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We always welcome reviews from children, and young adults too. Add your age to your review submission if you’d like us to add it to your review. Here is our selection of books for children and young adults alike.

Book Reviews

Use the menus below to navigate the genres. Children’s books are separated into just two main genres with Young Adult separated into sections but we may add more if we get more submissions.

Children

Khyrunnisa A – The Misadventures of Butterfingers

Amar Kishen is not called Butterfingers for nothing, in his past he’s done many things from scoring an own goal to head-butting a teacher but this time his adventures are about to whip up a tornado of trouble.

Stephen Alter – The Secret Sanctuary

When Kamla, Pradeep and Manohar fall from an oak tree they land in a magic world where they can walk amongst the wildlife without being detected, but will they ever find their way home?

Anjana Basu – Eighteen Tides and a Tiger

Rohan is on his first internship and finds himself in the Sunderbans, this forest holds a legend of a ghost tiger, but the tiger Rohan finds is very much real and is need of help.

Coralie Bickford-Smith – The Fox and the Star

When Fox’s Star suddenly goes out leaving Fox in the unfamiliar dark he heads out of the world he knows to find his missing Star.

Enid Blyton – Five on a Treasure Island

Off of Kirrin Island the famous five find a shipwreck and start to search for the hidden treasure but they’re not the only ones following the clues, who will get to the treasure first?

Ruskin Bond – Cricket for the Crocodile

Ranji and his friends love to play cricket down by the river bank, but with balls landing in the river and load crowds the nosy crocodile wants to investigate.

Ruskin Bond – The Room on the Roof

Dissatisfied with his life with his English guardians in the European community at Dehra Dun, Rusty runs away to live with his Indian friends.

Ruskin Bond – Vagrants in the Valley

When Rusty returns to Kishen and to his beloved room, he discovers it’s no longer his. He must now embark on a journey of self discovery making new friends and along the way.

Ruskin Bond – Rusty and the Magic Mountain

Not yet ready to settle down Ruskin Bond sets out on an adventure up the mysterious Witch mountain with his friends Pitambar and Popatand and an adventure is just what he they get!

Ruskin Bond – Whispers in the Dark

This collection of dark stories brings a new friend in Jimmy the jinn, a bloodthirsty vampire cat and the mischievous Pisaach and Churel.

Tim Collins – Diary of a Wimpy Vampire

It’s bad enough being an awkward teenager, but for Nigel becoming a vampire at his awkward stage means he’s stuck there forever. As reviewed by Isabel, aged 8.

Carlo Collodi – Pinocchio

A review of the children’s classic, Pinocchio, long loved in many forms by children all over the world.

Joseph and Sparkle D’Lacey – The Hairy Faerie

Mary has woken up so hairy she can’t see and she is meant to be making her famous mushroom and nettle crumble for the queen, can she manage to get rid of her hair problem before time runs out?

Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The classic children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has stood the test of time, a children’s favourite for almost 40 years. This review contains spoilers.

Deepak Dalal – Feather Tales

When Sunglow, a Mumbai flamingo goes missing his friend the skybird Longtail is called to investigate the bird-napping.

Kate DiCamillo – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Edward Tulane is a loved toy rabbit, but lost by his owner Abilene he is now on an extraordinary journey. Will he find his way back to Abilene?

Neil Gaiman – Odd And The Frost Giant

In this children’s story Odd runs away from his cruel step father and find himself on an adventure to save the gods from the frost giants.

Priyanka Talreja Garegrat – Kitten the Dog

Margi always wanted a cat but he father has other ideas and so Margi is given a Chihuahua which she calls kitten but after trying to be a good cat, kitten runs away in search of a dog’s life.

Leela Gour Broome – Red Kite Adventure

When Arzaan’s new friend Veer is kidnapped, Arzaan uses their similar appearance to make a sacrifice to protect his friend.

A.D. Hasselbring – A Thicket of Tales

A Thicket of Tales is a collection of nine fairy tales for younger children, containing a wide collection of stories with beautiful language, according to reviewer Allie.

Sun-Mi Hwang – The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Read our book review of Sun-Mi Hwang’s fairy tale short story – The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – as interpreted by reading addict Enchanted Wanderer.

Payal Kapadia – Horrid High : Back to School

Another term at Horrid High and with the Grand Plan still missing and Granny Grit away will Ferg and his friends survive in the world’s most horrid school?

Vikas Khanna – The Milk Moustache

Jessi, the milkman’s daughter is on a mission to end the milk strike and make Kal the cow happy again.

