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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children's books ever since they... Featured in: 7+ readers | Alice 150th | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedFire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting... Featured in: YA readers | Books of the Month | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there's an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom's alchemists are sent out... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 Debut of the Month Each October Cara's family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter how much their mother tries to protect them, covering every surface in padding, removing electrical gadgets, hiding knives, they... Featured in: 13+ readers | Debuts of the Month | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Because You'll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but... Featured in: YA readers | Debuts of the Month | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire
Cassandra Clare
Shadowhunters and demons square off, lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed, for the sixth book and the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. The... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 5: City of Lost Souls
Cassandra Clare
Fifth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. Clary and the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels
Cassandra Clare
Fourth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. The Mortal War is over and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 3: City of Glass
Cassandra Clare
This title is the third instalment in the bestselling urban gothic fantasy sequence, The Mortal Instruments. With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine's hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes
Cassandra Clare
We were bowled over by Cassandra's first, City of Bones and from the feedback from readers you clearly were too. This is the second in The Mortal Instruments series and doesn't disappoint. Utterly captivating, beautifully written, cleverly plotted with... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into.Clary is your typical girl next... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Too Close to Home
Aoife Walsh
Minny has a pretty complicated home life: she lives with her mum, big sister Aisling, Bible-obsessed little sister Selena and baby brother Raymond in her Czech granny's house, which is now sometimes shared – to her and her sisters' consternation... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Deep Water
Lu Hersey
Danni's mother disappears without warning, a terrifying thought for any young girl. Just fifteen, Danni goes to stay with her father in a tiny fishing village and there finds out all sorts of secrets about her family, strange mysteries that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Boywatching
Chloe Bennet
If you like Geek Girl, you'll love Boywatching - a sassy, laugh-out-loud story of friendship, fun and boys! Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-14 Reading Age 8+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Snake Trap Travis Delaney Investigates
Kevin Brooks
This is the third adventure for Kevin Brooks' teen private investigator and it starts with an almighty bang. Terrorists lob a grenade into the offices of Delaney & Co leaving one man dead. Then they kidnap Travis. The action continues... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Killer Game
Kirsty McKay
The pupils of Umfraville School are super-bright, super privileged but pretty well cut-off from the outside world, stuck on a windy Welsh island with no internet connection. Who can blame them then for spicing up their life by devising a... Featured in: 13+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedMinus Me
Ingelin Rossland
July 2015 Debut of the Month Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching... Featured in: 13+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Debuts of the Month | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Brace Mouth, False Teeth
Sita Brahmachari
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ A warm and funny novel that girls in particular who lack confidence will resonate with. Zeni is not looking forward to her work experience week at a care home, particularly when she's just had... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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Better Left Buried
Emma Haughton
Emma Haughton's debut won her comparisons with Sophie McKenzie – high praise indeed. Her new book, Better Left Buried, confirms her reputation for taut, well-plotted psychological thrillers. Sarah's brother has died, which is terrible enough, but then Sarah realises she... Featured in: YA readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of narrative into a richly woven single thread. Seventeen-year-old Shelby Cooper has always been very protected by her mother; she...
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Reader Reviewed Tape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and...
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The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird
Arabella Weir
Frank and fabulous, Arabella Weir is utterly brilliant on tricky teen life in the hilarious follow up to The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird.
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True Face
Siobhan Curham
In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are...
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To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, the...
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Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015 A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds...
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Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings...
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Reader Reviewed Pike
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Not a word is wasted in this fine novel. On one level it is a thriller: fishing on Bacon Pond Nicky spots a glint of...
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Reader Reviewed Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won't want to stop. It's...
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Reader Reviewed My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Eleanor Wood
Tuesday Cooper describes herself as an average girl with a weird name, too-big ambitions, chubby thighs and delusions of grandeur. But surely even for girls like her dreams can come...
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Poems from the Second World War
Gaby Morgan
In numbers World War Two is almost incomprehensible – so many countries involved, so many different fronts and campaigns, so many lives affected. By bringing together poems by soldiers, airmen,...
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Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 1)
Cassandra Clare
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. This standalone e-only short story...
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Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
June 2015 Debut of the Month 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,...
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At the World's End
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Two young people are thrown out of the safety of ‘the Store', the building where they've been holed up for the last nine years following...
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Bloodline
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Edgy fiction, with strong contemporary themes, is the hallmark of Kevin Brooks's writing for teens. In this short novel four generations of the Black family...
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Reader Reviewed The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame. The...
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The Crowham Martyrs
Jane McLoughlin
Maddy Deeprose sees dead people: ghosts accompany her wherever she goes. Her mother has always warned her to keep this secret, but when Maddy starts at Crowham Martyrs School, her...
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Dumb Chocolate Eyes
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Pete Cassidy seems average, ordinary, apart from his eyes which are ‘kind of loose and lazy and chocolate brown'. The narrator of this story isn't...
