New Books April 2011 – Secondary

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?
That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.

It is 1941 and fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer.  Then suddenly, her life is changed forever.  One night, the Soviet secret police invade her home and forcibly remove Lina, her mother and brother, transporting them via cattle trucks from familiar Lithuania to remote Siberia.  The conditions are horrific, the genocide unseen and thousands of lives are lost.

In this dramatic and moving story, Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her.  Her harrowing journey and incredible strength of spirit will steal your breath, capture your heart and give you hope.

7 Souls by Barnabas Miller & Jordan Orlando

Mary expected her seventeenth birthday to be a blow-out to remember.  Instead, she wakes up naked and scratched, in a mortifyingly public place, with no memory of how she got there.  As her life spins out of control, Mary begins to think that someone is out to get her.  But isn’t she the popular girl everyone loves?

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

‘I GUESS IT STARTED THE NIGHT OUR DAD BLEW UP THE BRITISH MUSEUM . . .’

CARTER AND SADIE KANE’S dad is a brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos . . .

Set imprisons Dr Kane in a golden coffin and Carter and Sadie must run for their lives. To save their dad, they embark on a terrifying quest from Cairo to Paris to the American South-west and discover the truth about their family’s connection to the House of Life: an Egyptian temple of magic that has existed for thousands of years.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt are far from dead and buried. And so, unfortunately, are their gods . . .

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