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She Believed She Could, So She Did: A Journal of Powerful Quotes from Powerful Women by Flora Waycott (illustrator) - £12.99
An illustrated journal to inspire tween and teen girls! Every girl needs a little inspiration — especially when the going gets tough or someone tries to convince her she can’t reach her dreams. This journal full of quotes from successful women w ... more
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Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan - £8.99
The highly acclaimed, multi-prize-winning collection of retold fairytales; Tangleweed and Brine from Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan is now available in paperback and includes an exclusive new short story, ‘Waking Beauty’.  ... more
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Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp (Editor) - £13.99
This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen ... more
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Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan - £19.99
A stunningly presented collection of twenty-five illustrated short stories exploring the relationship between humans and animals, from award-winning visual storyteller Shaun Tan.   Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowne ... more
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Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano - £10.99
This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the team behind his bestse ... more
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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil - £6.99
Video game villains and real-life dictators dominate daily life for eleven-year-old Ali.   Ali Fadhil has very simple likes and dislikes. It is 1991 in Iraq and all Ali wants to do is read his comics and play football and video games. But Pres ... more
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Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell (illustrator) - £10.99
In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.   This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six ... more
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Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon - £7.99
"They can't send you away. What will we do? We need us. I stop your angry, Jack. And you make me strong. You make me Rosie."   Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes ... more
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Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls by Sonya Renee Taylor - £11.99
Puberty comes with a lot of changes. Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!) will help girls understand (and love) their bodies now and as they continue to grow.  For many girls, puberty can be an uncertain time. Celebrate Your Body (And Its ... more
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Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by KaeLyn Rich - £11.99
An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality.   Take on the world and make some serious change with this handbook to everything activism, social justice, and resistance. With in-depth guides to ev ... more
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Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay - £10.99
More than a hundred years ago, a boy named Samkad thinks he knows everything about the world. He knows the mountains he lives in. He knows his people. He knows his blood enemy, the Mangili. And he wants to become a man, to be given his own shield, sp ... more
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Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham - £6.99
An uplifting story of friendship, unity and hope that highlights the important and topical issues surrounding young carers and young refugees.   Fourteen-year-old Stevie lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum ... and her mum's d ... more
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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds - £7.99
AND THEN THERE WERE SHOTS Everybody ran, ducked, hid, tucked themselves tight.   Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us.   After Will's brother is shot in a gang c ... more
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(Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai - £7.99
Reissued in Penguin's Originals series of powerful teenage fiction.   Manny wants to be a footballer. Or a pop star. Or write a bestseller. He doesn't want to get married...   'Harry and Ranjit were waiting for me - waiting to take me ... more
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Payback by M.A. Griffin - £7.99
Payback, an enigmatic anticapitalist group staffed by teens, has one mission: to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Its dramatic heists create a sensation. But when excitable Payback fan Tom is recruited, he accidentally brings with him a shad ... more
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Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley - £13.99
Part-Time Grim Reaper. Full-Time Cutie!   Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. ... more
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Rebound by Kwame Alexander - £7.99
WHO’s the SUPER-duper BOSS? The baddest you ever seen A razzle-dazzle mean machine Who’s that in the house today? What did you say? Doctor Doom aka The Fantastic Chuck Bell bringing down the Boom!   It's 1991. Charlie Bell i ... more
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Love from Lexie by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
Ever since Lexie's mum vanished, her world hasn't stopped spinning. A new home, a new school - even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.  T ... more
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Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias - £7.99
Are you a party animal? Well, don’t get too excited. The kind of party THIS book is about isn’t up for much of a good time. (Especially if you’re not British.) It’s a far-right nationalist party that’s governed over Britain since the Brits ... more
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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge - £7.99
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.   Frances Hardinge weaves a dark, otherworldly tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her first book since the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.   When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for som ... more
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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan - £7.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE YA BOOK PRIZE 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE CBI BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE CLiPPA AWARD 2018   They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear? C ... more
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Home Boys by Alex Wheatle - £7.99
Four friends decide to run away from the horror of their everyday lives in a children's home in the English countryside. They head for the woods, their sense of freedom surprises them, and for the first time they feel the exhilaration of adolescence. ... more
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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown - £7.99
"A sweet, sexy, honest teen romance that just happens to involve two girls — all the more charming for being so very ordinary."(Kirkus) Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything ... more
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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cowles - £8.99
Monsters, romance and magical hijinks - oh my!   In the little college town of Blitheton, fantasy creatures live cosy, normal lives right alongside humans, and werewolf barista Julie strives to be the most normal of all. But all heck breaks loose ... more
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Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla - £7.99
From the editor of The Good Immigrant, an adrenaline-fuelled, powerful YA novel about young people taking charge of their own destiny. A novel about standing up and being counted.   Aspiring MC Taran and her twin brother Hari never wanted to m ... more
