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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

See below for a selection of the latest books from General fiction (Children's / Teenage) category. Presented with a red border are the General fiction (Children's / Teenage) books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great General fiction (Children's / Teenage) books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Can the Real JR Stand Up Please

Can the Real JR Stand Up Please

Author: Nadia L. King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2021

When Jake Rollins isn't worrying about his dad going ape-shit, he's busy creating out-of- this-world manga and hanging out with his best mate. Jake and his mum spend their lives dodging Jake's dad's fists, but it's the last year of high school and Jake has the perfect plan to escape home. All he has to do is nab a scholarship to Tokyo where he'll learn how to be a professional manga artist. But before then, Jake has to navigate his final year of high school, and keep himself, his mum and their dog alive. Baba Ami may look like an ordinary Australian Terrier but she's more like Jake's spiritual guide. She's got tons of wisdom, plus she talks, but the only person who can hear her is Jake. She's not the only surprising thing about Jake's life - his anime hero, Takehiko sometimes inexplicably comes to life. He's Jake's role model for friendship, bravery and being true to yourself. And let's face it, Jake needs all the help he can get when he ends up complicating his life by kissing his best friend, Phee and getting in with Clay Perez, the local graffiti artist who is always in trouble with the police. Jake's life takes a turn for the worst when he's arrested after Clay Perez dobs him in. When his dad throws him out of the house, he ends up being a homeless teenager with nowhere to go. Thank goodness for best friends. Life gets even more complicated when Jake's portrait of his dad ends up in the local paper. It will be a miracle if they don't all end up dead like Jake's little sister, Katie. This is a story of survival, resurgence, and what it means to be bigger than where you come from. With themes of friendship, coming-of-age, family abuse, survival, creativity, courage and diversity, Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please? is a warm-hearted hopeful story about being true to yourself and learning to be brave.

Itsme's School

Itsme's School

Author: Christian Alexander Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2021

Ways to Grow Love

Ways to Grow Love

Author: Renee Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renee Watson continues her charming young middle grade series starring Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit and sunshine. Ryan Hart and her family are back in another installment of stories about a Black girl finding her way and her voice as she grows through change and challenges. In this book, Ryan finds herself waiting on lots of things -- like for her new sister to be born healthy, for her new recipes to turn out right, for that summer camp trip to go better than she fears! And of course Ryan is facing these new challenges and new experiences in her classic style -- with a bright outlook and plenty of spirit!

Sister Switch

Sister Switch

Author: Beth Garrod Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

A laugh-out-loud, modern take on the ever popular body-swap story from bestselling author Beth Garrod. Perfect for 9+ fans of Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries and Alesha Dixon's Star Switch. Twelve-year-old Lily Mavers and her sister, Erin, do not get on. It doesn't help that Lily has nothing in common with her overachieving, Grade A student sister. But after an emergency trip to the oddly named Hairy Godmother salon, Lily and Erin leave with much more than a new look - they've got a whole new life. Because the sisters have undergone a full-on body switch and they're about to find out that life in each other's shoes is much harder than it looks!

This Is My Truth

This Is My Truth

Author: Yasmin Rahman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

Your friend or your secret - which one will you keep? A powerful book tackling two important subjects, domestic violence and living in foster care, particularly in the Muslim community, by the author of ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and YA runner-up in the inaugural Diverse Book Awards 2020. Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs - and their future beyond school, which they're both wildly unprepared for. Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family - a father who is a successful TV presenter, a loving mother, and an adorable younger brother - while confident and impulsive Huda has grown up with over-affectionate foster parents who are now expecting a baby of their own. Both girls are jealous of each other's seemingly easy life, without realising the darkness or worries that lie underneath. Then Huda witnesses Amani's father hitting her mother, and Amani's biggest secret is suddenly out. As Amani convinces Huda to keep quiet by helping her with her own problems, a prank blog starts up at school, revealing students' secrets one by one. Will this anonymous blogger get hold of Amani's secret too? Will Huda keep quiet?

Hide and Secrets

Hide and Secrets

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

A lonely girl, a missing father and a trail of lies . . . From the bestselling author of top-ten blockbuster Girl, Missing comes an explosive new teen thriller - for fans of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and Riverdale. Fourteen-year-old Cat is facing a lonely summer. Her father is missing - presumed dead - her mother has retreated into her own world and her little sister, Bess, refuses to speak. But when a boy and his father come to stay nearby for the holidays, Cat finds herself opening up to the handsome Tyler. Discovering some long-buried information, Cat and Tyler begin to unravel the trail of lies around her father's disappearance - a journey that will take them cross-country, uncover a dangerous gang, and a plot to steal a priceless jewel. With secrets exposed, will Cat be able to begin to mend her family? An edge-of-your-seat drama from the queen of teen thrillers, Hide and Secrets will have you looking for answers in every corner . . .

