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Afterworlds

Part contemporary novel set in the heady world of New York publishing, and part paranormal romance, the latest Scott Westerfeld occupies curious territory. Its protagonist, eighteen-year-old Darcy, has just sold her debut YA novel and is deferring her first year of college to concentrate on rewrites; in alternating chapters we read that same novel, in…

Birthmarked

In the twenty-fifth century, drastic climate change has left water in short supply. Technology is limited, and the worldwide communication systems of our own era – referred to here as ‘the cool age’ – are a thing of the past. Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone is an apprentice midwife, following in her mother’s footsteps. Each month, the…

Captive

Having a Dad as British Prime Minister may seem very glamorous, but in reality it is not. Sixteen-year-old Robyn Knollys Green lives at Number Ten Downing Street with her little sister and her mum and dad, but residing in the cramped, stuffy rooms at the famous address is like being in a goldfish bowl. There’s…

Carnaby

Sarah Carnaby has a tough life. She lives in a cramped, damp flat with her mum, her older sister Jude and Jude’s daughter Em. It’s Sarah who cleans the flat, who takes care of Em, and holds it all together. But when her mum is murdered, Sarah’s world begins to crumble. Jude’s boyfriend Borys is…

Check Mates

Felix’s ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling the schoolboy to try harder, but no one realizes how hard it is! When his Mum suggests Felix spend time with his Granddad, Felix can’t think of anything worse. Granddad hasn’t been the same since Grandma died, and…

Daddy Hairdo

A splendid opening about the irony of life when it comes to hair issues. When Amy is born she has very little of it. Her dad, on the other hand, has LOTS. As we all know, as the years go by it can sometimes be hard to hold onto it and inevitably Dad starts losing…

Devoted

This tale fits neatly into the currently fashionable genre of supernatural-romance. Clea, an American teenager, has an immortal soulmate, Sage. Sage has been snatched by a group who want to use him to become immortal themselves. Clea blames her friend Ben for Sage’s kidnapping, but needs his help to rescue Sage. During her quest to…

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe.

When sock-prints appear in the Oslo snow, and letters start disappearing from signposts and conversations, brave young Nilly and supersmart Lisa suspect something is afoot in the Norwegian winter. The friends are even more bamboozled when everyone around them becomes hooked on the latest TV competition ‘The Norovision Choral Throwdown’. Their eccentric, inventive old friend…

Fiddlesticks!

Meet Mouse, an outwardly cheerful fellow with his neat house and well manicured garden complete with veggie patch. He tends his house carefully but on inspection he discovers that his perfect house has a flaw – one of his windows is crooked.  Unable to fix it himself he enlists the help of his friends with disastrous results.…

Flesh and Bone

The world as they knew it has changed for Nix, Benny, Lilah and Chong. They are travelling through Ruin together. Is there any hope that some of their old world has survived? They have heard an engine in the sky. Could it be a jet? The four main characters are clearly defined.  All have their…

Girls Who Changed The World

From the author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another volume of inspirational narratives for girls. Its overall message is that anything is possible. As she says on the cover: ‘Going after your dream doesn’t have to wait – be empowered by these incredible women and start changing the world now.’ The author has…

Goliath (Leviathan)

Goliath concludes the ambitious and highly original trilogy of alternative WW1 history that began with Leviathan and Behemoth. The world is divided into two main camps: the Darwinists (Allied side) manipulate the life thread (DNA) of animals to create fantastical hybrid creatures. These range from enormous airships evolved from whales, to tiny message lizards that mimic the voice of…

Grandad’s Island

We’re not going to be able to be there forever for our loved ones. It’s an inevitable fact of life that at some point someone we care for will leave us and it can be hard to understand for those just starting their own journey.   Grandad’s Island is a short but touching story about…

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

Is your woolly mammoth splattered in mud and tangled with leaves? Is he less than fragrant and more than grubby round the ears? If so, this beautifully illustrated step by step guide is just what you need! Michelle Robinson’s simple text and Kate Hindley’s colourful pictures complement each other perfectly as they explain exactly how…

Linked

Seventeen-year-old Elissa Ivory has a strange disease. Nightmares, hallucinations and mysterious bruises have disrupted her everyday life for the past three years. Just days before a brain surgery which doctors promise will provide a cure, Elissa discovers the real source of her visions. She has been seeing the world through the eyes of her ‘Spare.’…

Magic Ink

Stewart Penders  is a superhero – at least in his dreams. Known in daily life as Stew, Speccy or Super-Geek, the comic-obsessed twelve-year-old prefers to call himself Stupendous Man. And when a pig in a top hat appears in the doorway of his bedroom, Stew embarks on an adventure that will require all his superpowers…

Noggin

Sixteen-year-old Travis Coates was dead but then he got better. Five years after his demise from cancer, his cryogenically frozen head is attached to a fresh teenage body, so now he’s back. However, half a decade is a long time to be away … Opening with a quote from Slaughterhouse 5, it is clear from which author…

