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My Brother's Keeper by Tony Bradman and Tom Bradman - £5.99
A novel of the First World War.   Alfie signs up for the army aged just 15, carried away by patriotic fervour at the start of the Great War. But life in the trenches is very far from his dreams of glory. It's hard, and cold, and it's boring. ... more
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Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope by Cendrine Wolf - £7.99
Oksa Pollock is a normal thirteen-year-old girl, starting a new life in London. New lives, new friends, a new school and new adventures. But bizarre things start happening around Oksa she finds she can produce fire from her hands, move objects with h ... more
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After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross - £6.99
What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed?   Money is worthless. Your friends are gone. Armed robbers roam the streets. No one is safe.   For Matt and his little brother, Taco, that nightmare is a reality. Their o ... more
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Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin - £6.99
Growing up on the embattled Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries, muggings, sadness and boredom. With a dad in prison and a mum who has given up hope, she, like everyone around her, is holding on to memories of the times when hap ... more
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Raining Fire by Alan Gibbons - £7.99
Fast-paced and topical, a tense real life thriller about gun crime in an inner city gangland, by prize-winning author, Alan Gibbons.  The gun is the coward's fist. The gun is power.  Alex and Ethan are growing up on an estate where there are ju ... more
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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - £7.99
“Dead girl walking,” the boys say. “Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper.   Raw and shocking: a book that pulls no punches. Published to massive critical acclaim, this is a lyrical and chilling account of a girl’s descent into the vortex of ... more
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Into That Forest by Louis Nowra - £6.99
This is the story of two girls lost in the Tasmanian bush, saved and raised by two Tasmanian tigers.   We were lost, and the only thing that could help us were the tiger. The more I looked at its black eyes, the more I seen kindness, and I knew it ... more
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Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf - £6.99
Mike doesn't get why people think he's boring. Sure, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he's never invited to parties.   But one day Tschick, the odd n ... more
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Song Hunter by Sally Prue - £6.99
Mica is different from the rest of her people. They are content simply to survive, but Mica wants something more, something extraordinary . . .  At night she hears mysterious voices calling. Mica is determined to find out who they belong to, but th ... more
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Bombmaker by Claire McFall - £6.99
The English government have closed the borders with their Celtic neighbours. Any Celt found in England is branded with a tattoo, found twice they are executed.  Scottish Lizzie is the 'property' of psychopathic London gang boss Alexander. Can Li ... more
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The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail - £6.99
The story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family. She falls in love with the wrong boy – the German son of the camp commander.  Hanna is a talented pianist, and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews. Relativel ... more
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One Day in Oradour by Helen Watts - £6.99
On a hot summer afternoon in 1944, SS troops wiped out an entire French village. 644 men, women and children died that day. Just one child survived. This book tells the story of what happened in Oradour, and imagines what drove both the SS officer wh ... more
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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - £7.99
My name is Elizabeth but no one's ever called me that. My father took one look at me when I was born and must have thought I had the face of someone dignified and sad like an old-fashioned queen or a dead person, but what I turned out like is plain, ... more
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Frost by Kathryn James - £6.99
There's something in the mist - as beautiful as starlight, as fierce as wolves, as heartless as ice.   The forest beyond the mist is the home of the Elven: rarely glimpsed, misunderstood. Evan belongs here - enigmatic, beautiful Evan, and Nell is ... more
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Love in Revolution by B.R. Collins - £6.99
Esteya is fifteen. As war rumbles closer, Esteya's brother - an important figure in the Revolutionary Communist Party - is able to protect their family from the worst of the privations of war. Then Esteya meets an extraordinary girl, Skizi, an outcas ... more
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How to be Invisible by Tim Lott - £6.99
It was the 13th of September, 13 days after my 13th birthday, when I first learned how to be invisible.  Strato Nyman couldn’t be more of an odd-one-out. He’s the only black kid in Hedgecombe-upon-Dray, he knows more about particle physics than ... more
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd - illustrated by Jim Kay - £8.99
An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.  The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly ... more
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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens by Isobel Harrop - £9.99
The Isobel Journal is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author's sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and h ... more
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The Wall by William Sutcliffe - £12.99
Joshua is thirteen. He lives with his mother and stepfather in Amarias, an isolated town on top of a hill, where all the houses are brand new. At the edge of Amarias is a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily for ... more
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Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts - £9.99
A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Tinderbox.   Otto Hundebiss is tired of wa ... more
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Bump 2 Baby: A Young Person's Guide to Pregnancy by Paul McCabe, with Birmingham Youth Service - £8.99
When a young person becomes pregnant, they may be surprised, excited or anxious, and unsure what to expect. Whatever they're feeling, this book is here to help guide them through their pregnancy and birth.   Bump 2 Baby is a colourful, easy to ... more
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Butter by Erin Lange - £6.99
You think I eat a lot now? That's nothing. Tune in December 31st, when I will stream a live webcast of my last meal. Death row inmates get one. Why shouldn't I? I can't take another year in this fat suit, but I can end this year with a bang. If you c ... more
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Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner - £7.99
Winner of the Carnegie Medal and a 2012 Costa Award winner. Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, Maggot Moon is the stunning new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. &nb ... more
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Have You Started Yet? You and Your Period: Getting the Facts Straight by Ruth Thomson and Chloe Thomson - £5.99
Starting to have periods is something every girl faces and is one sign of growing up, but the subject is often clouded by rumours and embarrassment. This book explains exactly what periods are, why they happen and how they will affect you. It asks th ... more
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Undone by Cat Clarke - £6.99
Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it.   Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself.   Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him ba ... more
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The Disappeared by C.J. Harper - £6.99
