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5 Children’s Books with a Transgender Theme

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From 12th to 19th November it’s Transgender Awareness Week and with some governments pushing back against the trans movement and trying to lock down gender in laws, it’s never been so important to be a trans ally!

With that in mine, we’re suggesting some books for children today, all with a transgender theme. These books are designed to help understanding, in a kind and simple way and all come highly recommended.

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10 Recommended Books Set During World War I

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It was the greatest war the world had even seen and tallied sixteen million dead. From 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918 the world went to war in what became known as The Great War, and later World War I.

Such an event was always going to be documented over the years and a raft of World War I poetry, literature, and novels exist. Today we’re recommending some of our favourite reads set around the First World War, feel free to add your own in the comments.
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Top 30 Most Memorable Reads

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Over on our Book discussion page The Cwts @ Reading Addicts, members are always asking for recommendations of what to read next, but this week one of our regulars posted “I thought it might be interesting for members to list the more memorable books you have read. I find some I read years ago and remember them well and others I have read more recently are completely forgettable.”

The list that this question produced was extensive and produced some interesting suggestions. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: November

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts. We hope you find something that interests you. Here are the top 20 books for November, chosen by you! Read More

Why Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak is Still Relevant Today

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Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson is the novel that made her name. Published back in 1999, the book tells the story of a girl coping in the aftermath of being raped. Despite being almost twenty years old, the novel still has great relevance today as consent is still an issue, highlighted by the recent MeToo movement.

Speak is one of the most widely read books about rape and is even taught in schools across the US. Even today Laurie Halse Anderson visits schools with her work for RAINN to talk about the book’s message, and even today she is surprised at the responses she gets.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: October

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month we see the same book in the number 1 spot for a second month, it’s proven to be a massive bestseller and is now the top of our top 20 for two months running! Have you read any of the books below? We hope you enjoy the recommendations. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: September

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Another month has passed as the year races by and now we’re into September and if you’re looking for some reading suggestions then we have the FRA Top 20, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

Every month we ask the group members to let us know what their favourite read was from the previous month. Those results are then collated, giving us a top 20 recommended reads for the following month. Here’s September!  Read More

Obama Shares What He’s Been Reading This Summer

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It’s always interesting to know what any public figure has been reading lately, but even more so when that public figure also happens to have been the 44th President of the United States. Every so often, Barack Obama takes to his official Facebook page to let us know what he’s been reading and what he’d recommend.

Obama published a post on Sunday evening detailing five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that he’s been reading over the Summer. “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon,” he wrote. “This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Read More

4 Brilliant Leon Uris Books

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Leon Uris (3rd August, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Uris was the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Uris. His father was a Polish born immigrant, his mother a first generation Russian American.

Uris was six years old when he was first recognised for his literary skills when he wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. He would go on to write many bestselling works, based around major political and historic events. Today we’re going to recommend four books you may like to try. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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