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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

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Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content. Book of the Month for May 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 |In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Girl in the Broken Mirror
Savita Kalhan
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fight to forge a happily ever after | When Jay's father died, her life imploded in every way imaginable. Not only did she lose her vibrant, supportive dad, but... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | February 2018 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British social... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Leah on the Offbeat
Becky Albertalli
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier's best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/04/2018
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A Court of Frost and Starlight
Sarah J. Maas
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2018
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Charmcaster
Sebastien de Castell
Kellen, Reichis and Ferius are on their way to Gitabria, a city where amazing inventions are dreamed up and sold across the land of the Seven Sands. But when the three of them stumble across a tiny mechanical bird, magically... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/05/2018
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SLAY
Kim Curran
When Milly arrives home to discover her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the boys in the hottest band on the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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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: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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White Rabbit, Red Wolf
Tom Pollock
In a Nutshell: Murderous mystery, mental health and maths This explosively unique page-turner sees a seventeen-year-old maths genius with anxiety disorder become embroiled in a treacherous world of espionage following an assassination attempt on his scientist mum. Maths prodigy Pete... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited with... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Yaba Badoe
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a Nutshell: Circus girl searches for roots amidst real-world cruelties A dazzlingly powerful kaleidoscope of magic realism, folklore and the brutalities of people-trafficking in which a fourteen-year-old circus girl seeks... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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A Face Like Glass
Frances Hardinge
In a Nutshell: Intrigue and artisanal invention in an Alice in Wonderland world An endlessly inventive adventure through the twisting tunnels of a subterranean city that's sent reeling by the arrival of a girl like no other. Caverna is... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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STAGS
M. A. Bennett
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | August 2017 Debut of the Month It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2017
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz
A.S. King
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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On a Scale of 1 to 10
Ceylan Scott
A uniquely powerful, devastating novel of friendship, fragility and guilt. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | In a... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedAfter the Fire
Will Hill
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | 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... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Wonder of Us
Kim Culbertson
In a Nutshell: Rollercoaster road trip, relationships and forging fresh paths Brimming with coming-of-age dilemmas, romance and tonnes of transformative on-the-road experiences, this is an ideal summer read for fans of friendship-driven contemporary YA. Introverted history fanatic Abby has... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Starry Eyes
Jenn Bennett
In a Nutshell: Summer of romance, revelations, friendship and feuds Stars collide and sparks fly in this electrifying story of a wildly unforgettable summer. Thought-provoking, funny and flooded with energy, this is contemporary YA at it's finest. After discovering an... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Shadowblack
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Magic | Murder | Mystical plague | This satisfying sequel to Spellslinger sizzles with sorcery, secrets and a slathering of swindle and comes highly-recommended for fans of funny fantasy. Though darker than its predecessor, this is still... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Box-Shaped Heart
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Fractured families | First love | Fresh starts | 16-year-old Holly feels like an outsider, except when she's swimming at her local pool: “Under the surface, deep in the blue-lit water, nobody can see me. There's nobody to... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedDear Martin
Nic Stone
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Striving for goodness when the world has you down as bad Picture this. You're an honors student with a top university in your sights. You work hard, and you follow... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | October 2017 Book of the Month A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Talented actress Audrey... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedSkylarks
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Falling in love, taking a stand, and standing tall Exploring an unforgettable relationship between two young women and obstructive social inequalities, this is a thoroughly thought-provoking, engaging read. I was mightily impressed by the author's debut... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedI Stop Somewhere
T. E. Carter
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Intense exposé of extreme misogyny and male privilege An unflinching novel about brutally toxic masculinity, male collusion and how justice systems and society at large are still appallingly rigged against women.... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | January 2017... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood...
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Reader Reviewed Out of the Blue
Sophie Cameron
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Falling Angels | Rising Hope | Falling in Love Compelling magic realist debut in which a fallen angel named Teacake helps...
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Young, Gifted and Black
Jamia Wilson
In a Nutshell: Inspiring celebration of black trailblazers This inspiring, illuminating, stylishly accessible anthology invites young readers to discover and celebrate phenomenal forebears and contemporary catalysts, while encouraging them...
