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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.
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007. What the judges’ said:It reads as if it must have happened to the author; a book that will expand horizons and counter narrowmindednessFlynn is one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music. On the outside, everything is good for him; on the inside it is not. Some days his head of full of compositions and he feels as if he could fly; others he can hardly get out of bed. How Flynn faces up to his despair is told in a thoughtful story that is deeply moving without being depressing.Tabitha has also written From where I stand - click here to find out more.
This is a terrific teenage novel set in a US private school (or academy). When Reed wins a scholarship to the school she thinks her world is looking up but on arrival it’s clear she may well be bright but she comes from a very different background to everyone else there. Her lack of sophistication, wealth and apparent beauty leaves her out on a limb but her determination to succeed and to become a part of the inner circle of the ‘in crowd’ is her single objective but how? As Reed gets to know some of the students a little better, she also realizes there are a whole of secrets and skeletons in cupboards that, perhaps she’s better off not knowing. The author has an uncanny ability to get the characters under your skin, whether you like them or not. As sharp and addictive as the Gossip Girls, this is the 1st 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)
Two brothers, Italy and love…it’s a potent combination. Elijah and Danny really don’t get on. They seem to have nothing except their shared blood in common. But, when their parents dispatch them to Italy they find they can be closer than they had imagined. Full of insight about relationships and their complexities.
The Great Big Book Exchange is a bookshop with a difference. Simon is living with his grandparents after the death of his parents when he happens on it and discovers that Kelly and her boss Terrance offer him the chance to find the books he needs to help him through his bereavement by finding an escape and away of understanding himself. Simon undertakes a delightful journey of discovery.
Zenith is the incredible story of three teenagers with the will to make their own beginnings in the harshest of worlds. It continues the stunning journey begun in Exodus, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. For all those adults and children who enjoyed Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, both titles will be devoured. It is also an environmental wake-up call that should be required reading for all. With terrific storytelling power, Julie Bretagna has written an ambitious and intellectually stimulating novel and pulled it off with great aplomb.
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship through to its dreadful conclusion. That this is written for children is easy to forget. I urge you to read Morris Gleitzman’s Once, too, for the Jewish perspective. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘This is a short book but it packs a huge emotional punch. It leaves you feeling emotionally drained and desperate to talk to someone else who has read it to share your experience. I read the book with a mounting chill, almost knowing what would happen but hoping against hope that it wouldn’t. This is one of the few books that genuinely appeals to both adults and children and can, and indeed should, be read by all ages.' Judith Welsh, Managing Editor at Transworld
One legendry books that holds secret knowledge sets two boys alight bringing power, magic and danger into their lives. Full of ideas and excitement, this is a thought provoking read for confident readers.
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.
Life-lessons, loves, laughs & LOADS more!
Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love.
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.
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