Like discussing books in minute detail? We’ve launched the Usborne YA Book Club over on @UsborneYA Instagram and we’d love to see you there!
For 8 weeks at a time, we’ll be delving into an Usborne YA book from our back catalogue. We’ll be sharing talking points, reaction templates, screensavers, quizzes, polls, further reading and more in our mission to truly engage with you and the content of the chosen book. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
To start us off, this June-July we’ll be discussing Holly Bourne’s It Only Happens in the Movies.
Can you go the social distance, and complete the ultimate bookstagram challenge?
We're challenging you to read the books you've always MEANT to read, the books that have ended up at the bottom of the TBR, the ones - shock horror - you only watched the film of, and the ones that just make you feel better. And we'll be right here with you cheering you on.
Get a little stuck and need recommendations, we're here to help! DM, comment, email - have a go at telepathy - and we'll do our best to find your next read.
How far can you go from the comfort of your reading nook?
*We mean it, you could WIN book mail!
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The deadliest weapon is a girl with nothing to lose...
Devil Darling Spy is the much anticipated sequel to the Costa award-shortlisted Orphan Monster Spy.
Shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children's Book Award. Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019 A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime. Sarah has played many roles – but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there's only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that's to become a monster like them. Survive. Deceive. Resist. They think she is just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming... with a mission to destroy them all.
A pulse-pounding, Nazi espionage thriller The Guardian on Orphan Monster Spy
The deadliest weapon is a girl with nothing to lose... Sarah is used to spying in the champagne-fuelled parties of Nazi Berlin. But her new mission is infinitely more deadly – tracking a lethal disease across bullet-torn Africa, to uncover the monster who would use it to create fifty million corpses. Her enemies think she is a terrified little girl. But she is a warrior set to burn them all.
Feast on fun and feminism in these books by Holly Bourne, including the bestselling The Spinster Club series.
Holly Bourne is something special, she's got it. Patrick Ness
High seas, high stakes… and high time for revenge. Seafire is a gutsy tale of sisterhood, courage and unshakeable trust.
Caledonia’s family were murdered by ruthless warlord Aric Athair. Now captain of a crew of girls who have lost everything too, she has one mission: to take down Athair’s fleet. But when a rogue boy from Athair’s crew saves the life of her best friend, she faces an impossible choice. If she lets the boy live, will he help them – or destroy them? High seas, high stakes...and high time for revenge.
You don't want to miss this book! Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
This brilliantly funny and touching new novel explores bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are.
Also by Tamsin Winter for younger readers is Being Miss Nobody.
Jemima Small is funny and super smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she’s made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn’t know is how that can be true and yet she can still feel like nothing… or how being made to join the school’s “special” healthy lifestyle group - A.K.A Fat Club - could feel any less special, and make her question her dream of applying for her favourite TV quiz show. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it’s her time to shine… A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are.
I absolutely loved this bold, big-hearted and very necessary book. Fiona Noble, The Bookseller (Children's Book of the Month | July 2019)
... I am Miss Nobody. Rosalind hates her new secondary school. She's the weird girl who doesn't talk. The Mute-ant. And it's easy to pick on someone who can't fight back. So Rosalind starts a blog - Miss Nobody; a place to speak up, a place where she has a voice. But there's a problem... Is Miss Nobody becoming a bully herself?
Developing empathy for people from different backgrounds and experiences is one of the great benefits of reading, for any age.
An absolute blast - breakneck pace, great characters, loads of fun. Will Hill, author of After the Fire
Several Usborne fiction books have won or been shortlisted for major awards in 2018 and 2019, including The YA Book Prize and The Costa Children's Book Award.
What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire? Inspired by a real-life American cult, this stunning story of survival won the YA Book Prize 2018.
Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Selected for the 2017 Zoella & Friends Book Club. The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade. Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
An engrossing, brilliantly realised story which is almost impossible to put down. Louise O'Neill, bestselling author and YA Book Prize judge