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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders
S. E. Hinton
In a Nutshell: Teen rebellion * Class conflict * Gangs gone wrong A heartrending coming-of-age classic that blazed the trail for young-adult-oriented fiction long before YA was even a twinkle in publishers’ eyes. With his parents dead, Ponyboy Curtis is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths A story about writing, this is also a wonderfully romantic story told by a young narrator trying to capture the unusual behaviour of her family and the life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
After the First Death by Robert Cormier
After the First Death
Robert Cormier
In a Nutshell: Psycho-political thriller * Terrorist hijacking * Extremes of patriotism Unreservedly uncompromising, this gripping, thought-provoking novel raises pertinent questions about trust, sacrifice and the extremes people will go as a result of absolute devotion to a cause, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story by Joan Lingard
Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story
Joan Lingard
Across the Barricades is part of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie series, the sequel to The Twelfth Day of July. Both books are part of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. The Originals are the pioneers of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
Z for Zachariah
Robert C. O'Brien
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths A powerful post-apocalyptic novel in which nuclear war has devastated America. Z FOR ZACHARIAH by Robert C. O'Brien is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Wave by Morton Rhue
The Wave
Morton Rhue
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Wave is based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school, when a teacher wanted to demonstrate the dangers of propoganda and group-think. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story by Joan Lingard
The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story
Joan Lingard
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Twelfth Day of July is first of Joan Lingard's influential Kevin and Sadie books, set in Belfast during the Troubles. It is one of The Originals from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
Stone Cold
Robert Swindells
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult TruthsStone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. A tense thriller plot is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Red Pony
John Steinbeck
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Masterful linked short stories by Nobel prizewinner John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath. The Red Pony is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
Postcards from No Man's Land
Aidan Chambers
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths This winner of the 2003 Michael Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal, told in dual narratives, takes the reader on a memorable voyage of discovery in a foreign...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Pearl
John Steinbeck
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Pearl is a haunting and timeless tale of the dangers of unexpected wealth by Nobel prizewinner John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath. It is one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
No Turning Back by Beverley Naidoo
No Turning Back
Beverley Naidoo
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Set in South Africa in the 1990s, a time when an increasing number of young black South Africans are dealing with the violence, the legacy of disrupted schooling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
The Endless Steppe
Esther Hautzig
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Endless Steppe is based on the author's true-life experience. Readers inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
Dear Nobody
Berlie Doherty
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The moving and very real story of two teenagers and an unplanned pregnancy. It is told from two viewpoints - that of Helen as she writes her thoughts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Buddy by Nigel Hinton
Buddy
Nigel Hinton
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Buddy is a moving and totally convincing account of a boy's faltering relationship with his father, with an atmospheric 1980s setting. It is one of The Originals from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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