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Books of the Month

Nemesis
Brendan Reichs
July 2017 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Lord of the Flies with added asteroid action A uniquely-premised psychological page-turner packed with darkness, death, and compelling conspiracy. Since the age of eight, Min has experienced the unthinkable. On each... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Ones That Disappeared
Zana Fraillon
In a Nutshell: Trafficked children * Friendship and freedom * Sublime transformations A poignant and poetic novel that gives voice to the oft-forgotten children imperiled to trafficking and slavery. Eleven-year-old Esra, storyteller Miran and six-year-old Isa have been enslaved... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Face the Music
Marianne Levy
Katie can find her voice online - but can she face the music offline? Lovereading Review to follow. Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Darkness Visible Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials
Nicholas Tucker
Thoroughly fascinating exposition of Philip Pullman's life and work, from a childhood punctuated by impactful travel to the likes of Australia, to anticipating the eagerly awaited, forthcoming The Book of Dust. The chapters covering Science and Religion, and Philosophy, lay down... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Now I Rise
Kiersten White
Empires will topple, thrones will be won ...and souls will be lost. The mind-blowing sequel to And I Darken, described by Buzzfeed as 'A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic' is a sweeping Ottoman-inspired historical adventure. Starring the inimitable... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Forever Geek
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell: Luminous finale laden with laughter and love | There's more sunshine, soul-searching and sticky situations than you can shake a Eucalyptus branch at in this scorching conclusion to a series that's captured the hearts, minds and funny... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedAccidental Superstar
Marianne Levy
Music runs in Katie Cox's family. Her dad's a session musician, now based in California after divorcing Katie's mum. Her sister Amanda plays bass, while Katie's a talented songwriter with a flair for penning ingeniously comic lyrics, a personal highlight... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration for it is very different, the simple and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Ethan I Was Before
Ali Standish
July 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Loss, love, and the struggle to survive the most savage of storms A compelling coming-of-age story, an exploration of loss, and a gripping, multi-layered mystery, this had me hooked from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed author of Orange Boy is a mighty fine feast of contemporary YA. Sixth-former Indigo hasn't had the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren't truly human beings.' They're predators who must... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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More Than One Way to be a Girl
Dyan Sheldon
In a Nutshell: Empowering, entertaining trading places tale Endlessly entertaining and inspirational, this radiantly witty novel imparts important messages about gender stereotypes with heartfelt humour. Zizi and Loretta are polar opposites, “like two sides of the same planet -... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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No Filter
Orlagh Collins
July 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Classic coming-of-age love story This radiant story of summer love, family secrets and following your dreams begins with an almighty bang. On the penultimate day of her school year, Emerald's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reborn
Alex Scarrow
This feverishly fast-paced apocalyptic thriller, sequel to Remade, packs a seriously strong pathological punch. It's eighteen months on from the horrific events recounted in Remade (“People dying in the goddamm street”, flesh coming away from their bones “like casserole beef... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
Winner for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers Category | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award).... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedRook
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: sharply realised slice of real life This finely written story speaks directly to readers in language that is frill free but shines with original, precise imagery. It opens with a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Recruit
Robert Muchamore
The first in the Cherub series. Terrorists, secret agents and covert missions are the theme of this highly entertaining book. James Choke is a normal 11 yr old boy with...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed One Silver Summer
Rachel Hickman
June 2017 Debut of the Month A heady romance for two adolescences each of whom is coping with a family trauma revolves around a horse, secrets and the terrible pressures...
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Reader Reviewed Troublemakers
Catherine Barter
In a nutshell: politics and the personal combine in a thoughtful, well-told and moving story Catherine Barter's excellent novel is primarily the story of a girl's search to find out...
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Reader Reviewed Passing for White
Tanya Landman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: brilliantly told story inspired by real life events A story of a daring escape made by two slaves, a young...
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Who Runs the World?
Virginia Bergin
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: rollicking, thought-provoking dystopian adventure | As the TV series of The Handmaid's Tale sets everyone thinking, publication of Who Runs...
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Phantom Limbs
Paula Garner
June 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: sensitive depiction of loss and survival Three young people, each marked by terrible loss are at the heart of this...
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Reader Reviewed Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index
Julie Israel
June 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Love, loss, friendship and secrets A tear-jerking, soul-stirring, heart-warming debut about losing a sister, and the ensuing aftermath of grief...
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The Evil Within
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: creepy, haunting story of the young Jekyll and Hyde Catherine MacPhail admits to being fascinated by the story of Dr Jekyll...
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The Harder They Fall
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: bullying, injustice and the power of friendship In short, sharp, economical sentences, Bali Rai presents a story of bullying – by...
