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Books of the Month

Who Runs the World?
Virginia Bergin
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: rollicking, thought-provoking dystopian adventure | As the TV series of The Handmaid's Tale sets everyone thinking, publication of Who Runs the World? seems very timely. It imagines a very different... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedNever Say Die
Anthony Horowitz
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: simply the best action-packed, stylish adventure and escapism Anthony Horowitz's announcement that he was writing a new Alex Rider book was one of the best bits of literary news... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedJuniper Lemon's Happiness Index
Julie Israel
June 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Love, loss, friendship and secrets A tear-jerking, soul-stirring, heart-warming debut about losing a sister, and the ensuing aftermath of grief and mystery. Sixty-five days have passed since Juniper's effervescent big... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Phantom Limbs
Paula Garner
June 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: sensitive depiction of loss and survival Three young people, each marked by terrible loss are at the heart of this powerful YA novel. Otis lost his three year old brother... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedTroublemakers
Catherine Barter
In a nutshell: politics and the personal combine in a thoughtful, well-told and moving story Catherine Barter's excellent novel is primarily the story of a girl's search to find out more about her mother, but that's just part of a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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New Guard
Robert Muchamore
In a nutshell: Cherub, signing off in a blaze of glory In the final book in his hugely popular series, Robert Muchamore reunites some favourite characters from previous books: James Adams, original Cherub lead, is back, and heading up a... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedWalking Mountain
Joan Lennon
In a nutshell: thoroughly charming and original fantasy adventure Joan Lennon's new fantasy adventure is hugely entertaining, with a vividly described other/future world, and as unusual and appealing band of unlikely heroes as you could hope to meet. When they... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Hawkweed Legacy
Irena Brignull
In a Nutshell: Sisterhood, suspense, sacrifice and romance Spellbinding sequel in which a reluctant Queen of the Witches grapples with epic matters of the heart, soul, and magical realm. Poppy Hooper, “the baby who'd been swapped for another, the child... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Lord of Shadows
Cassandra Clare
In a Nutshell: Epic fantasy packed with passion and paranormal intrigue There are dark dangers and dilemmas aplenty in this glamorous, gripping sequel to Lady Midnight, second in The Dark Artifices trilogy. Part-angel, part-human Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs may have accomplished... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/05/2017
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The Recruit
Robert Muchamore
The first in the Cherub series. Terrorists, secret agents and covert missions are the theme of this highly entertaining book. James Choke is a normal 11 yr old boy with no father and a dead mother. He's taken into care... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2004
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell : 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. Being Harriet, she's extensively researched Haute Couture, but it wasn't... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welsh
In a nutshell: teenage love, romance and more in beautiful Italy Lina's mum is dying, and she has one wish for her daughter: to go to Florence and spend a year with someone called Howard, a man Lina has never... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Evil Within
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: creepy, haunting story of the young Jekyll and Hyde Catherine MacPhail admits to being fascinated by the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and here she takes Robert Louis Stevenson's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedOne Silver Summer
Rachel Hickman
June 2017 Debut of the Month A heady romance for two adolescences each of whom is coping with a family trauma revolves around a horse, secrets and the terrible pressures of family. Sass, newly arrived in Cornwall to live with... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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The Harder They Fall
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: bullying, injustice and the power of friendship In short, sharp, economical sentences, Bali Rai presents a story of bullying – by individuals and the state – and of escape and redress.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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The Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
The nail-bitingly tense sequel to The Outliers by New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight in which she raises the stakes of this heart-pounding series about secrets, betrayal and a group of people who are blessed - or cursed - with... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
Glenda Millard
In a nutshell: family and survival in a strange wartime landscape From the author of The Stars at Oktober Bend, now shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this is another powerful, tender and precisely written YA novel. 11 year... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Names They Gave Us
Emery Lord
In a nutshell: moving story of a teenage girl coping when her world turns upside down Lucy's life seems pretty sorted: she's got a lovely boyfriend, a good relationship with her parents, and as a practising Christian is supported and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Truth or Dare
Non Pratt
In a Nutshell: Race against time unites two brave, beautiful hearts How far will a person dare to go? What does it take to face the hardest truths? This gripping, heartfelt novel explores emotional depths and oh-so many vital themes... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Order of Darkness
Philippa Gregory
A Review for Changeling, the first in the Order of Darkness series: Best-selling Philippa Gregory's first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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If Birds Fly Back
Carlie Sorosiak
In a Nutshell: Summer search for lost loved-ones brings unexpected love Captivating and compassionate debut in which two endearingly quirky teenagers find love - and themselves - through their search for missing family members. Since the disappearance of her... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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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 top YA authors. Following last Christmas's My True Love... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedPassing for White
Tanya Landman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: brilliantly told story inspired by real life events A story of a daring escape made by two slaves, a young woman and her husband, provides the inspiration for Tanya Landman's... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 ‘Here be dragons' it says on...
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Blame
Simon Mayo
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future...
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Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
May 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone...
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Between the Lies
Cathy MacPhail
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Devastating deceits and sanity-shattering set-ups | Tense, twisty thriller in which a girl's disappearance spirals into a snare of manipulation...
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Chloe Snow's Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster
Emma Chastain
**Recommended for 14+ In a Nutshell: High school hijinks (with a double side of heart 'n' hormones!) | This hilarious diary-format account of a year in a 14 year-old girl's...
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Becoming Betty
Eleanor Wood
In a nutshell: funny contemporary dreams can come true story | Lizzie Brown is about to start 6th form, a chance as all teenagers understand to totally reinvent herself;...