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone - £7.99
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.  Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League – but none of that matters to the police officer who just pu ... more
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Noah Could Never by Simon James Green - £7.99
Noah’s back, and more bananas!   He and Harry are now officially boyfriends, but is Noah ready for the difference? It’s no help that a group of cosmopolitan French exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing – including sexy Pier ... more
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Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San - £8.99
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families.   Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel an ... more
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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan - £7.99
Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award, Children's YA stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers' hearts in this contemporary story of star-cross'd lovers.   Jess would never have looked twice at Ni ... more
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A Country to Call Home: An Anthology on the Experiences of Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers by Lucy Popescu (Editor) - £9.99
From the editor of A Country of Refuge comes an anthology of new writing on one of the defining issues of our time. Focusing on the fate of refugee children and young adults, it is aimed at children and adult readers alike, and features work from Mic ... more
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Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei - £6.99
A teen novel set in Zimbabwe about hope – and its power to heal a family, a friendship or even a nation.  For fifteen-year-old Shamiso, struggling with grief and bewilderment following her father's death, hope is nothing but a leap into dar ... more
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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor - £7.99
Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw in the Flames.  Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of h ... more
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The Revolution Handbook by Alice Skinner - £8.99
Get disruptive with this creative activism journal.   Seen the news? Hate it? Don't know what to do next? Start a revolution with artist and activist Alice Skinner's guided journal, in the vein of Wreck This Journal. Perfect for anyone who dreams ... more
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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli - £7.99
From the author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, it's Simon's best friend Leah's turn to take centre stage.   When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat- but real life isn't always so rhythmic.   The only child of a s ... more
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Be the Change: The future is in Your Hands: 16+ Creative Projects for Civic and Community Action by Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle - £9.99
Be the Change gives you the tools and encouragement needed to be the change you wish to see in the world. From the popular founders of Hello!Lucky stationery, this guidebook offers instruction and guidance to spark creativity and inspire action in yo ... more
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Skylarks by Karen Gregory - £7.99
Karen Gregory's heartfelt, thought-provoking second novel about love against the odds is perfect for readers of Lisa Williamson, Sara Barnard and Sarah Crossan.   When she was little, Joni used to have dreams that she could fly. But these days ... more
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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes - £6.99
A New York Times Bestseller  A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.  ALIVE Twelve-year-old Jerome doe ... more
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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven - £7.99
A hilarious, groundbreaking young adult novel for anyone who's ever called themselves a feminist... and anyone who hasn't. For fans of Louise O'Neill, Holly Bourne and Amy Schumer.   Izzy O'Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and S ... more
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The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson - £7.99
Every winter, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. The boys who haunt her are judges, powerful and frightening pursuers, who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur, their sworn ene ... more
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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi - £7.99
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.  They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise.   Zélie remembers whe ... more
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I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan - £7.99
'I promised myself this time would be different. I would stand up for myself.'   Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is used to being invisible. So no one is more surprised than her when Arif Malik, the hottest boy in school, takes a sudden interes ... more
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Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose - £7.99
In her teen debut, social media star Arden Rose offers a fresh, real-talk guide to teens ready to grow up in a collection of original essays featuring her wickedly funny advice about independence, mental health, relationships, sexuality, décor, and ... more
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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - £7.99
A romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia and how it affects the normal life of a teenage girl.  Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jew ... more
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Kiely Quinn - £8.99
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature.   In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a ... more
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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler - £7.99
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. She's got a lot to deal with – her weight, her best friend moving away, the mean girls at school – not to men ... more
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Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan - £7.99
Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes.  But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a ... more
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Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw - £10.99
The border’s closed, Jake said. No one can get into Scotland, just like no one can cross the Channel...  This is England and it’s no longer a free country. The Government can track anyone, anywhere, from a chip implanted at birth. But Jak ... more
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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe - £7.99
A powerful, haunting, contemporary debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore, by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker.  Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest la ... more
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Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson - £7.99
2018 Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner   Jade is a girl striving for success in a world that seems like it's trying to break her.  She knows she needs to take every opportunity that comes her way. And she ... more
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Naondel: The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff - £8.99
In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. & ... more
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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor - £10.99
Affectionately dubbed "the Nigerian Harry Potter," Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.  Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are Afr ... more
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