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NEW BOOKS IN JANUARY, AGES 12+

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, published by Bloomsbury.

Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.

Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted …

In this thrilling, eagerly awaited sequel to the bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the lushly imagined Kingdom of Emberfall, in a feminist fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer, Melissa Albert and Louise O’Neill.

Win 1 of 3 copies of A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Infinity Son By Adam Silvera, published by Simon & Schuster

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight

Win 1 of 5 copies of Infinity Son

A Throne of Swans  by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr, published by Hot Key Books

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

Deep Secret, by Berlie Doherty, published by Andersen Press

Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same.
‘There’s another world in there.’
‘We could float in and out of it.’

Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike that even their family can’t tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.

Be Happy Be You by Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill, illustrated by Josephine Dellow,  published by Collins

Increase the happiness levels of the most important person you’ll ever meet…YOU!

Being a teenager has its own unique challenges, but it’s also the perfect time to shape your own mental wellbeing and happiness. Scientists reckon 40% of your happiness is within your control, that’s A LOT of happiness and this book will help you to harness it.

There are tons of ideas to try from creating an anxiety toolkit, to planning a digital detox and meditating, plus you’ll learn the science behind why they work. Carry out the activities by yourself or with family and friends and take your happiness into your own hands!

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This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurélia Durand, published by Quarto

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking about the knowledge you’re accruing, and advise on how to take action against racism in all forms.

Read our Q & A with Tiffany Jewell

Contender: The Chosen by Taran Matharu, published by Hodder Children’s Books

In a world far from our own, where enemies come in many forms, the ultimate battle for survival is about to begin … An epic new trilogy from the bestselling author of the Summoner series.

CADE CARTER IS LOST

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, Cade is facing a year in reform school when he finds himself suddenly transported to another realm.

BUT THIS NEW WORLD IS NO ESCAPE

Populated by bloodthirsty prehistoric creatures and fierce warriors, Cade’s surroundings are full of danger. Along with his fellow students, Cade is forced to become a contender in a deadly game of the highest stakes, controlled by invisible overlords.

Who are these brutal rulers, and why did they choose Cade? Before he can find answers, Cade must get ready to fight …

BECAUSE IN THIS GAME, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Fearless: How To Be Your True Confident Self! By Liam Hackett, published by Scholastic

In Fearless, Liam Hackett (founder of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label) aims to help young people be themselves, explaining how they can break free from labels and stereotypes to fear less and truly realize their full potential. Includes interviews with inspirational people who defy stereotypes, such as female politicians and male dancers. Plus activities to get young people thinking outside the box.

 

One Of Us Is Next, written by Karen McManus, published by Penguin Random House

 Introducing: ONE OF US IS NEXT. Welcome back to Bayview High . . .

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late …

Foul is Fair, by Hannah Capin, published by Penguin Random House

 In the morning I put on going-out makeup, and I go to Nailed It with a coffee so hot it burns my throat. The old lady gives me new nails and looks at the bruises on my neck and the scratches across my face, but she doesn’t say anything.

So I point at my hair, and I say, This color. You know what it’s called?

She shakes her head: No.

I say, REVENGE.

Jade Khanjara and her three best friends rule their glittering LA circle. They decide how the party ends – every night but one. The night four boys spike Jade’s drink, and brutally attack her. The night they try to ruin her.

But they chose the wrong girl. Certain that the boys will face no consequences, Jade and her friends take vengeance into their own hands. Now there’s no mercy left, and Jade won’t rest until she gets bloody satisfaction . . .

Ultimate Star Wars – New Edition, published by DK

Every significant Star Wars character, creature, location, battle, droid and vehicle: one ultimate encyclopedia. Packed full of information, stunning images, and now fully updated to include The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Resistance, plus an exclusive look at The Rise of Skywalker.

All the saga’s iconic characters are here, from Darth Vader to Ponda Baba and Leia to Luminara Unduli. Amazing vehicles are explored, such as the Millennium Falcon and Ghost. Extraordinary technology is explained, including all your favourite lightsabers, and key events in the epic Star Wars story are richly unpacked, with behind-the-scenes insights.

Ultimate Star Wars – New Edition is the ideal go-to resource for fans who wish to brush up on their Star Wars knowledge, and for a new generation of fans eager to start their journey into a galaxy far, far away….

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Unlocking The Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking, publishes by Puffin on 9th January

 From the brilliant Lucy Hawking and her father, the world’s most beloved scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, comes a bumper compendium, brimming with a breadth of incredible information: the ultimate handbook for every young scientist. Unlocking the Universe draws together fascinating real-life facts and insights from leading scientists including Professor Hawking himself from Stephen and Lucy’s bestselling children’s series – George’s Secret Key to the Universe. Unlocking The Universe also features brand new content from key scientific figures including essays on genetics, the rejection of scientific data, the multiverse, black holes, the ethics of AI and climate change.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert,  publishes on 9th January by Penguin

An addictive thriller crossed with the darkest of fairy tales that’s guaranteed to keep you up all night…

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL TO INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING NOVEL THE HAZEL WOOD.

Alice has fought hard for a normal life. Having escaped the Hinterland – the strange, pitch-dark world she was born into – she has washed up in New York City, determined to build a new future for herself.

But when her fellow survivors start being brutally murdered, Alice must face the fact that the Hinterland cannot be so easily escaped. And that, from the shadows of her past something – or someone – is coming for her…

Win 1 of 3 copies of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country

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