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The Bad Beginning


SNICKET, Lemony

Level 1

ADVENTURE | FAMILY | HUMOUR

We learn that Lemony Snicket himself is afraid of Count Olaf and his theatre troupe - but somehow he manages to record all the unfortunate events that befall the Baudelaire children. In between, he finds time to explain difficult words to his readers and warn them about their reading matter. Finally, a series that doesnít feature happy endings for nice kids.

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ZEPHANIAH, Benjamin

Level 1

GROWING UP | IDENTITY | RELATIONSHIPS

Even though the novel is a bit sentimental and the moral is spelt out clearly, it is a good read in fairly easy language and makes you reflect on how quickly your life can take a turn for the worse. And of course it makes you think about the importance of looks!

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Make Lemonade


EUWER WOLFF, Virginia

Level 1

FAMILY | FRIENDSHIP | GROWING UP

In La Vaughn, Wolff has created a strong and memorable heroine who has her own distinct voice, even though some passages might sound rather naive. Wolff uses a very unusual style to tell the storyóitís a kind of stream of consciousness that sounds like dialogue, with a line format that looks like poetry. The book was one of the first young adult novels to employ this technique, and it has been imitated a lot.

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The Mighty Miss Malone


CURTIS, Christopher Paul

Level 1

FAMILY | GROWING UP | HISTORY

Despite all her hardship, Deza is a cheerful, positive heroine, captivating because of her optimism. While telling this story in a vignette-like fashion, Curtis (as in his other books) provides penetrating insights into the hardships of lifeóespecially for black peopleóduring the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Unhooking the Moon


HUGHES, Gregory

Level 1

ADVENTURE | FAMILY | RELATIONSHIPS

This is a memorable story that stands out from the bulk of young adult offerings; itís magical and funny and gritty all at once, and it has a spectacular heroine (who we will, hopefully, hear more of).

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