Dick King-Smith – Babe: The Gallant Pig

Wanting to be more than a Pig, Babe follows Fly (the sheep dog) and sets out on a journey to become a sheep herder.

Anupa Lal – Oddbird

At just three inches tall Oddy lives happily with her pigeon family and squirrel friend, but when her mother decides Oddy should go back to the house she came from she must look at the world through a different perspective.

Michael Morpurgo – Shadow

Aman, his mother and the Springer Spaniel found at the mouth of their cave embark on a journey from war stricken Afghanistan to the safety of a relative’s home in Manchester.

Malavika Nataraj – Suraya’s Gift

Surabi’s love of making up little stories becomes much more interesting after a visitor brings her a gift, but her writing takes a much more powerful turn.

Anushka Ravishankar – Moin and the Monster

After finding a monster under his bed Moin must keep the monster a secret from his parents and teachers while learning to live with its habits.

Anushka Ravishankar, Jerry Pinto and Sayoni Basu – PHISS PHUSS BOOM

Jerry Pinto, Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu look back at their childhoods living in Goa, Kerala and Bengal, respectively, and bring these three explosive stories.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince

Leaving the safety of his tiny planet the little prince stands before a pilot stranded in the desert and asks, “Please, draw me a sheep” and so the adventure begins.

Maurice Sendak – Where The Wild Things Are

An iconic book inspiring a movie and an opera, one of the best loved books of all time. No spoiler review by Campbell McAulay.

Amishi Seth – The Goofies Tear Down the House

When the Goofies need to renovate their house the only person to take the job is the slowest handyman around town but as the Goofies can’t wait to get started they start themselves.

Dr Seuss – The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr Seuss is a silly children’s book with a more serious subtone about looking after what we have and not being too greedy. Reviewed by Jessica Cross aged 9 1/2.

Brian Sewell – The White Umbrella

This enchanted store of a man and his donkey tells the importance of taking responsibility for our environment and the importance of compassion and empathy.

Kartik Shanker – Lori’s Magical Mystery

After seeing a bewildering cat like figure in the fading evening light Lori sets out on an adventure to find out what creature it is.

Natasha Sharma – Squiggle Takes a Walk

With the help of Squiggle’s adventure through the pages of a note book, readers learn about different types of punctuation.

Parismita Singh’ – Mara and the Clay Cows

After making a pair of cows from clay they come to life and when they begin to talk Mara, accompanied by Shiroi set out on an adventure to find the Chief Magician.

Prerna Singh Bindra – When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Tiger

T-Cub has a good life, roaming the forest in which he lives with his Ma and sister whilst learning what it is to be a tiger but when his Ma vanishes he realises it’s not easy being a tiger.

Shalini Srinivasan – Gangamma’s Gharial

Gangamma comes across a gharial shaped earring that can transport her anywhere, when she uses the earring she finds an unlikely friendship with a twelve years old girl.

Jonathan Stroud – The Bartimaeus Sequence

The Bartimaeus Sequence is a trilogy series by Jonathan Stroud. This review is of the entire series, aimed at 9-11 year olds but loved by all ages.

Pandit Vishnu Sharma – Panchatantra

Written as early as the third century B.C from the Indian subcontinent the Panchatantra is written to enlighten and educate and is enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Aayush – Toppers

In the quest for the coveted spot of Head Scholar at the elite school of Woodsville to get this spot manipulation and lies are used and sides are taken, but one thing can’t be forgotten; there’s always someone better!

Carol Rifka Brunt – Tell the Wolves I’m Home

June Elbus, a fourteen year old girl can only be herself around her uncle, godfather and best friend Finn Weiss. When Finn passes away at a young age from an illness her mother can’t bring herself to talk about, June’s world is turned upside down.

Ankit Chadha – Amir Khusrau: The Man in Riddles

Can you unravel the mystery concealed within the words? Perfect for children and adults this book will get your mind working as well as inform and entertain.

Nayanika Mahtani – The Gory Story of Genghis Khan

A military genius and a bloodthirsty tyrant, Genghas Khan introduced , a sophisticated spy network, gunpowder, compasses and wiped out a significant percentage of the world’s population.

Michael Morpurgo – Private Peaceful

Private Thomas Peaceful follows his brother to war even though he is too young to enlist, now he spends the night thinking about the people left behind.

