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The Loneliest Girl In The Universe, by Lauren James, published by Walker

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…

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Wonder, by R J Palacio, published by Puffin

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND OWEN WILSON.

This exclusive special edition is packed with behind-the-scenes content, featuring interviews with the cast and crew, photos from on set, and introductions by director Stephen Chbosky and R. J. Palacio.

Are you ready to meet August Pullman – a boy who’s desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out.

‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school. All he wants is to be accepted. But can he convince his new classmates that underneath it all, he’s just like them?

Astonishingly powerful, brilliantly moving and joyfully life-affirming, WONDER is a read you’ll never forget.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do, by Sally Nicholls, published by Andersen Press

Through the rallies and marches. In polite drawing rooms, freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women, Evelyn, May and Nell, join the fight for women’s votes. As the First World War looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

Things a Bright Girl Can Do is Sally Nicholls’ dazzling return to YA fiction.

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Zero Repeat Forever, by G.S Prendergast, published by Simon & Schuster

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind: Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Truly Madly Awkward, by Beth Garrod, published by Scholastic

Bella Fisher is back – and is cool, calm and collected as ever. So: NOT EVEN REMOTELY. Her fledgling relationship with Hot Adam seems to have stalled mid-flight (he isn’t really speaking to her), her big sister Jo has gone off to university leaving Bella to deal with ditzy Mum on her own, something is up with her best-friend-dynamic with Tegan and Rachel and horror of horrors, horrendous ex-boyfriend Luke has an ACTUAL MODEL as his new girlfriend. Mum opens up a doggy ice cream parlour – Give a Dog a Cone – which Bella is forced to help out at on Saturdays. Yes, dressed up as a dog.

For some light relief she enters a radio competition to secure a performance from hot band of the moment The Helicans at her school – but another contestant begins turning into her sabotaging nemesis. Throw in a suspicious new lodger and the world’s most chaotic dog agility course and you’ve got another truly hilarious, truly relatable and truly madly awkward story.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination, by Edgar Allan Poe, published by Children’s Classics

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the leading illustrators from the golden age of British book illustration. Fairy-tale and fantasy were his forte and in later life he responded to the dark stimulus of Poe’s gothic tales with gleeful appreciation of their macabre and otherworldly qualities, claiming afterwards that he had quite succeeded in frightening himself!

For lovers of the thrilling and chilling, young and old, Poe’s sensational stories cannot fail to hit the spot. This collection contains the best of his prose works, including of course the well-known masterpieces ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (the ultimate haunted house story), ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (the very first detective story in fiction). First published in 1935 it has been redesigned, re-typeset and republished in a handsome edition which features all Rackham’s original colour and black and white illustrations. A perfect gift – though not for the faint-hearted!

Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu, published by Hachette

Moxie is sweet funny and fierce. Read this and then join the fight!’ AMY POEHLER

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

TIME TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

A page-turning read with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism

We The Unicorns: My Year of YouTube, We The Unicorns, published by Studio Press

With 265 ideas for vlogs and videos, plus 100 for you to create yourself, this is the ultimate planner for your perfect year of YouTube. With key dates, ideas in a range of genres from beauty and fashion to gaming and challenges plus planning pages, this jam-packed book is filled with inspiration for aspiring YouTubers.

We The Unicorns is the voice of the YouTube generation. The site reports on YouTube news, creates features and articles on the hottest topics and YouTubers, gives tips on who to follow, hosts quizzes and debates and holds interviews with YouTubers. We The Unicorns also create their own YouTube videos, from Vlogging 101 how-to videos, to news recaps and advice from top creators. We The Unicorns is at the heart of the YouTube community.

 

 

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