Library and Careers

The Global Citizenship book of the month

During the school year, the library will feature different books related in some way to either the Global Goals, Fair Trade, EcoSchools or the Malawi Partnership.  The books featured encourage the reader to explore their world and the issue presented, and to question how they can change things for the better.


Our book for December 2017 is Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2016 and winner of the first Amnesty International Cilip Honour, this book is deeply moving yet harrowing.  Set in the American South of the 1960s, the story follows Sarah as she attends Jefferson High School – one of the first black pupils to ever do so.  Exploring race, power, gender equality and sexuality, this is a realistic and compelling novel about finding your voice; even when others are prepared to do anything to silence it.  Linking in to various Global Goals, this book explores the nature of equality in detail without softening the blows, and gives us the ability to see the impact that history has had on the way we live and work together in today’s world.


Our book for September 2017 is Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

Book cover of Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

A poignant and detailed look at the causes and consequences of the war in Syria as told from the perspective of the 12-year-old male protagonist.  Deeply moving and meticulously researched, this novel takes you on the journey through the heart-breaking decisions that refugees must make when they decide to flee their homes.  This novel has been short-listed for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize, and is available to read now in the school library.


Our book for June 2017 is Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord. 

Together the simple words and pictures tell the story of Alpha, a young man on a dangerous journey from the Ivory Coast to Paris.  Illustrated by Bessora and written by Barroux, this is the modern-day tale of the refugee crisis.  It shines a light on some of the deepest inequalities in our world which, through the Global Goals, we are aiming to reduce.

‘Here is a book we should all be reading, young and old, of whatever country and continent, of whatever religion, or of no religion, of whatever political persuasion or none. […]  Read it and weep.  Once you read this book, passing by, looking away, is no longer an option.’  Michael Morpurgo, Introduction to Alpha.