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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 ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
February 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | 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... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/02/2017
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All About Mia
Lisa Williamson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unmissable, the teenage trials and tribulations of a middle child | In Mia Campbell-Richardson, Lisa Williamson has created one of the stroppiest, most self-absorbed heroines ever to grace the pages... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Witch's Tears
Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: spell-binding drama of teenage witch faced with life-or-death choices | Readers who loved authors Katherine and Elizabeth Corr's supernatural romance The Witch's Kiss will fall upon the sequel. Teenage witch... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Dark Days Pact
Alison Goodman
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Supernatural Regency Extravaganza | This second book in the lavishly entertaining Lady Helen trilogy - think Jane Austen meets contemporary supernatural sass – more than matches the dark drama of... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles
February 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: girl loves boy/supernatural bounty hunter | When star-crossed lovers Zoe and the boy she nicknames X meet the circumstances are hardly promising: stranded in a blizzard Zoe has fallen into the... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedMaresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles)
Maria Turtschaninoff
What an unusual and powerful novel. The setting is an island in an unspecified fantasy world inhabited by a community of women who live separate from men, dedicating themselves to the worship of the Triple Goddess. Maresi is a young... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author's highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedTraitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the potent appeal of a heroine whose wit and power never... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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The Cruelty
Scott Bergstrom
In a Nutshell: Trans-European espionage thriller | Cinematic page-turner following a teenager's ruthlessly fearless journey into a criminal underworld to find her diplomat dad. Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom has spent much of her life on the move due to her dad's... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedGone 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 CHERUB. Rock Wars is now at the halfway mark and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Ariadnis
Josh Martin
In a nutshell: two girls, a life or death struggle in a vivid other-world | Aula was born in Athenas, City of the Nine Pillars; she's never met Joomia, who was born in Metis, City of the Nine Trees. Yet... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedHeartless
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Heart, Hunger and Wonderland awaits… | Fans of fairy tale fantasy - or readers who've wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be the angry “off with their heads!” screeching sovereign we know from Alice... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Our Own Private Universe
Robin Talley
In a Nutshell: Personal awakenings on a transformational summer trip | An insightful coming-of-age story about a bisexual teenager's first experience of love in all its dizzying bliss and complexity. Fifteen-year-old Aki is determined to stop putting things off, and... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | 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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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war and atomic weapons were banned, yet a terrifying regime is attempting to stamp and bully it's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Unconventional
Maggie Harcourt
In a Nutshell: The buzz of conventions, fangirling and falling in love | Fabulous feel-good feast following the rollercoaster ride of running conventions, and finding love when you least expect it. Lexi Angelo is High Priestess of the Order of... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2017
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The Memory Book
Lara Avery
In a Nutshell: Unforgettable heroine confronts adversity head on | Poignant, un-put-down-able jewel of a book about seizing every moment while you can. “You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in the not-so-distant future. I'm writing this for you. They say... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Bone 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...
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Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed A 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...
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Reader Reviewed A 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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More 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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