JANUARY’S NEW BOOKS for 12+ year olds

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The follow-up to the best-selling Harry Potter Colouring Book! Perfect fun for Harry Potter Book Night and to build excitement ahead of the new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.






BOYWATCHING: UP CLOSE by Chloe Bennettboywatching

The annual joint school dance (aka the Snog Fest) is looming, and Chloe and her three best friends are determined not to repeat last year’s disaster, which led to Year 9’s top Mean Girl, Maggie, humiliating them online as a pack of sad losers. First they need to figure out just what’s going with the utterly incomprehensible yet strangely attractive St Thomas’s boys – and so the science of BoyWatching is born…




Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 15.05.04EMBASSY ROW: SEE HOW THEY RUN by Ally Carter 

The second thrilling book in the EMBASSY ROW series.

Grace thought finding her mother’s killer would bring her peace. But the truth has only made her a target. On Embassy Row, trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace should be very careful about which secrets she brings to light…

WIN! See How They Run




SPOOKS: THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaneydark army

This is the second terrifying tale in the Spook’s spin-off series from bestselling author Joseph Delaney. Thomas Ward was working as the new County Spook, fighting the Dark with his own apprentice. But a new enemy stirred in the north, and Tom’s calling required him to leave his home and lead an uprising against a legion of beasts: creatures of the dark intent on locking the whole earth in a never-ending winter. Then something went horribly wrong, and now Tom lies cold in a grave, while those who remain are in despair. Who can now take up the battle? And how much time remains before the dark army brings the fight back to the County, and the world is changed for ever?

WIN! Spooks: The Dark Army

this raging lightTHIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure 

How is it that you suddenly notice a person? How is it that one day  Digby was my best friend’s admittedly cute twin brother, and then the  next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?

Lucille  has bigger problems than falling for her best friend’s unavailable  brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren.  With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it  together – just.

WIN! This Raging Light


ACCIDENTAL SUPERSTAR by Marianne LevyAccidential Superstar

Geek Girl meets Girl Online as a recording of Katie singing at home accidentally goes viral…







Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 15.07.52NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST by Eric Lindstrom

The sensational debut YA of 2016 that everyone will be talking about.

Parker Grant doesn’t need perfect vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances.

When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there’s only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem.

Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

WIN! Not If I See You First

FLIRTY DANCING by Jenny McLachlan  

Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

This warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with. Jenny’s voice is fresh and convincing, and she handles both darker and lighter elements of the story with equal panache.


TRACE EVIDENCE by Kathy ReichsTrace evidence

Fans of the Virals series will be thrilled with this companion volume that includes three short stories originally published as digital short stories as well as an all-new, never-before-seen Virals adventure! ShiftSwipeShock and the new story Spike give further glimpses of the Virals’ world as they work with Tory’s famous great aunt, Temperance Brennan, to solve more mysteries, take a look at where it all started before they became Virals, and get to the bottom of an attempted sabotage at Kit and Whitney’s wedding.

WIN! Trace Evidence


LR-RGB-OrbitingJupiterORBITING JUPITER by Gary D. Schmidt

A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to.
What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.

From a two-time Newbery Honor-winning author comes this beautifully crafted bittersweet tale about the importance of second chances, what it means to be a father, and the sacrifices a person is willing to make in the name of love.


THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey5th wave

THE 1st WAVE: Took out half a million people.
THE 2nd WAVE: Put that number to shame.
THE 3rd WAVE: Lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.
IN THE 4th WAVE, You can’t trust that people are still people.
AND THE 5th WAVE? No one knows. But it’s coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.
To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.