Christmas recommendations: Best from 2011


You can borrow books from the MRC to read over the Christmas Holidays, especially uesful during the days before the man in the red suit pops down you chimney!


Here are some of the best titles from 2011 that you might have missed!


A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness

Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book of the Year Award 2011 Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the…

There is No Dog

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

Carnegie Medal winner Meg Rosoff gives a whole new look to life in this brilliantly entertaining novel about what if the job of being god was in the hands of a…

Withering Tights

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the irrepressible Georgia Nicholson, signs up for an…

The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten.  It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through…

The Radleys


The Radleys by Matt Haig

Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn’t be uncovered…Rowan and Clara think they are ordinary teenagers. They live quietly with their ordinary Mum…

Out of Shadows

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

A memorable, moving and disturbing coming-of-age story about how different individuals react to the political changes around them and, especially, to the changing power structure between blacks and whites under the…