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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 ReviewedChasing 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 Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe 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 giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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 girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedA 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 her heritage and the Romani customs that inform all they... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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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 to find freedom. To be born a slave in Roman... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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 legendary proportions. Sixteen-year-old Ellie longs to be with Henry, the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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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 (America). The writing is poetically punchy. Exquisitely formed sentences are... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedGoodbye 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 author's haunting southern gothic-spiced debut (The Serpent King), and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Older Fiction category | Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful coming... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Generation Next: the Takeover
Oli White
The sequel to YouTube sensation Oli White's bestselling debut GENERATION NEXT. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedLetters 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 – by deep loss.Juliet's mother was killed in a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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 numerous different emotions but in the end you will be... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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 adult, the truth of the prejudices that surround her and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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 a world where the Noughts are willing to use violence... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

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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Reader Reviewed Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new...
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Reader Reviewed Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | February 2016 Debut of the Month ...
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Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter,...
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Reader Reviewed Love Song
Sophia Bennett
Romantic Novelists' Association's Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017 | April 2016 Book of the Month Though she transports her readers into glamourous worlds Sophia Bennett fills...
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month ...
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship |...
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Reader Reviewed Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 In...
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Reader Reviewed The Graces
Laure Eve
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | In a nutshell: be careful if you're what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into...
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Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can be
Gemma Cairney
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Utterly invaluable, gloriously gracious guide to life | This heartfelt handbook for young adults by an inspirational presenter and producer...
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Reader Reviewed Waking in Time
Angie Stanton
In a Nutshell: Secrets, romance and time travel twists | Still mourning the death of her grandmother, Abbi embarks on a new life when she moves to a college far...
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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
March 2017 Book of the Month A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war...
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
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...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through...
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Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There's rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two epic expeditions to unearth...
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Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Before meeting his new foster brother, Jack understands what he and his family are ‘getting into'. Fourteen-year-old Joseph almost killed a teacher, and...
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Reader Reviewed The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger's * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that's certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of...
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American Monsters
Derek Landy
A fantastic finale to a fantastic series but most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Bigger, meaner, stronger, Amber closes in on her murderous parents as they make one last desperate...
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Paper Butterflies
Lisa Heathfield
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Stand By Me meets We Were Liars - a heartbreaking and stunning breakout novel for teenagers from the award-nominated author of Seed tells...
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The Call
Peadar O'Guilin
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Every teenager in Ireland is training to survive The Call. Not all of them will make it. This is their story. A fast-paced...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The 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
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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....
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Reader Reviewed We 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed Heartless
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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Traitor 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Maresi (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...
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