Stay With Me

Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

Canongate, 2017

I turned to look Akin in the eyes, hoping that somehow he was not part of the ambush. His gaze held mine in a silent plea. My already-stiff smile slipped. Rage closed its flaming hands around my heart. There was a pounding in my head, right between my eyes.

Cover of Stay With Me by Adebayo Ayobami

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Wonder

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Corgi (Penguin Random House), 2014

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Cover of Wonder by RJ Palacio: an illustration of a young boy with one eye and no other facial features.

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A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Picador, 2016

He won’t know it then, but years later, he will be grateful that Malcolm has prepared for his future, even when he hadn’t wanted to … that Malcolm won the fight about the grab bars around the toilet. He’ll feel a sort of bitter wonderment that yet another person in his life – Andy, Willem, Richard, and now Malcolm – had foreseen his future, and knew how inevitable it was.

Cover of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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