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Reader ReviewedA Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He's always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedLove Song
Sophia Bennett
April 2016 Book of the Month Though she transports her readers into glamourous worlds Sophia Bennett fills her stories with warm, believable characters and always keeps the emphasis on the important things - family, friends, love. A chance event at... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedHalf Lost
Sally Green
April 2016 Book of the Month This epic, high-stakes conclusion to the record-breaking Half Bad trilogy will more than satisfy the legions of aficionados desperately awaiting its release. Consumed by anger and set on avenging his father's death, Nathan is... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/03/2016
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Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month 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... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author's highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedMaladapted
Richard Kurti
This second novel from the author of Monkey Wars is a thought-provoking thriller with all the adrenalin-boosting action of Alex Rider and high stakes dystopian drama of The Hunger Games. Cillian is a teen prodigy whose world is overturned... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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When We Collided
Emery Lord
17-year-old Jonah Daniels lives in Verona Cove, California and, like his Sicilian dad, has a real talent for cooking. But, six months ago, Jonah lost his dad and he's now shouldering responsibility for his large family. Life is looking pretty... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel. Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedWe are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it's possible to be. He's super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora' in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She's queen of the popular... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedUnderwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America's Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare and wonderful talent. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedHalf a Creature from the Sea
David Almond illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedZom-B Goddess
Darren Shan
This is the end! B Smith is drawing near to the end of her journey, but there's still time for the biggest fight and biggest twist of her life. This is NOT going to end with a whimper... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedKook
Christopher Vick
Fifteen-year-old science geek Sam has returned to Cornwall from London. It's his first time back since his dad drowned here when he was four. Sam has no idea what his new life holds, and then he meets Jade, the stunning... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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You Don't Know Me
Sophia Bennett
A bittersweet story of friendship and loyalty as two talented teens try to cope with the pressures of fame. It's a beautifully written, thought-provoking tale which deals honestly with the modern pressures of cyberbullying and social networking. What happens if... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Exposure
Mal Peet
A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture. Award winning Mal Peet's Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper,... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedPlain Jane
Kim Hood
Kim Hood writes poignantly and honestly about young people in difficult situations, making readers aware of the real person behind the issue. Jane's little sister Emma has cancer and for the last three years has taken up all their parents'... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/04/2016
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The Look
Sophia Bennett
The story of two sisters whose world falls apart just as for one of them fame is there for the taking. It will make you laugh and cry by turns and it's not to be missed. A Piece of Passion... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedWhy I Went Back
James Clammer
In a tradition of stories going right back to Beowulf, referenced in the book, this is a tale of stolen treasure, trickery and courage. Aidan is struggling to keep things together at home: his mother has been sectioned and his... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children's Book Award Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn't really have friends. But he finds it really easy to talk to Jessica. They've got lots in common and are firm friends within... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Bree lives on Mars, where everyone dreams of going back to Earth. With her failing grades, she is amazed to be chosen for a mission. But there are terrible shocks ahead. The Earth has been lost - the last war... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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Rosie Goes to War
Alison Knight
While fifteen-year-old Rosie is certain that spending the holiday with her gran and grumpy great-aunt will be the “worst one ever”, it turns out to be a summer she'll never forget. When Great-aunt Eleanor comments that Rosie looks exactly like... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie's twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing,... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2016
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling illustrated by MinaLima
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it's still capturing imaginations. This collectable, clothbound edition is not only complete and unabridged but has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedHead 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: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2106
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Reader ReviewedThe Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
Winner of the Older Fiction category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are. It's easy to think in these liberal times... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a reminder of how, without such brilliance, Shakespeare can be frustrating... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/03/2016
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The Penalty
Mal Peet
This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist. It's a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author's passion for football shines through in the writing. If you're football mad or want... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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North Face
Matt Dickinson
An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face' is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis is not afraid to tackle big issues in his novels for teens, including mysteries of good and evil and, in this book, whether there's a destiny that shapes...
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The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 2014 Book of the Month A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in...
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Reader Reviewed The Piper
Danny Weston
Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category - October 2014 Debut of the Month A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches...
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The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
Illustrated by Andy Forshaw
2016 is another big year for Shakespeare and The Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all his 38 plays, as well as into...
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Divergent Series Box Set (Books 1-4)
Veronica Roth
The No. 1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series, now available as a four-book boxed set including Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant and Four - A Divergent Collection. Allegiant, the major motion...
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Allegiant
Veronica Roth
This distinctive edition of the third book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series features cover artwork from the major motion picture The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and...
