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'Tis the season to be reading: stocking fillers for Years 7 & 8

Are you looking for stocking fillers for your daughter this Christmas? Here are 15+ suggestions for new-release or massively popular books as borrowed from the Monte Library by Year 7 and 8 students this year. You should be able to find any of these in your local bookshop.

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Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper

This book is the surprise hit of the year at Monte. It will make you laugh...and cry.
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk.

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That Stubborn Seed of Hope by Brian Falkner

That Stubborn Seed of Hope by Brian Falkner

Monte Library says: every story in this book is a page-turner, but with only 10 to 15 pages per story, it is especially perfect for 'reluctant readers'. I absolutely loved it and read it in one sitting - Mrs Brown

A boy helps his sister disguise her birthmark on her first day of school.

A seventeen-year-old awakens to find himself trapped in an elderly body.

A teenage girl discovers her boyfriend has a life-threatening virus the day after they share their first kiss.

A high school student tries to communicate to his hospitalised brother who is in a vegetative state.

Brian Falkner serves up bite-sized tales of fear – fear of rejection, fear of dying, fear of disease, fear of the unknown, fear of exclusion, fear of being caught and fear of embarrassment –showing how that stubborn seed of hope hungers our darkest moments.

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

John Green remains one of the most popular authors at Monte, and his new book is long-awaited. It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship and the intimacy of an unexpected reunion. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

Author Sarah Maas has almost single-handedly made Fantasy the most popular genre at Monte this year. This is a great book for Year 7 and 8 students who want girl powered action and great storytelling.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

OK, your daughter has probably already this incredible book, but just in case she hasn't, she should read the internationally bestselling book before she sees the new movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. This special edition is complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

The unforgettable and life-affirming story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out.

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

"I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we're something we're not... But until that day, I'm going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life."
Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama and her crazy family.

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Thornhill by Pam Smy

Thornhill by Pam Smy

This book invites you to open it simply because it is so lovely to look at: beautifully illustrated, hardcover, with shadowy black pages that evoke mystery and melancholy.
Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

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Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

If your daughter has loved this incredible series set in World War II, she will need this 6th book in the series.
The next powerful episode in the life of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.

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Lion: A long way home (Young readers' edition) by Saroo Brierley

Lion: A long way home (Young readers' edition) by Saroo Brierley

You probably saw the movie. This young readers' edition of the book is perfect to introduce your daughter to an amazing true story.
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.
Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.
Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddy, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. Maddy is certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This is an awesome new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

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The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv's mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

One of my favourite books of the year - Mrs Brown in the Monte Library
This is a love story.
It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.
It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She's looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

If you love second hand bookstores, you will definitely love this book.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

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The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A truly moving, page-turning book set in World War II. The sequel to this has just come out too.

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

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My Miniature Library: 30 tiny books to make, read and treasure

My Miniature Library: 30 tiny books to make, read and treasure

Mrs Brown says: this is what is on my Christmas list this year. OK, it's a change from my usual choice of reading, but I love a bit of crafting, and what could be better than making some miniature books. They might turn up in a library display here at Monte - keep an eye out for them. I love the idea of this book, and I hope it turns up in my stocking on December 25.