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Akata Witch


OKORAFOR, Nnedi

Level 1

CULTURE | MAGIC | OUTSIDERS

This is a mixture of fantasy and a traditional coming-of-age story which should be read both for its unusual setting and for its colourful protagonists. It also shows there can be more to fantasy than fairies and elves.

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Freak the Mighty


PHILBRICK, Rodman

Level 1

FRIENDSHIP | OUTSIDERS

Freak the Mighty is a classic tale of friendship between two outsiders who couldnít be more different. Freak is the brain and Max instills awe because he is so big. The book is not only full of adventure,but has humorous and tragic moments as well.

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Love Lessons


WILSON, Jacqueline

Level 1

FAMILY | OUTSIDERS | ROMANCE | SCHOOL

Wilsonís heroines are not run-of-the mill stock characters, but determined and slightly weird, and they often find themselves in trouble but somehow manage to extricate themselves. Because, after all, life has to go on. In many of her books, Wilson elegantly combines humour and personal tragedy, and this novel is no exception. It is expertly illustrated by Nick Sharratt.

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Stargirl


SPINELLI, Jerry

Level 1

FRIENDSHIP | OUTSIDERS | SCHOOL

This is a truly charming novel with a great heroine: a real celebration of individuality and difference. Most teenagers will recognise the pressure to conform.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time


HADDON, Mark

Level 1

FAMILY | HUMOUR | OUTSIDERS

Read this book because it puts you in the shoes of a teenager suffering from Asperger's syndrome, allowing you to get an idea of how they may feel.

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