(A) Noughts and Crosses
by Malorie Blackman
In Malorie Blackman's groundbreaking novel, the population is divided into two: the white Noughts are second-class citizens, and the black Crosses are highly-revered and perceived as the superior race. 15-year-old Callum is a Nought, and his best friend, Sephy, as well as being a Cross, is also
the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.
The story focuses on their relationship, which is frowned upon by society, and explores the discrimination they encounter at every turn. By reversing traditional racial stereotypes and presenting the White population as the oppressed race, Blackman has
cleverly shown racial prejudice from a different perspective.
As well as being a compelling tale of love and friendship, this is an outstanding and thought-provoking exploration of the futility of prejudice. A contemporary classic.
(B) The Owl Service
by Alan Garner
Alison and her family are spending a holiday in Wales, in a bed and breakfast run by Gwyn and his mother. When Alison finds a curious dinner service in the attic, with
a strange pattern of floral owls that looks different depending on how it is arranged,
the discovery sets off a strange chain of events that look set to effect everyone's lives. Soon, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Gwyn find themselves repeating
an ancient Welsh legend
associated with the valley where they are staying. As tension begins to rise, can they break the pattern and avoid tragedy?
Winner of both the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal,
this extraordinary and powerful story is a modern classic. Blending together mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships, it will leave young readers eager to read more from master storyteller Alan Garner.
(C) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
Seen through the eyes of Christopher, a mathematical genius and Sherlock Holmes fan,
who also has Asperger's syndrome,
this bestselling novel opens with
the discovery of a murdered dog on the neighbour's lawn.
In his search to discover the identity of the killer, Christopher uncovers some disturbing information about his own family, which throws his ordered world into chaos, and he embarks on a journey to London to find
the mother he thought was dead.
This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize. A must-read for adults and children alike, it is an adventure story unlike any other.
(D) Northern Lights
by Philip Pullman
Lyra and her animal daemon
live a carefree life amongst the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford.
Yet the destiny that awaits her will take her far from her home, to the magical frozen lands of the Arctic, amongst the witch-clans and ice-bears. Here, she will discover the truth about her identity, which will have immeasurable consequences reaching beyond her own world. This extraordinary fantasy is
the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy.
Exciting, original and enormously powerful, it is an incredible feat of imagination, and one of the classics of 20th century children's literature.
1) comprises only part of a larger collection?
2) has had its credentials recognised by two separate awarding bodies?
3) contains the discovery of a deceased creature?
4) includes the main character coming from an academic environment?
5) takes an alternative look at a societal problem?
6) contains odd designs which are animalistic in shape?
7) has a character who has been separated from their guardian?
8) contains a character who is the offspring of an elected official?
9) invokes the use of an early myth connected to the local area?
10) has a character who suffers from certain mental deficiencies?