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The Brink of Darkness

The Brink of Darkness
Jeff Giles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


What is this about?
In THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING, Zoe and the mysterious X met for the first time and quickly fell in love. But X is from the Lowlands, making theirs a forbidden love.

In THE BRINK OF DARKNESS, the follow-up book, X is back in the Lowlands, determined to escape. Zoe is also determined he should be free but her actions could destroy everything they have fought for... news image

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Mud

Mud
Emily Thomas

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd


What is this about?
It's 1979, and thirteen-year-old Lydia has no idea how she'll cope when her dad announces that the family has to sell up and move onto a Thames sailing barge in Essex. With his girlfriend. And her three kids.

Between trying to keep her clothes dry in a leaky cabin, disastrous hair-dye attempts, awkward encounters with local boys, and coping with her suddenly enormous and troublesome family, Lydia fears she'll sink rather than swim . . .

At turns heartbreaking and uplifting, through Lydia's innocent and perceptive voice we find out that while the mud may stick, the tide can turn - and in unexpected and joyful ways. news image

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The Extinction Trials: Exile

The Extinction Trials: Exile
S.M. Wilson

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


What is this about?
After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities - finding a cure for the plague that's sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive. news image

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Escape: Book 2

Escape: Book 2
Linwood Barclay

Publisher: Orion Children's Books


What is this about?
12-year-old Jeff and genetically engineered spy dog Chipper are on the run from the mysterious and sinister government organisation knows only as The Institute. Due to a combination of bravery, luck and some of Chipper's more useful modifications, they've managed to evade their pursuers so far. But The Institute is closing in and Chipper and Jeff will have to be stay one step ahead if they want to stay alive..

Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed series news image

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I Was Born for This

I Was Born for This
Alice Oseman

Publisher: HarperCollins


What is this about?
For Angel Rahimi life is about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything she loves - her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark. He's their frontman - and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

But dreams don't always turn out the way you think and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together, they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

A funny, wise, and heartbreakingly true coming of age novel. news image

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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers
Brian Conaghan

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA


What is this about?
Bobby Seed has questions. What's another word for 'thesaurus'? How can I tell Bel I want her as my girl friend, not my girlfriend? How much pain is Mum in today? Has she taken her pills? And sometimes, secretly, Why us?

But it's Mum's question for Bobby that could turn everything on its head. It's the Big One. The Unthinkable One. If Bobby agrees, he won't just be soothing her pain. He'll be helping to end it.

Would he? Could he? news image

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Ash Princess

Ash Princess
Laura Sebastian

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


What is this about?
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz and is forced to make impossible choices.

A nail-biting YA fantasy debut full of daring and vengeance. news image

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A Boy Called Ocean

A Boy Called Ocean
Chris Higgins

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


What is this about?
One night adrift on the ocean with only a stolen wetsuit and his dreams and determination to keep him alive, Kai faces some hard truths about himself and the choices that have led him to the brink of death.

The tale is told mainly through the eyes of Kai and his 'will-they-or-won't they' girlfriend Jen who have been best friends since primary school, but we also by Jen's friend Ellie and the lifeguard Jay. It explores who is to blame for Kai's fate: his mother and the secrets behind his troubled upbringing; Jen and Ellie for their games and jealousy; or maybe his boss Oliver for precipitating the crisis?

Everyone involved feels some level of guilt as well as anguish, heartbreak and fast-disappearing hope as the night wears on and the tension mounts. news image

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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality
David Roberts

Publisher: Two Hoots


What is this about?
An inspiring, excellent introduction to the suffragettes movement; this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of women's right to vote in the UK. The introduction of the Representation of the People Act in 1918 meant that women who were over the age of 30, property owners and graduates from British universities were entitled to vote in parliamentary elections for the first time.

David Roberts' beautifully illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement starts with a clear explanation of what 'suffrage' is, and the development of the suffrage movement, bringing to life many of the key figures on each side of the debate and from all walks of life. news image

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In Your Light

In Your Light
Annalie Grainger

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
Sixteen-year-old Lil's heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There's been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a heart-stopping moment that it's Mella.

The girl is injured and disorientated and Lil has no choice but to take her home. But something’s not right... The girl claims she's from a peaceful community called The Sisterhood of the Light, but why then does she have strange marks down her arms, and what - or who - is she running from...?

Could she hold the key to Mella's disappearance? news image

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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Publisher: Orion Children's Books


What is this about?
12-year-old Jerome is a 'good' boy. He never gets into trouble, he comes from a loving, close family, does his homework and takes care of his little sister. One day he is shot by a white police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real one. As a ghost, Jerome starts to realise he is not alone, that there are many, many ghost boys, all killed for being black. Some of these boys are real children.

This is a story about race, timely in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. It also looks at the impact of the shooting on the white officer and his family and it makes it clear that no-one is left untouched by these events. Jerome watches as his family fall apart and he is unable to help them. Their grief is simply written but all the more powerful. 'I watch my family crying, talking in whispers... I can't think of anything worse than watching my family hurt.'

This is a must-read book, an emotional and involving story. news image

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Boy 87

Boy 87
Ele Fountain

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books


What is this about?
Shif has a best friend, and lives with his mum and sister. He's really good at maths, loves chess and wants to be an Engineer. He's living an ordinary life until he's followed by soldiers on his way home from the shops. From that moment, his life is changed forever.

Before he knows it, Shif is on his own, he's terrified and he doesn't know if he'll ever see his family again. On his incredible journey, Shif will endure unbelievable hardship and encounter people who have nothing but still show him life-changing kindness.

This is a story that will stop you in your tracks and make you really think about how other people live their lives. news image

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Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure

Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure
Vashti Hardy

Publisher: Scholastic


What is this about?
Twins Arthur and Maudie receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris. Not only that, but he has been accused of trying to steal fuel from his competitors before he died!

The twins don't believe the news, and they answer an ad to help crew a new exploration attempt in the hope of learning the truth and salvaging their family's reputation. As the winged ship Aurora sets sail, the twins must keep their wits about them and prove themselves worthy of the rest of the crew. But they also need to find some answers, fast. news image

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Dark Matter: Deception: Book 2

Dark Matter: Deception: Book 2
Teri Terry

Publisher: Orchard Books


What is this about?
Deception is the second book in the Dark Matter series (the first is Contagion) by Teri Terry and it is another rollercoaster ride. As the epidemic spreads, survivors are being hunted like witches, for the authorities fear their strange new powers. Kai is desperate to trace Shay, who tricked him and disappeared. Meanwhile, Shay is searching for the truth behind the origins of the epidemic.

As the story progresses, we learn more about each character and about the deadly virus that has spread the country. There are also more survivors to get to know... The plot is pacy and full of twists and turns that will keep you engaged until the end. news image

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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Lita Judge

Publisher: Wren & Rook


What is this about?
Through extensive research, Lita Judge has crafted a beautiful biography of Mary Shelley. She was the creator of Frankenstein (or 'The Modern Prometheus') and this year, 2018, is the 200th anniversary of its publication.

Delving into Mary's journals, letters and later biographies, Lita tells Mary's story through free verse, supported by stunningly evocative black and white illustrations. The history of how her novel, Frankenstein, came to be; the experiences that shaped her sorrow-filled life, the emotional journey of its 'birth', are all carefully told through Lita Judge's text and the images she created to support it. A beautiful and remarkable book. news image

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