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Wolf Children, by Paul Dowswell, published by Bloomsbury

It is July 1945, Hitler’s Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang of kids have banded together in the desperate, bombed-out city.

The war may be over, but danger lurks in the shadows of the wreckage as Otto and his friends find themselves caught between invading armies, ruthless rival gangs and a strange Nazi war criminal who stalks them…

A climactic story of truth, friendship and survival against the odds, Wolf Children will thrill readers of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne.

Paul Dowswell is a prize-winning author of historical fiction and non-fiction. A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, he has written over 60 books, including for Bloomsbury the acclaimed Ausländer.

Read an extract here and enter our competition to win a copy of the book.

SweetFreak, by Sophie McKenzie, published by Simon & Schuster

When everyone thinks you’re a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.

Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?

Read our interview with Sophie McKenzie as she talks about her new YA thriller.

Freshers, by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, published by Chicken House

The new hilarious YA novel from YA Book Prize-shortlisted writing duo Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, authors of Lobsters. A warm, hilarious and perfectly-observed coming-of-age comedy about the first year of uni!

Uni beckons. Phoebe can’t wait to be a fresher – especially since her crush from school will be there too. She’ll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter … the perfect potential girlfriend. She’ll reinvent herself completely. But Luke’s oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters – can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?

Read an extract here.
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We The Unicorns: Vlogging 101, published by Studio Press

A practical how-to guide for aspiring YouTubers, vloggers and creators. Featuring tips and advice from the We The Unicorns team on how to set-up your channel, tips for starting out and advice on how to film, edit and upload videos, plus guidance and information on creating a successful career through YouTube.

We The Unicorns are the heart of the YouTube community, its writers and journalists are YouTube fans and creators, writing to appeal to an audience of intelligent young people who care about the world around them.

Time of Blood, by Robin Jarvis, published by Egmont

Master of supernatural adventure Robin Jarvis continues his enthralling new series that began with The Power of Dark and The Devil’s Paintbox.

The sinister Mister Dark is more powerful than ever and has enslaved young Verne to his will. Can Lil save her best friend before their enemy unleashes his most audacious and insane plan yet? Even with the help of new, surprising allies – a witch, a mysterious man of many disguises and the secretive aufwaders beneath the cliff – all seems hopeless.

Whitby has never been a more frightening and dangerous place to live, and the murdered dead refuse to rest in peace.

 

Tell It to the Moon

Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don’t want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves. After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali’s spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; an

d after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship.

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The Rasputin Dagger, by Theresa Breslin, published by Corgi Childrens

Russia, 1916. Nina Ivanovna’s world is in turmoil. Her only hope is to travel to St Petersburg, to escape the past and find a future.Stefan Kolodin is a medical student – young and idealistic, he wants change for Russia and its people.

Amidst the chaos of a city in revolt, their lives collide. And a stormy relationship develops. . . full of passion and politics. But soon Nina is drawn in to the glamorous, lavish lives of the Russian royal family –where she begins to fall under the spell of their mysterious monk, Grigory Rasputin. The ruby-studded dagger he carries – beautiful and deadly – could save her and Stefan from a cursed life. . . or condemn them to it.

‘An outstanding writer – simply superb’ Independent

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series), by Leigh Bardugo, published by Penguin

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest superhero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer. To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

Accidental Superstar: Face the Music, by Marianne Levy, published by Macmillan

Katie can find her voice online – but can she face the music offline?

Katie Cox (overnight singing sensation and owner of the World’s Wonkiest Fringe) never meant to become a pop star. And she didn’t mean to start a war with Karamel (aka the World’s Cheesiest Boy Band).

Now her first concert is just days away. Cool? Maybe. Terrifying? Definitely. And with her school friends more interested in her fame than her feelings, and an army of Karamel fans ready to take her down, this battle goes way beyond the charts.

 

Yankee Girl, by Mary Ann Rodman, published by Usborne

It’s 1964 and Alice has moved to Mississippi from Chicago with her family. Nicknamed “Yankee Girl” and taunted by the in-crowd at school, Alice soon discovers the other new girl Valerie – one of the school’s first black students – has it much worse. Alice can’t stand the way Valerie is treated and yet she knows she will remain an outsider if she speaks up. It takes a horrible tragedy to finally give Alice the courage to stand up for what she believes.

It’s All In Your Head, by Rae Earl with Dr. Radha Modgil and Jo Harrison, published by Hachette

It’s All In Your Head is an honest, hilarious and heartfelt non-fiction book about living with, rather than suffering from, a mental health condition.

What Rae hopes you’ll take away from this book: good Mexican food deserves to go viral; good underwear never features the word ‘string’; good mental health is the single most important thing you need to live a happy life.

Rae doesn’t have a psychology degree – in fact, she once tried to throw a typewriter at a child psychiatrist. What she does have though is experience, understanding and coping mechanisms to help you get your sh*t together. From anxiety and eating disorders to OCD and psychosis, Rae wants to help break down taboos surrounding mental health conditions (which directly affect 1 in 4 of us each year) and help you come out the other side happier and healthier, and with a deeper understanding of what’s going on in your head.

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