Uncover the ultimate in YA reading with Undercover. From gritty urban crime thrillers to supernatural historical fiction, and almost everything in between, each with teen protagonists who readers can't fail to be drawn to, you'll find some of the very best YA fiction published this year for readers to devour. Discover your new favourite books for 2012 here...
Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare this is a literary fantasy about war, racial identity and first love, in which Frost has left her homeland to travel to the neighbouring country of Ruan in the hope of finding a deity she believes will rid her of a curse. It is a refreshing and provocative real-world take on the fantasy genre: in this world there is no magic and the setting is more akin to Northern India or Tibet than the usual Tolkien-inspired pseudo-Europe. Zoe Marriott's first novel, The Swan Kingdom, was chosen as a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her third book, Shadows on the Moon, won the prestigious Sasakawa Prize.
Sonia Ocampo is a wonderful heroine in an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic. When Sonia is born she is thought to have special powers of healing. While 16 year old Sonia knows that she is not so blessed, she is still willing to help people but, when a school friend dies, despite Sonia’s help, she knows she must leave and abandon the pretence. Sonia’s story is full of romance and adventure, shot through with magical realism.
This is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat gritty YA thriller from the author of Long Reach. The author's hallmarks from his debut novel come to the fore once again in this his second - cleverly drawn and realistic characterisation, interwoven plot lines all within a young urban setting of the West Midlands and the Costa del Sol. If you're looking for high-octane adventure drenched through with heightened tension then look no further than a Peter Cocks thriller. You can find out all about how Peter Cocks chose his Spanish location by clicking here.
A teenage girl is inadvertently kidnapped, a car is stolen by a gang but when the gang realises who they have in the car they have no intention of letting her go without recompense. But Cheyenne, despite being blind and ill is incredibly resourceful. This is a fast-paced thriller full of nail-biting suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat through to the end.
This is a powerful and uncompromising thriller and not for the faint-hearted. It is the third crime thriller from a bestselling American author who 'really has his finger on the way kids think' (The New York Times). It offers all the glamour of Gossip Girl and all the suspense of James Patterson. Blood on my Hands and Wish you were Dead are his previous two thrillers.
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013 & shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award A chilling ghost story unfolds fast as the mysterious Lexi’s watch moves steadily backwards and Daniel discovers he must solve the mystery of her terrible wounds before Summer Time ends… Daniel knows he is going to hate everything about his trip to the Leisure World Holiday Complex with his dad. He hates sports and has no intention of doing much more than watching TV. But, when Lexi appears mysteriously on his very first day and then unexpectedly on other occasions, Daniel is drawn into helping her to confront the sinister darkness from her past. A Review by Katy Poulter, age 12 Daylight Saving is a strange book that is very quick and easy to read. I am absolutely petrified of ghosts so all the way through this book I was looking over my shoulder just to make sure, but it wasn't an ordinary ghost story, it was about a poor soul trapped in a loop, dead yet she could still feel pain and there was a lot of pain to feel due to her horrific death but she could also feel love. It was a love that could never be, for a start, he was alive and she was dead and there was the small detail that every time he got close to her, new wounds opened up on his body and also, nobody else could see her. I enjoyed reading this but I felt something was missing to really engage me as a reader. Katy Poulter is a member of the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel but she has reviewed this novel in the first instance for the Leeds Book Award as it is one of the 2013 shortlisted titles. The organisers have kindly agreed to let us also make use of Katy's review.
Award-winning crime writer Tim Wynne-Jones toughly tells a gripping and poignant story of two teens swept up into a major crime. Blink is only a skinny kid who’s on the run and surviving on his wits; Caution is also on the run but from something very different. Full of suspense, the story crackles with danger as the two likeable characters hatch a blackmail plan, the results of which could be calamitous for them both. The wind-down and subsequent change of direction is wholly satisfying.
Teased by Tantalize? And possessed by Eternal? Then prepare yourself to be Blessed in Cynthia Leitich-Smith's latest dark fantasy. For those new to the series then start at the beginning. it will be well worth it. Fans of the first two books will be eager for this one. Characters from both Tantalize and Eternal appear in Blessed, and the two storylines intersect and build to a thrilling conclusion. Vampires, shapeshifters, angels, doomed romance, restaurant culture, and a road trip - all with a strong tie-in to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
When sixteen year old Billie Paradise inherits her grandmother's house, it's a fairytale come true. She and her family move from their rented flat in London to start a new life by the sea. Maybe Billie can even find the father she's never met. But moving back to her mum's childhood home, Billie uncovers long-buried secrets.
A prize-winning reinvention of the familiar Cinderella story set in a richly created Japanese setting, this is a powerful and haunting novel shot through with romance. Suzume is a shadow-weaver; she can become whoever she wants except her true self. Armed with her disguises, Suzume forges her way through life. But there is one man who can see through her. Will his love triumph? This richly invented Japanese world provides a fascinating backdrop for a powerful story.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in New York City as a designer, and moves from the past of his parents and grandmother to his own teenage years. Not only the threat of explosions, but actual ones as well, feature throughout in this latest novel from one of the finest writers working today.
Within our Undercover category, you’ll find both new and established names writing for Young Adults across a range of genres. Included in the launch list are books in which readers can most definitely read between the lines…
All the titles within Undercover are also available as ebooks for both Kindle and iBook, so take your pick of which format you want and don’t forget each and every title featured on Lovereading has an extract so you can also ‘try before you buy’.
Out now or soon in 2012:
January: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
February: Daylight Saving by Ed Hogan
April: Body Blow by Peter Cocks author of 2011's Long Reach
May: Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
June: The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind by Meg Medina
July: Frostfire by Zoe Mariott
August: Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith
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