Various – The Puffin Book of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Dive into the Hindu mythology and find out fun facts about the gods and goddesses, from epic battles and nasty monsters to divine divas and silly arguments all will be reviled along with colourful illustrations.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Classics

Barry Hines – A Kestrel for a Knave

Read our user-submitted book review of Barry Hines’ A Kestrel for a Knave, as reviewed by Reading Addict, Enchanted Reader.

Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird

The classic and instant bestseller, To Kill A Mockingbird shows the depths of human behaviour from innocence to cruelty, hatred to humour. A masterpiece of American literature.

Ursula K Le Guin – A Wizard of Earthsea

Widely regarded as a classic of fantasy and young-adult literature, A wizard of Earthsea tells the story of Ged a mage through his life at a school for wizards on the island.

Michelle Magorian – Goodnight Mister Tom

World war II gives William “Willie” Beech a life away from his domineering, god fearing mother who physically and emotionally abuses him. This new life comes from his temporary guardian “Mister Tom”.

L. M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables

The Cuthbert siblings adopt a boy to help around the farm, by mistake they are sent Anne, a talkative, imaginative girl who is eager to please.

Michael Morpurgo – Beowulf

Beowulf takes on the terrifying quest that will lead him to attempt to destroy three murderous monsters.

Wilson Rawls – Where the Red Fern Grows

Billy Colman helps a Redbone Coonhound that is fighting with some neighbourhood dogs and after nursing it to health set it free but from then on Billy wants two coonhounds of his own.

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

Despite world war 2 going on around them Hans Hubermann teaches his foster child Liesel to read, wanting more to read leads Liesel to collect the books the Nazis are looking to destroy.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Contemporary

Fredrik Backman – Beartown

For the residents of Beartown the belief that tomorrow will be better than today rests upon the shoulders of a junior ice hockey team that are about to compete in the national semi-finals.

Anjana Basu – Leopard in the Laboratory

With the forest trees being cut down the leopard is heading closer to conflict with the villagers, but as someone poisons the leopard’s kill in the hope of poisoning the leopard, Carpet Sahib and friends attempt to rescue the big cat.

Robin Benway – Emmy & Oliver

Oliver and Emmy planned to be best friends forever that was until Oliver’s kidnapping, now that Oliver has returned to his hometown can he and Emmy re-gain the relationship they once had?

Jeanne Betancourt – Ready, Shoot, Score

The Claymore Middle School cheerleading squad are in for a roller coaster with the upcoming regional cheer USA competition coming up in Miami. CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Zuni Chopra – The House that Spoke

Fourteen year old Zoon Razden has a deep connection with magic, the house she lives is also has a connection to magic along with everything inside, and when a dark power returns to the house Zoon must retake her place as the Guardian of her home.

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Seeing his ex girlfriend, Nick turns to the girl next to him (Norah) and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes, what follows is an all night adventure.

Irving Crump – Boy Scout Stories

Boy scout stories is a collection of stories, first published in “Boy’s Life Magazine” in 1948 became Teen Age Boy Scout Stories and then re-published as Boy Scout Stories in 1964.

John Green – Paper Towns

John Green’s YA novel about about a boy, a girl, some clues and a road trip across America, critically acclaimed and now also a blockbuster movie.

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

When Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old with thyroid cancer is made to attend a support group, she meets 17 year old Augustus Waters.

John Green and David Levithan – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Two writers (John Green and David Levithan), Two Will Graysons, Two separate stories that are about to merge changing the character’s lives forever.

Colleen Hoover – Confess

Owen doesn’t want to lose Auburn, all he needs to do is confess, but that could also be the thing that destroys them.

Kody Keplinger – The Duff

The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a YA novel aout growing up, the difficult teenage years and more.

Reif Larsen – The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Twelve year old T.S. Spivet heads out on an adventure to reach an award dinner where the Smithsonian Institution are to award him for the maps he creates. CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Caitlin Moran – How to Build a Girl

Johanna Morrigan’s life is over after she shames herself on local T.V but as Johanna dies, Dolly Wilde is born and how different she is!

Jandy Nelson – I’ll Give You The Sun

Noah and Jude are twins and have a very close relationship until a tragedy pushes them apart, can they regain the relationship they once had?

Devdutt Pattanaik – The Girl Who Chose

The choices we make in our day to day lives have a knock on effect that and we must accept the consequences that unfold from those choices.

Sowmya Rajendran – The Dog Who Wanted More & The Ghost Who Wasn’t There

In the Dog who wanted More a gang made up of three boys and one girl, but without a dog the gang just isn’t cool, so they decide to resolve this situation but kidnapping one!

