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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

Beck by Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
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 catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to fight against...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2016
What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
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 the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2016
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 tale of unforgettable Alice, whose “soul is filled with songbirds”,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2016
Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
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 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
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 glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi
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 old, her best friend and worst enemy is alcohol, when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
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 in publishers’ eyes. With his parents dead, Ponyboy Curtis is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 capture the unusual behaviour of her family and the life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 as a result of absolute devotion to a cause, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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
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 - iconic, outspoken, first. The Originals are the pioneers of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 to demonstrate the dangers of propoganda and group-think. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 during the Troubles. It is one of The Originals from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. A tense thriller plot is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 reader on a memorable voyage of discovery in a foreign...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath. It is one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 are dealing with the violence, the legacy of disrupted schooling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 viewpoints - that of Helen as she writes her thoughts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 atmospheric 1980s setting. It is one of The Originals from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2016
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 the power of music and all that it can offer....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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 amazing real meals. Empowering (and with no rice crispy cakes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2016

Last Month'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...

The Month Before'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

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