Ocean Meets Sky

‘”It’s a good day for sailing,” his grandfather would have said.’ Finn wakes early on the morning of his late Grandfather’s ninetieth birthday. He decides to build a boat to honour his memory. He recalls the sound of his grandfather’s voice and the stories he told of ‘a place far away where ocean meets sky’.…

Ping and Pong Are Best Friends (Mostly)

In an age when having a BFF means so much, Ping and Pong Are Best Friends (Mostly) is a beautiful exploration of childhood friendship which is so often beset by petty rivalries. A charming tale of penguin pals whose friendship is tested when Pong always manages to do everything that Ping does more competently, this story is…

Prized

This sequel to Birthmarked follows teenage midwife Gaia, on the run from the corrupt Enclave and with her new-born sister in tow, as she travels to the Dead Forest in search of her grandmother and some answers. When she arrives at Sylum, what she gets instead are further questions. Why are so few of the babies born…

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Robyn Schneider’s début novel is a new take on themes familiar to readers of John Green and Stephen Chbosky. Ezra is the It boy of Eastwood High—captain of the tennis team, president of the junior class and dating the most popular girl in school. When a car accident destroys his athletic career and social standing,…

Sir Lilypad: A Tall Tale of a Small Frog

Once upon a time, a new hero emerged from a deep dark bog. Called Tiny Tad by his brothers, this teeny tiny speckled frog knew that he was destined to be a brave knight. But when you are no bigger than a pea it can sometimes be hard to convince others that you are hero…

The Battle for WondLa

The future holds a mysterious world, and Tony DiTerlizzi wields the full extent of his imagination to bring us on a spell-bounding adventure. What we knew as Earth is now Orbona, and it is no longer ruled by the humans who are fighting for a place in this new world filled with alien immigrants.  Eva Nine, the…

The Burning

Anna and her mother move to a remote Scottish fishing village in the middle of the school year. She tells her new friends that they left England because her father died, but that doesn’t explain her lack of social media presence, or the fact that she changed her name. As Anna begins to investigate the…

The Great Cat Conspiracy

Ace detectives Anna, her little brother Tom and best friend Suzanne are back, and this time they are faced with a feline caper. In fact… a lot of feline capers. All of the neighbourhood cats have disappeared. Anna’s cat (known as simply ‘The New Cat’) has caused the family endless upset but when he goes…

The Hanged Man Rises

Murder, mystery and mayhem abound in this supernatural thriller set in the slums of Victorian London. Titus Adams is struggling to help support his family when his parents are killed in a fire. But there is a murderer loose on the streets of London, so he must put his younger sister in the workhouse to…

The Stranger

In the first book in this series, The Island, friends Charlotte, Otto and Jen were caught up in a murder mystery during their gap year in India. The three friends have now gone their separate ways in different parts of India, but a series of disturbing events will soon draw them back together. The drama is…

The Words That Fly Between Us

Lucy wants more than anything to be an artist, and spends all her spare time drawing. But her father, a high-flying lawyer who moves in the top echelons of Irish society, scoffs at her ambitions, telling her it’s not a real career. Lucy and her mother live in a state of constant dread of her…

Unrest

Elliot sees ghosts. Sometimes he is paralysed as they taunt him, sometimes he moves outside his sleeping body. But is he being haunted, or is it the trauma of a near-death experience manifesting itself in a sleep disorder?  To discover the truth, Elliot takes a job at Past Lives, a local haunted museum. On his…

Virtuosity

For Carmen music has become everything, it is why she has been home schooled instead of going to a regular high school, it is why her mother has become her manager and forgotten her parental role. It is also the reason why she is so terribly lonely. As Carmen has now gone beyond child stardom,…

Winter Magic

    This collection of short stories by eleven acclaimed children’s writers is a beautiful physical object. Reminiscent of classic book covers, it would make an excellent gift for any young reader. Even the end pages, featuring the authors’ signatures amid snowflakes, is a clever touch, and makes the collection seem more personal. Inside, the…

Wizard vs. Lizard

Wizard vs. Lizard is the first book in the Fred, Wizard in Training series, and it’s an enjoyable romp for 8- to 10-year-olds. In a family of talented wizards, Fred is an underdog in every way – his magic is so tragically lame, that the best he can do with it is wash dishes and…

You Can Never Run Out Of Love

This is a simply beautiful book that starts slowly but delivers a bright burner of a message. The gently rhyming text and zesty illustrations tell all about the things that can be used up, like soap, glue, milk, or good ideas, often due to sharing with friends, pets or parents. Yet in the refrain as…

Zom-B Bride

Shan opens Zom-B Bride on a tidal wave of mutant babies, delving into the heart of London’s sewers and the crazed mind of Mr Dowling himself in this latest instalment of the ‘Zom-B’ series. When B finds herself torn and tattered in the lair of her apparent enemy, the last thing she’d thought would be…

ZOM-B Mission

Spoilers! – A lot has happened to Becky Smith since London was overrun by Zombies – including encounters with mutants and killer clowns, gladiatorial fights, even zombification, but this could be her greatest test: a trip to London’s suburbs! This is the seventh book in a 12-part series, so not great for new readers (although…

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