Year 9 Shelf Life are very excited about Calderdale’s Children’s Book of the Year shortlist!

Brooksbank’s Year 9 Shelf Life reading group are taking part in Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year Award.  Four shortlisted books have been announced.  They are: Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu, Eating Chips with Monkey by Mark Lowery, Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray, Where the World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold.

Students have between now and the event on Friday, 11th June to read, digest and decide which book they will vote for.

Here’s our brief taster for each of the books nominated for this year’s award.

Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu

Boy, Everywhere is a powerful story about the plight of refugees. Given the subject matter, we expected it to be emotional, but we didn’t expect to be hit by this truthful account.  It’s pacey and utterly absorbing.

Eating Chips with Monkey by Mark Lowery

When Daniel loses his memory following a terrible accident, he becomes a shadow of his former self, and speaks to no one except his toy Monkey.  His family try to help him by using one thing they know he loves: chips!”

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

An original, fast paced story, which features plot twists and scary bit and explores lots of complex emotions. Uniquely magnificent!  We loved discovering the city and its myths and beliefs.  The characters are both brave and endearing.

Where the World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold

This is a gripping adventure with a subtle ecological message. When scientists discover that two siblings provide the key to fighting the disease, the pair must run for their lives. As they journey into the wild, they soon discover that there’s cruelty in nature as well as beauty.