And The Stars Were Burning Brightly

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Recommended by: Marie Bartlett 

Contact: @LibraryLady

Author: Danielle Jawando

Form: YA Prose Novel

Length: 388 pages

Brief synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Nathan discovers that his older brother Al, has taken his own life, his whole world is torn apart. Al was special. Al was talented. Al had so many dreams … so why did he do it? Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al’s footsteps.
As he does, he meets Megan, Al’s former classmate, who is as determined as Nathan to keep Al’s memory alive.
Together they start seeking answers, but will either of them be able to handle the truth about Al’s death when they eventually discover what happened?

Age recommendation and challenging content: Y9 and above.
Contains themes including suicide and intense bullying.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Deals with current issues around male suicide and online intense bullying in an outstanding and compassionate way.

Other useful information: Whilst the topics covered are emotive and intense there is resolution and suitable information about help that can be accessed.

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