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Mainly aimed at young adults, but high quality and readable for adults too, Young Adult Fiction navigates emotional stories and characters searching for who they are. This diverse genre can feature aspects from any other genre, from Family Dramas to Fantasy with a stop off at Horror and Historical Fiction along the way plus some relevant non-fiction titles too.
A stunning debut novel, Anilaâ€™s journey captures a girl with an amazing talent for drawing who is swept up in an epic journey up the Ganges where she hope she may find her father who has been long missing. A vivid Calcutta setting and a strong and convincing teenage heroine make this an exciting and dramatic story. (12+)February's 'New Voices' title. Anilaâ€™s Journey is a striking debut from a fresh new voice and a powerful work of historical literary fiction. Its vivid Calcutta setting and determined heorine who sets out to test herself in the manâ€™s world of the late 1700s, gives this strong teenage and adult appeal.
This novel will take the reader into an extraordinary world, a world that will capture the reader from the very first page with its unusual originality. Itâs glam, light-hearted yet mysterious and the story reveals an utterly different and darker side of Tinseltown. Itâs book that will absorb your mind utterly, so much so that youâll wish it would never end.
Diary account of a young girl growing up in San Francisco. All of a sudden her best friend becomes angry with her and Victor her boyfriend dumps her. Nothing is quite as it seems however and Cathy sets out to uncover the mystery behind why her life is suddenly going wrong. The writing is surrounded by adolescent doodles; sketches and cartoons making the book feel genuinely like the dairy of a teenager. Not only does Cathy's Book have its own website (there are actually two), the characters from Cathy's Book have their own phone numbers; there is a Cathy's Book MySpace page; there are Cathy's Book AIM Journal pages; and more.
Marianne promises her dying mother that sheâ€™ll seek a better life and especially that sheâ€™ll try to find her father. Leaving Grimsby, Marianne sets off on a long and dangerous voyage to Denmark. What will she find there? A moving love story set against an interesting historical background.
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2007. What the Judges said - "The world of life and death, beauty and truth seen through the eyes of a 12 year old girl. A rare and beautiful book of lasting quality – we felt this is a voice that needs to be heard and read."
Definitely for the older teenager, Burchill has written about a gritty, urban and larger than life world. Itâ€™s smart, funny, full of wit â€“ the Julie Burchill trademark â€“ and it really captures the life and soul of teenage angst and heartache. Friendships are well drawn and the storylines will have you hooked from the off.
Reed’s life was perfect but now with her boyfriend dead it’s anything but. Just who did kill him? What she discovers is almost too shocking to be true. Reed’s life is crumbling. As sharp and addictive as the Gossip Girls, this is the 3rd title in the dark and sinister Private series. Set in Easton Academy, a co-ed boarding school where secrets and lies are all part of the curriculum. When Reed Brennan arrives she discovers that everyone is more sophisticated, more gorgeous and wealthier than she is. She feels like an outsider, looking in, until she meets the Billings Girls, the most powerful girls on campus. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. But once she’s in, she discovers there’s more to the girls’ closets than designer clothes – they’re hiding skeletons too, and secrets which must be kept private. Whatever the cost. To view all the titles click hereTitles in the Private series:1. Private2. Invitation Only3. Untouchable4. Confessions5. Inner Circle6. Legacy7. Ambition8. Last Christmas (Nov ’09)
This is a moving and compelling novel of first love and first heartbreak from a writing genius. The author interweaves so brilliantly themes of sexuality as well as some more outrageous teenage behaviour. Itâ€™s definitely more explicit and hard-hitting than other Jacqueline Wilson novels.
Fast-paced and terrifying The Stuff of Nightmares is about the demons lurking in ones past that come back to haunt. The reader is taken on a chilling journey as we follow schoolboy Kyle, whose terrible nightmares suddenly turn real and he is forced to face his fears. Malorie Blackmanâ€™s inspiration for the book was apparently from real nightmares that she has had in her lifetime. The book is very compelling in the creepy sense and even more so when read at nighttimes.
From the author who brought you â€˜High Fidelityâ€™ and â€˜Fever Pitchâ€™ comes a new novel written for the teenage audience. It is gripping, funny and will appeal to all those who have ever picked up a skateboard.
With a foreword by Bruce Parry, comes a courageous book telling you everything you might possibly want to know about survival in freezing conditions. Indeed if only Captain Scott had read it before setting off on his adventures then he might have won his race after all. Basic things such as what to bring, wear and how to relieve oneself in the Arctic are all covered in great detail! This book confirms the Arctic as being a most hostile environment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have fun in it.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been described as ‘a true masterpiece’, ‘complete genius’ and by one journalist in the States, as ‘the most extraordinary book I’ve ever come across’. Set in Paris in the 1930s the book follows the story of a boy called Hugo, but what sets it apart from everything else on the bookshelves is the innovative reading experience created by the author between illustrations and text. With nearly 300 pages of hand drawn full bleed illustrations, the story is told through pictures and words, like an old silent movie. It’s a captivating package, part work of art, part thrilling novel, part movie. It is truly one of a kind. Tender, magical, utterly original, this is a stunning tour de force from an innovative and daring storyteller and artist. A book to treasure, to dip in and out of forever whether you’re 9 or 109.
The years leading up to your 20s 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 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 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.