Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Body shaming & fatmisia
  • Classism
  • Colourism
  • Lesbomisia
  • Homomisia
  • Sexism & misogyny
  • Racism & racial slurs, including misogynoir
  • Sex worker shaming & slurs
  • Slut-shaming
  • Transmisia
  • Victim blaming
  • Rape, including by coercion, statutory & gang rape
  • Sexual abuse & assault, including child sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment, including in the workplace
  • Incest
  • Paedophilia & grooming
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic abuse & violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Parental abuse, neglect & abandonement
  • Estrangement & disownment
  • Disordered weight & body thoughts
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Anxiety disorder & anxiety attacks
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Memory disorder, specifically dementia
  • Self harm, including self-immolation
  • Drug use
  • Hospitals & hospitalisation
  • Physical assault
  • Sex work & trafficking
  • Drowning
  • Outing
  • Gentrification
  • Displacement
  • Animal death
  • Blackmail
  • Gaslighting
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Slightly Love by Mary Balogh

Slightly Love by Mary Balogh

Anne Jewell is a teacher at Miss Martin’s School for Girls, a genteel academy in Regency England. Now she must confront the disturbing tragedy that gave her a beautiful son but locked her heart away for forever. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Disfigurmisia
  • Rape recounted
  • Pregnancy from rape
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Torture recounted
  • War mentioned
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Stick by Andrew Smith

Stick by Andrew Smith

Fourteen-year-old Stark McClellan (nicknamed Stick because he’s tall and thin) is bullied for being “deformed” – he was born with only one ear. His older brother Bosten is always there to defend Stick. But the boys can’t defend one another from their abusive parents.

When Stick realizes Bosten is gay, he knows that to survive his father’s anger, Bosten must leave home. Stick has to find his brother, or he will never feel whole again. In his search, he will encounter good people, bad people, and people who are simply indifferent to kids from the wrong side of the tracks. But he never loses hope of finding love – and his brother. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Disfigurmisia
  • Homomisia
  • Child abuse
  • Bullying
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The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose. Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Disfigurmisia & internalised disfigurmisia
  • Cheating
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Parent with alcoholism mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Dead bodies
  • Hospitalisation recounted
  • Eyeball trauma & loss of vision (theme)
  • Scars
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father in a car accident recounted
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Homelessness
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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Racism
  • Misgendering
  • Animal death
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11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Maine. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Slut shaming
  • Racism
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Terminal cancer
  • Hospital
  • Emesis
  • Blood depiction
  • Graphic physical injuries & illness
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
  • Car accident
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Auggie and Me by RJ Palacio

Auggie & Me by R.J. Palacio

Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.

Auggie & Me is a new side to the Wonder story: three new chapters from three different characters – bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte – giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Death of a friend in a concentration camp mentioned
  • Death of a father mentioned
  • Bullying (theme)
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Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Suicide joke
  • Surgery mentioned
  • Bullying (theme)
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