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Reader ReviewedAm I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 Book of the Month Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she'd like a boyfriend too. It's challenging for Evie though because she's also coping... Featured in: YA readers | Books of the Month | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedFuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, August 2015 The bestselling author of Holes tells a cracking new story in Fuzzy Mud featuring some truly terrifying genetically modified mud. When Marshall takes a short cut home to avoid being beaten up... Featured in: 11+ readers | Author of the Month | Books of the Month | 13+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis published his first novel, The Dark Inside, in 2014, to critical acclaim that likened his writing to Patrick Ness and David Almond. Rupert is currently shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase award for his remarkable debut. Just... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers | If They Like...They'll Love
Format: Hardback | Released 13/08/2015
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Survivor
Tom Hoyle
None of it would have happened if I hadn't missed a bus… Fifteen-year-old George's life is sent careering down a cataclysmic course when he misses his bus by seconds, notices a fire and selflessly rescues a baby from the flames.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers | If They Like...They'll Love | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedCodename Eagle
Robert Rigby
Diving straight into action, Codename Eagle focuses on the French Resistance in the unoccupied South West of France in 1941. Following on from The Eagle Trail, seventeen year old Paul Hansen finds himself once more, smack in the middle... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Door That Led to Where
Sally Gardner
This novel contains some strong language. A new novel by multi-award winning Sally Gardner is always highly anticipated. She is one of the most original writers of today, and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | Hot Key Books | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Butterfly Shell
Maureen White
Ideal for young teenagers who've grown up with Jacqueline Wilson, the cutting poignancy of this tenderly told tale will make readers' hearts flutter and their souls soar. Marie is a sensitive, book-loving girl who longs to be a published writer.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2015
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The Swarm Descends
Jacob Grey
The second book in this gripping, high-impact, high-energy new series. Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedGirl Online
Zoe Sugg
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 life at school followed by an amazing fairy tale trip to New York with her wedding-planner... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Summer Reading/Activity | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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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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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. Abi 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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Last Month's Featured Books

Every Day
David Levithan
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 12 - 16 years category. A stunningly original and edgy exploration of love, longing and the boundaries of identity that will make...
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Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal The Judges comment “We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Minus 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...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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....
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Reader Reviewed Fire 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins...
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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!
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Reader Reviewed Sinner
Maggie Stiefvater
The stunning companion novel to the bestselling and acclaimed Shiver, Linger and Forever trilogy is the book that every Maggie Stiefvater and paranormal romance fan has been...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Reader Reviewed 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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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.

You could also check out our latest highlights such as the 'prizewinners' section where we can help you to discover authors currently in contention for and/or winners of the most prestigious awards, such as the Teenage Book Prize that we feel your teenagers will love.

And finally, if your teens prefer to choose their own books then our special teen category on our sister site Lovereading called 'new gen' is the perfect place for them to start.

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