Books to open up the world of imagination and empathy
These books are reccomeneded by the Principal Children and Youth Librarian at Wood Green Library in Haringey, Sean Edwards.
Also look out for the following books which we did not have in our database yet: Felix and Zelda Quartet by Morris Gleitzman and Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin.
Author: Siobhan Dowd
Publisher: Random House
Loosely based on the real life case of the Kerry babies, powerful imagery and lyrical prose is woven throughout this unforgettable, outstanding and ultimately hopeful novel.
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new-found friend Mina, Michael discovers a strange, magical creature who needs his help. A contemporary classic.
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Random House
Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.
Author: Jenny Valentine
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Sam and Bo reveal their pasts in alternate chapters, each gradually facing the dysfunctional relationships and traumatic incidents which have triggered their current unlikely friendship.
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Andersen Press
High-functioning Stewart is happy at Genius Academy but his life is shattered when his Mum dies from cancer. Ashley is obsessed with her social standing at her own school, devastated by her dad moving out because he's gay. They become unwilling siblings when their parents start a relationship.
Author: Sally Gardner
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by the ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland.
Author: Jandy Nelson
I'll Give You the Sun is a beautiful book about family, about choices, about art, and about growing up.
Author: Emma Shevah
Publisher: Chicken House
Dream On, Amber is fast and funny with wonderful little illustrations. Emma Shevah has created a wonderfully modern voice that manages to perfectly balance a sensitive subject with light and laughter.
Author: Juno Dawson Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
A fantastic book for classrooms and school libraries, This Book is Gay is a must-read for teachers and parents, as well as teens themselves.
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: David Fickling Books
David Piper has always been an outsider, labelled a freak by the school bully. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.