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Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedYou Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April & May 2018 Table tennis champion Matthew Syed offers his very best advice on how all children can help themselves to become better at anything... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | February 2018 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British social... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedDear Martin
Nic Stone
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Striving for goodness when the world has you down as bad Picture this. You're an honors student with a top university in your sights. You work hard, and you follow... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically dramatic, dangerous and funny new adventure. The world of Skulduggery... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2018
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Charmcaster
Sebastien de Castell
Kellen, Reichis and Ferius are on their way to Gitabria, a city where amazing inventions are dreamed up and sold across the land of the Seven Sands. But when the three of them stumble across a tiny mechanical bird, magically... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/05/2018
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The Wheel of Surya
Jamila Gavin
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. A beautiful new edition of the first volume in the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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SLAY
Kim Curran
When Milly arrives home to discover her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the boys in the hottest band on the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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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: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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My Box-Shaped Heart
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Fractured families | First love | Fresh starts | 16-year-old Holly feels like an outsider, except when she's swimming at her local pool: “Under the surface, deep in the blue-lit water, nobody can see me. There's nobody to... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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White Rabbit, Red Wolf
Tom Pollock
In a Nutshell: Murderous mystery, mental health and maths This explosively unique page-turner sees a seventeen-year-old maths genius with anxiety disorder become embroiled in a treacherous world of espionage following an assassination attempt on his scientist mum. Maths prodigy Pete... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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How to Write a Love Story
Katy Cannon
In a Nutshell: A feel-good feast of romance, writing and one glorious gran “When your whole family is obsessed with Love and Romance it sets some pretty high expectations, believe me”, explains 16-year-old Tilly, the witty narrator of this bright and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
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 to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited with... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedCuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
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 into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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The Beast Awakens
Joseph Delaney
In a Nutshell: Fresh folkloric frights from a master of spine-tingling storytelling This first timelessly terrifying tale in a new series from the creator of The Spook's Apprentice confirms the author's status as a veritable master of crafting elementally... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Yaba Badoe
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a Nutshell: Circus girl searches for roots amidst real-world cruelties A dazzlingly powerful kaleidoscope of magic realism, folklore and the brutalities of people-trafficking in which a fourteen-year-old circus girl seeks... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a special child who has the ability to mind-fly with the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Branford Boase Prize 2006 Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca runs away from home with a manic goose called Saracen... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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A Face Like Glass
Frances Hardinge
In a Nutshell: Intrigue and artisanal invention in an Alice in Wonderland world An endlessly inventive adventure through the twisting tunnels of a subterranean city that's sent reeling by the arrival of a girl like no other. Caverna is... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Potter's Boy
Tony Mitton
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | The first novel by acclaimed poet Tony Mitton (winner of the CLPE Poetry Award - the only award for published poetry for children in the UK). Potter's Boy is a moving and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedI Stop Somewhere
T. E. Carter
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Intense exposé of extreme misogyny and male privilege An unflinching novel about brutally toxic masculinity, male collusion and how justice systems and society at large are still appallingly rigged against women.... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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On a Scale of 1 to 10
Ceylan Scott
A uniquely powerful, devastating novel of friendship, fragility and guilt. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Colour of the Sun
David Almond
This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig. This an outstanding novel full of warmth and light, from a multi-award-winning author. David Almond says: 'I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2018
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Rhythm and Poetry
Karl Nova
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 The first published collection from Hip Hop poet Karl Nova has a refreshing directness, honesty and authenticity. Many of the poems are drawn from the workshops he does with children... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Rising Stars
Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Five emerging writer-performers are showcased in a book which is a blend of anthology & individual collections. Ruth Awolola wonders about our world, the stars beyond, the beings that might... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2017
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Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | In a... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius It's not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan's Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he's been sent to Earth by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Wonder of Us
Kim Culbertson
In a Nutshell: Rollercoaster road trip, relationships and forging fresh paths Brimming with coming-of-age dilemmas, romance and tonnes of transformative on-the-road experiences, this is an ideal summer read for fans of friendship-driven contemporary YA. Introverted history fanatic Abby has... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Starry Eyes
Jenn Bennett
In a Nutshell: Summer of romance, revelations, friendship and feuds Stars collide and sparks fly in this electrifying story of a wildly unforgettable summer. Thought-provoking, funny and flooded with energy, this is contemporary YA at it's finest. After discovering an... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Shadowblack
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Magic | Murder | Mystical plague | This satisfying sequel to Spellslinger sizzles with sorcery, secrets and a slathering of swindle and comes highly-recommended for fans of funny fantasy. Though darker than its predecessor, this is still... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | October 2017 Book of the Month A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Talented actress Audrey... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedSkylarks
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Falling in love, taking a stand, and standing tall Exploring an unforgettable relationship between two young women and obstructive social inequalities, this is a thoroughly thought-provoking, engaging read. I was mightily impressed by the author's debut... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | January 2017... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's...
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood...
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Reader Reviewed Out of the Blue
Sophie Cameron
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Falling Angels | Rising Hope | Falling in Love Compelling magic realist debut in which a fallen angel named Teacake helps...
