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Refugee Boy - A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah
Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing...

Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity. Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged ... until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you?

In was a one-in-a-million chance. A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling through the air and lands right at Damian's feet. Suddenly Damian and his brother, Anthony, are very rich. Very rich indeed. And the boys can buy everything they like ' except the one thing they really need. 
Millions can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you: - 7,692 Shogun BMX Bikes - 66,589 travel-size monopoly sets or - 168,656 stuffed-crust pizzas. They had millions. Pity they only had days to spend it. 
Damian and Anthony are faced with one almighty dilemma when they discover a bag stuffed with cash. Will the brothers be led into retail temptation? Are pizza deliveries from here to eternity a slippery slope for the soul? Or can Damian use the loot for altogether more saintly purposes? Millions by Danny Boyle
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne tells a thought-provoking story about the naivety of a young German boy in the Second Word War.
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences 

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In RE we are supporting the whole college literacy programme by reading fiction novels in RE.  Reading, thinking, discussing and sharing opinions will make literacy more fun.  There will be some characters who you understand and some whose actions you question.  In 2011 and 2012 the majority of pupils reading ages improved in just six weeks and all pupils were successful in the assessment.