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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017
A sharply observed and warm-hearted story about change and transition in adolescence, Tender Earth also carries a powerful message to all young readers about tolerance, integration and the need to stand up for what you believe in. Moving to secondary school coincides with big changes at home and Leila finds herself struggling with all the differences she now faces. Her best friend is striking out on her own; her new friend has secrets which Leila doesn’t know how to unlock. When Leila discovers her grandmother’s ‘Protest Book’, a listing of all the protests she attended, Leila decides it is time for her to get her own voice heard. Leila’s coming of age experiences intelligently reflect today’s society while her gradual realisation of her own opportunities will inspire others. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2017
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds by Horatio Clare
Adventures of John Blake, The: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman
Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean by Axel Scheffler
Maisy Goes to the Bookshop by Lucy Cousins
Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari
Old Hat by Emily Gravett
The Cow Who Fell to Earth by Nadia Shireen
Returning to the world of Artichoke Hearts, this story follows eleven-year-old Laila, the youngest of the Levenson family, as she adjusts to her two older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home, just as she is starting secondary school. At the same time she seems to be growing apart from her long-time best friend, Kez, who is branching out without her at their new school. Laila must find her own place at school and at home, make new friends and use her voice as she steps out into the world and discovers what she truly believes in.
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
Sita Brahmachari won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize with her debut Artichoke Hearts and is one of the most interesting and important voices in children's books today. Her latest novel, Tender Earth was awarded an honour by the International Board of Books for Young People. She was the 2015 Booktrust's Writer in Residence and is the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Sita is also an Amnesty International ambassador. She lives in London with her family. Photo credit Martin LevensonMore About Sita Brahmachari
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