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Books of the Month

The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the eternal teenage cry, ‘It's not fair' been more justified. Offspring... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedOff the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedFive Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 - In three words: mysteries – urban jungle - escape With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man. Cole and his brother Ruben live... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedWhisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a murderer on the loose in Cassie's New Jersey hometown, the... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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In the Dark, in the Woods
Eliza Wass
May 2016 Debut of the Month Haunting coming-of-age page-turner about 16 year-old Castley's battle to break free from her father's repressive religious mania. The five Cresswell siblings and their broken, doll-like mum live in the foreboding shadow of their abusive dad,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedNot If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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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: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedUnderwater
Marisa Reichardt
May 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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Napoleon Xylophone
Frank Lambert
A darkly quirky and action packed fantasy adventure that proclaims it's not only ok to be different, it can at times, actually be an advantage. 15 year old Napoleon, also known as Zam, lives in Newcastle, he has a walking... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2013
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Wintergirls
Laurie Halse Anderson
Shocking, mesmerising and utterly convincing, Lia tells the story of her disjointed life in the iron grip of an eating disorder. Already happily embracing the demons who drive her not to eat, Lia is now pursued also by the voice... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey's family life is reassuringly normal. There's her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It's sharply observed comedy, and very funny. Audrey has problems though... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedNightwanderers
C. J. Flood
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 had a true friend” until Titania - Ti - comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 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 seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
This second instalment in a tantalisingly terrifying sequence of books based on a YouTube sensation is every bit as chilling as it's predecessor, and also digs deeper into Sunshine's emotional make-up and Luiseach lineage. Sunshine initially tries to suppress the... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedZom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B's fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B's own dangerous captive. B Smith must consider her next move very carefully indeed…Once... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 siblings. It's a journey that demands the greatest courage as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Devil's Blood
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
A horror-fantasy time-travelling adventure - the sequel to the acclaimed Black Arts! Devil's Blood is an extraordinary story not to be missed! Perfect for those who like a thrilling historical yarn with swashbuckling swordfights, desperate thieves, impish sidekicks, romance and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. Holding the reader in suspense throughout it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedAlone
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 and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Wolf by Wolf
Ryan Graudin
Powerfully thought-provoking alternate-history thriller in which an unforgettable heroine seeks revenge on Hitler. It's 1956, more than ten years since the Nazis won the war, and 17 year-old Yael belongs to a resistance movement. After enduring scientific experimentation as a... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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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: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre's power... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore. The... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described perfectly as a novel-in-verse, this is a story about basketball... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/10/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
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,...
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Reader Reviewed Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
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....
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Reader Reviewed The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Winner of the Older Fiction category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Half 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...
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Reader Reviewed Maladapted
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...
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Reader Reviewed Love 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...
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Reader Reviewed A 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...
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Reader Reviewed We 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,...
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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...
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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....
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Reader Reviewed Why 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Plain 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Kook
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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Zom-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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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More 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
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
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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