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Wednesday Book Group
Date: Wednesday 29th July, 2020, 7pm. (Ropner Park?)
Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone.
Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clear-sighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide ‘physical, intellectual and moral training’ which will equip its inmates to become ‘honorable and honest men’. In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear ‘out back’.
Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King’s ringing assertion, ‘Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.’ But Elwood’s fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors. The tension between Elwood’s idealism and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions.
Granny Magic – Elka Evalds
Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in this heart-warming adventure from Elka Evalds, illustrated by Teemu Juhani!Will’s beloved granny made cakes and knitted itchy jumpers – that’s what he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran’s old craft group tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it … so long as they don’t drop a stitch.
High Rise Readers
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency – L.D. Lapinski
At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . . When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds.
But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness – and takes our world with it.
The M Word – Brian Conaghan
Moya. The M Word. Whisper it.
Conceal it. But, please, never mention it … Maggie Yates tells her best mate Moya everything.
She tells her about Mum losing her job – how Mum’s taken to crying in secret. She even tells her about her foolproof plan to cheer Mum up: find her a fella with cash to splash. Moya’s with her every step of the way.
I’ll help, she smiles. Though you’re surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here. But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum’s crying is more than sadness.