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Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars

Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars
E. Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Key Books


What is this about?
There is lots of action and intrigue in this novel, told backwards, about a young woman who sets about getting the kind of life that she wants.

Set in the world of the super rich, the book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The main character, Jule West Williams, imagines herself as a comic book character but instead of the girls that are usually weaker or pretty sidekicks to the hero, she is the archetypal action hero herself.

With her ability in accents, martial arts skills and sheer guts and determination, Jule sets about getting to where she wants to be. You won't necessary like her, but you'll understand why she does what she does.

With some scenes of violence, this is aimed at older readers aged 14+. news image

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The Beast is an Animal

The Beast is an Animal
Peternelle van Arsdale

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
Alys was the only one to see the soul eaters when they came to her village. The others were sleeping. They never woke up. Now, an orphan, Alys knows the full danger of the soul eaters. She's heard the nursery rhymes the chidren sing about the twin sisters who feed on souls. She's seen people disappear into the fforest and never come back. So why, then, does she find herself mysteriously drawn to the fforest? Is she what everyone around her says she is? A witch?

Alys soon finds herself on a journey that will take her to the very heart of the fforest. There she must decide where true evil lies. And face the thing they call ...
The Beast.

This is an eerie and haunting story about love, loss and fear, that will stay with you long after you turn the last pages... news image

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The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon
Lucy Adlington

Publisher: Hot Key Books


What is this about?
This is a stunning YA debut from Lucy Adlington which takes us back into the horrific past of the concentration camps of WW2 but with a story that shines with light and love.

14 year old Ella, who finds herself an inmate at the Birchwood concentration camp, volunteers for a job in the sewing workshop - the author was inspired to write about this after finding out that a real sewing workshop had existed in Auschwitz.

Ella's dream is to one day run her own sewing studio but for now, the sewing workshop at the camp provides her with a chance to survive. There, she makes friends with the gentle and astute Rose, a storyteller. Between them they imagine a future in the 'City of Light', but with survival in Birchwood dependent on the whims of the guards, it would only take one wrong move to destroy their hopes for the future.

Woven through the story, the backdrop of mud, hunger and hopelessness, are Ella's dreams and Rose's stories and keeping the threads together is their strong friendship and their desperate need to survive.

A powerful, warm and hopeful novel. news image

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SweetFreak

SweetFreak
Sophie McKenzie

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
This story follows Carey as she tries to prove her innocence over the accusation that she is 'SweetFreak'; an online bully who has sent death threats to her best friend, Amelia. Dramas abound - families are pushed to the limits, the police are involved and there are also a couple of love interests thrown in for good measure - what's not to like?!

An incredibly fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a read that will keep you guessing right until the very end. news image

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A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Macmillan


What is this about?
A Skinful of Shadows is, like Frances Hardinge's award-winning The Lie Tree, a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Hardinge takes us to seventeenth century Britain and the Civil War. Into this setting she brings Makepeace, a child whose background is a mystery but who seems to have a special talent with the spirits of the dead - she can give a 'home' to ghosts inside her own body.

A wealthy, powerful family the Fellmottes want to use those talents to further their own ends, something that would commit Makepeace to a life in the shadows. Can her skills together with the help of a bear, a doctor and an ancient Fellmotte spirit, give Makepeace a chance to save her soul?

A many layered, powerful and intriguing story that also really brings the period of the Civil War to life. news image

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I Am Traitor

I Am Traitor
Sif Sigmarsdottir

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


What is this about?
This is a story about visitors from space and alien abductions of the nastier kind. When spaceships arrive in Earth's skies, no one knows where they have come from and nor can they begin to know what they want. Then teenagers start to disappear, abducted in broad daylight or from their beds at night. No one is safe.

When Amy's brother is taken, she is given a chance to rescue him but to do so, she must let herself be taken.... So begins Amy's journey into the unknown to uncover why the aliens are there, and what - if anything - they can do to outsmart them. There is also the beginnings of a romance - so hopefully there will be a sequel.

This is definitely a book that will get you thinking about life, its value - and what might be 'out there'.... news image

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Chase

Chase
Linwood Barclay

Publisher: Orion Children's Books


What is this about?
Chipper, is part of a top secret experiment and is part dog, part computer. However, he is about to be terminated as he has developed a 'fault'... he still likes to do doggie things, like chase squirrels etc. Chipper manages to escape The Institute and goes in search for a certain boy. Sadly, hot on his heels are the security men from The Institute who need to get him back at any cost before anyone finds out what he is capable of.

Meanwhile, we come across our other main character, Jeff, who is living with his Aunt Flo after his parents died in a tragic accident. This is the boy Chipper needs to find...

