Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Recommendation by Aislin N., Year 7D pupil at Caxton College
Life of Pi is a book about religion, tragedy and loss. It narrates the life of a young boy whogoes by the nickname of ‘Pi’ who endures great pain; emotionally and physically. During the suffering he still maintains his faith and the flicker of hope that he will be found and saved.
This book was recommended to me by my Maths teacher. I really enjoyed it because it was quite realistic and very well written. I would recommend it to people of around my age and up because the level of vocabulary is fairly neutral but the meaning is deep.
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Recommendation by Nicola Porch, Secondary Science teacher at Caxton College
Never Let Me Go is a dystopian science fiction novel which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005 and was adapted for film in 2010. The novel is narrated by Kathy who describes her experiences with her friends Tommy and Ruth at a seemingly idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. The narrative recounts the friends’ slow realisation of the terrible truth of their purpose in life as they attempt to confront the feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten their friendship and sense of self.
I loved this book! It is about a group of young people who desperately want to have independence and control over their lives, just like we all do, but especially when we are teenagers. Throughout the whole story you hope that things will turn out well for these particular friends, that they won´t have to follow the path of their predecessors.
Will the system let them do this though? You will have to read it to find out! Please note – the themes and content of this novel make it more suitable for older students. We would recommend it to students of year 10 and above.