Category: Other 5 out of 5s

Belinda Bauer’s — Black Lands *****

Belinda Bauer’s — Black Lands *****

When Billy disappears and Avery admits to killing six other children, everyone assumes he also killed Billy. His mother, standing by the window overlooking the Moors, is the only one convinced Billy is still alive.

Meanwhile, her grandson, Steven searches with his friend Lewis over the Moors looking for a possible grave, but all he finds is the bones of a sheep. What strategy can he use next to discover Billy’s whereabouts so his grandmother can find closure?

Fredrik Backman’s — Bear Town *****

Fredrik Backman’s — Bear Town *****

Who’d ever thought I’d be giving a novel set around an ice hockey team a five out of five or even read such a book? I asked myself this very question when I began the story, but it didn’t take long to be engulfed in this small town tale that was about a far bigger issue than a junior team aiming to win a national championships.

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Sandrine Collette’s—The Forests ******

Sandrine Collette’s—The Forests ******

At age five, Corentin is foisted on to his great-grandmother, Augustine by his unloving mother whom he never sees again. He grows up in a small village surrounded by trees, but when he’s older leaves for university where he becomes enchanted by city life. The days grow hotter, and droughts become more common until one day, the earth seems to explode. Corentin and his university friends stay hold up underground until they believe enough time has passed for them to reemerge. Above ground, everything appears to be destroyed and all Corentin can think about is returning to Augustine. Will she still be alive? Will the charred trees ever come back to life? Will they ever be able to safely drink water from a stream again?

Omar El Akkad’s—What strange paradise

Omar El Akkad’s—What strange paradise

Amir’s uncle accompanies his family from Syria to Alexandria. But late one night, Amir creeps out of their apartment and follows his uncle who climbs on to a boat. He too ends up on the boat full of desperate passengers fleeing their homes. After Amir is washed ashore on a strange island, he flees the scene chased by soldiers. Vanna, a local teenager, sees him dashing towards her and hides him in their hayloft. But can she protect him from Colonel Kethros who is determined to detain the child in the camp with the rest of the refugees who have washed up on the island?