This is a fast paced story that is full of twists and turns news image

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The Guggenheim Mystery

The Guggenheim Mystery
Robin Stevens

Publisher: Puffin


What is this about?
The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens is a fabulous sequel to The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. In this story, Ted, Kat and Salim are in the bustling streets of New York City since Salim's mother, Gloria, has recently taken up the post of curator at the Guggenheim.

Their new life in the Big Apple is going well until a priceless work of art is stolen and Aunt Gloria is the prime suspect. The scene is then set for Ted and Kat - who are visiting -and Salim to turn supersleuth and seek out the real thief.

Relationships are something of a mystery to Ted and, as well as working to solve the mystery of the art theft, Ted is also learning about friendship and family as the story progresses - and has a growing appreciation for modern art.

This is a great mystery story for any wanna be sleuth! news image

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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Barry Hutchison

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd


What is this about?
13 year old Denzel can't concentrate on his maths homework - not while there is a terrifying transparent tangle of black tentacles making a mess of his house. Not as much of a mess, however, as the two teenagers who burst through his wall in pursuit of the ghost, recklessly wielding their guns and their magic.

When it emerges that Denzel has a unique ability to see ghosts, the two teens take him back to the headquarters of Spectre Collectors, a secret organisation dedicated to protecting humanity from vengeful spirits.

This book is lots of fun, packed with humour, adventure, ghosts, magic and technology - Men In Black meets Ghostbusters! news image

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Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd


What is this about?
This wonderfully atmospheric historical novel captures perfectly the fight for women's suffrage through the eyes of three very different and opinionated young women.

17-year-old rich and clever Evelyn is furious that she is expected to marry and have children when she would rather go to university and continue with an education. As a result, she joins the Suffragettes and vows to do whatever it takes for women's freedom.

15-year-old opinionated May, a pacifist Quaker feminist, is a member of the Suffragists and believes that everything can be sorted out though non-violent means. She meets and falls in love with Nell who comes from the poor East End, works in a jam factory and loves the fighting at the suffrage rallies. Once World War I begins all their lives are thrown into turmoil.

From privileged homes to prison cells to the slums of the East End, this book primarily deals with women's suffrage, however we also find out so much more - the impact of the men leaving home to fight; the frustration about things that we take for granted; and also issues of transgender.

A powerful novel that raises lots of discussion points.
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Simply the Quest

Simply the Quest
Maz Evans

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd


What is this about?
The hilarious - and exciting - follow-up to Who Let the Gods Out sees Elliot Hooper continuing his search for the Chaos Stones, aided and also often hindered by his Greek Immortal friends; Virgo, Zeus, Hermes and pals. These stones hold great power but if they should fall into the wrong hands, such as those of Thanatos, The Daemon of Death then it could mean the end of things for everyone.

Daily life is anything but ordinary for Elliot as he tries to look after his Mum, without creating suspicion at school that all is not well at home. The last thing Elliot needs is the involvement of the school welfare officer.

Needless to say with Virgo 'working undercover' as Elliot's cousin Anna, things do not always go as planned, particularly when Mr Boil the school's history teacher seems to have it in for Elliot. A thoroughly enjoyable read, news image

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STAGS: Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend.

STAGS: Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend.
M. A. Bennett

Publisher: Hot Key Books


What is this about?
It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days,the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted.

Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school... news image

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If Birds Fly Back

If Birds Fly Back
Carlie Sorosiak

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


What is this about?
Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist with a working theory for everything - but the one thing he can't figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They haven't met - yet - but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As their lives converge around the mystery of Alvaro, they begin to uncover the answers they've been looking for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of searching for those who leave - and loving those who stay. news image

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Adventures of John Blake

Adventures of John Blake
Philip Pullman

Publisher: David Fickling Books


What is this about?
Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew - searching for a way home. But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down ...When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship. But trying to return her to her own time means going back to the one place where they run the greatest risk of being completely annihilated.

Join Philip Pullman's John Blake and the crew of the Mary Alice in an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham. news image

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School for Skylarks

School for Skylarks
Sam Angus

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


What is this about?
A powerful and moving story set in 1939 about a girl who is evacuated from her home in London to her great-aunt's enormous house in the West Country. She expects to be lonely - she has never been to school nor had any friends, and her parents have been at the centre of a scandal.

But with the house being used to accommodate an entire school of evacuated schoolgirls, there's no time to think about her old life. Soon there is a horse in a first-floor bedroom and a ferret in Lyla’s sock drawer, hordes of schoolgirls have overrun the house, and Lyla finds out that friends come in all shapes and sizes. news image

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