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Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welsh
In a nutshell: teenage love, romance and more in beautiful Italy Lina's mum is dying, and she has one wish for her daughter: to go to Florence and spend a...
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Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve...
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If Birds Fly Back
Carlie Sorosiak
In a Nutshell: Summer search for lost loved-ones brings unexpected love Captivating and compassionate debut in which two endearingly quirky teenagers find love - and themselves - through their...
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Order of Darkness
Philippa Gregory
A Review for Changeling, the first in the Order of Darkness series: Best-selling Philippa Gregory's first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion....
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Truth or Dare
Non Pratt
In a Nutshell: Race against time unites two brave, beautiful hearts How far will a person dare to go? What does it take to face the hardest truths? This gripping,...
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The Names They Gave Us
Emery Lord
In a nutshell: moving story of a teenage girl coping when her world turns upside down Lucy's life seems pretty sorted: she's got a lovely boyfriend, a good relationship with...
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Reader Reviewed The Hawkweed Legacy
Irena Brignull
In a Nutshell: Sisterhood, suspense, sacrifice and romance Spellbinding sequel in which a reluctant Queen of the Witches grapples with epic matters of the heart, soul, and magical realm. Poppy...
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Reader Reviewed Walking Mountain
Joan Lennon
In a nutshell: thoroughly charming and original fantasy adventure Joan Lennon's new fantasy adventure is hugely entertaining, with a vividly described other/future world, and as unusual and appealing band of...
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New Guard
Robert Muchamore
In a nutshell: Cherub, signing off in a blaze of glory In the final book in his hugely popular series, Robert Muchamore reunites some favourite characters from previous books: James...
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A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
Glenda Millard
In a nutshell: family and survival in a strange wartime landscape From the author of The Stars at Oktober Bend, now shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this is...
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less....
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Reader Reviewed The Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
In a nutshell: gripping adventure that keeps readers tense and guessing As revealed in the first book in this spell-binding series, Wylie is one of a group of people known...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 ‘Here be dragons' it says on...
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Blame
Simon Mayo
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future...
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Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
May 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone...
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Between the Lies
Cathy MacPhail
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Devastating deceits and sanity-shattering set-ups | Tense, twisty thriller in which a girl's disappearance spirals into a snare of manipulation...
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Chloe Snow's Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster
Emma Chastain
**Recommended for 14+ In a Nutshell: High school hijinks (with a double side of heart 'n' hormones!) | This hilarious diary-format account of a year in a 14 year-old girl's...
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Becoming Betty
Eleanor Wood
In a nutshell: funny contemporary dreams can come true story | Lizzie Brown is about to start 6th form, a chance as all teenagers understand to totally reinvent herself;...
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate.
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Reader Reviewed The Girl in Between
Sarah Carroll
May 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: powerful and moving story of love, loss and redemption | ‘I'm invisible' says our narrator; and certainly no-one sees...
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Reader Reviewed Steve & Frandan Take on the World
Ron Butlin
In a Nutshell: Fleeing bullies leads to a fight (and flight) of a lifetime | Action-packed adventure in which three friends bite off a whole lot more than most kids can...
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Reader Reviewed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to...
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Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Allan Stratton
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Taking a stand for the people you love A touching tale of a teen girl's endearing love for her grandmother,...
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Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 2017 Debut of the Month | High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly”...
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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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Red Nemesis
Steve Cole
In a nutshell: want action, adventure and storytelling flair? The name's Bond. The discovery of a lost communication from his father sent just before his tragic death some years earlier,...
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Spellslinger
Sebastien de Castell
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Witty fantasy anti-hero forges his own path There's trickery, traps, and action aplenty in this vividly conjured magical fantasy – the...
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook...
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The Teenage Guide to Friends
Nicola Morgan
In a Nutshell: Warm-hearted handbook for happy, healthy friendships With comforting clarity, this thorough guide provides vital insight into all aspects of friendship, and also offers support and solutions for...
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Reader Reviewed Countless
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Compelling and compassionate account of a pregnant teen fighting an eating disorder | Insightful, authentic and profoundly moving story of a teenager facing the double struggle of...
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Reader Reviewed The Pearl Thief
Elizabeth Wein
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: deftly told mystery and coming of age story. In Julie Beaufort-Stuart Elizabeth Wein has created a charming, original character, with...
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Reader Reviewed Contagion
Teri Terry
In a Nutshell: Flame-hot dystopian thriller This dynamo of dystopian YA, the first in the Dark Matter trilogy, sizzles with sinister science and supernatural intrigue. 12 year-old Callie has survived...
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Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Brooks and Neil Gaiman....
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Frostblood
Elly Blake
The first in a page-turning young adult series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and S.J. Maas's Throne of Glass. Enter a world where fire and ice are...
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