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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.
A terrify and deeply moving story about four teenagers trapped in the Bin. They are odd balls, misfits, maybe even a bit mad but they are smart enough to know that Dr Dearly is a real danger to them. But how can they escape? Can Nail help them? Does he really have Angel Blood? A challenging novel about daring to be different.
This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will resonate with any teenager. It’s 1939 in Nazi Germany and as the bombs begin to fall, the story of Liesel, the nine year old girl and the inhabitants of Himmel Street begins to unfold as narrated by ‘death’. Put simply, this book is breathtaking.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2007. This is a book that will have you gasping for breath, gripping your chair and biting your teeth all at once and from the very start. The characters are so realistic you feel you can touch them and the narrative is incredibly strong. As bestselling novelist Philip Ardagh says, ‘you can taste the blood in your mouth as you read this’. How right he is. Even the most reluctant reader will be ensnared. (14+) Judges' comment:This is original, fast paced storytelling that offers teenagers an uncompromising, powerful novel. The hero is untraditional, yet compelling; the story dark and violent, yet the violence is never gratuitous; it warns about the dangers of violence but is never didactic. This is superb writing.
Melvin Burgess is justly regarded as the Godfather of Young Adult fiction in the UK. He doesnâ€™t disappoint with this work of mind-bending imagination and power, in which myth, magic and science fiction are mixed with the basest and best of human â€“ and inhuman â€“ emotions. A must-read for all fantasy fans.
The evils of experimentation on humans are painfully explored as Octavian pieces together exactly what his purpose is in the house of the rational philosophers. The philosophers carefully study Octavian and his beautiful young mother, who was once an African princess. Living comfortably, they are initially well-treated but gradually a more sinister purpose emerges and Octavianâ€™s life disintegrates into degradation revealing the true nature of these 18th century philosopherâ€™s attitudes to Negroes. Finely written, this is a fascinating and thought provoking insight into racism.
Shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating saga of vampire romance. The Twilight series:1. Twilight2. New Moon3. Eclipse4. Breaking Dawn
An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have you hooked from the first page. A missing girl, a web of clues and a race to find the truth by a close friend who made a promise to come and find her if she every went away. A promise he is determined to keep.
A reissue of the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet. Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports reporter and the world’s greatest goalkeeper. Not just for football fiction fans, this is masterful storytelling at its best. This is the first in this extraordinary football linked trilogy. The second is The Penalty and the final one is Exposure. Keeper was the Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award & Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award.
This extraordinary, gripping tale pulses with the rhythms of football and the rainforest. Teenagers will love it but football loving adults will as well. It pours with mystery and suspense, will have you riveted to the page and the great twist at the end will come like a bolt out of the blue. This is the first in this extraordinary football linked trilogy. The second is Penalty and the final one is Exposure. Winner of the 2004 Branford Boase Award Winner of the 2004 Bronze Nestle Smarties Book Award
A welcome reissue of this wonderful and refreshing manifesto on reading which everyone, readers and non-readers alike will enjoy hugely. Pennac’s thesis is that readers should feel free to read anything, anytime, anywhere – so long as they are enjoying themselves. But, they must also have the right to skip, the right not to finish a book and, even, the right not to read if they don’t want to. It is a liberating look at what is so special about reading and what gets in the way of making it so for everyone.
This novel stand alone as a thrilling tale of passion, love and betrayal set in Japan a long time ago. Full of poignancy, it's totally gripping and as ever Lianâ€™s writing is dazzling and laden with the atmospheric detail of the time. If you've already read the three volumes of the Tales of Otori then you'll be clamouring for this one; if not Harsh Cry of the Heron will be enjoyed by all lovers of historical fiction.
This is a breath-taking epic of warfare and sacrifice, passionate revenge, treacherous betrayals and unconquerable love. Liane Hearn's ancient mythological world of fierce chivalry is compelling, timeless storytelling that will endure for generations of readers to come.
A brilliant adventure for any budding journalist to get their teeth into. Ben Maddox is in the cut and thrust world of journalism and when heâ€™s sent off to report from the fragile peace of the Ivory Coast he finds himself in a situation that is more than just dangerous. But can he deliver a story that could be front page news.
At last the book to tie up the loose ends of the Noughts and Crosses trilogy and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in anyway. The originality of the plot is breathtaking and the characters superbly drawn. You’ll be gripped to the last.
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.