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New books in September, age 12+

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Chinglish, written and illustrated by Sue Cheung, published by Andersen Press

The hilarious and tragic diary of a girl growing up in a Chinese takeaway. Chinglish is a one-of-a-kind illustrated novel based on the author’s own life.

Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents’ Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough – whether it’s unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different. Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad’s behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist.

Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo’s brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.

 

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, published by Orion Children’s Books

Gothic, intoxicating, feminist and romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

 

The M Word by Brian Conaghan, published by Bloomsbury

From Costa award winner Brian Conaghan comes an unforgettable novel about grief and healing that is full of humour, warmth, love, sadness and perseverance.
Moya. The M Word. Whisper it. Conceal it. But please, never mention it …
Maggie Yates talks to her best friend Moya every day. 
She tells her about Maggie’s mum losing her job. She tells her that Mum’s taken to not opening the curtains and crying in secret. And she tells her about how she plans to cheer Mum up – find her a fella with a bit of cash to splash. 
Moya is with her every step of the way. You’re surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here, she smiles. But I’ll help.
But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum’s crying is more than sadness. That there are no easy fixes. And that Moya’s not really there. Because though she talks to her every day, Moya died months ago …
An unforgettable novel about grief and healing from Costa and Irish Book Award winner Brian Conaghan.

Click here to read an extract from The M Word

 

Frankly in Love by David Yoon, published by Penguin Random House

Frank loves Joy. Joy loves Frank. At least, that’s what they tell their parents . . . a brilliant, funny, quirky YA romance.

Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank’s parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank – he must only date Korean girls. But he’s got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit – and she’s not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her boyfriend, so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.

David Yoon’s debut novel is a quirky, authentic, heartbreaking romantic comedy and a refreshingly different take on race, immigrant communities, friendship and family.

 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, published by Macmillan Children’s Books 

A smart and swoony Rainbow Rowell romance in full colour graphic novel form. Beloved writer Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award–winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create Pumpkinheads, a tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place – and a person – with no regrets.

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world (not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is). They say goodbye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different – Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last goodbye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if instead of moping they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

 

American Royals by Katharine McGee, published by Penguin Random House

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl in this completely addictive and gloriously fun modern-day royal fairytale.

HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She’s the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties. It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She’s demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first – no matter what her heart might really want.

But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the court’s favour – and his bed. If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary.

Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. There’s everything to play for – but there can only be one queen.

 

Morgan Charmley: Teen Witch by Katy Birchall, published by Scholastic

Morgan Charmley has spent her entire thirteen years on the planet attempting to prove she has control over her witch powers so that she’s allowed to attend a normal school. And the day has finally arrived! But will she be able to make friends and fit in with non-magical teenagers? Can she resist using her powers to make herself popular or turn her teachers into toads? Can she keep her spells a secret?

 

Pride and Prejudice – The Complete Jane Austen Collection, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” When two wealthy gentlemen move into town, Mrs Bennet is delighted. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is determined to resist her mother’s ambition to marry her off to the richest match she can find. First impressions can be misleading though, and the Bennet sisters soon realise that the pursuit of true love is rarely simple.

 

Explanatorium of Science, foreword by Professor Robert Winston, published by DK

The only science encyclopedia for children you’ll ever need, with amazing photography that shows and explains how chemistry, physics, and biology work.

Watch as mixtures merge and matter changes state. Discover how some chemical changes can be reversed, yet others can’t, and why some reactions go bang! See bacteria at work in the world around us, understand the tricks that light plays, and unlock the secrets of electricity to find out how it powers the bulbs in your home. Whether it’s elements, evolution, or energy, the world of science is brought to life by stunning photographic explanations that answer the biggest and smallest questions about our Universe.

Packed full of astounding close-up images, Explanatorium of Science is the ultimate guide to how the world works, explaining every aspect of science from gigantic galaxies to tiny cells and miniscule atoms.

 

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