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Politics, freedom of choice, and the big issues

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These books are a great way to get secondary school aged children engaged with issues of politics and human rights.

From historical fiction (Until We Win) and non-fiction (Maus) adressing times of great political upheveal and human tragedy, to contemporary stories (The Hate U Give and Illegal) examining the issues of today, all of these books can be read individually or as a class.

  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

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  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

    Illegal tells the story of Ebo, a 12-year-old boy who flees grinding poverty, zero opportunities and a drunken uncle in his s…

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  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman

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  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman

    This is the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.

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  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery

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  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery

    This dyslexia friendly book looks at feminism and friendship, set against the looming backdrop of the First World War. Lizzy is a …

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  • Child I

    Author: Steve Tasane

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  • Child I

    Author: Steve Tasane

    This heartbreaking tale of a group of children living in a refugee camp is based on real events, and will make readers both young …

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  • Terror Kid

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

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  • Terror Kid

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    A powerful, accessible and revelatory novel with its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary social and political issues.

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  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay

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  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Samkad is a boy from a remote Filipino "headhunter" tribe called Bontok in the highlands of the Philippines, back in around 1899 –…

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  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover

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  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover

    It's increasingly important for young people to learn about politics and how they can get involved. This engaging book introduces …

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  • Moxie

    Author: Jennifer Mathieu

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  • Moxie

    Author: Jennifer Mathieu

    One day, when Viv finds feminist Riot Grrrl zines in her mum’s wardrobe, she’s inspired to make her own: Moxie. Jennifer Math…

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  • Captive

    Author: A J Grainger

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  • Captive

    Author: A J Grainger

    Robyn, the daughter of the British Prime Minister, is kidnapped at gunpoint, incarcerated in a tiny cell. A gripping read and a mo…

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