Here are our three What to Read Now recommendations for this month.

 

Tigers in the Tower book

The Tigers in The Tower  – Julia Golding (suggestion for ages 9+)

It’s 1830, and we meet Sahira, a brave and feisty heroine, newly orphaned on a voyage to England from India.  The story focuses on friendship and how this can overcome even the bleakest situations. Sahira is a character determined to fight for her tigers and her birthright.  Victorian England is a well-written backdrop, and there are interesting details such as the inclusion of famous people from the times, which bring the action to life. This book feels like a modern successor to A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s a great adventure and historical story and Sahira definitely a forerunner of the suffragettes.

 

Unstoppable book

Unstoppable – Dan Freedman (suggestion for ages 13+)

Unstoppable is a story about twins Kaine and Roxy, both brilliant at sport but with very different attitudes to life and family. Roxy is focused on her dream of winning Wimbledon. She is practising with her dad every hour of the day, well aware of the pressure this puts on her and her family’s relationships. Kaine takes his talent for football for granted. He has to learn that attitude can be just as important as skill. Feeling neglected, Kaine makes some bad decisions, and his mum is forced to deal with a past she has strived incredibly hard to forget.  Told through the eyes of both twins and the diary entries of Roxy, it is clear just how far apart the family are. 

A family tragedy completely changes their lives. Will they be able to rebuild and focus on the future?  There is plenty to discuss, and the book is a real page-turner. I loved the newspaper reports at the end, a great way to round off this thriller.

 

Dear Mrs Bird –AJ Pearce (suggestion for ages 16+)

Determined to play her part in wartime London, Emmy has her sights set on becoming a wartime correspondent.  Through a misunderstanding, she instead becomes a typist for Mrs Bird, the longstanding agony aunt at Woman’s World.  Mrs Bird has very strong views about which letters she will deal with – there must be no ‘Unpleasantness’ and definitely no awkward questions about love or morality.  Emmy, however, feels drawn to the women writing in and starts sending her own replies… Funny and moving, it’s about friendship and resilience and is a much-needed comfort read in stressful times.

 

What books do you recommend? Let us know. Happy reading.