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Far From The Madding Crowd, teenager-style. With sex and drugs. With parties, holidays, school plays, pranks and rugby matches. With lust and friendship. With love. But with whom? Weatherbury Hall is a boarding school in the countryside of south-west England that's so remote and cut off, its pupils call it 'The Island'. Beth's new in the sixth form at The Island, but has no problem fitting in - she's cool, rich, clever and beautiful. She meets three very different boys: staff child Milo is sweet but a bit boring; head boy Edward is handsome but there's no spark. When Beth meets Zack, he blows her away - he's gorgeous and she'll do anything for him. But Beth has a secret which is making her life even more complicated. She needs to make the right choice and decide what - and who - is important in her life. It has the potential to be a classic. Matt Rudd, journalist and author The Islanders is a fantastic read - a sexy, intelligent, romantic story about the lives and loves of a group of teenagers at a boarding school. It is sure to appeal to fans of E Lockhart. Sam Mills, author A young adult novel inspired by Thomas Hardy's classic love story, Far from the Madding Crowd. Readers will adore this beautiful retelling of a timeless coming-of-age story, even if they know what happened to Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors.
A novel with a strong female lead character who's flawed but who readers will take to their hearts. A story about grief, family conflicts and first love, with a dramatic background of sport and the Olympics. What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love? Pip Mitchell's an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she's going to have to decide whose side she's on - or she'll lose everyone she loves. No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises - and not good ones. Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?