I’ll be Home for Christmas

Category Archives: 12-14

I’ll be Home for Christmas

Is there such a thing as a happy home at Christmas? Well, it depends on which of these fourteen stories you read, all written by the UK’s top authors for young adults and compiled in aid of the homelessness charity Crisis. I’ll Be Home for Christmas has stories of varying lengths and styles, written by both women and men, .

White Lies, Black Dare

Like many young protagonists, Asha Wright has a book that is very special to her. In Asha’s case, it is S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, a gift from her creative-writing teacher. Unfortunately, she can’t decide whether she wants to follow her ambitions and emulate the 17-year-old author Hinton, or succumb to peer pressure and abide by gang rules like the .

Across the Divide

Across the Divide is a compelling historical novel set against the backdrop of the Dublin Lockout of 1913. Central to the novel is the relationship between Liam, tenement-dwelling son of a trade unionist father, and Nora, affluent daughter of a southside wine importer. Their unlikely friendship begins at a feis in the Father Matthew Hall, and develops when they .

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Part 3)

The conclusion to Suzanne Collins’s hotly anticipated, highly acclaimed and hugely successful series was always going to be a contentious issue. The already-grim premise inevitably descends into war, which is unflinchingly displayed in a way that is both praiseworthy but might be difficult for readers to get through without feeling ‘My God, it’s all hopeless! Utterly, utterly hopeless!’ However, .

Along for the Ride

Auden is an atypical teenager from a family of high achievers. But, after receiving a letter from her brother who is travelling in Europe, she decides to spend the summer with her dad, his new wife and baby. As she readjusts to her new life, she finds herself thrown into a world of pink bikinis and mysterious biker boys. .


Ben’s iPod has been taken from his bag in the changing rooms. His friends tell him they think Kris took it. He must have – Kris’s dad’s in prison. All week Ben and Kris are urged on by their mates to do something about the other. Things come to a head on Saturday night. A fight begins, but it .

White Crow

Forced to flee her native Greenwich due to a police scandal involving her father, Rebecca Case arrives in the seaside village of Winterfold feeling understandably angry and depressed. — Isolated from family and friends in this strange old place, she seems destined to spend the summer lonely and bored. Until she encounters Ferelith, that is – a fellow outsider, .

Fugitivies! A Story of the Flight of the Earls

After having lost at the Battle of Kinsale, Hugh O’Neill, the great Ulster chieftain, is hounded and hunted in his own land. As he plans his escape from Ireland forever, his young son Con disappears and is in great danger. Pursued by Sir Arthur Chichester’s soldiers, it is up to his cousin, Fion, and friends James/Seamus and Sinead to .

Tall Story

The oft-repeated advice about judging books by covers is advice this reviewer would do well to heed: a cover that promised a girl called Andi with a long-lost basketball-playing eight-foot-tall brother was not one I was particularly keen to open. But firsttime author Candy Gourlay has created a rich and moving story that illuminates the different cultural and emotional .

Over the Wall

A family split by the Berlin Wall leads to a young girl’s difficulty in accepting a father she’d thought dead. Karo and her mother have always lived alone, with Karo believing that her father had died before she was born. The discovery of his existence shatters her youthful idolisation of an unknown figure, when the reality presents as a .