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'new gen' - Great Fiction for Teens and Young Adults 'new gen' - Great Fiction for Teens and Young Adults

Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love.

This Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set in Vallerosa, an imaginary tea-producing, tiny...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Three young friends set out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
     
Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Remix
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors,James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Eleanor Wood
Tuesday Cooper describes herself as an average girl with a weird name, too-big ambitions, chubby thighs and delusions of grandeur. But surely even for girls like her dreams can come true? It certainly seems so when cool, gorgeous rock star...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular future feels as though it could...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
It's About Love
Steven Camden
Steven Camden will be appearing alongside Nick Lake at Hay Fever. Keeping it Real. Steven Camden is also known as Polarbear, one of the UK’s foremost Spoken Word...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Features Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems. Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother's hot new best friend a bit of a challenge....
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey’s family life is reassuringly normal. There’s her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It’s sharply observed comedy, and very funny. Audrey has problems though...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Conversion
Katherine Howe
A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on the cusp of adulthood. The story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: "A Monster Calls" is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore. The start of each story begins with an extract and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Bad Bones
Graham Marks
Suspend disbelief and throw yourself into an action packed, creepy tale. 16 year old Gabe finds himself on the wrong side of an ambitious drug dealer in Los Angeles and life takes an even sharper turn for the worse when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2015
     
The it Girl
Katy Birchall
Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall’s sparkling debut. Central character Anna is a lovable dork: the school misfit, she’s given to spontaneous tap-dancing, accidentally sets fire to the hair of the most popular girl in the school’s best...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
Pure and completely engaging escapism in the form of high fantasy. Feyre; stubbon, independent and loving has taught herself how to provide for her impoverished family, however on a winters day, one arrow changes her life forever. The world in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2015
     
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break...
Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Trouble
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors,James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

Last Month's Featured Books

More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlistedfor the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with...
 
 
Robot Overlords Robots Never Lie
Mark Stay
The robots have taken over planet Earth and imposed a seven year curfew in order to collect information the better to resist and conquer other organic life forms. A bunch...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Half Wild
Sally Green
April 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Half Bad was one of the most talked about Young Adult books of 2014....
 
 
The Honours
Tim Clare
April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a new home in rainy Washington. They’ve not even been there one night before something creepy makes...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Seed
Lisa Heathfield
Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult led by a self-imposed father figure, Papa S. Pearl is happy, despite, or maybe because of,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in a story that is romantic, tragic, funny and profound. Twins Noah and Jude live their lives...
 
 
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
J. A. Buckle
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by Jackie Buckle is the sequel to the successful first instalment of metal-head Josh Walker’s diary, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, and it’s...
 
 
Denton Little's Death Date
Lance Rubin
Teenager Denton Little is about to die. In his society, everyone knows the day on which they will shuffle off their mortal coil. When the book opens Denton has 24...
 
 
Almost Grace
Rosie Rowell
Grace and her Cape Town friends are renting a house on the coast - after exams it's their rite of passage into adulthood. Yet 'maturity' means different things to each...
 
 
When Mr Dog Bites
Brian Conaghan
Shortlistedfor the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal This is the launch of a major new writing talent. Brian Conaghan makes you travel every step of the way in Dylan's shoes,...
 
 
The Secret Countess
Eva Ibbotson
By the award-winning and bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea, a novel that sings with characteristic Ibbotson warmth and wit, now with a beautiful new cover look.
 
 
Magic Flutes
Eva Ibbotson
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Half Bad
Sally Green
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015. Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. Important questions are posed in this richly imagined...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between...
 
 
Storm & Stone
Joss Stirling
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015. Raven Stone has noticed something seriously sinister is happening at the elite boarding school she attends. Students are disappearing and she...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Catalyst
Helena Coggan
Positively and dynamically different, this debut provokes and challenges your interest from the first few pages. Although classed as fantasy, it doesn't feel as though it should be exclusively pigeon-holed...
 
 
Insurgent
Veronica Roth
This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best. Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent. No teenager should miss these great...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Dolls
Kiki Sullivan
March 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. This is a delicious treat of a book, the equivalent of a bar of your...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here...
 
 
Under My Skin
James Dawson
March 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. March 15 Book of the Month A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with...
 
 
Black Dove, White Raven
Elizabeth Wein
This is a book that takes its readers soaring through the skies over the Simien Mountains, bearded vultures circling overhead, in an unusual and unforgettable adventure. Emilia and Teo have...
 
 
Devil You Know
Cathy MacPhail
Award-winning writer Cathy MacPhail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Flesh and Blood
Simon Cheshire
This creepy story is a great addition to the Red Eye horror series for teens. Sam moves into a new neighbourhood when his family come into some money. Everything looks...
 
 
Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 -One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for...
 
 
The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to...
 
 
The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014...
 
 
Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets
J. A. Buckle
Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy - this book has got it all.Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and...
 
 
Thinner Than Water
Sue Hampton
A thought provoking, fascinating and completely captivating book about the importance of family, self awareness and self belief. Kim and Fizzy, both 15 years old, (one fiercely independent and sharply...
 
 
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
Winner of the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015 -Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 In a dystopian future women are created...
 
 
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Life-lessons, loves, laughs & LOADS more! _________________________ Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love. _________________________

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. 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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