I like gifting books in pairs. Sometimes I choose books that are wildly different to one another; at other times, I select books for their overlappping themes. I buy secondhand books, too, so not all are new releases. Every quarter I will share one of my book buddy recommendations here.

The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow by Emily Ilett

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell

Winter 2021

The first two books I am buddying both speak the lyrical, rolling language of the sea. One is set in Scotland and the other in Papua New Guinea. These stories will take young readers on very different but equally ethereal and engaging adventures, while preparing them for (or helping them to) confront painful issues - namely, loss and coping with change. Both celebrate sisterhood. These book buddies are the literary equivelant of sea salt and buttery caramel - a winning combination.

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