It looked like love. It felt like love. But this isn’t a love story.
The Places I've Cried in Public is a razor sharp and timely novel shining a frank light on romance and heartbreak.
Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.
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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.
Meet Eric and Morgan. Born on the same day, at the same time, in the same place.
Told on one day every year, over six years, this is a story about how change pulls people apart… and how love brings them back together.
Also by Meredith Russo is the bestselling If I Was Your Girl.
Meet Eric and Morgan. Born on the same day, at the same time, in the same place. They’ve always shared this one day together, but as they grow up they begin to grow apart. Everyone expects Eric to get a football scholarship, but no one knows he’s having second thoughts. Former quarterback Morgan feels utterly alone, as she wrestles with the difficult choice to live as her true self. Both of them are struggling to be the person they know they are. Who better to help than your best friend? Told on one day every year, over six years, this is a story about how change pulls people apart… and how love brings them back together. Not available for purchase in the EU.
Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out... A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are. Not available for purchase in the EU.
What would you give for the chance to live again?
Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans is a darkly twisted thriller plunging a pre-tech girl into a futuristic world.
Who am I? What am I? When am I? Laura can't remember who she is. But the rest of the world knows. Because Laura is famous - a dying girl who was frozen until she could be cured. A real-life Sleeping Beauty. But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Could you build a new life - while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one? A darkly twisted thriller plunging a pre-tech girl into a futuristic world.
An absolute blast - breakneck pace, great characters, loads of fun. Will Hill, author of After the Fire
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...
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.
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