Shrewsbury School

Third Form Book Giveaway

The titles below have been selected from the shortlist for this year's Shrewsbury School Book Award. We think they are some of the most exciting, well-written and, most importantly, hugely enjoyable novels published recently for young adults. 

To welcome you to Shrewsbury School, we would like to offer you one of these titles free of charge. 

This has been generously funded by the Shrewsbury School Parents' Association.

Please choose the title that appeals to you most from the selection below and submit your choice by 26th June. We will endeavour to get your chosen title to you during the following week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


We look forward to meeting you in September and hearing what you think of the books.

Best wishes,

Mrs Jo Elliot, Head Librarian




Tomorrow by Damian Dibben: a spellbinding, beautifully written story of courage and devotion recommended for confident readers.

Valentyne has lived for centuries and lived many lives - physician, philosopher, soldier. His defining work is his ability to stop the clock. Accompanied by his faithful dog, Tomorrow, he has voyaged across Europe, attended royalty in a dozen courts, healed soldiers on a hundred battlefields, and met with the greatest minds of the Renaissance. Until one day, in watery Venice, Valentyne vanishes. Broken-hearted, Tomorrow begins a search that will last centuries. As the continent collapses into war, he must risk everything to find his master - or lose him forever. 



Girl in the window by Penny Joelson: see the world from a unique perspective in this thrilling page-turner.

Nothing ever happens on Kasia's street. Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom window. So, when she witnesses what looks like a kidnapping, she's not sure whether she can believe her own eyes . . . There was a girl in the window opposite – did she see something too? But when Kasia goes to find her she is told the most shocking thing of all.

There is no girl.




Ghost wall by Sarah Moss: a short, sharp tale of suspense, recommended for confident readers 

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as if they are ancient Britons. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with re-enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie's narrative is the story of an ancient bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her. The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. But how far will they go and who make the ultimate sacrifice?




Pet by Akwaeke Emezi: a powerful, highly original story which takes a side-long look at important issues

There are no monsters in Lucille. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. When Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, emerges from one of her mother’s paintings, Jam must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in her friend’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her friend, but also to uncover the truth. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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