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Troublemakers, by Catherine Barter, published by Andersen Press

Fifteen-year-old Alena never really knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is threatened by a bomber who has been leaving explosive devices in supermarkets. Against this increasingly fearful backdrop, Alena seeks to discover more about her past, while Danny takes a job working for a controversial politician. As her family life implodes, and the threat to Londoners mounts, Alena starts getting into trouble. Then she does something truly rebellious…

‘A sparky and timely coming-of-age tale about politics, activism & morality’ Katherine Woodfine

‘Barter is a fresh, exciting new voice, and I can’t wait to see what she does next’ Susin Nielsen

 

Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis, published by Egmont

A glorious new edition of Robin Jarvis’s classic and the inspiration for The Power of Dark and its sequels. When orphans Ben and Jennet arrive in the seaside town of Whitby to stay with Alice Boston, they have no idea what to expect. A lively 92-year-old, Miss Boston is unlike any other foster mother they’ve known. Ben is gifted with ‘the sight’, which gives him the power to see things invisible to other mortals. He soon encounters the mysterious fisher folk who live under the cliffs and discovers that Alice and her friends are not quite what they seem. But a darkness is stalking the streets of Whitby, bringing with it fear and death. Could it be a ghost from the Abbey? Or a beast from hell? Unless the truth is uncovered, the town and all its inhabitants is doomed.

Truth or Dare, by Non Pratt, published by Walker

(Suitable for 14+)

A powerful and moving novel about bravery from The Guardian’s “writer to watch” Non Pratt, perfect or fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green and Holly Bourne. How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

Read the first chapter here

Enter our competition for your chance to win a signed copy of Truth or Dare (competition closes on the 30th June 2017).

Show Stopper, by Hayley Barker, published by Scholastic

A dazzling, high-octane read filled with death-defying acrobatics, circus crowds with an appetite for disaster, and two forbidden teenage lovers trying to escape the shackles of their very different lives. Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus – to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives – pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds – but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of Show Stopper (competition closes on the 30th June 2017).

The Girl’s Guide to Summer, by Sarah Mlynowski, published by Hachette

Boys, best friends and a summer spent backpacking around Europe… What could possibly go wrong? The perfect holiday read from bestselling YA author, Sarah Mlynowski.

Sydney Aarons is leaving her Manhattan townhouse for a summer backpacking around Europe with her best friend, Leela. They’re visiting London, France, Italy, Switzerland and everywhere in between – it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime.

BUT… The trip gets off to a bad start when Leela’s ex-boyfriend shows up on their flight out of JFK. When they touch down in London, Leela Instagrams their every move in the hope Matt will come and find them… Which he does, along with the most gorgeous guy Sydney has ever seen.

Will Sydney’s summer fling last the distance? And what will happen when they all head home?

Creative Journal, published by Studio Press

This inspirational book is perfect for anyone who loves writing ‘to do’ lists, for ‘Art Journal’ fans or those who wish to create their own journal but aren’t sure how or where to start. Filled with 96 pages full of practical advice and tips on how to organise your journal, inspirational ideas for your lists, designs and lettering to copy and blank pages for you to customise and make your own. Part how-to, part inspiration and part blank journal, this book is truly unique.

If Birds Fly Back, by Carlie Sarosiak, published by Macmillan

Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back.
When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?
Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.
As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.

The Names They Gave Us, by Emery Lord, published by Bloomsbury

Lucy has her perfect summer all planned: perfect boyfriend, perfect job and quality time with her perfect parents.

Then her mom’s cancer comes back, and suddenly life makes no sense.

Before she knows it, Lucy finds herself agreeing to volunteer as a counsellor at a camp for troubled kids, where lives are more different from her own that she could have imagined possible. Here Lucy meets the dashing but mysterious fellow counsellor, Jones – who will change the way she sees the world forever.

With tragedy hovering at the edges of Lucy’s life, this summer she must find out discover who she really is and what it means to love.

Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, and When We Collided. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes.

Twitter: @emerylord

All the Things that Could Go Wrong, by Stewart Foster, published by Simon & Schuster

There are two sides to every story.

Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he’s taking it out on the
nearest and weakest target: Alex.

Alex is struggling. His severe OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when Dan
and his gang are waiting for him at school . . .

Then the boys’ mums arrange for them to meet up and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother. Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays – what could possibly go wrong?

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of All the Things that Could Go Wrong (competition closes on the 30th June 2017).

After the Fire, by Will Hill, published by Usborne

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

Enter our competition to win a signed copy of After the Fire (competition closes on the 23rd June 2017).

Spellbook of the Lost and Found, by Moira Fowley-Doyle, published by Corgi Childrens

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found…

One Of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, published by Puffin

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. For fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, this is the perfect high school thriller.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

 

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