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Books of the Month

Beck by Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
September 2016 MEGA NewGen Book of the Month. Please note we think this book is suitable for 16+ only. In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2016
The Deviants by C. J. Skuse
The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
September 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick as thieves and known as “The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
As I Descended by Robin Talley
As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school. While Lily...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill
The Beginning Woods
Malcolm McNeill
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Unfathomable mystery | Timeless fairy tale quest An elegantly atmospheric page-turner that will have readers rooting for main character, Max, and intoxicated by its exquisite style....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut explores an age-old theme: money doesn’t make you happy, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2016
Caged by Theresa Breslin
Caged
Theresa Breslin
In a Nutshell: Fighting | Surviving | Treachery | Trust | A powerful contemporary novel set in the shady world of underground cage fighting, from a Carnegie Medal-winning author. After running away to London to escape his mum’s bullying boyfriend,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher
Silence is Goldfish
Annabel Pitcher
Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 “Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them,” so declares Tess, the troubled heroine of this remarkable novel about alienation, family conflict, the often cruel dynamics...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs’s spine-tingling fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is now a film directed by – who else? - Tim Burton, and this extremely handsome book purports to be a collection of favourite peculiar folktales. Anthologist Millard Nullings,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016
The Graces by Laure Eve
The Graces
Laure Eve
In a nutshell: be careful if you’re what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister Summer, seem to have everything: attractive, popular, rich, no wonder everyone wants to be their friend, or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Hill of the Angels by Sue Mayfield
Hill of the Angels
Sue Mayfield
Breath-taking yet at times brutal, this is a story based on real historical events in the 17th Century. Abigail and Grace are living in a country consumed by evil and hate as the conflict between King Charles I and his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
A Very Good Chance by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A Very Good Chance
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
In a Nutshell: Taking a chance | Choose your own path | A heart-warming tale about friendship and finding yourself, with added horse-driven adrenalin. There are two outcasts in Minty’s class, Ned and Martin. Neither of them speak and they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord by Bessora
Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he’s desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his home in the Cote D’Ivoire to Europe as an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2016
Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg
Username: Regenerated
Joe Sugg
The follow-up graphic novel to the number-one bestseller Username: Evie.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Cool Kids Cook Delicious Recipes and Fabulous Facts to Turn into a Kitchen Whizz by Jenny Chandler

Cool Kids Cook Delicious Recipes and Fabulous Facts to Turn into a Kitchen Whizz
Jenny Chandler
The hot (cool) new cook book for 7 - 14 year old children who love food and want to understand more about where it comes from and how to create...

How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss

How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Hattie’s life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and...

Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Reader Reviewed Nina is Not Ok
Shappi Khorsandi
August 2016 Debut of the Month. With a fierce, biting sense of reality, this is a provocative, yet beautifully worthwhile, must read. Nina is 17 years...

Dirt Road by James Kelman

Dirt Road
James Kelman
Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about...

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

Reader Reviewed Children of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
August 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception...

What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

Reader Reviewed What's a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Feminism * Friendship * Fighting back Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne and the first official...

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
August 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Survival * Friendship * Power of words Heartrending and, ultimately, hopeful, this tells the extraordinarily powerful...

After the First Death by Robert Cormier

After the First Death
Robert Cormier
In a Nutshell: Psycho-political thriller * Terrorist hijacking * Extremes of patriotism Unreservedly uncompromising, this gripping, thought-provoking novel raises pertinent questions about trust, sacrifice and the extremes people will go...

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths A story about writing, this is also a wonderfully romantic story told by a young narrator trying to...

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders
S. E. Hinton
In a Nutshell: Teen rebellion * Class conflict * Gangs gone wrong A heartrending coming-of-age classic that blazed the trail for young-adult-oriented fiction long before YA was even a twinkle...

Buddy by Nigel Hinton

Buddy
Nigel Hinton
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Buddy is a moving and totally convincing account of a boy's faltering relationship with his father, with an...

Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

Dear Nobody
Berlie Doherty
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The moving and very real story of two teenagers and an unplanned pregnancy. It is told from two...

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

The Endless Steppe
Esther Hautzig
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Endless Steppe is based on the author's true-life experience. Readers inspired by The Diary of Anne...

No Turning Back by Beverley Naidoo

No Turning Back
Beverley Naidoo
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Set in South Africa in the 1990s, a time when an increasing number of young black South Africans...

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Pearl
John Steinbeck
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Pearl is a haunting and timeless tale of the dangers of unexpected wealth by Nobel prizewinner John...

Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers

Postcards from No Man's Land
Aidan Chambers
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths This winner of the 2003 Michael Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal, told in dual narratives, takes the...

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony
John Steinbeck
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths Masterful linked short stories by Nobel prizewinner John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath. The Red Pony...

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

Stone Cold
Robert Swindells
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult TruthsStone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. It is one of The Originals from...

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story by Joan Lingard

The Twelfth Day of July A Kevin and Sadie Story
Joan Lingard
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Twelfth Day of July is first of Joan Lingard's influential Kevin and Sadie books, set in Belfast...

The Wave by Morton Rhue

The Wave
Morton Rhue
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Wave is based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school, when a teacher wanted...

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

Z for Zachariah
Robert C. O'Brien
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths A powerful post-apocalyptic novel in which nuclear war has devastated America. Z FOR ZACHARIAH by Robert C. O'Brien...

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story by Joan Lingard

Across the Barricades A Kevin and Sadie Story
Joan Lingard
Across the Barricades is part of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie series, the sequel to The Twelfth Day of July. Both books are part of The Originals from Penguin...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Missing Dad Wanted by J Ryan

Missing Dad Wanted
J Ryan
An action-packed adventure where a young man gets dragged into the dangerous world of drug running. 16 year old Joe St Aubin has little regard for authority, he can be...

Napoleon Xylophone by Frank Lambert

Napoleon Xylophone
Frank Lambert
A darkly quirky and action packed fantasy adventure that proclaims it’s not only ok to be different, it can at times, actually be an advantage. 15 year old Napoleon, also...

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always...

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, this spellbinding novel about love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories shimmers as vibrantly as a queen’s finely threaded robes. When cruel king...

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Highly Recommended. More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with...

Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve...

Cruel Heart Broken by Emma Haughton

Cruel Heart Broken
Emma Haughton
In a Nutshell: Deceit • Decisions • Doing the right thing A gripping, emotionally-charged page-turner about guilt, regret and finding the strength to face the truth. 15-year-old Laurie has always...

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham

The Moonlight Dreamers
Siobhan Curham
July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions This inspirational story about following dreams and...

Blame by Simon Mayo

Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of...

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
A special illustrated edition of the stunningly original and brilliant tale of London Below from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. This beautiful edition is like no...

Eight Rivers of Shadow by Leo Hunt

Eight Rivers of Shadow
Leo Hunt
In a Nutshell: Dead gripping • Dead funny • Deadpan urban fantasy Full of fantastical thrills, supernatural spills and wail-out-loud wit, this sublimely plotted sequel to “Thirteen Days of Midnight”...

And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken
Kiersten White
In a Nutshell: Ruthless anti-heroine * Epic alternate history * Loyalty and love Epic and intense, this rich reimagining of Vlad the Impaler as a young woman will have fans...

The Otherlife by Julia Gray

Reader Reviewed The Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 New Gen Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife’, I think I was expecting...

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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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