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A Change is Gonna Come

This anthology of stories and poems by twelve BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) writers contains ‘as many BAME UK YA voices … as the rest of the industry combined’ according to one of its authors, Aisha Bushby. To address this woeful lack of diversity, four new voices join eight established writers in exploring different…

A Whisper of Wolves

Alice and Dawn are Whisperers in the world of Meridina. Their charge is to protect the world from the sinister demons the Narlaw. The Narlaw have not been seen in Meridina for so long they have become legend and much of the Whisperer lore has been lost. But now they have returned. Dawn and Alice…

Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You

As its title suggests, this is an amazing resource for young girls and boys, with a vast selection of women who have changed the world in some way. Potted biographies stand alongside glorious illustration. Some of the names are familiar – Michelle Obama, Helen Keller – but others such as Shirin Ebadi and Radia Perlman…

Beaky Malone: World’s Greatest Liar

Barry Hutchison has form when it comes to comedy writing for children (The Shark-Headed Bear Thing and many more), and his new character Beaky Malone is another winner. If this was a film, the tagline would be: ‘What happens when the world’s biggest liar enters a truth machine?’ The set-up introduces us to Beaky’s dysfunctional…

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Fourteen-year-old Archie is a Geek who spends his Friday nights engaged in Role Playing Games, and whose Interior Monologue reveals the thoughts he can’t share with his friends and doesn’t dare express around his mum and her boyfriend, ‘Tony the Tosser’. This self-deprecating hero understands that when a girl – a pretty girl, at that…

Geekhood: Mission Improbable

As a fan of The Big Bang Theory the premise of Andy Robb’s Geekhood series is familiar to me. Just like the sitcom, this series recounts the adventures (both real and imaginary) of four male protagonists (albeit younger than Sheldon et al), who, because of their preference for gaming, fantasy, and other nerdish activities, over…

Gravenhunger

A mysterious letter suggestive of a terrible tragedy leads Phoenix, his father and his cousin Rose to spend the summer at Gravenhunger Manor: secret property of Phoenix’s recently deceased mother and officially the creepiest place on earth. Fact. Eerie goings on and frightening warnings don’t stop Phoenix from trying to solve his mother’s mystery and,…

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…

Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence

Maisie Hitchins dreams of adventure. She longs to follow in the footsteps of her idol, famous detective Gilbert Carrington. Instead, she finds herself doing chores in her practical grandmother’s boarding house. But that is about to change. First, she finds an abandoned puppy which she takes home and hides right under her grandmother’s nose. Then,…

Stitch Head

Castle Grotteskew is home to the mad Professor Erasmus who creates hideously freakish monsters, each one more terrifying than the one before. Then there’s Stitch Head, the Professor’s first creation who is almost human and terribly alone – forgotten, he fears, by his creator. Stitch Head spends his days protecting the castle and the Professor,…

The Legend of Frog

They say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in this case, you should. Jonny Duddle’s wonderful design says it all – a valiant but incompetent looking frog wields a ray gun while behind him alien bipods blast a fairy-tale castle to smithereens. Onlookers include a spoiled princess, a bumbling wizard and an army…

The Truth About Lies

Jess Wilson is remarkable for one outstanding reason; she remembers every single detail of her life from the age of eleven. With her incredible memory, she is unable to forget anything, not the mystery of her old life, not her roommate’s death, and not the new and charming Dan. The Truth About Lies is a…

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