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The World Book Day App

The World Book Day App is available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the iTunes store, all for the low, low price of absolutely FREE!

We’re updating the app every three months with brilliant extracts by the hottest YA authors. This is our latest update – and look out for another in December. Find out about the stories and browse and buy books by their authors:


Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Macmillan

Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton sees Lucas Delos for the first time she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.

With an ancient curse making them loathe one another, Lucas and Helen have to keep their distance. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen . . .

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Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer’s daughter, Josie graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theatre, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband . . . and she can still drive a tractor..

Browse and buy books by Josephine Angelini here.

Obsidian Mirror

Author: Catherine Fisher
Publisher: Hodder

From the author of Incarceron comes a brand new stunning fantasy, Obsidian Mirror.

Jake’s father disappears while working with the secretive and mysterious Oberon Venn – and Jake is certain Venn has murdered him.

But what he finds at the snow-bound Wintercome Abbey is far stranger.

A mysterious black mirror.
A hidden diary of lost secrets.
A tribe of supernatural beings who haunt the woods.
A girl pursued by a wolf of ice.

There are life-threatening choices at every turn. But Jake won’t stop until he knows the truth.

Get lost in the dark depths of the Obsidian Mirror

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer and author of the New York Times bestseller Incarceron.

Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she has been named as the first ever Welsh Young People’s Laureate.

Browse and buy books by Catherine Fisher here.

The Sacrifice

Author: Charlie Higson
Publisher: Puffin

The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds.

Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They’re safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister.

Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they’ve suffered so far . . .

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, and is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series. He is also a big fan of horror films and is hoping to give many readers sleepless nights with his successful zombie series, The Enemy.

Browse and buy books by Charlie Higson here.

The Power Of Five: Raven’s Gate

Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Walker

The first book in the bestselling fantasy series The Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz.

Matt has always known he has unusual powers. Raised in foster care, he is sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, only to find himself in the midst of sinister goings-on. Matt investigates and uncovers a terrible secret – eight guardians are protecting the world from the Old Ones, beings banished long ago by five children. But devil worshippers want to let the Old Ones back in…

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most popular contemporary children’s writers, and his Alex Rider series is enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed Diamond Brothers detective stories, as well as the bestselling The Power of Five books. Anthony has won many major awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards and the Red House Children’s Book Award. He also writes extensively for TV, with programmes including  Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and most recently Collision. Anthony lives in London.

Browse and buy books by Anthony Horowitz here.


Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: OUP

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special among the draki – the descendants of dragons with the power to shift into human form.

But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee to the human world, her draki spirit starts to fade. If it is lost, she will remain as a human. The only thing that revives it is gorgeous, elusive Will . . . whose family hunts her kind.

Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him. Even if it means risking the draki’s most closely-guarded secret – and her life.

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where she wove stories of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she is also a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She lives in Houston with her family, and when she is not writing she enjoys true crime and reality TV shows.

Browse and buy books by Sophie Jordan here.

Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury



In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind ñ but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny.

Sarah J.Maas

Throne of Glass is the first full-length novel by Sarah J. Maas to be published, though she already has a large online fan base, many of whom discovered the Throne of Glass world in its first incarnation, on, when Sarah was just sixteen. To find out more, visit

Browse and buy books by Sarah J. Maas here.

Carnival of Souls

Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins

Enter the Carnival – a swirl of masked pleasure and violence. Jugglers and fire-twirlers show their skills in time to the music that plays constantly, a glorious cacophony. All around the carnival, transactions of varying degrees of legality happen. The City isn’t a world that seemed beautiful to everyone. It was theirs, though…

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, Melissa Marr creates an extraordinary new world, running alongside our everyday world that will have even non-fantasy lovers begging for a sequel!

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Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr was voted in high school the ìmost likely to end up in jailî. Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her novels include Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows.

Browse and buy books by Melissa Marr here.

Pushing The Limits

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin

No one knows what really happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with ‘freaky’ scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of the horrible night that changed her life forever.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And now Echo has to ask herself just what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again…

Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the era of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best of her life. Writing, as Katie often told her best friend, is cheaper than therapy. Pushing the Limits is her debut novel. Visit Katie’s website at

Browse and buy books by Katie McGarry here.

Missing Me

Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to older sister Lauren, she learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems?  As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger…

Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son. She has worked as a journalist and a creative writing teacher, and now writes full time. Her debut was the multi-award winning Girl, Missing (2006), and she is also the author of Blood Ties and sequel, Blood Ransom, The Medusa Project series, and the Luke and Eve trilogy. She has tallied up numerous award wins and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Browse and buy books by Sophie McKenzie here.


Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London.

Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.

But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.

And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins . . .

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature.

Browse and buy books by Terry Pratchett here.