Imogen Russell Williams had some recommendations in Saturdsy’s Guardian review…
Here are her 12+ picks
For 12+, there’s The State of Grace (Macmillan), another debut, from Rachael Lucas. Diagnosed as autistic herself, Lucas has created a wry, engaging autistic protagonist in her titular heroine. Overstimulation and mockery make school challenging for Grace, and her parents’ relationship has hit a rocky patch; but with the help of her best friend, her beloved horse and her own determination, she might just get through The Big Party (and talk to gorgeous Gabe Kowalski into the bargain). This honest, romantic, hilarious novel feels long overdue.
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined (Scholastic), meanwhile, is an elegant, humorous tearjerker from Canada’s Danielle Younge-Ullman. Ingrid has been inveigled on to a hardcore wilderness exploration programme by her mother; blighted by the end of her opera career, Margot-Sophia is determined to instil resilience in her daughter. In letters full of sarcasm, affection and self-revelation, Ingrid tracks her progress through the past and present, learning to face and shape her own future in the process.
Jenny McLachlan, author of the amusing Ladybirds series, is on stellar form with Stargazing for Beginners (Bloomsbury), a standalone novel about super-intelligent, shy, space-mad Meg. Working desperately to win a trip to mission control at Houston, Meg doesn’t expect her free-spirited mother to jet off to Myanmar, leaving her in charge of Elsa, her determined, none-too-fragrant baby sister, with only Grandad, with his cavalier attitudes and ever-growing hamster farm, as back-up. Funny and moving, this book is a treat.