never been desperate to follow them, unlike her friend Clara who longs to be reunited with her older brother Collin. But when both girls are chosen to enter the labyrinth, they find that it is very different to what either of them expected. What should be their path to paradise is more like a nightmare, and when they’re torn apart, one must struggle to survive against the odds.

In Children of Icarus, Caighlan Smith uses Greek mythology to craft an original dystopian society, which acts as a backdrop for the fast-paced and action-packed plot. If you’re looking for an exciting new YA read, you might find it difficult to put this book down!

 

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Happy World Book Day!

IMG_8082Staff enjoying some extreme reading for WBD!

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Who runs the world?

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Welcome to the matriarchy

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were basically extinct.

I’ve read some negative reviews about this book.  However, if you look past the stereotypes of traditional gender roles you will see there is much more to this story.  Ms T

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Ink – Alice Broadway

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“The past doesn’t have to define you Leora. Your mistakes don’t have to be for ever. There’s redemption. There’s always redemption.”

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

I couldn’t put this down.  The characters are flawed, the law is flawed, there is discrimination and fear.  What would your skin show? – Ms Thirde

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Download the Nourish for Schools ebook!

As part of the annual campaign to get Scotland writing Scottish Book Trust asked primary and secondary pupils across the country to create a piece of personal writing inspired by the 2017 theme for Book Week Scotland, Nourish!

In answer to the campaign, they received poems that evoked schools dinners, family gatherings and favourite treats and stories that described food that nourished both the body and the soul. They have pulled together our favourites for you to enjoy!

Many thanks to all schools and pupils who participated in the campaign. If stories be the food of life, write on!

Book Week Scotland took place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December 2017

Click here to download Nourish for schools

 

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