It Took Two Wishes

It Took Two Wishes

Author: Edwina Wyatt, Irena Freitas Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2021

The Medusa Project: Hit Squad

The Medusa Project: Hit Squad

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The FINAL nail-biting installment of The Medusa Project, from bestselling author of Girl, Missing, Sophie McKenzie! Meet Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan - four psychic teens who form the government-led crime-fighting force, The Medusa Project. But not for much longer . . . The team is due to be disbanded and the teenagers sent off to separate locations. But the Medusa teens are determined to investigate claims that a dangerous drug conveying the same powers as the Medusa gene has been developed. Joined by new friends Cal and Amy, the four set off on their final and most dangerous mission yet - by the end of which, nothing will be the same . . . Also by Sophie McKenzie: THE MEDUSA PROJECT The Set-Up The Hostage The Rescue Hunted Double-Cross Teen Novels Girl, Missing Sister, Missing Missing Me Blood Ties Blood Ransom Split Second Every Second Counts

Do Not Mess with the Mermaids

Do Not Mess with the Mermaids

Author: Michelle Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Grace has proved to the kingdom of Wondermere that when it comes to courage, determination, playing TROLL-O on unicorn-back and being a BRAVE KNIGHT, she's just as good as any boy! But now Wondermere is expecting a VERY IMPORTANT visitor: the MERMAID QUEEN of the Outer Ocean. That means frilly dresses and best behaviour - and absolutely NO RULE BREAKING. But when a purple DRAGON EGG falls into the moat of Wondermere castle, Grace and her sister Princess Portia find themselves babysitting a BIG SECRET. One teeny tiny little dragon called Dennis couldn't possibly disturb the royal visit ... could he? Cheeky, charming and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the side-splitting sequel to bestselling Michelle Robinson's debut young fiction novel, Do Not Disturb the Dragons. Chock-full of chuckles (and grumpy unicorns), it's perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Pamela Butchart.

Between Sea and Sky

Between Sea and Sky

Author: Nicola Penfold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

In a near future where a series of environmental disasters has left much of the country underwater, Pearl lives on a floating oyster farm with her father and younger sister, Clover. Following her mum's death several years earlier, Pearl refuses to set foot on land, believing her illness was caused by the poisons in the ground. Meanwhile, Clover dreams of school, friends and a normal life. Then Nat comes to spend the summer at the sea farm while his scientist mum conducts some experiments. Leaving behind the mainland, with its strict rules and regulations, he brings with him a secret. But when the sisters promise to keep his secret safe, little do they realize that they may be risking everything... A thrilling and thought-provoking ecological adventure from the author of the highly acclaimed WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD. Perfect for fans of THE EXPLORER, THE LAST WILD and WHERE THE RIVER RUNS GOLD. PRAISE FOR WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD: A sense of the natural world's curative power runs through this adventurous story like a seam of gold. - Guardian Some books are excellent story-telling, and some books broaden your knowledge and mind, and some just ought to be written and this book is all three. I loved it. - Hilary McKay, author of THE SKYLARKS' WAR A brilliant adventure that pulls you headlong into Juniper and Bear's world, where survival depends upon finding the wild. - Gill Lewis, author of A STORY LIKE THE WIND An absorbing, thought-provoking debut tapping into pertinent ecological themes. - The Bookseller Wondrous, warm-hearted, wildly exhilarating [...] The world is familiar and frightening, the relationships between characters beautifully rendered - Nicola Penfold is an author to watch. - Nizrana Farook, author of THE GIRL WHO STOLE AN ELEPHANT

The Medusa Project: Double-Cross

The Medusa Project: Double-Cross

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The fifth thrilling chapter in this action-packed series about psychic teenagers, from the bestselling author of Girl, Missing. Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan are four psychic teens who have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force: The Medusa Project. When the team arrive in Sydney for another exciting mission, they come face-to-face with two more Medusa teens: Cal, a boy who can fly, and Amy, a girl who can shapeshift. As new alliances are formed and old secrets are uncovered, one question remains for our four heroes: who is double-crossing whom? Also by Sophie McKenzie: THE MEDUSA PROJECT The Set-Up The Hostage The Rescue Hunted Hit Squad Teen Novels Girl, Missing Sister, Missing Missing Me Blood Ties Blood Ransom Split Second Every Second Counts

Paletero Man

Paletero Man

Author: Lucky Diaz Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

A vibrant picture book celebrating the strength of community and the tastes of summer from Latin Grammy-winning musician Lucky Diaz and celebrated artist Micah Player. Ring! Ring! Ring! Can you hear his call? Paletas for one! Paletas for all! What's the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? Run quick and find Paletero Jose! Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood in search of the Paletero Man. But when he finally catches up with him, our narrator's pockets are empty. Oh no! What happened to his dinero? It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now. Full of musicality, generosity, kindness, and ice pops, this book is sure to satisfy fans of Thank You, Omu! and Carmela Full of Wishes. Includes Spanish words and phrases throughout, an author's note from Lucky Diaz, and a link to a live version of the Lucky Band's popular song that inspired the book.