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Reading Is Power: What's It All About?

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recommended by Laura Bates, author of The Burning

My recommendation is Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber. At first glance, this is a story about friendship and romance, about living with grief and learning how to trust who you really are. But what I loved about it was the way it explored the murkier grey areas of teenage lives: the times when you love your family but you can’t talk to them, the moments when you need your friends but you push them away, and particularly those experiences where you know deep down that something’s wrong but you don’t know how to trust yourself enough to do something about it. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, but you might just come away with new ideas about following your dreams, standing up for yourself and trusting your own heart, not anybody else’s.
About Laura:
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality. She is author of Everyday Sexism, Misogynation and the Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up. The Burning is her first novel.
About The Burning: 
15-year-old Anna has moved to a small Scottish village. There’s nothing to link Anna back to the ‘incident’. At least that’s what she thinks, until the whispers start again. Desperate for a distraction, Anna loses herself in a history project about a young local girl,Maggie, who was accused of witchcraft hundreds of years before. Anna finds herself drawn to the tale of Maggie, a girl whose story has terrifying similarities to her own.
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