Jackson's life is perfect; he's top of his class, wants for nothing and is destined to be part of the Leadership that runs the country. But when a violent incident leaves Jackson badly beaten and his best friend dead, everything changes. Suddenly his ... more
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The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan - £6.99
Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her ... more
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Black Sheep by Na'ima B. Robert - £6.99
Dwayne, 16, meets high-flying, uni-bound Misha, and sparks fly.   To Misha it feels like true love, but her mum is adamant that Dwayne is bad news and forbids her to see him. When Misha decides to follow her heart, the web of secrets and lies ... more
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy ~ Book 1) by Laini Taylor - £7.99
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.   Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.   The note was on vellu ... more
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Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught - £6.99
'You're just a freak. You're just a stupid freak. Freaks don't speak. Freaks shouldn't speak. Don't talk out of your head or the swirly clouds will eat you because sometimes clouds have teeth'   Jason's best friend, Sunshine, has vanished. If onl ... more
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Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman - £12.99
Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacek ... more
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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - £7.99
Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo.   Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations execu ... more
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My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail - £6.99
There's unrequited love, lust (lots of it), bad romantic poetry, too many essays, and plenty of crisps. But the seventeen-year-old boy in this story has something extra to contend with. His older brother has learning difficulties and is languishing i ... more
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I am J by Cris Beam - £6.99
J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbour lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mother he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anym ... more
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What's Your Problem? by Bali Rai - £5.99
Jaspal's family moves from the inner city to a Midlands village when his dad opens a shop. He's the only Asian teenager in the village and this new life just isn't for him. Though he quickly becomes friends with some school students, the insults from ... more
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How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr - £6.99
Jill's life lost all meaning when her dad died. Friends, boyfriend, college – nothing matters any more. Then her mom drops a bombshell: she's going to adopt a baby.  Mandy is desperate for her life to change. Seventeen, pregnant and leaving home, sh ... more
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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden - £6.99
This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their fe ... more
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Hold On by Alan Gibbons - £6.99
An uncompromising novel about a boy driven to suicide.  When Annie returns from an extended stay in Canada, she discovers that her friend, John, has killed himself. Annie is devastated by his death and is determined to confront those she beli ... more
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A World Between Us by Lydia Syson - £6.99
Spain, 1936. Felix, a spirited young nurse, has travelled to Spain to help the cause of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. But she is also following Nat, a passionate young man who has joined the International Brigades fighting Franco. And Geo ... more
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Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery - £6.99
Michael Swarbrick is a teenager with a LOT on his mind. The girl he ‘admires’ is dating his brother who is a complete tool. His friend Paul Beary is a pervert, and keeps landing Michael in some very awkward situations at school, particularly where th ... more
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Whisper by Chrissie Keighery - £6.99
Fifteen-year-old Demi's world is shattered when she is left profoundly deaf by a sudden illness. Everything is different now, and Demi must learn to adapt to a new school, new friends and even learn a whole new language.   Whisper is a coming- ... more
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A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery - £6.99
A beautiful love story and contemporary fairytale set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, this stunning and moving novel will break your heart, only to put it back together again…   This is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad. It ... more
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My Family and Other Freaks by Carol Midgley - £6.99
Danielle is doomed in love and has the parents from hell. Her mum and dad are embarrassingly scruffy and their car bonnet is a different colour to the rest of the car. Worst of all, they're still in love, which is totally gross considering how ancien ... more
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She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters - £6.99
Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family, her best friends, and most importantly, she had Sarah. Sarah, her girlfriend, with whom she dreamed with about the day they could move far away and live out and proud and acc ... more
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Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips - £6.99
This title deals with one girl's search to find her father, using the internet, some boys and quite a lot of hairspray.   Sadie Nathanson spends her life trying to survive the excruciating embarrassment of simply existing. It's hard enough be ... more
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A Little Book of Drugs: Activities to Explore Drug Issues with Young People by Vanessa Rogers - £11.99
Many teenagers will come into contact with drugs, but do they know all the facts about drugs? What should they do if they feel pressured into taking drugs? Do they know the effects of taking drugs, and what the consequences might be?   This re ... more
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A Little Book of Alcohol: Activities to Explore Alcohol Issues with Young People by Vanessa Rogers - £11.99
For young people, alcohol can be easy to access, but how do they know how much is safe to drink? What if they don't want to drink but all their friends do? Do they know what the effects of drinking alcohol are?   This hands-on resource will he ... more
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A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor - £6.99
The story of Jason, a boy at Heronford School for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The journal tells of the comic and sometimes uncomfortable day to day events at the school, with Jason, his teachers and classmates. And it explor ... more
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Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari - £5.99
Mira Levenson is bursting with excitement as she flies to India to stay with her aunt and cousin for the first time. As soon as she lands Mira is hurled into the sweltering heat and a place full of new sights, sounds, and deeply buried family secrets ... more
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The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - £7.99
From the author of The Shadow of the Wind, the haunting story of a secret society and a labyrinthine railway station with a dark past.  1916, Calcutta. A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter's Gate station knowing he has onl ... more
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There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff - £6.99
'You can't leave Bob to run the planet on his own.' 'He is God.' 'He's not much of a God.'   In the beginning, Bob created the heaven and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other spec ... more
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