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ISBN 0007229623


Lucas Swain discovers Violet Park's ashes in a taxi office and is determined to uncover her story, but finds it is his own story that he has to confront. Intriguing and quirky.


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ISBN 0141318066


David Case' life changes the day he saves his younger brother from falling out the window. This is an original and perceptive 'coming of age' story. Also recommended is Meg Rosoff's dramatic first novel, How I Live Now.


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ISBN 0099475871


Jack Gantos made one mistake and could have paid for it for the rest of his life. Instead, he decided to turn his life around and this book is the result. Inspiring and moving.


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ISBN 0007172478


A powerful, mesmerising novel based on the author's family's experience of a 'rehabilitation centre' in the US. Twins Joshua and then Justine are sent to the Come Clean centre to be 'rehabilitated' but what they encounter is unbelievably shocking. You won't be able to put this book down.


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ISBN 0141304871


Adeline Yen Mah's mother died soon after she was born and she grows up as an unloved and unwanted child. This is a powerful book about a young gir's dignity and inner strength in the face of cruelty.


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ISBN 0099488167


A poignant and lyrical story about a young Irish woman, Shell, living in a small community and who becomes pregnant. The story unfolds to an ultimately tragic conclusion but is balanced by Shell's faith and hope.


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ISBN 1905294174


Caitlan first sees Lucas from afar, but quickly develops an almost mystical bond with him. As the teenagers fall in love, however, they face jealousy and hostility from their community.


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ISBN 0439977177


After a neglected, confused childhood, JJ commits a murder. The book starts with her release from prison as a young woman, but revisits her childhood and the events that led up to her shocking act. Gripping.


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ISBN 1853407488


A warm, funny look at how a teenager adapts to her new life in England, which proves to be very different from her former life in Greece. Followed by 'Bitter Sweet'.


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