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Especially compiled for Young Adults, this section is awash with wonderful worlds to escape to, great stories and characters you’ll love.

Books of the Month

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 the EU and a major recession in the UK (that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
Children of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in this intense coming-of-age fantasy about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. Hattie’s life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi
Nina is Not Ok
Shappi Khorsandi
July 2016 Debut of the Month. With a fierce, biting sense of reality, this is a provocative, yet beautifully worthwhile, must, must read. Nina is 17 years old, her best friend and worst enemy is alcohol,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
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 of dark history hooked from the outset. Think Game of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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” is a riotously riveting read. There was a time when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
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 genuine, if non-supernatural, thrills. This is a tight, claustrophobic and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
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 other, featuring the fully illustrated short story, How the Marquis...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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 known as Zam, lives in Newcastle, he has a walking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2013
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 selfish and naive, but also loving and determined. His dad,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
The Otherlife by Julia Gray
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 a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 Lo-Melkhiin arrives in her village, the eloquent narrator of this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 been a good girl, but confesses a guilt-ridden secret right...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2016
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 top YA authors. Following last Christmas’s My True Love...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime novel about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Unrivalled by Alyson Noel

Reader Reviewed Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
June 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the...

Nightwanderers by C. J. Flood

Reader Reviewed Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
June 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense...

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with cat and curry loving Death. Terry Pratchett...

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is...

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies
Becca Fitzpatrick
Strong-willed Stella is the key witness in a murder trial and has been placed under police protection. After being given a new identity and forced to cut all contact with...

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behaviour
John Corey Whaley
In a Nutshell: Universe-expanding friendship • Trust • Anxiety disorder An uplifting coming-of-age novel about living with agoraphobia and the transformative power of true friendship. Solomon hasn't left...

The Deepest Cut by Natalie Flynn

The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
June 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut...

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Reader Reviewed Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a...

Notes on Being Teenage by Jana Rosalind

Notes on Being Teenage
Jana Rosalind
Teens & YA's love to read and are the best authority on how it feels to be a teenager so we asked one of our teen Reader Review Panel members...

One by Sarah Crossan

Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Winner of The Bookseller's 2016 prize for young adult fiction. Ireland's Children's Book of the Year Award 2016. Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells...

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger...

Generation Next by Oli White

Generation Next
Oli White
The stunning debut novel from YouTube sensation Oli White

The Month Before's Featured Books

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions - Shakespeare's...

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer

Reader Reviewed Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month. This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features...

Underwater by Marisa Reichard

Underwater
Marisa Reichard
This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness...

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
Five years have passed since Elsie's twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half...

Kook by Chris Vick

Reader Reviewed Kook
Chris Vick
Fifteen-year-old science geek Sam has returned to Cornwall from London. It’s his first time back since his dad drowned here when he was four. Sam has no idea what his...

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
This second instalment in a tantalisingly terrifying sequence of books based on a YouTube sensation is every bit as chilling as it’s predecessor, and also digs deeper into Sunshine’s emotional...

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I...

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month. This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of...

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as...

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian...

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Reader Reviewed The Square Root of Summer
Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling,...

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Reader Reviewed The Unexpected Everything
Morgan Matson
Super-focused Andie has her future mapped-out. She knows what she wants (to go to med school) and how to get it. But when her plans to do an internship over...

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf
Ryan Graudin
Powerfully thought-provoking alternate-history thriller in which an unforgettable heroine seeks revenge on Hitler. It’s 1956, more than ten years since the Nazis won the war, and 17 year-old Yael belongs...

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...

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey’s family life is reassuringly normal. There’s her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It’s...

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The teenage years 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 teens and 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 first 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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