The 6th form Book Club is run by Mrs Adams and is open to anyone in the 6th form. We meet every month or so to chat over the book club book, any other books and everything reading!
This book won the YA book prize 2018, a prize which is run by The Bookseller in conjunction with the Hay Festival. Its is a wonderfully written psychological thriller about a girl, Moonbeam, who belongs to a religious community based on a closed compound in the desert of Texas. No contact is allowed between members of the Lord’s Legion and Outsiders. The charismatic leader asserts that only the members of the Legion are on the True Path and will Ascend – and that Outside the Fence is only misery, evil and sin.
Moonbeam survives the attack on the compound from law enforcement agencies who are concerned about the stockpiling of weapons in the Legion. Her story is explored in her interviews with her psychiatrist and the FBI investigator, and supervised interaction with other survivors – but Moonbeam has a secret none of them know….
Who does she trust? How can she move on?
Five years ago, Andie Bell, a girl in Pippa’s village, was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh, but the body was never found. Pippa suspects it wasn’t an open and shut case, and chooses to make a study of it for her final year project at school.
With the help of Sal’s younger brother Ravi, Pippa is determined to find out what really happened that night. Neither of them thinks Sal was the murderer, but by trying to prove it, Pippa puts herself, her friends and her family in real danger. Someone in the village doesn’t like her delving into the past, and the murder was a little too close to home.
Meat Market tells the story of a girl from a south London estate, Jana Novak, who is uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she is unexpectedly scouted to work as a model and catapulted into superstardom. However, Jana soon discovers that the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous, and there are unexpected predators at every turn.
Dawson has described the novel as her “most challenging book to date” because of the difficult subject matter. Talking to The Bookseller about the inspiration for the story, she said: “Meat Market was originally inspired by the brave women who spoke out against Bill Cosby, but I also have a strange love/hate relationship with fashion and I wanted to explore that.” She spent two years conducting research for the book, talking to models, model bookers, magazine editors and designers to learn about the fashion industry from the inside.
Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard.
When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it’s the last person she would have expected.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.