Summer is just around the corner you guys, and that means 'tis the season to eat Cornettos on a daily basis, not wear a jacket and then regret it all day, and of course stock up on LOADS of new books to read while sitting in the sunshine.
The latter is made a whole lot easier by the fact that it's also the season for endless big book awards to announce their nominees, and the shortlist for the latest prize – the UKLA Book Awards run by the UK Literary Association - has been put together by 60 teachers.
Sure they might be a pain in the bum most of the time, but teachers KNOW their stuff when it comes to books. So if you fancy some recommendations for important reads that your teachers reckon you should be checking out this summer, this is what they're suggesting ahead of the winners' announcements on July 8th.
The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner
Tidying up the archive at his law internship one day, AJ Flynn finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth - and so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past - 1830, to be precise. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They've gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose - and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. She begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community, but as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they're running from dangers only her mother understands. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what's real, what isn't, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls
Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family's wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they're not the only ones after the treasure...
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
They are there in prehistory, when a girl picks up a charred stick and makes the first written signs; there tens of centuries later, hiding in the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who people call a witch; there in the halls of a Long Island hospital at the beginning of the 20th century, where a mad poet watches the oceans and knows the horrors it hides; and there in the far future, as an astronaut faces his destiny on the first spaceship sent from earth to colonize another world. Each of the characters in these mysterious linked stories embarks on a journey of discovery and survival; carried forward through the spiral of time, none will return to the same place.
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