Posted in November 2015

The Bookshelf (November 2015)

Books reviewed this month… George by Alex Gino Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers by Elen Caldecott Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig El Deafo by Cece Bell Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story … Continue reading

Guest Post by Anna McKerrow #DiversityMonth

Anna McKerrow works on creative writing projects for the reading charity Booktrust, which is where she became interested in Young Adult fiction. (It wasn’t around when she was 15; she went straight from Judy Blume to Jackie Collins). She has also published four volumes of poetry and taught creative writing in adult education for 7 … Continue reading

On Invisibility by Marieke Nijkamp #DiversityMonth

Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she is more or less proficient in about a dozen languages and holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. Her debut young adult novel This Is Where It Ends, a contemporary … Continue reading

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

How did I get the book? I bought it Genre: Contemporary / LGBTQIA Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: … Continue reading

El Deafo by Cece Bell

How did I get the book? I bought it Genre: Graphic Novel / Memoir Synopsis: Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring … Continue reading

Guest Post by Pete Kalu #DiversityMonth

Pete Kalu is a novelist, playwright and poet and has previously won the BBC Playwrights Award, The Voice/Jamaica Information Service Marcus Garvey Scholarship Award and Contact/BBC Dangerous Comedy Prize. His latest book Being Me (HopeRoad Publishing) is out now. http://www.peterkalu.com ……… @peterkalu Writing about ‘blackness’ – acting and feeling black regardless of the actual colour … Continue reading