The Ink Bridge. by Neil Grant. Two boys meet at the culmination of separate compelling journeys. Omed is a boy from Afghanistan. He undertakes a perilous journey to seek asylum in Australia. Hector is a grieving Australian boy who has given up on school and retreated into silence. Their paths meet at a candle factory where they both find work. But secrets fester behind the monotonous routine of the assembly line. It is up to Hector to determine how the story ends
A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer. Brought up by an alcoholic, unstable and violent mother, 'It' is treated as a slave, no longer a boy but an 'it'. Kept locked inside and only allowed to eat the dogs' scraps, it is many years before 'It' becomes 'Dave' determined to survive and claim his life. TRUE STORY!
Gangs, By Lori Hile: Imagine belonging to a group of young people with whom you have a lot in common. Now imagine always being afraid of rival gang members, or the police, and not being free to make your own decisions.
Relationships, By Lori Hile: Imagine having a fight with your best friend, breaking up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, or having a pointless arguement with your parents. it feels like the end of the world doesn't it? This book shows you how to pick up the pieces and survive, while making the most of all your relationships at school, home, and in your social life.
Hard Men Fight Back : Kiwi sportsmen who beat the odds to live their dream. By Gregor Paul. Despite horrific accidents, life-threatening illnesses or dire misfortune these men experienced, they all used their experience as their central motivation in making their comeback. Lacking inspiration? read this!
Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff - A powerful story of a Maori family where everyone is a victim, until the strength and vision of one of them transcends the brutality of their existence and leads the way to new possibilities
Boy Soldier by Cola Bilkuei. In 1987, Cola Bilkuei, a young boy from the Dinka tribe in the southern Sudan, was forcibly recruited into Sudan People's Liberation Army. Once they arrived at the camp, exhausted and terrified, they were systematically brutalised as SPLA officers began to turn them into child soldiers. The children were taught how to handle a rifle, how to fight and how to kill. After two years, he escaped from the camp and began an extraordinary odyssey down the length of…