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

Reader ReviewedMoonrise
Sarah Crossan
July 2018 Book of the Month | 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... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Save the Date
Morgan Matson
In a Nutshell: Sibling wedding rings the bells of change Everyone loves a wedding, right? Especially when you're Charlie and your beloved big sister is about to get hitched with all your siblings reunited for the big occasion. Focusing on... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
Paola Peretti
In a Nutshell: Tender tale of darkness, loss, light and hope for all ages 10+ “All children are afraid of the dark,” says ten-year-old Mafalda sagely, and she knows this more than most, for her world is misting over. At... Featured in: YA readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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Everything All at Once
Steven Camden
In a Nutshell: Pitch-perfect, vibrantly-voiced verse for secondary school studentsThese poignant, punch-packing poems explore the varied emotional lives of secondary school pupils facing the giddy transition from being “the biggest to the smallest...in the secondary school jungle” like... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Floored
Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt
In a Nutshell: Seminal seven-authored feast of fate, friendship and growing up This sparky collaborative novel by a glorious gaggle of top YA authors (Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood)... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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The Survival Game
Nicky Singer
In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Truth About Lies
Tracy Darnton
July 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Mystery, memory, manipulation | A feisty thriller that fizzes with intrigue, paranoia and a cast of fascinatingly flawed characters. For Jess “every waking moment is a flashbulb moment. I recall... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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A Sky Painted Gold
Laura Wood
In a Nutshell: Glorious Gatsby-esque summer of champagne and Cinderella-scale change | As elegant and energising as a flute of fine champagne, this enchanting novel sees 17-year-old Cornish farmer's daughter and aspiring writer Lou embrace the dizzy decadence of 1920's... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2018
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Open Road Summer
Emery Lord
In a Nutshell: Road-trip, romance, fame and friendship Surely one for fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, this smart coming-of-age story reels with romance, life lessons and big questions about finding your way. Seventeen-year-olds Reagan and Dee... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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The Brink of Darkness
Jeff Giles
In a nutshell: passionate love story continues – in hell | Zoe and X are soulmates, even though she's a 21st century teenager and he's a bounty hunter from the Lowlands, ie Hell. They were brought together in The Edge... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award | 12-16 January 2018 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... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Neverworld Wake
Marisha Pessl
In a Nutshell: Chilling Groundhog Day mystery | This smart sci-fi-infused thriller sees a group of friends faced with having to make the mother of all life and death decisions. The night Bee decides to visit her estranged friends one... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Little Liar
Julia Gray
In a nutshell: YA psychological thriller, as twisty as they come | This story begins in a spiritual retreat. 17 year old Nora is there to recover from an accident and promises readers she will describe the chain of events... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed After the Fire
Will Hill
Winner of 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...
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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,...
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Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
June 2018 Book of the Month | Wonderfully chilling, this is another thrilling treat from E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. Two girls, in an intense relationship...
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Reader Reviewed My Messed-Up Life
Susin Nielsen
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Problem parents | Dealing with change | Loads of LOLs | Hilarious and heartfelt Judy Blume-brilliant tale of a girl who's...
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Reader Reviewed The Weight of a Thousand Feathers
Brian Conaghan
Heart wrenching, honest, funny and bold, this exceptional novel about the life, loves and agonies of a young carer, and the love between a mum and her sons, is a...
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Reader Reviewed My 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The Extinction Trials: Exile
S.M. Wilson
In a Nutshell: Dystopian dangers, deadly dinosaurs = Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games | Pounding hot on the clawed heels of its primeval predecessor, this second installment of...
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The Family Tree
Mal Peet
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: themes of fatherhood, memory and guilt explored in haunting YA novella Mal Peet, who died in 2015, wrote with extraordinary...
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Reader Reviewed Nobody Real
Steven Camden
In a Nutshell: Growing up and moving on, with an imaginary bear-armed best friend in tow | A sublimely fresh and moving exploration of how it feels to be teetering...
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All of This Is True
Lygia Day Penaflor
June 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Heroine-worship | Manipulation | Betrayal | This cool concept, genre-subverting page-turner sees a group of affluent teenagers enmesh themselves...
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Eve of Man
Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher
The first novel in a compelling dystopian series, co-authored by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. What if the fate of humanity was down to you?
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed I 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...
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Reader Reviewed Dear 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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....
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Reader Reviewed Release
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...
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Reader Reviewed Skylarks
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,...
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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...
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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...
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On a Scale of 1 to 10
Ceylan Scott
A uniquely powerful, devastating novel of friendship, fragility and guilt.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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This section of fantastic books for teens and young adult readers is filled with stories that reflect all of these feelings in settings that will give flight to your imagination. Be inspired by tales of self-discovery, run the rocky road of first romance, battle big issues in mysterious worlds, beat the bleak future of dystopian regimes, or laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of it all. There’s something here for all tastes and moods from half-god heroes to horseback holidays and literally everything in between.

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