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A Bad Day for Jayden

Bradman, Tony
Mum won't get out of bed. His best friend has dumped him. And school work is just too difficult. It feels like the world is conspiring against Jayden in this touching and sensitively told story of life as a young carer from beloved author Tony Bradman. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

All the Things We Never Said

Rahman, Yasmin
But the website won't let them stop and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing them off against each other. A pact is a pact, after all. In this powerful debut written in three points of view, Yasmin Rahman has created a moving, poignant novel celebrating life.

An Saor Cloiche Mishona


Arthur Wants a Balloon

Gilbert Bedia, Elizabeth
Arthur Wants a Balloon deals beautifully with a parent's depression and portrays a child's way of helping his father to cope.

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Clare, Horatio
Aubrey's father, Jim, has fallen under an horrendous spell, which Aubrey is determined to break. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up and never surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT!


Teckentrup, Britta
A beautiful story about sadness, depression and hope. From Global Illustration Excellence Award winner, Britta Teckentrup.

Bob's Blue Period

Deuchars, Marion
Bob the bird loves to paint pictures with his best friend Bat. But one day Bat goes away and Bob is sad. He tries to paint, but everything he paints is blue! Can his friends help him to find his bright colours again?


Doyle, Roddy
A brilliant middle-grade magical adventure from the world-famous author of The Commitments and The Guts.

M Word

Conaghan, Brian

Night Shift

Gliori, Debi
A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations

The Family Tree

Peet, Mal
An utterly stunning, powerful and unforgettable novella by the highly acclaimed and much missed Mal Peet. Featuring sensitive full colour illustrations by talented rising star, Emma Shoard. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+

The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

Ilett, Emily
On the morning of Gail's birthday, her shadow escapes. A lyrical, immersive and luminous tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow tells of bravery, the effect of mental health issues and being strong enough to ask for help when we really need it.