Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays about growing up from gal-dem’s talented writers. gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to […]
Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in […]
Winner of the Victorian Premier YA Prize for Literature Best Young Adult Novel at the Aurealis Awards (two of Australia’s most prestigious writing awards) An extraordinary thriller, told from the perspective of two Aboriginal protagonists, which weaves together themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family. “A deeply poignant and original novel.” GUARDIAN REVIEW […]
A powerful story about finding the strength and words to face your fears, from the author of The Girl in Between . From the outside, it looks like Lucy has the perfect life. She has everything. Everything that money can buy. But money can’t buy Lucy the words she needs to stand up to her […]
From an American screenwriter and novelist whose credits include Legally Blonde and Ella Enchanted… A grieving teen finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school after they all land in the same Shoplifters Anonymous group. Waterstones No related posts.
On the edge of town, a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening… Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and […]
Extremely well-reviewed title: Thrillers can so often lean on a fuzzy sense of “insanity” to justify a character’s behaviour, but the handling tends to be superficial; here it proves devastating. This is already one of my favourite books of the year. IRISH TIMES The author’s cunning deployment of information keeps the reader guessing. FT This compelling […]
When seventeen-year-old Minnie Sloe’s mother disappears, so does her ability to see colour. How can young artist Minnie create when all she sees is black-and-white? Will her mysterious ailment – and grief – stop her from following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a famous artist? Middle child Minnie and her two sisters have always […]
Featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling American black authors writing for teens today, Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and black. Whether you are in America, the UK, or anywhere across the globe, this powerful collection of stories will remind you of our shared […]
Three close friends…Two unforgettable summers… One girl’s deepest secret… Alys appeared last summer, and then she vanished without a trace. Ifan fell in love with her. Hannah hated her. And Marko regrets what they did. This summer Cait is new in town, and a girl has been reported missing. Cait needs to uncover the truth. […]
Read the book before you see the musical, coming to the West End Autumn 2019. A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation. Waterstones No related posts.
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 30 March 2019 Reimagined by bestselling author Sophie McKenzie and told throughthe eyes of everybody’s favourite sister, Becoming Jo perfectly captures the magic, exuberance and spirit of the original and much-loved book. “McKenzie’s characters are familiar but fresh, and the writing will lead many new readers to the original […]
Painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even begins to develop feelings […]
‘One of the best love stories I’ve ever read.’ Angie Thomas, bestselling author of The Hate U Give. From debut author Justin A. Reynolds comes The Opposite of Always,a razor-sharp, hilarious and heartfelt novel about the choices we make, the people we choose and the moments that make life worth reliving. When Jack and Kate […]
Meredith Russo depicted the complexities of Trans life in If I Was Your Girl; now with Birthday she charts the development of an emotionally charged relationship between two best friends who are fighting to make themselves and their identities heard. Wearing its message with a light touch, Birthday is simply a beautifully constructed love story […]
Jana Novak’s history sounds like a classic model cliche: tall and gangly, she’s uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she’s unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom. But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn. Jana is an ordinary girl from a south London estate, […]
The new thriller from the acclaimed author of The One Memory of Flora Banks, perfect for fans of Karen McManus, E. Lockhart and Sophie McKenzie. Waterstones No related posts.
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 11May 2019 Not since The Inbetweeners has a coming of age story been so irreverent and relatable. Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he’s never gone viral, and he doesn’t want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he’s ordinary and proud of it. None of which […]
Times Children’s Book of the Week 27 April 2019 I am not who I say I am, and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is. I am a girl trying to forget. She is a woman trying to remember. Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in […]
Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it’s-good low-budget horror movie. But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing […]
“Set in a richly imagined fairy-tale China, Marriot weaves topical themes of gender identity into an epic fantasy adventure.” THE BOOKSELLER Waterstones No related posts.
New from the winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award: Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much needed light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when children […]
A debut YA from a US author. Vanessa has been reaching for the stars since she was a little girl, and is determined to get into her dream Ivy League university to study astronomy. Zach is a talented artist, but he’s not even thinking about college. He needs to stay home and support his family, […]
INK taught Leora that all was not what it seems on the surface. SPARK taught her that there are two sides to every story. Now Leora has had enough of lessons – she wants to make her own story. The explosive finale to the best-selling INK trilogy sees Leora struggling to reconcile her past and […]