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There comes a point in a young life when the time is right to move on from the books and children’s authors they enjoyed as a child to reading books and authors that offer greater challenges as they grow up into adulthood. The books in this 13+ category are exactly that. They bridge that gap to introduce you and your teenager to authors who write for that early teen reader but also adult authors who also write for a teenage / young adult audience.

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The Lie Tree
Reader Reviewed The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Bomber
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...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Poppy in the Field
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 that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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We are All Made of Molecules
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, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Skink No Surrender
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 with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Boundless
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 been working on it for years. Waiting to meet him...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Plague
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 burned.  When you hit 15 everything changes.  It's a sci-fi...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Lies
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 and destructive. As conditions deteriorate tensions mount. Sam is meant...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Hunger
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 are developing powers and the world inside the FAYZ is spinning...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Fear
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 epic series is.... 1 Gone 2 Hunger
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Bane Chronicles
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. The start of each story begins with an extract and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Bad Bones
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 life takes an even sharper turn for the worse when...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2015
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The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird
The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird
Arabella Weir
****Arabella Weir is appearing alongside Holly Smale in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!   Arabella Weir, actress, writer and comedian whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Paper Towns
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 school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
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A Monster Calls
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 beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The it Girl
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 tap-dancing, accidentally sets fire to the hair of the most...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Lottery Boy
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 mother dies. It’s a miserable existence, and he’s a prey...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Allegiant (Adult Edition)
Allegiant (Adult Edition)
Veronica Roth
What if your whole world was a lie? The thrillingly dark conclusion to the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy, now available in paperback. Divergent - a major motion picture series, Insurgent movie release in 2015! What if a single...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
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Mindwalker
Reader Reviewed Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
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 fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular future feels as though it could...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
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Work Experience
Work Experience
Andy Mulligan
How much mayhem can a group of children cause in their various W.E. placements?
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2015
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Gone
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 the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Paper Towns
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 its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Girl Online
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 a background of first the ordinary ups and downs of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/11/2014
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Light
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 instalment in the bestselling GONE series that really put dystopia...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook
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 Minecraft, but with so many possibilities, where do you start?...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
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The Blood of Olympus Heroes of Olympus
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 Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Persist
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 is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2015
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Black Ice
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 a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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The Last Summer of Us
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...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
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Demons of Dunkirk
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 a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/06/2015
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Blitzcat
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, a pilot with the RAF. Her journey takes her through...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Poems from the Second World War
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, mothers, civilians and others directly involved, this excellent anthology puts...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Half Wild
Reader Reviewed Half Wild
Sally Green
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Half Bad was one of the most talked about Young Adult books of 2014. It pitched Nathan, a Half Code witch, with a Black Witch father and White Witch mother, against...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Books of the Month | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2015
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Seed
Reader Reviewed Seed
Lisa Heathfield
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult led by a self-imposed father figure, Papa S. Pearl is happy, despite, or maybe because of, her extreme naivety. Contact...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Reader Reviewed The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
April 2015 Debut of the Month Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a new home in rainy Washington. They’ve not even been there one night before something creepy makes its presence felt, to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
David Crystal, Ben Crystal
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is a brand new, unique, alphabetical colour dictionary of Shakespearean words and meanings, targeted to help students of 11-16 years get a better understanding of Shakespeare anywhere in the world. Ideal for GCSE and for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2015
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The Secret Countess
The Secret Countess
Eva Ibbotson
By the award-winning and bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea, a novel that sings with characteristic Ibbotson warmth and wit, now with a beautiful new cover look
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Pigeon English
Pigeon English
Stephen Kelman
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011  One of the most urgent and important books of the year, Pigeon English is full of tragedy and despair but also shot through with a fragile but unwavering strand of hope. Harri Opoku is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
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The Morning Gift