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Reader Reviewed The Sleeping Prince
Melinda Salisbury
This spellbinding sequel to The Sin Eater's Daughter heralds a welcome return to Salisbury's rich realm of fantastical fiction.“It's hard to remain on the side of reason...
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Reader Reviewed Hour of the Bees
Lindsay Eagar
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month Twelve year old Carol's emotional journey of discovery about her past makes a powerful story that will touch many readers. Carol's summer...
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The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel's writing is exquisitely echoed by Jon Klassen's haunting illustrations....
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Reader Reviewed Demon Road
Derek Landy
March 2016 Book of the Month Buckle up, because you are in for a hell of a ride! Amber's parents strike readers – and her – as eccentric, but nothing...
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Reader Reviewed Monkey Wars
Richard Kurti
A thrilling debut novel explores tribal behaviour and the dangerous consequences of it in an action packed story of two competing monkey tribes. A troop of aggressive Langur monkeys make...
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Star Struck
Jenny McLachlan
This fourth and final book in the hugely entertaining Flirty Dancing series tells the story of bad-girl Pearl, who knows what she wants and always gets it, like the leading...
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Crush
Eve Ainsworth
Eve Ainsworth's gripping second novel, Crush is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive. Dark, compelling and authentic it is the story of an abusive teen...
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Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
John Grisham
John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers in the fifth novel in his bestselling Theodore Boone series.
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Reader Reviewed The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's...
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Reader Reviewed Am I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 Book of the Month Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she'd like a boyfriend...
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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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Reader Reviewed Accidental Superstar
Marianne Levy
Music runs in Katie Cox's family. Her dad's a session musician, now based in California after divorcing Katie's mum. Her sister Amanda plays bass, while Katie's a talented songwriter with...
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Reader Reviewed Waiting for Callback
Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill
February 2016 Debut of the Month Fresh, funny and with the best teen voice since Geek Girl, this debut novel deserves a huge round of applause. It follows fifteen-year...
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Reader Reviewed Rebel of the Sands
Alwyn Hamilton
February 2016 Debut of the Month Smart-talking, sharpshooting Amani Al'Hiza is desperate to flee dead-end Dustwalk to make a better life for herself. While her prospects seem pretty much limited...
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Reader Reviewed Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
February 2016 Debut of the Month 16-year-old Brightonians Caddy and Rosie have been best friends all their lives, their relationship enduring even when Caddy's aspirational parents send her to a...
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Reader Reviewed Burning Midnight
Will McIntosh
Here's an really interesting premise: the world has been seeded with spheres - perfectly round gems in a variety of colours. Where they come from no-one is sure, but when...
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Reader Reviewed How Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 Book of the Month Holly Bourne's new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything....
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Reader Reviewed More of Me
Kathryn Evans
February 2016 Debut of the Month We all live with our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable – but Teva does so literally: once a year Teva...
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Car Wash Wish
Sita Brahmachari
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Sita Brahmachari writes about family lives and family relationships with real sensitivity and insight. Hudson, the teen narrator of her new novel, is well...
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A Dark Trade
Mary Hooper
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mary Hooper tells a thrilling tale of secrets, deception and escapes set in Victorian England, a period she writes about with passion and precision....
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Queen of the Silver Arrow
Caroline Lawrence
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Caroline Lawrence found inspiration for Queen of the Silver Arrow in Virgil's Aeneid, and her story of warrior princess Camilla is as exciting as...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
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...
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Reader Reviewed Movers
Meaghan McIsaac
‘Movers' is a captivating and exciting, action packed dystopian adventure. There really is nothing more fascinating or thrilling than exploring a world, set in the future, just outside of reach,...
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Wild Lily
K. M. Peyton
K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily...
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Reader Reviewed The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
Melissa Keil
Shortlisted for the 2015 Inky Awards The imminent arrival of the end of the world is going to focus your attention on the important stuff, even if you're a teenager...
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Reader Reviewed Twenty Questions for Gloria
Martyn Bedford
“Uman didn't make me do what I did. He made me realise I wanted to do it,” explains Gloria, the narrator of this absorbing psychological thriller, but both her...
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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Louis Sachar
In Holes, best-selling author Louis Sachar showed his understanding and compassion for a group of boys who have got outside the system. In There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom,...
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Love Bomb
Jenny McLachlan
Flirty Dancing author Jenny McLachlan has her finger firmly on the pulse of teen girls! Love Bomb is the second book in the Ladybirds series, and the good news is...
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The Search for Mister Lloyd
Griff Rowland
A gorgeously quirky and magical story about friendship, hope and discovery, for young and older adults alike. Mostyn is a pigeon fancier, Mister Lloyd the pigeon has gone fly-about and...
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