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate.
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Reader Reviewed The Girl in Between
Sarah Carroll
May 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: powerful and moving story of love, loss and redemption | ‘I'm invisible' says our narrator; and certainly no-one sees...
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Reader Reviewed Steve & Frandan Take on the World
Ron Butlin
In a Nutshell: Fleeing bullies leads to a fight (and flight) of a lifetime | Action-packed adventure in which three friends bite off a whole lot more than most kids can...
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Reader Reviewed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to...
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Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Allan Stratton
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Taking a stand for the people you love A touching tale of a teen girl's endearing love for her grandmother,...
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Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 2017 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”...
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928 Miles from Home
Kim Slater
In a nutshell: gritty but uplifting story of a life transformed by an unexpected friendship Calum is used to living on his own; his mother left years ago and his...
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Red Nemesis
Steve Cole
In a nutshell: want action, adventure and storytelling flair? The name's Bond. The discovery of a lost communication from his father sent just before his tragic death some years earlier,...
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Spellslinger
Sebastien de Castell
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Witty fantasy anti-hero forges his own path There's trickery, traps, and action aplenty in this vividly conjured magical fantasy – the...
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook...
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The Teenage Guide to Friends
Nicola Morgan
In a Nutshell: Warm-hearted handbook for happy, healthy friendships With comforting clarity, this thorough guide provides vital insight into all aspects of friendship, and also offers support and solutions for...
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Reader Reviewed Countless
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Compelling and compassionate account of a pregnant teen fighting an eating disorder | Insightful, authentic and profoundly moving story of a teenager facing the double struggle of...
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Reader Reviewed The Pearl Thief
Elizabeth Wein
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: deftly told mystery and coming of age story. In Julie Beaufort-Stuart Elizabeth Wein has created a charming, original character, with...
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Reader Reviewed Contagion
Teri Terry
In a Nutshell: Flame-hot dystopian thriller This dynamo of dystopian YA, the first in the Dark Matter trilogy, sizzles with sinister science and supernatural intrigue. 12 year-old Callie has survived...
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Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
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....
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Frostblood
Elly Blake
The first in a page-turning young adult series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and S.J. Maas's Throne of Glass. Enter a world where fire and ice are...
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Reader Reviewed The Ethan I Was Before
Ali Standish
In a Nutshell: Loss, love, and the struggle to survive the most savage of storms A compelling coming-of-age story, an exploration of loss, and a gripping, multi-layered mystery, this had...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Goodbye Days
Jeff Zentner
In a Nutshell: Loss, friendship and the light of re-finding your way | An exceptional novel about grief, guilt and finding solace in celebrating loved ones' lives. I adored the...
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The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
Siobhan Dowd
Siobhan Dowd's short story first appeared in an anthology published in 2004. It has lost none of its power to move and the sheer depth and emotion packed into this...
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Forever Geek
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell: Luminous finale laden with laughter and love | There's more sunshine, soul-searching and sticky situations than you can shake a Eucalyptus branch at in this scorching conclusion...
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The Ravenmaster's Boy
Mary Hoffman
In a nutshell: intrigue and treachery at the Tower of London, and a bird's eye view of the end of Anne Boleyn | Three young people witness the fall...
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Checkmate
Malorie Blackman
The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence follows Sephy and her daughter, as she discovers the secret of her parentage and, as she grows into a young...
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Double Cross
Malorie Blackman
This thrilling new title in award winning Malorie Blackman's cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in...
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Knife Edge
Malorie Blackman
The terrific sequel to Noughts and Crosses which continues the story of Sephy and Callum and their families. Full of mystery, suspense, romance and even murder, taking the reader through...
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Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK....
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The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville
Ben Davis
In a nutshell: Wimpy Kid meets The Inbetweeners | This is the fourth and sadly the final book in the Private Blog of Joe Cowley series, and Joe will be...
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte...
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Here be Witches
Sarah Mussi
In a Nutshell: Merlin-esque mythology in the modern world | Set in stunning Snowdonia, this spellbinding sequel to Here Be Dragons shimmers with atmosphere, adventure and a love story of...
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Beyond the Wall
Tanya Landman
In a Nutshell: Boudica-spirited slave girl fights to break the chains that bind her | A sumptuous feast of historical fiction fuelled by drama, deception, and a young woman's determination...
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Reader Reviewed Stargazing for Beginners
Jenny McLachlan
In a Nutshell: Reaching for the stars | Astronomically uplifting treat in which witty, loveable, space buff Meg works to realise an out-of-this-world ambition. Meg has a burning desire to...
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Reader Reviewed Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer
In a Nutshell: Grappling with grief | Facing the truth | Forging new paths | Intensely moving, uniquely premised story of two strangers torn apart - and brought together –...
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Naondel (The Red Abbey Chronicles)
Maria Turtschaninoff
The enthralling Red Abbey Chronicles fantasy series continues with the second book, Naondel. In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose - to obey. Some were brought here as...
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Raging Star
Moira Young
Loyalty and betrayal. Lovers and enemies - all fans of The Hunger Games will love prize-winning Moira Young's final installment in the heart-stopping Dustlands trilogy. Saba doesn't know who...
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Blood Red Road
Moira Young
The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal...
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The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which...
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Rebel Heart
Moira Young
Danger. Betrayal. Destiny. Passion - all fans of The Hunger Games will love prize-winning Moira Young's sequel to Blood Red Road, last year's prestigious Costa Book Award winner. Set...
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