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An excellent depiction of the day to day life of an intellectually impaired person.  McFarlane has really gotten into the soul of the main character Tammy, and has successfully depicted the world through her eyes. Based on his sister Sally, this story shares with us the highs and lows of Tammy’s constant struggles with harsh ‘normal’ realities.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems/Sport
Suitable:  Year 8-10

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Bullied at school and feeling very much alone despite the love of an aunt and uncle who treat her as her own,  11 year old Ellie struggles to come to terms with the loss of her parents and the bullying she experiences in her new school.  Not even the unrelenting support of her best friend Franklin is enough to help Ellie through tough times.

 

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable:  Year 5-8

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Bullied at school and feeling very much alone despite the love of an aunt and uncle who treat her as her own,  11 year old Ellie struggles to come to terms with the loss of her parents and the bullying she experiences in her new school.  Not even the unrelenting support of her best friend Franklin is enough to help Ellie through tough times.  A good read from Suzanne LaFleur.

 

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:  Social Problems
Suitable:  Years 10-12

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Struggling to bring up his three children after his wife left him, Med Atley does the best he can.  Little did he know though that the greatest impact would be felt by his youngest, his daughter, Donna-Faye (nicknamed Fat), who was only a toddler at the time her mother left.   With a measured and unusual writing style, Overington lets the story unfold slowly.  With unexpected twists and turns, this is a heart breaking story of love and loss and the far reaching consequences of the law and unbending Government personnel, rules and regulations on innocent lives.


Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitable:  Year 11-12+

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A well written novel which depicts the anguish and concern related to cults in a very realistic way.  In a subtle and non threatening way, the author is able to sound alarm bells associated with cults and to warn of the positive and negative aspects that they have to offer.  Full of suspense and action by .

 

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 9-12

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The complex social life of two girls as they tackle some of the big issues facing teenagers.   Living across the road from each other Julia and Tina hardly talk to each other.  Circumstances, rather than friendship, throw them together and through them their families connect.  Matture age issues of depression, loneliness and pregnancy are well handled by Anne Cassidy.

 

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 10-12

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Max is badly affected when his friend and co-graffiti artist commits suicide.  He tries to work through his confusion and grief by flirting with danger.  Recieving much needed support from his parents, Max also develops a friendship with Mai, a Vietnamese fellow student.  A powerful read by Michael Hyde.



Rating:
***
Theme Fiction: Social Problems
Suitable: Year 9-12

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The challenge of taking a stand against your peers can be very tough.  When the added pressure of ‘conforming’ to please your teachers is thrown in, the impact can be enormous.  So when Jerry Renault refuses to sell boxes of chocolates as a school fundraiser, he faces the battle of isolation, humiliation and bullying in ways he would never have expected.   This timeless story is as powerful today as it was when it was first published in 1985.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 9-12

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This hard hitting novel tackles the lifestyle of drugs, sex and alcohol head on.   Told in the alternating voices of Sophie and Mia, the girls relate how their social life spirals in and out of control.  Sex, drugs, parties and unsavoury characters fill the pages as the girls traverse hard core life.  A gripping read by Kate McCafrey.  Reserved for mature age readers only.


Rating:
*****
Theme Fiction: Social Problems:
Suitable: Year 10-12

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Taunted and abused by, 16 year old Garry loses it when he sees his father getting stuck into his mother.  The friendship that develops with Alison is very special, one that becomes a test for both of them.  Scary and real are the two words that come to mind after reading this novel – a novel that stays with you long after the last page.


Rating: *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 9-12

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