Featured Books for Young Adults Featured Books for Young Adult readers

Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love. Please note that some of these books have more adult content and are generally suitable for 16+ readers.

Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedCrazy House
James Patterson
June 2017 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Twins fight for freedom under an authoritarian system This slickly plotted dystopian thriller set in a terrifying totalitarian regime will keep fans of The Hunger Games gripped to the... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedJuniper 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 and mystery. Sixty-five days have passed since Juniper's effervescent big... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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 powerful YA novel. Otis lost his three year old brother... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedSong of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
June 2017 Debut of the Month A thoroughly enthralling fantasy that brims with swashbuckling adventure and enchantment. Seventeen-year-old Caro Oresteia is inextricably bound to the river. Her Pa is a wherryman, like her grandmother before him. “A wherryman, Pa says,... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedTroublemakers
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 more about her mother, but that's just part of a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 Hooper, “the baby who'd been swapped for another, the child... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/05/2017
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Winner of the YA Book Prize 2017 | Winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Older Fiction category | Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedAfter the Fire
Will Hill
In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
The nail-bitingly tense sequel to The Outliers by New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight in which she raises the stakes of this heart-pounding series about secrets, betrayal and a group of people who are blessed - or cursed - with... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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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 another powerful, tender and precisely written YA novel. 11 year... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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 her parents, and as a practising Christian is supported and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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, heartfelt novel explores emotional depths and oh-so many vital themes... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus
In a Nutshell: Hyper-tense high school whodunit * Everyone has secrets… Five teens in detention are hit by a storm when one of them of dies. Outsider Simon, creator of the notorious Bayview High gossip app, wryly remarks that they're... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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 search for missing family members. Since the disappearance of her... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedBeck
Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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 top YA authors. Following last Christmas's My True Love... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

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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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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Reader Reviewed Encounters
Jason Wallace
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group...
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Reader Reviewed Release
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content. May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a...
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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 Windfall
Jennifer E. Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: A heart-warming story about first loves, friendship and the power of kindness What's important in life? Money, success, popularity are all...
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Girlhood
Cat Clarke
In a Nutshell: School life, suspense, and stepping from the shadows of grief and guilt An emotionally-charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller in which a young woman experiences a rollercoaster ride of guilt,...
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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 Wishbones
Virginia MacGregor
In a Nutshell: Big secrets, big issues, the biggest love This splendidly life-affirming, read-in-one-sitting novel sees a huge-hearted teenager battling to fix her mum's life-threatening eating disorder. Feather's mum has...
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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 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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A Court of Wings and Ruin
Sarah J. Maas
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees.
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not...
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Reader Reviewed Goodbye Days
Jeff Zentner
In a Nutshell: Loss, friendship and the light of re-finding your way | An exceptional novel about grief, guilt and finding solace in celebrating loved ones' lives. I adored the...
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Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | May 2016 Book of the...
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Checkmate
Malorie Blackman
The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence follows Sephy and her daughter, as she discovers the secret of her parentage and, as she grows into a young...
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Double Cross
Malorie Blackman
This thrilling new title in award winning Malorie Blackman's cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in...
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Knife Edge
Malorie Blackman
The terrific sequel to Noughts and Crosses which continues the story of Sephy and Callum and their families. Full of mystery, suspense, romance and even murder, taking the reader through...
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Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
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....
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte...
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Here be Witches
Sarah Mussi
In a Nutshell: Merlin-esque mythology in the modern world | Set in stunning Snowdonia, this spellbinding sequel to Here Be Dragons shimmers with atmosphere, adventure and a love story of...
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Beyond the Wall
Tanya Landman
In a Nutshell: Boudica-spirited slave girl fights to break the chains that bind her | A sumptuous feast of historical fiction fuelled by drama, deception, and a young woman's determination...
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Reader Reviewed Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer
In a Nutshell: Grappling with grief | Facing the truth | Forging new paths | Intensely moving, uniquely premised story of two strangers torn apart - and brought together –...
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Reader Reviewed A Berlin Love Song
Sarah Matthias
In a nutshell: an unusual and unforgettable wartime love story | Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus, growing up part of a warm, loving family, proud of...
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Naondel (The Red Abbey Chronicles)
Maria Turtschaninoff
The enthralling Red Abbey Chronicles fantasy series continues with the second book, Naondel. In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose - to obey. Some were brought here as...
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Generation Next: the Takeover
Oli White
The sequel to YouTube sensation Oli White's bestselling debut GENERATION NEXT.
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Thirteen Reasons Why (TV Tie-in)
Jay Asher
Read this sensational mystery bestseller before you watch the 13-part Netflix series, executive produced by Selena Gomez.
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