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Undercover Reads - Teen and Young Adult Fiction from Walker Books
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...
Kill You Last Todd Strasser
This is a powerful and uncompromising thriller and not for the faint-hearted. It is the third crime thriller from a bestselling
American authorwho 'really has his finger on the way kids think' (The
New York Times). It offers all the... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2012
Body Blow Peter Cocks
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
Blink and Caution Tim Wynne-Jones
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2012
Diabolical Cynthia Leitich Smith
When slipped angel Zachary and his werewolf pal Kieren are summoned under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they find themselves in a hellish lock-down with an assortment of secretive, hand-picked students. Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Frostfire Zoe Marriott
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind Meg Medina
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 Sonia knows that she is... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Girl, Stolen April Henry
A teenage girl is inadvertently kidnapped and a car is stolen by a gang. 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... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
Daylight Saving Edward Hogan
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
Paradise Joanna Nadin
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
Shadows on the Moon Zoe Marriott
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.... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2011
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments 4) Cassandra Clare
Love, blood, betrayal and revenge - the stakes are higher than ever in the fourth book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments sequence. The Mortal Instruments series has over one million books in print. It has been on the New York... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2011
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices 1) Cassandra Clare
March 2011 Book of the Month.
This deservedly best-selling series launches with a powerful love story that thrills and chills in equal measure. Sailing from New York, 16 year old Tessa Gray arrives... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2010
The Anti-prom Abby McDonald
Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance and revenge in a high-stakesdramafrom acclaimed young author Abby McDonald. Hilarious and heart-tugging by turns it's not to be missed.
Please note that this book contains sexually explicit content. Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2012
Blessed Cynthia Leitich Smith
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
Life : An Exploded Diagram Mal Peet
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... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
Blood on My Hands Todd Strasser
This is a psychological thriller from a bestselling American author. Wrongly accused of her best friend's murder, now she's on the run...When seventeen-year-old Callie Carson is found standing over the body of her best friend holding the knife that killed... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
Flip Martyn Bedford
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2011.
Ever wake up in someone else's body? Fourteen-year-old Alex Gray wakes up one morning to discover he's not in his own bedroom. More surprising is that he doesn't recognize his hands, or his... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2013
Long Reach Peter Cocks
This is a gritty urban thriller set in the ganglands of south London. Seventeen-year-old Eddie Savage is shocked to learn that the body of his brother, Steve, has just been washed up in the Thames. But he soon discovers something... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2011
A Monster Calls Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
Winner of the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011.
May 2011 New Gen Book of the Month.
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story... Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2011
The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once readwill never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful.... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
Within our Undercover category, you’ll find both new and established names writing for Young Adults across a range of genres. Included in the list are books in which readers can most definitely read between the lines...
All the titles within Undercover are also available as ebooks in a number of eformats, so take your pick and don’t forget each and every title featured on Lovereading has an extract so you can ‘try before you buy’.
February: Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan March: Girl, Stolen by April Henry Kill You Last by Todd Strasser author of 2011's Blood on My Hands 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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