The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
In Calcutta in 1916, two orphaned babies are separated at birth.
The childrens’ lives are threatened but thanks to the self-sacrifice of their grandmother they remain safe for a number of years until finally they have to take their chances in the adult world.
This is a tense fantasy thriller. Inspired, unexpected and, at times, desperately sad, this is a compelling read.
Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
This book is humour, family and friendship rolled into one. Meg’s dreamed of being an astronaut since she was seven. This novel achieves a delicate balance between light-hearted fiction and thoughtful exploration of the pitfalls of being female, smart and good at science.