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

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 old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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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, Trey is sent to bleak Camp Kernow, a correctional institution... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/11/2016
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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 told over the twelve hour period in which a teenage... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedDear 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 the aftermath of an atrocious act committed by a loved... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory Can there ever have been a heroine like Flora Banks? She's 17 when the book... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
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 small town. “Bone Gap had gaps... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedReckless 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 imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Match Annual
Match
From the makers of the UK's best football magazine! The 2017 Annual. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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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 their different ways, now in this special short novel, Holly... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2016
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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 format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/11/2016
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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 - £1 from every copy sold goes to them –... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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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 was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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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: Hardback | Released 01/11/2016
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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. While Christmas generally means friends, family, feasting and fun, it... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedMore 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 our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2016
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Last Month's 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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More Featured Books

Silver Skin
Joan Lennon
Shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an...
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The Last Soldier
Keith Gray
Shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The Lost Soldier is lots of things: a genuinely creepy ghost story, and a gripping tale...
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Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
Steinbeck's classic is a regular examination set text and no wonder: the tragic story of George and Lennie struggling to get by in the California of the Great Depression, it's...
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Reader Reviewed What's a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Feminism | Friendship | Fighting back |Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal...
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Reader Reviewed The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: glamour | scandal | romance Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee's...
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Reader Reviewed Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+ One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly...
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Unboxed
Non Pratt
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Four teenagers meet to carry out the dying wishes of another close friend...
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Hill of the Angels
Sue Mayfield
Breath-taking yet at times brutal, this is a story based on real historical events in the 17th Century. Abigail and Grace are living in a country consumed by evil...
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
A special 10th Anniversary edition with exclusive extra behind-the-scenes material from the author. This is the story of a street of ordinary German people living in the horrors of the...
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Reader Reviewed As I Descended
Robin Talley
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling,...
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Reader Reviewed The Beginning Woods
Malcolm McNeill
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Unfathomable mystery | Timeless fairy tale quest An elegantly atmospheric page-turner that will have readers rooting for main character, Max, and...
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Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the...
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Reader Reviewed The Graces
Laure Eve
In a nutshell: be careful if you're what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister Summer, seem to have everything: attractive, popular,...
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A Very Good Chance
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
In a Nutshell: Taking a chance | Choose your own path | A heart-warming tale about friendship and finding yourself, with added horse-driven adrenalin. There are two outcasts in Minty's...
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Witch's Pyre
Josephine Angelini
In a Nutshell: Extreme sacrifice | Epic apex Fans left desperate for more by Firewalker's finale will be more than satisfied with this final feverish instalment of the Worldwalker trilogy...
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Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs's spine-tingling fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is now a film directed by – who else? - Tim Burton, and this extremely handsome book purports to...
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Caged
Theresa Breslin
In a Nutshell: Fighting | Surviving | Treachery | Trust | A powerful contemporary novel set in the shady world of underground cage fighting, from a Carnegie Medal-winning author. After...
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American Monsters
Derek Landy
A fantastic finale to a fantastic series but most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Other masters of the macabre for teenagers include Charlie Higson (The Enemy series), Darren Shan...
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Reader Reviewed Silence is Goldfish
Annabel Pitcher
Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 “Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them,” so declares Tess, the troubled heroine of this...
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs....
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Empire of Storms
Sarah J. Maas
Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas's epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
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The teenage years are such a vibrant and vivid time in your life. Adventure, friendships, self-discovery are all there in spades, but there’s frustration too, impatience and a strong desire to be understood.

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