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Reader ReviewedThe 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 spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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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 first in a series - about finding your place and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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, and the awe-inspiring, life-enhancing trip they take together. Zoe Bird... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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 and lies.. Fourteen-year-old Jude has gone missing from Port Glasgow.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 a distinctive and irresistible voice. We meet her here as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedA 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 live with bipolar disorder, and finding the strength to reveal... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe 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 her hiding out in the old abandoned mill she calls... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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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 mortal enemies...Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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. Human rights abuses of many different kinds provide the starting... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedContagion
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 an epidemic and broken out of an institute where she... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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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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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 format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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, sends the young James Bond off on a dangerous, possibly... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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 truck driver father is often away for days at a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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. *** Win a visit to your school from Alex Wheatle!... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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; no more boring Lizzie, she's going to become someone seriously... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2017
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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 life is a madcap, modern day mash-up of Louise Rennison,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedCountless
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 discovering she's pregnant while fighting an eating disorder. Hedda's initial... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedSteve & 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 chew when they take flight from a bully, and crash... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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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 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 navigating one's way through worries and difficulties. While there are... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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 in which, following the collapse of the EU and a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Last Month's 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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More Featured Books

Black Cairn Point
Claire McFall
Winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 A haunting YA thriller unfolds on an isolated beach. Heather Collins, Schools Programme Manager at Scottish Book Trust, said; “Congratulations to Claire...
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Reader Reviewed Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new...
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Reader Reviewed Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | February 2016 Debut of the Month ...
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Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter,...
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month ...
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains...
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship |...
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Crongton Knights
Alex Wheatle
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Crongton Knights is a very funny, very moving story that shows that although life is...
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The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Filled with mystery, vibrant characters,...
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Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their...
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Reader Reviewed The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into...
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Reader Reviewed Following Ophelia
Sophia Bennett
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautiful young maid catches the eye of the Pre-Raphaelites | Mary leads a Cinderella life: by day she's blacking grates...
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Reader Reviewed Waking in Time
Angie Stanton
In a Nutshell: Secrets, romance and time travel twists | Still mourning the death of her grandmother, Abbi embarks on a new life when she moves to a college far...
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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
March 2017 Book of the Month A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war...
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
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...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through...
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Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit
Written in spare beautiful prose, this extraordinary story will haunt readers. It begins in Krakow in 1939. Seven-year-old Anna is left to fend for herself when her father fails...
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Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There's rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two epic expeditions to unearth...
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Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Before meeting his new foster brother, Jack understands what he and his family are ‘getting into'. Fourteen-year-old Joseph almost killed a teacher, and...
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Help: My Cat's a Vlogging Superstar!
Rae Earl
In a nutshell: vlogging comedy with irresistible central character | The new book from the author of My Mad Fat Diary is aimed at slightly younger readers and tells the...
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Reader Reviewed The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger's * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that's certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of...
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American Monsters
Derek Landy
A fantastic finale to a fantastic series but most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Bigger, meaner, stronger, Amber closes in on her murderous parents as they make one last desperate...
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Liccle Bit
Alex Wheatle
Voice-driven debut YA novel, full of humour and friendship, about a teenage boy who gets caught up in gang culture on an inner city estate. 'A gripping tale of family...
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