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We give a quick roundup of book recommendations and what’s new on the shelves.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

Using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly Singh, actress, comedian, and YouTube star, proves that there are no shortcuts to success. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for.
Available from: Virgin Megastore
Price: AED99




Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin 

As we say goodbye to Game of Thrones after its eighth season, Targaryen fans can kick back with Fire and Blood, set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire. Jump into the history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, who chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.
Available from: Virgin Megastore
Price: AED139



It is through the pages of a good book that you can travel through time to places you have never been. Once you have come across a book that you can’t put down; your world changes – you relate to the characters, the situations, the author and it helps you reflect on yourself and the world around you. It is readers who become innovators, storytellers, intellects, entrepreneurs and architects of the future. — Sidra Rashid, Primary English Coordinator (grades 3 to 5), GEMS New Millennium School


Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

This book captures the tragedy of abject poverty and presents it to the reader in a manner that evokes tears, laughter, sympathy, and astonishment. The book transports the unsuspecting reader to 1950s Ireland and examines it through the eyes of the innocent. Frank McCourt’s passage from adolescence to maturity is as unforgettable as it is powerful. Angela’s Ashes rings true and resonates in the same manner as Catcher in the Rye. It’s an instant classic that will soon be required reading in literature classes around the world. — Reyhan Armour, KG2RA Teacher, GEMS World Academy — Abu Dhabi



Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

I think everyone should read this memoir because it shows you how you never know what life can throw at you, but also that you are in charge of deciding how you handle it. The book shows the power of family and friends in dealing with unexpected hardships. It builds empathy and understanding as you follow the story of how the author, at age 12, suddenly contracts polio and is paralysed from the neck down. The author gives a realistic but positive and courageous viewpoint of how she made it through her experience and what she learned along the way. The relationships she makes because of having polio and the story of the other girls at the hospital will also inspire you. It is a short but powerful book that will stay with you long after you read it. It could be read aloud to students from grades 4 and above. — Janelle Wren, Elementary Librarian, GEMS Dubai American Academy

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

The Indian in the Cupboard is a beautifully written novel about an endearing boy named Omri who receives an Iroquois Indian figure for his birthday. He discovers he can bring him to life by using a medicine cupboard and a magic key. I recommended this novel because it is action-packed, and it teaches children how to be empathetic and tolerant of others. It is a read aloud favorite! — Lama Rawdah, grade 5 Teacher, GEMS Dubai American Academy



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