Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

This week (23rd February – 1st March) is Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015, organised by Beat, a UK charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight or shape.

If you’re going through something difficult it can sometimes help to read about someone in a similar situation. It can make you feel less alone with your problems, and might even help you beat them. Even if you’re not battling with an eating disorder, reading books about people who do might mean you can understand and support a friend or family member who needs your help.

So without further ado, here are some books with characters who have eating disorders.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

9202278“Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

Fat Kid Rules The World by K. L. Going

50925Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt has recruited Troy as his new drummer, even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.

Perfect by Natasha Friend

97408For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything’s normal on the outside. But everything is not normal, really. Since the death of her father, Isabelle’s family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle’s little sister, April, has told their mother about Isabelle’s problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.

Please remember that if you think you have an eating disorder, or become concerned about a friend, you can talk to any member of staff in the school, and we have a counsellor you may be able to see. You can also click here to go to the Beat website for more information.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Blind Date With A Book

photoIt’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, and here in the library we thought we’d offer you the chance to have a blind date with a book.

Pop up to the library any time between 8.15am and 9.15pm this week to pick out your blind date. Where will you take your date? You could take them to the Pitstop for some lunch, on a walk around the grounds, on a cold winter picnic (don’t forget a blanket), to a common room, or even just curl up in a comfy chair in the library and spend some time getting to know them.

We’ve got dates for everyone from Year 7 to Year 13, and genres right the way from horror to historical to romance. Then after half term, you can rate your date and let everyone know what you thought about the book you were matched up with.

Blind Date With A Book

UK Young Adult books of 2014

2014 was a great year for young adult books in the UK, and we’re going to look at some of the best ones.

Say Her Name by James Dawson

18621200Bobbie Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They have to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But nothing happens.

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before…

James Dawson has written scary books Hollow Pike and Cruel Summer, but this is the first one that has been seriously nightmare-inducing terrifying for everyone who reads it. If you love horror films and telling ghost stories after lights out, this is the book for you.

Trouble by Non Pratt

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When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

This is the first book by Non Pratt, and her second book Remix is coming out in June 2015. If you liked the film Juno, you’ll probably like this book.

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

21460571Rhoda and Delia are American stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics to audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA, it’s an anathema in others. Rhoda and Delia dream of living in a world where neither gender nor ethnicity determines their life. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true.

Em and Teo have adapted to scratching a living in a strange land; but their parents’ legacy of flight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, Em and Teo find themselves entangled in the crisis — and they are called on to help.

Part of a disconnected series set in the early 20th century, this book will transport you back in time. Elizabeth Wein has written equally heart-wrenching and horrifying books Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire about World War II. (update: this book’s release date has been pushed back to March 2015)

Smart by Kim Slater

21471613There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all.

Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade.

But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.  

Anyone who enjoyed The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time will enjoy this book – it has the same theme of murder mystery, a similar style of writing, and a protagonist who sees the world a little differently than you might expect.

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

18665259Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

The third instalment in the Geek Girl series, Picture Perfect is the funny and charming tale of a model who’s not really that interested in modelling.

Heart Break Girl by Malorie Blackman

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Dante’s life was changed for ever the day his ex-girlfriend, Mel, showed up on his doorstep with a baby. His baby. Being a single parent is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do – but Dante held it together, somehow. Now, he can’t imagine being without his two-year-old daughter, Emma. So when Mel turns up out of the blue and announces she’s come to take their daughter back, he’ll do anything to stand in her way.

This is the sequel to Boys Don’t Cry, a book exploring what it’s like to be a teenage boy who’s also a single parent. If you’ve ever wanted to step into a life that isn’t yours and understand what it might be like to be thrown into this responsibility, this is the book for you.

If you want to find out more about any of the books above, clicking their picture will take you to their Goodreads page, where you can create an account and add the book to your ‘to-read’ list.

UK Young Adult books of 2014

National Storytelling Week

January 31st – February 7th is National Storytelling Week in the UK.

Storytelling predates writing, with the earliest storytellers carving their stories on stone walls or communicating them with gestures and expressions. The most familiar kind to you will probably be the kind I’m doing now – with words on a page, but this is probably not what ‘storytelling’ actually means to you.

story-tellingWhen you hear the word ‘storytelling’, you probably think of being read a story before bedtime, if you were lucky enough to have parents that had the time to read to you. What you might not know, is that even before you were old enough to understand the words, you were taking in the tone of the storyteller’s voice, the expressions they used, the colours on the page, and the way that turning a page represents moving onwards and discovering more. The current Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, spoke on Twitter about the day she brought her daughter home from the hospital after giving birth, and how she read to her from that day onwards. By the time she started school, her daughter had the reading age of an eight-year-old, twice her actual age. Here in the library we don’t like to put a lot of stock in ‘reading ages’, especially in a secondary school setting, but it’s a piece of data that shows just how valuable storytelling is from an early age.

Storytelling doesn’t have to just be about books, though. Films, songs, TV shows, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, blogs, art, tattoos, adverts, and plays all employ storytelling methods. You’re probably familiar with this advert, which uses storytelling with very few words, choosing to rely on images and visual metaphors to tell a story that stays with us.

This storytelling week, try to share a story with someone. Whether that’s reading a picture book to a younger family member, calling a friend and telling them about something that’s happened to you, reading aloud the first chapter of your favourite book to a group of people, or using Twitter to tell the fullest story you can using only 140 characters. Share them here, and they could be featured in a blog post soon.

National Storytelling Week

Welcome to the Worth Library blog

Hello! If you are reading this post, it means you have discovered the Worth Library blog. Congratulations on being a wonderful human being! (Or a cat, I’ve always suspected that cats can read. Well done on being a reading cat, that’s quite impressive.)

On this blog you will eventually be able to find various very exciting things, including book reviews, film reviews, competitions, polls, upcoming events, reports of author visits, interviews, creative writing and much more.

If you want to write anything for the blog or have something you’d like to see here, please email Ms Morris by clicking here.

Welcome to the Worth Library blog