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Undercover Reads - Teen and Young Adult Fiction from Walker Books 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...

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Kill You Last by Todd Strasser
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 author who '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 by Peter Cocks
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 by Tim Wynne-Jones
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 by Cynthia Leitich Smith
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 by Zoe Marriott
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 by Meg Medina
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 by April Henry
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: 01/03/2012
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
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 by Joanna Nadin
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 by Zoe Marriott
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) by Cassandra Clare
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) by Cassandra Clare
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2010
The Anti-prom by Abby McDonald
The Anti-prom
Abby McDonald
Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance and revenge in a high-stakes drama from 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2012
Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
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 by Mal Peet
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 by Todd Strasser
Blood on My Hands
Todd Strasser
When seventeen-year-old Callie Carson is found standing over the body of her best friend holding the knife that killed her, everyone assumes she's guilty. Then someone takes a picture with their mobile phone, and in a matter of minutes the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Martyn Bedford
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. 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 legs... When he looks in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2013
Long Reach by Peter Cocks
Long Reach
Peter Cocks
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 even more disturbing: that Steve had actually been working undercover for the police...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2011
A Monster Calls by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2011
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will 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
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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...

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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’.


Out now or soon in 2012:



Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones 

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
Girl, Stolen by  April Henry
Kill You Last by Todd Strasser author of 2011's Blood on My Hands
Body Blow by Peter Cocks author of 2011's Long Reach
Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind by Meg Medina
Frostfire by Zoe Mariott
Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith


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Cassandra Clare
Martyn Bedford
Michelle Gayle
Patrick Ness
Siobhan Dowd
Peter Cocks
Todd Strasser