RSO September 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for September 2020.

We are delighted to bring to you a great selection of titles for our September RSO packs.

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Howl – Kat Patrick (4+ emotions, anger, mood, frustrations, release, parent-child relationships)

The Goody – Lauren Child (4+ individuality, kindness, siblings, expectations, freedom)

The Littlest Yak – Lu Fraser; illus. Kate Hindley (4+ rhyming text, individuality, self-acceptance, identity, uniqueness)

This Small Blue Dot – Zeno Sworder (3+ multiculturalism, nature and the natural world, family, friendship, likes and dislikes, Teacher Notes)

Primary Fiction

Naughty Dragons Make Trouble! (Naughty Dragons #1) – Natalie Jane Prior; illus. Simon Howe (6+ adventure, dragons, humour, mischief, siblings, cooperation, illustrated text)

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn – Kate Gordon (8+ orphans, boarding school, friendship, grief, belonging, hope, courage, some sad scenes, plot twists, revelations, Teacher Notes)

The Wolves of Greycoat Hall – Lucinda Gifford (8+ humour, family, travel, adventure, differences, acceptance, illustrated text, Classroom Ideas)

When This Bell Rings – Allison Rushby (9+ adventure, embedded narrative, graphic novels, storytelling, famous authors, fantasy world)

Middle School Fiction

From Stella Street to Amsterdam – Elizabeth Honey (11+ friendship, belonging, war/conflict, prejudice/racism, intercultural understanding, gender/sexuality stereotypes and prejudice, Teacher Notes)

How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life – Fiona Hardy (11+ making music, copyright, song stealing, friendship, humour, mystery)

The Fire Star – A.L Tait (11+ medieval history, secret societies, lies, murder, espionage, social hierarchy, adventure, mystery)

The Other Side of the Sky – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (11+ fantasy worlds, dual narrative, magic, science, love, honour, betrayal, faith, servant-master relationships, religious systems, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

None Shall Sleep – Ellie Marney (15+ thriller, FBI, serial killers, historical (1982), kidnapping, grief, some violence, some descriptions of murders by serial killers, profiling, suspense, action, flashbacks, Teacher Notes)

Ruby Tuesday – Hayley Lawrence (15+ family, grief and loss, non-graphic rape scene, pregnancy scare, music, healing, friendship, romance, secrets)

The History of Mischief – Rebecca Higgie (14+ family, grief and loss, magic realism, secrets, history, friendships, cancer, siblings, twist, Teacher Notes)

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (15+ death and dying, ghosts, secrets, unlikeable MC, corruption, healing process, redemption, historical crimes, courage, Book club notes)

Adult Fiction

The Mother Fault – Kate Mildenhall

Mayflies – Andrew O’Hagan

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Brain Freeze – Oliver Phommavanh (7+ 10 different short stories, humour)

The Wolves of Greycoat Hall – Lucinda Gifford (8+ humour, family, travel, adventure, differences, acceptance, illustrated text, Classroom Ideas)

Tricky Nick – Nicholas J Johnson (7+ humour, magic, mystery, magician’s assistant, secrets, time travel, adventure)

Adventure in Athens (Time Travel Diaries) – Caroline Lawrence (9+ historical, time travel, next in series, can be read as a standalone, ancient Athens, Socrates, mystery)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Haunted: Ghost Stories to Chill Your Blood – Matt Haig, Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Mal Peet, Berlie Doherty, Robin Jarvis, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin and Sam Llewellyn (11+ short stories, horror, ghosts, supernatural, terror)

Moon Dog – Jane Elson (10+ large boy, small girl, mistreated dogs, puppy farming, bravery, friendship, loss, grief, adventure, courage)

Red Edge – Des Hunt (11+ friendship, surveillance, mystery, adventure, courage, bullying, science, coping with adversity, exploitation, and trafficking of endangered species)

The Fire Star – A.L Tait (11+ medieval history, secret societies, lies, murder, espionage, social hierarchy, adventure, mystery)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

None Shall Sleep – Ellie Marney (15+ thriller, FBI, serial killers, historical (1982), kidnapping, grief, some violence, some descriptions of murders by serial killers, profiling, suspense, action, flashbacks, Teacher Notes)

The F Team – Rawah Arjah (14+ male anger and its consequences, the way anger might be connected, mistakenly, with identity and loyalty, love and friendship, responsibilities of leadership, humour, ethnic family groups, school rivalry, Teacher Notes)

The Loop – Ben Oliver (14+ first in series, themes of power and technology versus love, friendship and humanity, futuristic Prison Break, dystopian society)

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (15+ death and dying, ghosts, secrets, unlikeable MC, corruption, healing process, redemption, historical crimes, courage, Book club notes)

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