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Books of the Month

The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship | Power of words Heartrending and, ultimately, hopeful, this tells the extraordinarily powerful tale of unforgettable Alice, whose “soul is filled with songbirds”, and who refuses to... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2016
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Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
August 2016 Book of the Month This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Brooks and Neil Gaiman. Human rights abuses of... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedWhat's a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Feminism * Friendship * Fighting back Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 Book of the Month Hattie's life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes a gin sling (or three), is... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve's new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedWonderboy
Nicole Burstein
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: ways to change the world Joseph is not classic super-hero material: he's asthmatic and rubbish at sports, bullied regularly and nicknamed Wilco because he always complies when someone demands he... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedLydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature's great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of Pride and Prejudice, but there we never learn exactly... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Head Over Heels
Holly Smale
Harriet Manners is a heroine for our times: bright – she's a self-confessed geek with thousands of bizarre facts at her fingertips - a loyal friend, funny, but also constantly anxious and painfully aware of all the ways in which... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Desolation
Derek Landy
No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart or had their heads staved in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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A Step Towards Falling
Cammie McGovern
In a Nutshell: Righting wrongs | Dispelling prejudice | Dramatic transformations An absorbing, touching tale about stepping-up, seeing people for who they really are, and finding love when you least expect it. Emily has always done the right thing. She... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime for Jas The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby
Natasha Farrant
In a Nutshell: Sibling shenanigans | Family frenzies | Everyday miracles Humorous, generous-hearted fourth and final novel in a heavenly series that just keeps on giving. The winds of change are whooshing through the Gadsby household. The siblings have a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedSpook's: The Dark Army
Joseph Delaney
Following the shocking final events of A New Darkness, fans of the Spook's series will be desperate to find out what happens next. The opening chapter is riveting as Tom Ward, slaughtered at the end of the previous book, is... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Royal Tour
Amy Alward
The Hunger Games goes Princess Diaries in book two of this modern, magical teen adventure series! Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Crongton Knights
Alex Wheatle
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Crongton Knights is a very funny, very moving story that shows that although life is testing, the lessons learned the hard way are the ones you'll never forget. It is from the... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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All About the Hype
Paige Toon
In a Nutshell: Gigs • Glitz• Grown-up glitches Super-cool summer escapism with heaps of heat, heart and Hollywood glamour, this third Jessie Jefferson novel is the most satisfying yet. Having recently discovered that her dad is none other than... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War....
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Reader Reviewed Children of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in...
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Reader Reviewed The Hawkweed Prophecy
Irena Brignull
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Old world witches * Potent prophecy * Firm friendship Fairytale witch-magic melds with the modern world in this captivating debut....
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The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the...
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Reader Reviewed A Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, this spellbinding novel about love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories shimmers as vibrantly as a queen's finely threaded robes. When cruel king...
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Reader Reviewed Concentr8
William Sutcliffe
Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult...
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The Front Room
Michelle Magorian
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ There's more than one ghost in Michelle Magorian's genuinely creepy new short novel. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday...
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Reader Reviewed Wave
Paul Dowswell
July 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 World War One didn't just affect those involved in the fighting but those left at home, and...
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Eight Rivers of Shadow
Leo Hunt
In a Nutshell: Dead gripping • Dead funny • Deadpan urban fantasy Full of fantastical thrills, supernatural spills and wail-out-loud wit, this sublimely plotted sequel to “Thirteen Days of Midnight”...
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to...
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Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession...
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Reader Reviewed The Moonlight Dreamers
Siobhan Curham
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship...
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Reader Reviewed The Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife', I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a...
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Reader Reviewed The Witch's Kiss
Kate Corr, Elizabeth Corr
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Witchcraft * Vengeance * Dream Boy Melding ancient witchery with modern-day dilemmas of the heart, this deliciously dark tale is a...
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Reader Reviewed Remade
Alex Scarrow
In a nutshell: coming after you The best horror stories play on our deepest fears, and Alex Scarrow works that brilliantly in this thoroughly unsettling and unputdownable thriller. Leon is...
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Cruel Heart Broken
Emma Haughton
In a Nutshell: Deceit • Decisions • Doing the right thing A gripping, emotionally-charged page-turner about guilt, regret and finding the strength to face the truth. 15-year-old Laurie has always...
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In 3 words : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less....
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Summer Shadows
Joss Stirling
In a Nutshell: Paranormal powers * High-octane action * Hunt for happy-endings Step into the shadowy world of the Savants in this sixth installment of a series that oozes intrigue,...
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Reader Reviewed And I Darken
Kiersten White
In a Nutshell: Ruthless anti-heroine * Epic alternate history * Loyalty and love Epic and intense, this rich reimagining of Vlad the Impaler as a young woman will have fans...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian...
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Sky Key
James Frey
The sequel to the New York Times bestseller and international multimedia phenomenon, Endgame: The Calling.
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Girl Online: On Tour
Zoe Sugg
The things that have made Zoe Suggs's lifestyle vlog such a phenomenon with teenagers are exactly the things that will make her new novel such a hit with them. In...
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Eden Summer
Liz Flanagan
Brilliant new writer Liz Flanagan makes her debut with this stunning story about friendship, loss and finding yourself in the midst of tragedy. Jess's life is thrown into turmoil when...
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Reader Reviewed Spook's: The Dark Army
Joseph Delaney
Following the shocking final events of A New Darkness, fans of the Spook's series will be desperate to find out what happens next. The opening chapter is riveting as Tom...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Broken King
Philip Womack
One of our Books of the Year 2014 When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him...
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Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is...
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Reader Reviewed The King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing...
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The Search for Mister Lloyd
Griff Rowland
Winner of Tir na n-Og Book Award 2016 A gorgeously quirky and magical story about friendship, hope and discovery, for young and older adults alike. Mostyn is a pigeon fancier,...
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Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might...
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Reader Reviewed The King's Revenge
Philip Womack
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents,...
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Reader Reviewed Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths. Shy Rosie had “never...
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Reader Reviewed Alone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart...
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Reader Reviewed Five Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle - escape With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with...
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Reader Reviewed The Book of Pearl
Timothee De Fombelle
June 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Timeless fairytale • Eternal love • Lyrical quest An enchanting, beautifully written novel about how first love can shape...
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Racing Manhattan
Terence Blacker
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: Awe-inspiring • Odds-defying • Dream-chasing • Horse-racing Exhilarating equine epic about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles, set in the...
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Reader Reviewed If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is...
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The Crystal Stair
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In a Nutshell: danger deceit determination Catherine Fisher's dystopian vision of a frozen world is beautiful, intriguing and makes for gripping reading. The...
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Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger...
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Mate Match
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 - In a Nutshell: love and laughs This witty comedy of modern manners will have young people snorting with laughter and quite possibly squirming...
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The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with the cat and curry loving Death. Terry...
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Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve...
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Thicker Than Water
Anne Cassidy
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In three words: violence – love - tragedy John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is the inspiration for Anne Cassidy's novel and she...
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Reader Reviewed Girl Out of Water
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of...
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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing...
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Reader Reviewed Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a...
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The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut about grief, guilt and the tragic reality of knife...
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Notes on Being Teenage
Jana Rosalind
Teens & YA's love to read and are the best authority on how it feels to be a teenager so we asked one of our teen Reader Review Panel members...
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The Last Star
Rick Yancey
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe...
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