The Morning Gift
Eva Ibbotson
From the author of Journey to the River Sea comes one of Eva Ibbotson's most exquisite romances, now with a beautiful new cover look
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Magic Flutes
Magic Flutes
Eva Ibbotson
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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A Company of Swans
A Company of Swans
Eva Ibbotson
An enchanting love story set in the Amazon, by the award-winning and bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea, now with a beautiful new cover look
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Othergirl
Reader Reviewed Othergirl
Nicole Burstein
There are lots of young girls with a best friend they think is so much prettier, funnier, and more popular than they are, that she almost seems to have superpowers. That’s just what it’s like for Louise, except that her...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Skeleton Key
Reader Reviewed Skeleton Key
Anthony Horowitz
More edge of your seat thrilling action from one of the masters of suspense in children’s fiction.  Super spy Alex Rider is in deep water again as he is enlisted by the national security services again - this time for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Scorpia Rising
Reader Reviewed Scorpia Rising
Anthony Horowitz
This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return. Pursued from Europe to North Africa and Cairo's city of the dead -...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Crocodile Tears
Reader Reviewed Crocodile Tears
Anthony Horowitz
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure.  When Alex finds himself in great danger he turns to MI6 for protection. They are willing to help –...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Scorpia
Reader Reviewed Scorpia
Anthony Horowitz
The fifth revelation-packed mission in the Alex Rider series. Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his father, teenage MI6 superspy, Alex Rider, is determined to find out more. Travelling to Italy, he manages to infiltrate the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Snakehead
Reader Reviewed Snakehead
Anthony Horowitz
Undercover in a poisonous world, teen spy Alex Rider is back for another adrenalin rush adventure that will have all addicts of high-octane action and adventure clamouring for it. Guaranteed to enthral. Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Eagle Strike
Reader Reviewed Eagle Strike
Anthony Horowitz
The fourth, thrilling episode in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series. Reluctant teenage super sleuth Alex Rider fights clever and ingenious villains and meets plenty of pretty girls whilst trying to decode a secret operation of a madman named...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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If You Were Me
Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sam Hepburn
April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Dark Satanic Mills
Reader Reviewed Dark Satanic Mills
Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick has teamed up with authors and illustrators to create a page turning, apocalyptic story told in a striking black and white comic book...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Tinder
Reader Reviewed Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)
Lewis Carroll
From her catwalk shows inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party to her world famous twisted take on Britishness, Dame Vivienne Westwood has always seen the world through the looking glass. Now she has illustrated her favourite children's story by...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
Reader Reviewed My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
J. A. Buckle
Josh Walker is a boy who likes a list.  Top of his ‘things to do this year’ is: commence upper-body-related action with girlfriend Becky; form a band (death metal preferably); and get a tattoo. By the end of the book...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
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Apple and Rain
Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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More Than This
Reader Reviewed More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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Cuckoo Song
Reader Reviewed Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - May 2014 Book of the Month  Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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Vango
Vango
Timothee De Fombelle
Raised by a strange nanny in Sicily, Vango grows up with one friend, a priest Zefiro, who lives in a monastery hidden from sight. On reaching adulthood, Vango decides to follow in Zefiro's steps, but at the moment he is...
Featured in: 13+ readers | UKLA Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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Looking at the Stars
Looking at the Stars
Jo Cotterill
Amina's homeland has been ravaged by war for many months, but so far she and her family are safe, together. When a so-called liberating force arrives in the country, the family think their prayers for peace will soon be answered,...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2014
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Russian Roulette
Reader Reviewed Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Bestselling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and calculating; he is a contract killer...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Crow Talker
Reader Reviewed The Crow Talker
Jacob Grey
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Caw is an orphan, or might as well be. His parents threw him out aged five and since then he’s lived with a family of crows in a local park. He’s learnt to understand...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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The Greatest
The Greatest
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+  Muhammed Ali’s life story provides daily inspiration for a young boy, also called Ali, who takes on the bigger lad who bullies him. The setting for their confrontation is the boxing ring. Barrington Stoke...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2014
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Desirable
Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
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A Song for Summer
A Song for Summer
Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbotson is so clever at capturing moments in history and weaving a story around them and her characters too are so real you feel you can reach out and touch them.  Here in A Song for Summer is absolutely...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Under a War-Torn Sky
Under a War-Torn Sky
L. M. Elliot
Winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for Best Young Adult Book Henry is just nineteen, and a long way from home. He’s one of the many thousands of young American pilots who came to Britain during World War 2...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2015
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Across Enemy Seas
Across Enemy Seas
L. M. Elliot
This is a new book from L. M. Elliott who wrote the excellent WW2 novel Under a Worn-Torn Sky.  This is also set during World War Two, but tells a very different story: that of two young English brothers...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2015
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The Glory
Reader Reviewed The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Books of the Month | Pony Mad
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Battle Lines
Reader Reviewed Battle Lines
Will Hill
Book 3 from the talent behind the bestselling hardback YA debut of 2011. Dracula is on the verge of coming into his full power. Department 19 is on the back foot. Department 19 faces a new and potentially deadly threat,...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Jessica's Ghost
Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. 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...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Love Bomb
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 that it’s just as funny, smart and current as the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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The Storm
The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to survive a devastating apocalypse brought about by a killer contagion...
Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Beneath
Reader Reviewed The Beneath
S. C. Ransom
An adrenaline fuelled opening plunges readers into a compelling and tense thriller. Lily is loitering on the platform of an underground station – with no signal it’s a refuge from her cyberbullies – when a girl comes running down the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2015
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Behind the Walls: A City Besieged
Behind the Walls: A City Besieged
Nicola Pierce
A significant slice of historic conflict is served with authenticity and sensitivity. The siege of Derry in 1689 is a fascinating subject matter, while battle, starvation and death makes for uncomfortable and at times difficult reading, the author also highlights...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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Flesh and Blood
Reader Reviewed Flesh and Blood
Simon Cheshire
This creepy story is a great addition to the Red Eye horror series for teens. Sam moves into a new neighbourhood when his family come into some money. Everything looks lovely, but on their very first night in their new...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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Nightbird
Nightbird
Alice Hoffman
Best-selling Alice Hoffman makes the impossible seem real in this tender story which cleverly interweaves the magic from an old curse with a modern love-story against a background of small town prejudice. Twig’s life has always been constrained by the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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All That Glitters
All That Glitters
Holly Smale
****Holly Smale is appearing alongside Arabella Weir in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Hay Fever
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Black Dove, White Raven
Reader Reviewed Black Dove, White Raven
Elizabeth Wein
This is a book that takes its readers soaring through the skies over the Simien Mountains, bearded vultures circling overhead, in an unusual and unforgettable adventure. Emilia and Teo have been flying almost since before they can walk: their mothers,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Jules Verne
A thrilling, science-fiction adventure that takes its readers on a journey of discovery and imagination thousands of feet deep, deep into the centre of the earth. When a priceless...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (with an Introduction by Richard Peck)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (with an Introduction by Richard Peck)
Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer seems to be unable to avoid trouble. Wherever he is, he seems to be doing something adults don't approve of. But Tom is smart: he knows better...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2008
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Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic - and here are the thoughts of no less than four of our favourite authors, who all selected it !  June 2011 Guest...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
Mark Twain
This is a wonderful adventure of three boys from very different worlds. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, white and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Homer, Geraldine McCaughrean
This is Homer's classic tale of Odysseus' 10-year voyage back home to his wife Penelope in Ithaca after the Trojan war. It tells of his encounters with the Cyclops, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/1997
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Mosi's War
Mosi's War
Cathy Macphail
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category  Patrick is happy living with his mum. She lets him do what he wants, pretty much, and it's only when his granny comes to stay that he has to get...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2013
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
Celebrate 150 Years of Alice. Alice is one of the most beloved characters of English writing. A bright and inquisitive child, one boring summer afternoon she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole. At the bottom she finds herself in...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Alice 150th | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2007
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The Beloved
The Beloved
Alison Rattle
Escape from a bullying mother takes one young woman to an even more dangerous place.   A constant disappointment to all but her beloved father, Alice Angel longs for the day that she might break free from the stifling atmosphere of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Devil You Know
Devil You Know
Cathy Macphail
Award-winning writer Cathy Macphail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan is thrilled when he finds a friend. Baz seems cool...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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Split Second
Reader Reviewed Split Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, older readers category. Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Chasing the Dark
Reader Reviewed Chasing the Dark
Sam Hepburn
June 2013 Debut of the Month  An excellent  page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the story, are passionate about uncovering the truth. After Joe’s mum is mysteriously killed by a hit-and-run driver, Joe is sent...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Dead Ends
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D,...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children | Books for Boys | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Apple Tart of Hope
Reader Reviewed The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Half Bad
Reader Reviewed Half Bad
Sally Green
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015.  Important questions are posed in this richly imagined and fast-paced supernatural thriller with big themes at its heart. Nathan...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2014
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Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets
Reader Reviewed Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets
J. A. Buckle
Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy - this book has got it all. Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and chaotic family life.
Featured in: 13+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Books for Boys | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2014
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The Ghosts of Heaven
Reader Reviewed The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014  This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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