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Reader Reviewed The Heart of Mars
Paul Magrs
In a Nutshell: Martian odyssey meets classic quest Ingeniously inventive, involving and wildly witty, this thrilling finale of the Lora Trilogy is sci-fi, but not as you know it…...
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Reader Reviewed Renegades
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Anarchy, Justice, Heroes versus Villains Hot on the heels of Wonder Woman, and timely with Black Panther's rapturous big screen release, this kick-ass superhero adventure abounds in...
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Charlotte Says
Alex Bell
The chilling prequel to Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says explores the terrifying and mysterious backstory to the demonic Frozen Charlotte dolls. Keep up to date with the Red Eye news on...
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Reader Reviewed Encounters
Jason Wallace
April 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based...
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Reader Reviewed I Have Lost My Way
Gayle Forman
April 2018 Book of the Month A heart-wrenching and powerful YA story exploring themes of loss, love and discovery, from award-winning, bestselling author, Gayle Forman The story is told over...
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Reader Reviewed The Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles
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...
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Starfish
Akemi Dawn Bowman
A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissistic mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school....
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Reader Reviewed Savage Island
Bryony Pearce
In a Nutshell: When a £1 million prize game becomes more than a game…. Extreme pressure, perils and outright horrors fester when five friends enter a contest on a private...
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Fir
Sharon Gosling
Cut off from civilization by the harsh winter of northern Sweden, there's only four walls protecting the Strombergs from the suffocating pine forests that surround them. But soon it becomes...
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The Haunting
Alex Bell
Like all old Cornish pubs, the Waterwitch has its ghosts. And, as Emma soon discovers, some curses grow stronger with time.... A chilling new title in the Red Eye horror...
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Dark Room
Tom Becker
The Miss Saffron pageant is fast-approaching in Saffron Hills, and Darla wants no part of it. But gruesome visions - that come as quickly as a camera flash - hint...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed She, Myself and I
Emma Young
A story about identity, courage and searching for the truth of who you are. This book made me cry, it made me feel, it made me think and it made...
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Reader Reviewed Flying Tips for Flightless Birds
Kelly McCaughrain
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: It takes courage for the show to go on Highs, lows, love and laughter - this big-hearted circus-set debut has it...
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Reader Reviewed The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Centuries-old sisters wreak revenge An ancient curse haunts a contemporary town, with a seventeen-year-old heroine at the very heart of its...
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Reader Reviewed Orphan Monster Spy
Matt Killeen
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Resilience, retaliation and world-changing undercover work in Nazi Germany Stinging with drama, action and, above all, a relentless sense of...
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Reader Reviewed Big Bones
Laura Dockrill
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Hearty hope-filled ode to food-love, self-love and living out loud As energising as a super food salad, as satisfying and...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists...
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Reader Reviewed Shadows
Meaghan McIsaac
In a Nutshell: Time-travel, tyranny and tension This suspenseful sequel to Movers takes readers on an exhilarating time-travel trip as Patrick tries to return to his own time to...
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The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting...
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The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
In a Nutshell: “Knowledge is dangerous” Smart new edition of the book that changed the YA landscape and launched Patrick Ness as one of the most uniquely powerful writers of...
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Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards,...
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Reader Reviewed Tender
Eve Ainsworth
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Young carers learn to live for today Tender in both name and tone, this involving debut tackles tough themes with...
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Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Thrilling fantasy and West African folklore An exceptional fantastical debut that weaves dark magic, powerful female protagonists and West African...
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The Queen's Rising
Rebecca Ross
In a Nutshell: High Fantasy | Hidden Heritage | Political plotting | This exuberantly ambitious fantasy debut set in an alternate 16th century sees seventeen-year-old Brienna embroiled in treasonous...
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Love, Simon
Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls...
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Reader Reviewed More Than We Can Tell
Brigid Kemmerer
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping YA thriller | Two damaged young people are the central characters in this gripping novel. Rev, who lives with...
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The Misper
Bea Davenport
A tale for young adults about friendship, loyalty, and bullying, while a chilling twist of supernatural haunts the pages. Anna and Zoe are stuck with Kerry who follows them around...
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