Shelf Help and Top Volunteer Reads

Books chosen by young people and health experts.

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Faceless

by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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A mind blowing book exploring the background of young Masie coping her way trough a tradjic accident can she hold on to the one perfect thing in her life or will it all break apart??
This is an amazing book about a girl named Maisie, who gets in an accident, and ends up having a face transplant. This means that someone else who has passed away has donated their body to the hospital to help people replace things they have lost, or isn't working anymore. So, in this case, part of Maisie's face got burnt off in a fire, so now she has her cheeks and nose replaced by a different girl's cheek's and nose. However, if you think about it, the idea seems quite scary: having part some dead person's face sewn onto yours! All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and it had me hanging on it's every word. I would recommend it to people aged 10+
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We Are All Made of Molecules

by Susin Nielsen

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fabulous about family written from 2 view points for 12+
The story focuses on two main protagonists; Stewart and Ashley. Despite missing his mother, he decides to make a new life with Ashley when he and his dad move into her house. Ashley doesn't like Steward for his nerdy personality, but things turn even more complicating when a school mate, Jared, entered into their lives. I LOVE this book to death because it teaches us about how making the wrong impressions create bad consequences. I like how the book is focused on two characters because we really have the gist on how they are feeling in their lives over the course of the story and, in turn, you can be able to see what goes on inside their heads in details. You see, when you come across someone, you don't really entirely know what's going on in their heads. We also learn that if we all put aside all of our differences, we can work together to solve problems in the world, no matter how big or small the problem might be. One thing, I think is worth having in addition to the BEST read I have ever had the pleasure to endure, would be having a sequel. I really would like to know what the future holds for every character in the book; I'd like to see Steward and Ashley go their separate ways when they go off to college or a job; I also would like to know more about Jared's character, like why he became what he ended up being. (I'm not spoiling a thing, I swear!)
Susan Nielsen is a great author, this book is really great, great overall 5 stars.
Weird but cool!
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Running Girl

by Simon Mason

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Really solid, realistic characters and surroundings, and a good mystery. Very well written and not too graphic, despite the subject matter.
Very mysterious, an amazing book, keeps you guessing until the final chapters. A must read book. I've always wanted to read a proper mystery, and this is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Art of Being Normal

by Lisa Williamson

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David is strong and brave and embraces his differences. An inspiring read.
this book is a really good read because it tells you about something that does happen but at the same time tells us how the person and their family and friends deal with the way they are feeling
This book was a real eye opener for me and quite skilfully talks about the challenges transgender people face. It is also a lesson, not to judge anyone based on their physical appearance/mental appearance. The story tells of two quite opposite people, whom fate pulls together. David has parents who love him and a sheltered home, whilst Leo lives in a rundown estate and scrapes together money to buy food. A sudden turn of events brings Leo to David's school, but Leo is not all he seems and David's secret is only known to his two best friends. With both David and Leo's secrets threating to spill, the two embark on an adventure that changes them forever and eventually reveals who they truly are. Please Note that this book covers quite mature topics and is not entirely suitable for younger readers.
The book was incredible and I would recommend it to everyone! I loved the concept and I found I really got into the book and the characters, it's very similar to Wonder (another amazing book) and a real eyeopener and page turner!!
This book is really good as tells the story of two teenagers Leo and David who both have a secret and you think they have nothing in common but they do . Please read it
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Mind Your Head

by Juno Dawson, Gemma Correll, Dr. Olivia Hewitt

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‘This whole book is one great big stonking potential trigger’ I loved this book the moment I read that line. It’s a great mix of humour and advice, differing from the more formal help books that you might read. It won’t necessarily defeat your problem, but it will hand you the sword and encourage you to do it yourself. As a girl that came from a deep background of bullying, you know things won’t always stop overnight. You can’t expect a book to kill off all your monsters, no matter how much we would like it to, and this book understands that. Georgia, age 13
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The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs!?

by Grace Barrett, Natasha Devon, Nadia Mendoza

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A helpful guide for teens struggling to accept themselves and needing a guide to survive through high school. This book is fantastic for teens looking for someone to help them through the trials and tribulations of high school. Coming from young girls who have first-hand experience in eating disorders, self-harm and depression; and the life which comes after the battle. Hearing from mature women who have battled teenage drama and the trauma which comes with growing up is a helpful way to ease the battle which so many teens face. This is not a ‘cure’ book, however it is a story which shows that you are not alone and that whatever you are facing can be overcome no matter the odds. Many chapters can be emotional, especially for those that relate to the situations included between the pages.This book is especially gripping for those that find comfort within the words of these three girls and have experienced the trauma that is described in this book. Along with the emotional connection to certain scenarios, certain chapters can bring back memories relating to the readers own experiences which can sometimes be distressing and it is important to have some support nearby. However once this book is finished it stays with the reader for a long time, whether they have experience in these situations or are looking onward from an outside perspective. Also the helpful advice from young women who have experienced very similar, very real situations to those of the reader is a lot easier to relate to.
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I'll Give You the Sun

by Jandy Nelson

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This book just filled me with joy – it has been some time since I felt so strongly about characters in a book. They seemed real and well-rounded, I felt their pain and revelled in their joy. Having no interest in art I didn’t think I would connect to their artistic endeavours, but it was so well written I was drawn right in and wanted to buy a coffee table book of the pictures they described. I wanted to read it quickly but also didn’t want it to end. Loved it.
This book is amazing, it is very descriptive has a wonderful plot and leaves you wanting to read more. This book contains swearing so i would say it is suitable for children age 12+. Hope you find this helpful! :)
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Kite Spirit

by Sita Brahmachari

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It's really heart warming and an emotional roller coaster. Plus it makes you think about what you'd do In certain situations.
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House of Windows

by Alexia Casale

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This book is about a 15 year old boy who is at Cambridge University. While there he faces many problems and is not helped by the fact that his mum is dead and his dad cares more for his work than for him. The main character is called Nick and he gets a house mate called Tim who is taking his PhD. Throughout this book you go through a range of different emotions from sad to getting happy for him then back again. Nick has lots of problems with his social life because his parents never cared for him. To make it worse he is underage so he can’t go to the pub when everyone else does. He has sessions with a teacher at the university which help him but then it all goes downhill again. I would really recommend this book to anyone and enjoyed it thoroughly when I read it. But the most important thing is that it has a happy ending. Callum, age 12
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Every Day

by David Levithan

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What makes us who we are? This is the basic question behind this fantastic novel about identity, love, growing up and everything in between. A must-read. It's technically a 'young adult' book but every adult should read it to.
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The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism

by Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell, Keiko Yoshida

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