Mental Health Awareness Week

For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme is kindness, a quality that is particularly relevant during these challenging times. Kindness is an antidote to isolation; it cultivates solidarity; it develops a crucial sense of community. And whilst it is important that we are kind to others, we must also remember to be kind to ourselves. This wonderful selection of titles from Hachette will equip children and young people with the tools, guidance, and reassurance to manage their mental wellbeing. My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain This charming picture book speaks powerfully from Nadiya’s own personal experience with panic disorder. No child should suffer in silence. My Monster and

Thoughts and Actions

I’ve been reading another excellent title from Australia: One Would Think the Deep, by Claire Zorn (Raven Books). This is Zorn’s third YA novel, and she already has a shelf-full of awards to her name. The title comes from a biblical passage, from Job 3:8, 41:32, and I must admit that’s not everyday reading for most YA readers. The passage implies (I think) the inevitability of past experience affecting the present, and the futility of stirring that past up without expecting or facing the repercussions. The story is set twenty years ago, in a surfing-mad New South Wales – home of the legendary Bondi Beach – and follows Sam, a seventeen-year old living in Sydney with his single Mum, and who is

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