Spotlight on QBD: Eastlands, TAS

This week, our Eastlands team have put together a list of brilliant books every reader will love.

There are some truly great reads in here. Better get your shelves ready!

The Nowhere Child by Christian White:

Kim Leamy, a photography teacher from Melbourne, is approached by a stranger who is investigating the disappearance of Sammy Went, a 2 year old girl taken from her home in Manson, Kentucky 28 years ago. He thinks Kim is Sammy, shows her photos, and tells her what happened. Kim has an unsettled feeling she cannot shake, and after doing some digging into her family history in Australia, decides to go to Kentucky.
What ensues will keep the pages turning. A story of love, loss, deception and sacrifice, that will keep you guessing until the end. – Helen

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder:

The introduction to Yelena and her situation steals you away from reality and throws you into a beguiling world.
The darkness thread throughout this story is matched by beauty and hope as Yelena discovers herself and a defying strength against all odds.
This book is stunningly written with great character development and a rich plot. Truly unique and powerful. – Mandi

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys! What a hilarious first chapter book read for young children. My 7 year old couldn’t put Episode One down, reading it again and again, and continued on to the next books with enthusiasm and delight. Our whole family were in laughter with the adventures and mischief of each and every character.
What a fabulous way to get your young ones reading printed words in a time that is pivotal in little ones lives.
Aaron Blabey has received many awards for this series and continues to delight, episode after episode with illustrations and humorous new adventures of Bad Guys who really want to be Good Guys and heroes to all! – Dannielle

IT by Stephen King

Set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, the story follows the Losers Club, a group of kids seen as losers and misfits. We follow the Losers Club as they realise not all is as it seems in their town, there is an ancient evil within their town that feeds off fear and imagination.
Set in two different times when the losers are just kids in school and then 27 years later when they are all grown up and must return to face the evil once again.
Classic Stephen King, a great book from start to finish, with characters to love, and ones to love to hate…
“He thrusts his fists against the post, and still insists he sees the ghosts.” My favourite Stephen King book. – Vannessa

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the king of thought-provoking young adult novels, and he is at his best in The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Set in a world where the private thoughts of men can be heard by all, Todd is the last child in Prentisstown, a town inhabited by only men. When Todd stumbles upon a patch of utter silence in the middle of the woods, his life is put at risk and he is forced to flee. On the run, he begins to question the ‘truths’ he had been told; what happened to the first inhabitants of this planet; what happened to all the women in Prentisstown?
Ness has crafted a world with striking parallels to our own, and invites you to question the truths you have been taught. The Knife of Never Letting Go is an incredible introduction into a powerful series that deals with prejudice, colonisation, violence, and the importance of compassion.
Once you have read one Patrick Ness book, you will want to read them all! – Olivia

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