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Young, Gifted and Black
Jamia Wilson
In a Nutshell: Inspiring celebration of black trailblazers This inspiring, illuminating, stylishly accessible anthology invites young readers to discover and celebrate phenomenal forebears and contemporary catalysts, while encouraging them...
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Reader Reviewed The Heart of Mars
Paul Magrs
In a Nutshell: Martian odyssey meets classic quest Ingeniously inventive, involving and wildly witty, this thrilling finale of the Lora Trilogy is sci-fi, but not as you know it…...
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling In the summer of 1727...
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Reader Reviewed Renegades
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Anarchy, Justice, Heroes versus Villains Hot on the heels of Wonder Woman, and timely with Black Panther's rapturous big screen release, this kick-ass superhero adventure abounds in...
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Charlotte Says
Alex Bell
The chilling prequel to Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says explores the terrifying and mysterious backstory to the demonic Frozen Charlotte dolls. Keep up to date with the Red Eye news on...
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Reader Reviewed I Have Lost My Way
Gayle Forman
April 2018 Book of the Month A heart-wrenching and powerful YA story exploring themes of loss, love and discovery, from award-winning, bestselling author, Gayle Forman The story is told over...
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Reader Reviewed The Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Truly, Wildly, Deeply
Jenny McLachlan
The brilliant, irresistible and gorgeously romantic new novel from Jenny McLachlan, the breakout star of young, laugh-out-loud teen fiction. Annie is a teenager. She's feisty, passionate about life and her...
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Rebound
Kwame Alexander
A dynamic slam-dunk of a book in which a boy lost in grief begins to find his feet on the basketball court. Slickly blending stirring verse-form storytelling with ingenious jump-off-the-page...
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Resurrection
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Familiar friends and foes, fresh faces, full-throttle action This riotously rewarding return to Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable realm will thrill, enthral and leave fans thirsty to find...
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Reader Reviewed Savage Island
Bryony Pearce
In a Nutshell: When a £1 million prize game becomes more than a game…. Extreme pressure, perils and outright horrors fester when five friends enter a contest on a private...
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The Football Trials: Dangerous Play
John Hickman
In a nutshell: football-set story, accessible to all readers Jackson Law is a talented footballer, newly signed to the United youth squad. Real life carries on though, and a budding...
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The Football Trials: Kick Off
John Hickman
In a nutshell: great football story, accessible to all readers The story told in Kick Off will be familiar to lots of kids from their daydreams. Jackson is a talented...
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Night Shift
Debi Gliori
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected...
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Beyond the Bright Sea
Lauren Wolk
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging. Beyond the Bright Sea is...
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Fir
Sharon Gosling
Cut off from civilization by the harsh winter of northern Sweden, there's only four walls protecting the Strombergs from the suffocating pine forests that surround them. But soon it becomes...
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The Haunting
Alex Bell
Like all old Cornish pubs, the Waterwitch has its ghosts. And, as Emma soon discovers, some curses grow stronger with time.... A chilling new title in the Red Eye horror...
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Dark Room
Tom Becker
The Miss Saffron pageant is fast-approaching in Saffron Hills, and Darla wants no part of it. But gruesome visions - that come as quickly as a camera flash - hint...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Flying Tips for Flightless Birds
Kelly McCaughrain
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: It takes courage for the show to go on Highs, lows, love and laughter - this big-hearted circus-set debut has it...
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Reader Reviewed Orphan Monster Spy
Matt Killeen
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Resilience, retaliation and world-changing undercover work in Nazi Germany Stinging with drama, action and, above all, a relentless sense of...
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Reader Reviewed Big Bones
Laura Dockrill
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Hearty hope-filled ode to food-love, self-love and living out loud As energising as a super food salad, as satisfying and...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists...
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Reader Reviewed Shadows
Meaghan McIsaac
In a Nutshell: Time-travel, tyranny and tension This suspenseful sequel to Movers takes readers on an exhilarating time-travel trip as Patrick tries to return to his own time to...
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The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting...
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The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
In a Nutshell: “Knowledge is dangerous” Smart new edition of the book that changed the YA landscape and launched Patrick Ness as one of the most uniquely powerful writers of...
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Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards,...
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Reader Reviewed Tender
Eve Ainsworth
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Young carers learn to live for today Tender in both name and tone, this involving debut tackles tough themes with...
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Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Thrilling fantasy and West African folklore An exceptional fantastical debut that weaves dark magic, powerful female protagonists and West African...
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Love, Simon
Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls...
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Reader Reviewed More Than We Can Tell
Brigid Kemmerer
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping YA thriller | Two damaged young people are the central characters in this gripping novel. Rev, who lives with...
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The Misper
Bea Davenport
A tale for young adults about friendship, loyalty, and bullying, while a chilling twist of supernatural haunts the pages. Anna and Zoe are stuck with Kerry who follows them around...
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Reader Reviewed The Martian Girl
Paul Magrs
The Mars trilogy tells the story of Lora and her family, settlers struggling to survive on the red planet.Apparently safe in the City Inside, Lora becomes suspicious of its human/Martian...
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