Misfit by Charli Howard, published by Penguin
So, how did a slightly bonkers misfit with anorexia, bulimia and anxiety decide to solve their problems? I became a model. As you do.
Charli Howard had always wanted to be normal – but for some reason, she couldn’t quite find out how to do it. As a teenager, she felt like the only one who struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues when everyone around her seemed to fit in. So she tried to embrace standing out: by becoming a model. Believing it would make her happy and envied, she set out single-mindedly to make it – and she achieved her dream. But the reality wasn’t quite as glamorous as she’d hoped. The pressure on Charli to look a certain way took an extreme toll on her body and self-image, and no matter how thin she got, she was never thin enough.
When Charli, though medically underweight, was fired by her modelling agency for being too big, she decided she’d had enough. She used her platform for good and spoke out about the insane standards of the modelling industry, whose images influence young women and girls all over the world. Now, Charli is comfortable in her skin for the first time ever, working happily as a plus sized model in New York. Here, she shares her journey, from anorexic and bulimic teenager to happy, healthy twenty-something.
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson, published by Bloomsbury
Part thriller, part love story, this captivating debut novel about a girl caught in a battle between two ancient magics.
Every year on St Stephen’s Day, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers are judges – a group of powerful and frightening boys who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur – their sworn enemy – the game would be up. This year, the tension between judges and augurs is at breaking point. Wren’s survival, and that of her family, depends on her becoming a spy in the midst of these boys she fears most and using her talent, her magic, to steal from them the only thing that can restore her family’s former power for good. But Wren’s talent comes with a price. The more she uses it, the more she loses her grip on reality and soon she’s questioning everything she’s ever known about her family, about augurs and judges, and about the dangerous tattooed stranger who most definitely is not on her side …
Read an extract of The Wren Hunt here.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, published by Penguin
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .
Deception by Teri Terry, published by Hachette Children’s
Some lies can’t be forgiven …
Don’t miss this startling second book in a breathtaking new trilogy from Teri Terry, queen of the teen thriller and author of the bestselling SLATED trilogy.
An epidemic is sweeping the country.
You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine.
The 5% of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army.
As the epidemic spreads, survivors are being hunted like witches, for the authorities fear their strange new powers.
Kai is desperate to trace Shay, who tricked him and disappeared. Meanwhile, Shay is searching for the truth behind the origins of the epidemic … but danger finds them wherever they go. Can they outrun the fire?
The Chaos Walking trilogy: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Editions by Patrick Ness, published by Walker
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run… These new editions mark the 10th anniversary of the award-winning modern classic, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
To read an extract of The Knife of Never Letting Go, click here.
Walker have three sets of the 10th Anniversary Chaos Walking Editions with a limited edition poster and badges to give away. Click here to find out more and enter the competition.
Purple Hearts by Michael Grant, published by Egmont 14+
The third and final instalment of the fast-paced alternative history series that began with Front Lines and Silver Stars.
It’s 1944, and it feels to everyone like the war will never end. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr and Rainie Shulterman have all received accolades, been ‘heroes’, earned promotion – in short, they’ve all done ‘enough’ to allow them to leave this nightmare and go home. But they don’t.
D-Day, June 6th 1944. On that day, many still doubted the American soldier. By June 7th no one did.
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Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard, published by Macmillan
When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it’s the last person she would have expected.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.
DIY Circus Lab for Kids by Jackie Leigh Davis, published by Quarry Books
Circus-making is a vehicle for physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in young people. From the author who coined the term “developmental circus arts,” DIY Circus Lab for Kids guides readers through the ABCs of making their own circus—from skills like juggling, tumbling, and clowning, to how to make your own stilts and tightrope. The unique skills taught in this book will foster creative collaboration in any classroom or family.
JACKIE LEIGH DAVIS, EdM., is a circus education pioneer, teacher, and advocate. She was a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO), the first national youth circus advocacy organisation in the country.
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Anthology of Amazing Women by Sandra Lawrence and Nathan Collins, published by Twenty Watt
This beautifully illustrated collection tells the awe-inspiring stories of 50 women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavour. Standing out for their achievements in sport, science, the arts, politics, and history, these women have made huge contributions to today’s society. Featuring incredible women from the past and present such as Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Mary Anning, Emmeline Pankhurst and Malala.
Anthology of Amazing Women is a wonderful read for anyone wanting to read up on the incredible women who have lived and changed our lives.
Win 1 of 4 copies of Anthology of Amazing Women here.
100 Scientists Who Made History, published by DK
From brainy biologists and clever chemists to magnificent mathematicians and pioneering physicists, discover 100 remarkable scientists who shaped our world.
Containing a universe of knowledge, 100 Scientists Who Made History tells the story of the people who increased our grasp of almost everything around us. From Aristotle and Rosalind Franklin, to Marie Curie and Brian Cox, get the low down on the people whose thirst for knowledge has shaped the way we live today.
With beautiful photography and illustrations, 100 Scientists Who Made History is a fascinating look at the most important scientists and their discoveries. It’s the perfect way for kids to meet science’s most important people.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, published by Simon & Schuster
‘Sometimes, family hurts each other. But after that’s done you bandage each other up, and you move on. Together. So you can go and think that you’re some lone wolf, but you’re not. You’ve got us now, like it or not, and we’ve got you.’
When 16 year-old Grace gives up her baby for adoption, she decides that the time has come to find out more about her own biological mother. Although her biological mum proves elusive, her search leads her to two half-siblings she never knew existed.
Maya, 15, has been adopted by wealthy parents and seems to have the picture-perfect family – that is, if you look past her alcoholic mother and the fact that Maya stands out like a sore thumb.
Older brother Joaquin hasn’t been so lucky. At 18, he’s shuffled between foster home after foster home, always careful never to get attached to anyone or anything, because it always gets taken away.
When these three siblings come together, they find in themselves the place they can belong, while the secrets they guard threaten to explode…
(Winner of the US National Book Award 2017 in YA)
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls, published by Andersen
‘Inspiring, utterly captivating and immensely enjoyable’ LOUISE O’NEILL
‘A perfect balm to a frustrating world’ BUZZFEED
‘Nicholls has brought alive the young women of the past to empower the next generation’ THE TIMES
Through 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?
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