Cross My Heart and Never Die
Translated from Norwegian to English, this book is formatted as the diary of Tuva, who is 12 years old. Tuva is heading back to school after the summer holidays but doesn’t realise that everything is about to change as her best friend has a new boyfriend and no longer wants to build forts in the forest like they used to do. Tuva is stuck in the middle, as she gets pulled in two different directions, she must figure out what she wants for herself while navigating her own first crush.
This book is an action-packed adventure from start to finish. Bestselling author Kacen Callender creates a unique, magic-filled world adding original ideas and twists to many fantasy tropes. Our protagonist, Ash Woods, wants nothing more than to study alchemy at the prestigious Lancaster College. He crosses paths with Ramsay Thorne, an icy assistant professor who ropes Ash in on a dangerous quest for the hidden Book of Source.
Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024
Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.
Trust no one is the rule to remember when reading this fast-paced adventure story. Rosalyn Quest wants to have mundane teenage experiences, like attending a gymnastics summer camp, and making friends. However, coming from a famous family of thieves, being normal is next to impossible. After her mother, a fellow famous thief, is kidnapped, Rosalyn is forced to do whatever it takes to get her back safely. Rosalyn enters into the Thieves' Gambit - a high stakes competition for young criminals - where the winner is granted one wish.
Champion of Fate
Reed, an orphan, is given the chance to have a second life. But at what cost? Adopted into an immortal group of female warriors, she is trained and fated to save her newfound family. But things become complicated. Reed must come to terms with what her Order is hiding from her and the other life she could have now she’s in the outside world.
The pressures on students at an elite Belfast secondary school are intricately woven into this realistic and gritty tale, as told in the voices of friends Charlotte and Drew. Charlotte is wealthy, privileged, under the strict eye of her mother, and is being blackmailed by her Ex. Drew is a working-class newcomer, a fish-out-of-water who makes a damaging, drunken mistake.
The Boy You Always Wanted
Set in Orange County, California, the story follows two teens, Francine and Ollie, as they navigate a plan designed to give Francine’s grandfather the grandson he always wanted. As Francine and her family friend/former crush Ollie begin their complicated mission to grant Francine’s grandfather his final wish, they begin to explore their relationship with each other, and learn to unpack the expectations that come with generational differences between Eastern and Western cultures.
Everyone's Thinking It
Fans of intrigue and drama at elite boarding schools, à la Gossip Girl, will find a lot to love in this thought-provoking exploration of race and racism, identity, and queerphobia, that is also a love letter to classic teen romcoms.