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.
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.
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.
How Jane Austen might have dealt with the dilemmas of families, friends and, above all, what she herself might feel about falling in love is skilfully and wittily explored. With a cast of new characters and a genuinely â€˜Austenâ€™ feel to it, this is a delightful and compelling story.
When Jimmyâ€™s long missing father turns up out of the blue, Jimmy weaves himself the kind of happy future that heâ€™d find in the films, which are his passion. With everything else in his life in a bit of a mess, his father seems exactly the superman he needs to put things right. But is he? Jimmy has to take another hard cold look at his future is this sharply observed insight into reality.
A high speed, thriller which begins when Ram wakes on the top floor of a tower block. When the lift door opens he finds a man lying in a pool of blood. What is he trying to tell Ram? Ram has no memory of why he and the dead man might be connected. Determined to find out, he runs from the police and so begins a hectic chase that keeps you right on the edge of your seat as Ram tries to discover what it is he needs to know.
A highly personal and admittedly biased introduction to some aspects of politics. As a background, Bali Rai looks at how the institutions of government work and at what the different parties stand for and some of the ideologies on which they may, or may not, rest their core beliefs. He then takes a direct look at some of the key issues of the day â€“ the Iraq war, the war on terror, global warming, racism and education and gives his own account of what they are and why they are important. Thought provoking, this is a valuable source of information from which to challenge whatâ€™s on the news.
A 2013 World Book Night selection. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race." It takes a brave author such as Malorie Blackman to consider a sequence of the like of Noughts and Crosses and to pull it off with utmost aplomb. Award-winning author Blackman has tackled the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Although 11 year olds will take great joy and learn much from reading this first one in the sequence, adults will devour it with equal enthusiasm. The contrast of the two main protagonists makes the novel totally compelling and the writing style is both original and superbly paced. The plot unravels at the pace of a thriller and as a consequence it’s a book that is almost impossible to put down. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Winner of the Booktrust teenage prize in 2006, Henry Tumour is exceedingly funny, compulsive, thought-provoking, challenging, dark and tragic by turns. As Mal Peet, another author of brilliant teenage fiction said, â€˜Henry Tumour is a boisterous, anarchic, frequently vulgar comedy. It is also a wise, sensitive, questioning novel about the opposing forces that make us what we areâ€™.
Bound to capture your imagination right from the start, Lucas is the thriller that follows Caitlin, a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with a mysterious and beautiful boy with tragic consequences. The plot is gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking all at the same time and it makes you hold your breath as you turn the pages. One of the most powerful and striking books that you will ever read, Lucas comes highly recommended.
Stuck for something to read? Whether youâ€™re searching for a book to blow your mind and change your life, or a light read for the beach, particularly at a time when you canâ€™t lay your hands on a computer thatâ€™s online in order to refer to www.lovereading.co.uk The Ultimate Teen Book Guide provides the perfect place to start. Here at Lovereading we feel this guide alongside its sister guides The Ultimate Book Guide and The Ultimate First Book Guide complement what we are doing both on Lovereading and Lovereading4kids â€“ that of instilling a love of books from an early age. Of course, in addition Lovereading and Lovereading4kids are also able to whet your appetite via extracts of our â€˜featuredâ€™ titles as a consequence of being on the web. So, you can always go online and see if we at Lovereading have featured the title you are interested in and read the extract. Itâ€™s likely that many of your favourite authors (see a selection of the contributors below) have recommended over 700 books, so prepare to be inspired. Whether you like fantasy, horror, chick lit, graphic novels, sci-fi, crime...From classics to must-read cult fiction as well as the more obvious bestsellers, thereâ€™s something for everyone. Youâ€™ll also find special features, teen reviews and suggestions for what to read next.
A breathless teen thriller set in the Tokyo underworld. The chief protagonist in this all-action adventure set over a short time-frame is a teenage boy searching the back-streets of Tokyo for his missing sister. Graham Marksâ novels are a terrific blend of mostly urban contemporary life and sometimes a mix of magical realism. Heaven knows where he gets his ideas from but the important thing is that all his novels are fantastic adventures that hold the reader on the edge of the seat from beginning to end.
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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