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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.
Intrigue abounds in this stunning story about modern science, religious fundamentalism and the human thirst for power from a multi-award winning author. Incredibly topical, it is also a powerful and gripping read that will have you questioning our modern day world.
An incredibly moving story of how the young survive tragedy, this is based on the true story from the Rwandan war of 1994. Eight year old Jeanne is orphaned when her parents are killed by the Tutsi. Every thing she knows is lost but, thanks to the kindness of others, most notable Hanna Jansen who writes the story, Jeanne learns to carry on in different ways and in a different life but still with happiness.
Non-stop tension and utterly compelling are the hallmarks of a Tim Bowler thriller; so much so, that you’ll be drawn into the characters and the story from the very start. He is pre-eminent in the field of psychological thrillers in the teenage market – no one does it better. Our advice is read it but it might just touch too many nerves for those nearly teenage and just teenage readers. Anyway, try it and make up your own mind and if it’s just too traumatic then leave it for a while and come back to it when you’re ready. It will have been worth the wait.
Shortlisted for the Nasen and TES 'Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award' 2007. When Salim mysteriously disappears while on a ride on the London Eye everyone is frantic and even the police are baffled. Ted has his own theories, and his own very particular way of working things out. The question is, is his theory right and will the others listen to him? Lovereading comment:This may only be Siobhan Dowdâ€™s second novel but itâ€™s clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Her first novel A Swift Pure Cry was shortlisted for nearly all the major awards last year and although this second novel is very different it has that same page-turner feeling to it. Itâ€™s a beautifully written mystery set in Manchester and London and featuring two young boys, one of whom disappears on the London Eye shortly before heâ€™s due to emigrate to the US with his mother.
Alfred Kropp has none of the usual characteristics of a hero but, when a dangerous magical sword falls into the wrong hands, he finds he does have what it takes to be brave. A modern day King Arthur, Alfred Kropps adventures are fresh, funny and very fast moving.
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2007. Two boys, Adam and Salim, come face to face when they find themselves on opposing sides in a Holy war. Adam is part of a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from the infidels; Salim finds himself at the heart of Saladin’s camp. Must they be enemies? What are their differences? Crusade is a story from the past that provides food for thought about the present.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "A truly believable voice and wonderfully written story - we couldn't put down this historical page turner."
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.
Ally Kennen’s Beast was one of the best debuts of last year and has been lauded with praise and sold in large numbers as well and we feel at Lovereading we helped spread that word-of-mouth through earmarking it early on to members of Lovereading4kids. Here, in Berserk we have something that is just as good. The author is so good at describing the crazy, warped and funny world of troubled teenagers and here when a young teenage boy decides to write to a prisoner on death row, who in turn tries to take over the boys family on his release is brilliantly portrayed and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Well-written and so true to life. Teenage girls are lucky to have the opportunity to read books by an author who has her finger on the pulse of the teenage world. Easy to read and funny yet dealing with issues teenage girls face on a daily basis.
A funky novel, complete with funky title and funky cover from a bestselling author who is just brilliant at getting under the skin of that nearly teen market. Itâ€™s bursting with humour and charm despite the sometimes fraught friendships between family and friends. We also rate another novel of hers highy and itâ€™s called Bliss.
Winner of the Book Trust Teenage book award 2007 and shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Award and our favourite to win the award. Highly readable yet thought-provoking, mysterious yet chilling, and so perfectly paced that it is totally unputdownable. The quality of the writing is superb in this gothic tale and it is sure to transfix readers from 10 upwards. This, the paperback edition includes an exclusive, brand new short story called Blackbeard. From Hugh (12) - I loved it! I loved it even more than I loved The Book of Dead Days (another of Marcus Sedgwickâs thrilling novels). Normally I donât like horror books but this involved the reader so much more. At times I forgot the difference between myself and Peter! I felt his decisions and fears. I loved and hated the suspense and I even though I was so into the book I hadnât a clue what was going to happen. At times I had to force myself to shut the book if it was mealtimes or way past my bedtime. I thought that it was an amazing creation and I hope Marcus makes a fortune because he deserves it!
There are no punches pulled in this exciting psychological thriller. After witnessing the death of his mother, Ravenâ€™s life is a mess despite help from foster carers and the rest. When a friend suggests that they track down his mumâ€™s killer, Raven begins a terrifying and deeply disturbing journey of discovery. Tabitha has also written A note of madness - click here to find out more.
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.