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Staff Picks 2021

Teenagers

Baby Teeth by Meg GrehanBaby Teeth by Meg Grehan
Little Island Books 2022

Claudia and Immy have fallen for each other before Claudia realizes Immy is a vampire. Immy has been in love before across many lifetimes but never as deeply as this. Loving a vampire was never going to be easy but Claudia accepts Immy’s incredible secrets and true love prevails. Packed with emotion and suspense this verse novel will remain with the reader long after the book is finished.

 

Ace of Spades by Faridah by Àbíké-Íyímídé Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Usborne 2021

This exciting thriller covers personal and social issues, racism and multiculturalism, sexuality and relationships. Set in a prestigious private school called Niveus Academy, where Chiamaka and Devon are the only two black students. Tension mounts when they discover someone is out to get them. Targeted by the Aces, their secrets are about to be shared with the whole school in a sinister plot over which
they have no control.

 

Let’s Talk: About Relationships, Sex and Intimacy by Richie Sadlier Let’s Talk: About Relationships, Sex and Intimacy by Richie Sadlier
Gill Books 2022

Sports pundit and trained psychotherapist, Richie Sadlier writes and teaches about topics such as sexuality, consent, sexual health and safety and alcohol. The tone of the book is conversational and frank and the writing is based very much on the author’s personal experiences. The book is a highly recommended read for teenage boys and their parents and guardians. Never condoning or condemning, it simply offers readers advice on how to make informed and healthy choices.

 

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Simon and Schuster 2022

Elisabeth was raised among the magical shelves in Austermeer's Great Library. The library is filled with mystical grimoires that, when provoked, morph into hideous ink and leather monsters. Elizabeth hopes one day to become a warden of these dark but precious books. But everything changes when Elizabeth's mentor is murdered, and a dangerous grimoire is released from the library. Suddenly Elizabeth is accused of the worst of crimes and she must clear her name and try to find the real culprit.

 

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Milanda LoLast Night at the Telegraph Club by Milanda Lo
Hodder 2021

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father - despite his hard-won citizenship - Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

 

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