The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence
Bianca is a chemiste (NOT an Alchemist) and is fascinated by science and creating new medicines. When her best friend Jolyn dies right in front of her, Bianca is determined to figure out the cause. She wants justice for her friend, but Bianca also needs to clear her name since she has suddenly become suspect number one.
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In 1999, there is a girl in a small town near L.A. in a coma (technically she’s suffering from a condition called akinetic mutism). People flock to her house just for a few minutes by her bedside. They say she can perform miracles, that she listens to them, that her room is alive, and that she glows. They call her “The Miracle Girl.”
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For those who like history mixed in with tightly woven suspense and mystery, Clive Cussler’s The Chase fits the bill.
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Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell.
So I’m a bit of a Rainbow Rowell fan. I absolutely adored Eleanor and Park, one of my best Young Adult books of all time.
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The Life of a Banana by PP Wong.
When her mother dies in a freak accident, our 12-year-old narrator Xing and older brother Lai Ker move in with their domineering grandmother, disabled uncle, and wannabe-actress aunt.
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Flora’s rating: 4/5
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Length: 243 pages (but it’s not as tall as a standard paperback, so it’s not really that long)
Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.
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The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean.
I’d been eyeing this for a while, but Robert really convinced me to read it. I was worried with that title it would be a bit too silly, but I shouldn’t have worried.
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What an amazing book. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this treasure. 5 stars! This is going straight to my all time favourite book list, for sure.
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