Hate by Alan Gibbons

Eve’s sister Rosie is a happy, confident and bubbly girl who is murdered. Six months later she meets Anthony and realises he was there when her elder sister was murdered, but did nothing about it . How does Eve come to terms with this information? Based on a true story, ‘Hate’, provides us an opportunity to understand the place of loss, friendship, courage, prejudice, bigotry and forgiveness in our communities.

A young reader’s review.

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara talks less and uses her fists more. She too has secrets like others that the world may not want to hear, but she finds her voice and stands up for herself. The novel is written in slam poetry style

This is a debut novel of the author and she is the first woman of colour to win the prestigious Carnegie Award in 2019. Elizabeth is an accomplished performer, and has had her poems published in popular magazines while giving several TED talks.

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When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Anna sees Hitler’s posters all over Berlin, she is not sure who he is and her parents keep saying it is not safe here for Jews. One day Anna and her brother find that their father has suddenly gone, but their mother reassures them that they will join him soon, secretly. Based on the author’s own life.

Judith Kerr, the author, came to Britain as a refugee from Nazi Germany, is an inspiration.

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Parvana is an 11 year old girl living in Kabul, Afghanistan in a bombed-out apartment. Her father, who was a history teacher, when there was a school, has been arrested for having a foreign education by the Taliban. Girls are forbidden to earn money, but as her family’s situation becomes desperate, she has no choice but to transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner for the family.

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