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

Cradle and All
James Patterson
January 2017 Book of the Month | A book to make you flinch! Virulent diseases and natural disasters are sweeping the world, the church and a private investigator seek the truth behind the reports of two pregnant virgins, can... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
January 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 live with bipolar disorder, and finding the strength to reveal... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedBone Gap
Laura Ruby
January 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award | In a Nutshell: Unconventional magic realist thriller | A entrancingly unique novel about a boy's search for a young woman who's disappeared from their eccentric... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory Can there ever have been a heroine... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian detention centre, told through the unforgettable voice of an unforgettable... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Quiet Kind of Thunder
Sara Barnard
In a nutshell: heartfelt, enthralling story built round one girl's life-consuming anxiety | Sixteen-year-old Steffi has been selectively mute since she was five. No-one really knows why, least of all her, but teenage readers will recognise the different pressures that... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won the 2016 Carnegie Medal, the UK's top children's book award; he has just been awarded the... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/02/2017
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Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in the peaceful nation of Thuvhe, part of a galaxy in... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/01/2017
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Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
Special 11th Anniversary Edition As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will by the scarred pop-star... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Dear Charlie
N. D. Gomes
November 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Shocking school shooting | Heartache behind headlines A thoroughly thought-provoking tale of a family's struggle with grief and guilt in...
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Reader Reviewed More of Me
Kathryn Evans
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award | February 2016 Debut of the Month | We all live with...
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Match Annual
Match
From the makers of the UK's best football magazine! The 2017 Annual.
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What Light
Jay Asher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a Nutshell: Romancing around the Christmas tree | Seasonal heart-warmer about a head-over-heels holiday romance that seems set to stay alight....
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Reader Reviewed The 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,...
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The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Frances Hardinge
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world | Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile...
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Reader Reviewed The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes | Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives...
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I'll be Home for Christmas
Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke & others
In a nutshell: heartfelt stories of home by top authors| Home – it's a powerful concept, never more so than at Christmas. In association with homeless charity Crisis...
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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 Light That Gets Lost
Natasha Carthew
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution | Brightening bonds | An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship. After witnessing his parents' murder,...
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Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
December 2016 Book of the Month A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year...
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...And a Happy New Year?
Holly Bourne
In a nutshell: auld lang syne with the Spinster Club The end of What's A Girl Gotta Do saw the three members of the Spinster Club heading off...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
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). Longlisted for the UKLA...
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Reader Reviewed Darkness Follows
L. A. Weatherly
October 2016 Book of the Month Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy' and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than...
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Reader Reviewed The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick...
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Reader Reviewed Gone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of...
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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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Three Dark Crowns
Kendare Blake
In a Nutshell: | Queen against Queen | Sister against Sister | Weight of Fate Epic new series in which being crowned queen is a deadly curse. Triplet sisters, all...
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A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition
Patrick Ness
A special collector's edition of Patrick Ness's original prize-winning illustrated novel and the remarkable story behind the book and film. Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this...
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The Last Beginning
Lauren James
In a Nutshell: Time-transcending true love | I was mightily impressed by The Next Together, the first in this epically ambitious sequence of books about a fated couple who are...
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Only Remembered
Michael Morpurgo
2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. To mark the date, this anthology collects images and poems from some of the UK's cultural,...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless II: Living Shadows
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series,...
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Holding Up the Universe
Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven, author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, delivers another heart-wrenching, poignant and exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you...
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A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in)
Patrick Ness
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother's death from cancer. Haunted...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing...
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Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed' are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern's debut YA novel will talk directly to...
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