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince's life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents...
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I See You Baby
Kevin Brooks, Catherine Forde
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The festival season is almost upon us, and this light-hearted romantic comedy will certainly put readers in the mood! In a tale of mistaken...
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Ruin and Rising
Leigh Bardugo
In the final episode of the powerful and all-consuming The Grisha sequence, Alina has one last chance to destroy the Darkling. To do so she needs to find the firebird....
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Reader Reviewed Clariel
Garth Nix
The long awaited prequel to the original ‘The Old Kingdom' trilogy will cause glee for fans, as it lays...
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In Another Life
Laura Jarratt
Laura Jarratt writes excellent thrillers, wrapping mysteries in the sort of issues and concerns that will be familiar to her teen readers. Hannah's big sister Jenny left her home and...
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The Last Soldier
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The Lost Soldier is lots of things: a genuinely creepy ghost story, and a gripping tale of loss, conflict, revenge and redemption. The ghost...
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Deadly by Design
Carina Axelsson
This series puts a stylish, modern spin on the Nancy Drew format. Teen model Axelle Anderson is a fan of Ms Drew and indeed Miss Marple, in fact she's been...
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Phoenix Rising
Bryony Pearce
A world where a devastating series of manmade and natural disasters have destroyed civilisations, leaving communities walled in and fearful, and the seas choked with mankind's accumulated junk – plywood,...
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Darkest Night
Will Hill
The epic conclusion in the blood-poundingly brilliant Department 19 series, from bestselling author, Will Hill. Since 1891 when Abraham Van Helsing and a group of friends faced Dracula, the world's...
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Dream on
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Baljit – Jit to his school friends – helps out in his father's chippy but dreams of playing football in the Premier League. When he's...
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Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai's Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC's youth squad – something he's dreamed of all his life. But...
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Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl', says Hayley Long,...
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The King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter...
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Am I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie's no-holds-barred story of...
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Reader Reviewed Lottery Boy
Michael Byrne
May 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Bully, real name Bradley, has chosen to live on the streets rather than at home with his sort-of step-father after his...
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Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook
Egmont UK Ltd
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year Minecraft is a BAFTA award winning online gaming sensation with over 41 million registered users. There's nothing that can't be built in...
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Reader Reviewed Girl Online
Zoe Sugg
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year - December 2014 Mega Debut of the Month Vlogger Zoella's fans will fall headlong into this sharply observed, super-realistic teen story. Against...
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Work Experience
Andy Mulligan
A note from the author, Andy Mulligan....‘The central joke has excited me for ages. Most students know what work experience is, and all too often it's a predictable disappointment…you end...
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Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of John Green's fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high...
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Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month May 2015 Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice...
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Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 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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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: "A Monster Calls" is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a...
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Reader Reviewed The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall's sparkling debut. Central character Anna is a lovable dork: the school misfit, she's given to spontaneous...
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Reader Reviewed The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by...
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Reader Reviewed The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015 Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try...
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Reader Reviewed Bad Bones
Graham Marks
Suspend disbelief and throw yourself into an action packed, creepy tale. 16 year old Gabe finds himself on the wrong side of an ambitious drug dealer in Los Angeles and...
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Persist
Melvin Burgess
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 In just 54 short pages Melvyn Burgess creates a drama that encompasses a whole life. Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn't know who she...
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Blitzcat
Robert Westall
In an extraordinary mix of fact and fiction, Robert Westall describes the Second World War through the eyes of a cat. Blitzcat leaves her home to track down her person,...
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Reader Reviewed The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore....
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Reader Reviewed Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you're new to Becca's writing or...
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Fear
Michael Grant
This is the fifth heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series. It is an exceptional page-turner. Escapism just doesn't get better than this. The complete list of books in this...
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Hunger
Michael Grant
Here's what Hugh (14), one of our teenage reviewers think of Hunger: Hunger, like it's prequel Gone, was unputdownable. It's an excellent follow-up to an original idea. More children...
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Lies
Michael Grant
Set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving children to rule in gangs that become increasingly feral...
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping...
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Plague
Michael Grant
This is the fourth book (of six) in the mind-blowing Gone series...a blood-pumping, white-knuckle ride of epic proportions. It's a world without adults and normal life has crashed and...
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Allegiant (Adult Edition)
Veronica Roth
Told from a riveting dual perspective, best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions...
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The Blood of Olympus Heroes of Olympus
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month -One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Another awesome epic from...
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The Boundless
Kenneth Oppel
A tremendous adventure unfolds across the vast emptiness of Canada being opened up by explorers in the 1880s. William Everett knows all about the railway from his father who has...
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Reader Reviewed Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it's scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces...
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Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green's fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at...
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Reader Reviewed Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only...
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Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is...
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