Julie Starr – Magic To Memphis

Jessie’s intentions of competing in a music contest in Memphis become a fight for survival after receiving a box of her dad’s possessions.

Ayesha Tariq – Sarah

Sarah is an obedient Pakistani daughter and bottles up her anger, but as the bottle reaches its capacity can she keep the cap on her emotions.

Leah Thomas – Because You’ll never Meet Me

Oliver, with his allergy to electricity and Moritz who among other disabilities has a pacemaker, through letters these two become friends but with it comes the wish to get more from life.

Siobhan Vivian – The List

Two girls from each year are chosen, their names are on a list of the prettiest and ugliest in their year, how will this change the way they see themselves?

Young Adult

Young Adult – Fantasy

Lloyd Alexander – The Chronicles of Prydain

Taran, the assistant pig-keeper wants to be a hero and he is certainly going to get his chance as he becomes involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that threatens Prydain.

Marcus Breathnach – Were Inc

A search team gets more than they bargain for when arriving in Eiru, Vampires and Werewolves are just a few of the dangers they face on their mission to restore power.

Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen is one of 24 tributes to enter the hunger games in a fight to the death, even the environment is against the competitors.

Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire

Katniss tries to put her life back together, but after a visit from President Snow it’s clear there are repercussions to her actions within the game. Contains Spoilers!

Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay

Katniss is no longer within the confines of the hunger games, but the fight for survival is far from over. Contains Spoilers!

Melanie Dickerson – The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

Odette is out poaching the Margrave’s game to feed the poor, but Jorgen is set the task of finding and capturing the poacher, are her nights as a notorious poacher numbered?

Sarah Govett – The Territory

In a flooded world with dwindling resources Noa must take the TAA exam, anyone who fails gets sent to the Wetland and a life of misery, if not death.

J. S. Harris – Kingsblood

Pax and her friends take a ride up the holy mountain one last time before joining the peace council and end up on an adventure that could change the world!

Sudha Murty – The Serpent’s Revenge

Author Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India’s greatest epic “The Mahabharata” through the extraordinary tales in this collection.

Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

After finding out he’s the descendant of a Greek god, Percy sets out on an adventure to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt, a weapon of mass destruction.

Rick Riordan – The Son of Neptune

Here Alan, aged 9 reviews the second book in the Heroes of Olympus YA series, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase, a homeless boy finds out that he is the son of a Norse god, but great danger comes with this revelation.

Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

Thor’s hammer has fallen into enemy hands, with the mortal worlds defenceless, Magnus Chase will have to go to the gods’ worst enemy for help, but will the price form help be too high to pay.

Rick Riordan – The Hidden Oracle

As punishment for angering his father Apollo is cast down to New York City. With so many enemies and no powers to protect him Apollo must head to the only safe place on earth, Camp Half Blood.

Rick Riordan – The Dark Prophecy

Cast down to Earth in the form of a teenage boy Apollo and his companions seek out the ancient oracles to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus.

Margaret Stohl – Black Widow: Forever Red

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins must reconnect with Ava Orlova to hunt down her former teacher and search for the children that have been going missing from all over Eastern Europe.

Margaret Stohl – Black Widow: Red Vengeance

As the Widows search South America to extinguish a smuggling operation their own organisation The Red Room attempt to assassinate them both.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Fantasy – Magic

Anne Eliot Crompton – Merlin’s Harp

Take a look into the world of the Fey through the eyes of Nivienne, the daughter of the lady of the lake, set in the time of Merlin and Arthur. Contains spoilers.

Charlie Fletcher – Stoneheart

The first in the trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, Stoneheart is young-adult fantasy magic, guaranteed to take you on a wonderful journey!

Richard Ford – Quest for the Faradawn

Described as a cross between Watership Down and Lord of the Rings by our reviewer, Lee Bridge, Quest for the Faradawn is a fantasy adventure for all ages.

Cornelia Funke – Inkheart

Inkheart, the first in the trilogy is a magical tale for book lovers, full of wonder, awe and quotable paragraphs. Although a young adult trilogy, this adult reviewer thoroughly loved it.

Cornelia Funke – Inkspell

Dustfinger was created by words and wants to return to the book of his past, but with his friends following they could find the story changing in ways none could have predicted.

Aaron Galvin – Salem’s Fury

Salem’s Fury is the second in the young adult Vengeance Trilogy by Aaron Galvin. Reviewed and loved here by Makenzie Allred, aged 12.

Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands

Amani can’t wait to escape Dustwalk but she never envisioned galloping away on a mythical horse with a fugitive and an army chasing them but that’s just the beginning of her story.

Alwyn Hamilton – Traitor to the Throne

Amani finds herself alone and as a prisoner of the enemy, but she’s determined to uncover the Sultan’s secrets in order to bring him down, but with her spending so much time in the palace she begins to question who the threat is to her homeland.

C. C. Hogan – Dirt

With his younger sister kidnapped, Johnson Farthing must set out to save his sister, with the help of a sea dragon and a magician will he manage to rescue his sister?

E.K. Johnston – A Thousand Nights

In order to save her sister from the marriage to Lo-Melkhiin and certain death she sacrifices herself, through the magic of stories told to Lo-Melkhiin can she keep herself alive in a place so many others have periled?

Alethea Kontis – Dearest

Friday’s love for Tristan sets her on a quest that could save not just him, but also his six brothers, from a curse that keeps them in swan form by day.

Realm Lovejoy – Henge (Le Fay book 1)

Henge is the first in a new young adult series of novels, Le Fay, mixing Arthurian legends with a modern plot for a wonderful fantasy adventure.

Danielle Paige – Dorothy Must Die

Danielle Page’s take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Must Die, as reviewed by Reading Addict, Bookworm Bird.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potters very unremarkable life consists of living in a cupboard under the stairs, until a letter addressed to Harry arrives inviting him to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry potter returns to Hogwarts for his second year, when messages start appearing regarding the Chamber of Secrets, Harry finds himself in the middle of another adventure.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sirius Black has escaped the prison of Azkaban, with Dementors guarding Hogwarts will he really be heading for the school? Contains Spoilers.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Hogwarts are hosting the Triwizard Tournament for wizards aged 17 and over, who will be the lucky few to compete?

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Dolores Umbridge, senior undersecretary to the minister of Magic takes over as the new defence against the dark arts, but many more changes will be following at Hogwarts this year!

J K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Draco is given a mission by Voldemont, but his mother goes to Severus Snape and makes an unbreakable vow to assist and protect her son, but what will that really mean for Severus?

J K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The time has come for Harry to finish the battle set out for him on the night of his parents death, but before he goes up against Voldemort he must find the remaining horcruxes.

J. K. Rowling / Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

As Harry juggles his overworked job within the Ministry of Magic, being a father of three and a husband his youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of the Potter family legacy.

J K Rowling – Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s stay in New York should be just a brief stopover, but when he misplaces his case and magical beasts escape he must recapture them or there will be trouble for everyone.

Jeremy Scott – The Ables

When Phillip’s dad sat him down for a talk he expected the sex talk, but to his surprise his father told him of his inherited power of telekinesis and his enrolment into superhero high school.

Cate Tiernan – Balefire

With her father’s death Thais gets thrown into the world of witchcraft with the revelation she has a twin sister.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal

Marta Acosta – Dark Companion

A review of the Gothic adventure, Dark Companion, a young adult fantasy novel by Marta Acosta. Be aware that this review contains some spoilers.

Jennifer L. Armentrout – Obsidian

Obsidian is the first in the Lux series of novels, a YA fantasy adventure series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Be aware that this review contains spoilers.

Jennifer L. Armentrout – Opposition

Read book 5, the conclusion in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Reviewed by Muskan Sehgal. Be aware that this review contains spoilers.

Karishma Attari – I See You: Karma Will Find You

Alia Khanna’s wish to have a simple life is in jeopardy when a malevolent child ghost from her past raises its head.

Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and Bone

Alina gets thrown into the lavish world of the Grisha, a magical elite let by the Darkling but does she really belong? Reviewed by Kath Cross.

Leigh Bardugo – Siege and Storm

SPOILER ALERT! Can Alina escape her past, her destiny and live a unfamiliar life with Mal? Review by Kath Cross.

Leigh Bardugo – Ruin & Rising

SPOILER ALERT! The Grisha trilogy comes to an epic end, can Alina find the last Morozova’s amplifier before the Darkling?

Leigh Bardugo – Six Of Crows

From the Grisha world, in the criminal underbelly comes a story of a heist and the grouping together of some unlikely characters with the world up for grabs or its demise.

Alison Goodman – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club

As Lady Helen steps into the court of Queen Charlotte she also steps into the dark world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies.

Lauren Kate – Fallen

The first of the Fallen series brings a captivating look into the mysterious world that Luce lives in, and the troubles she faces.

Kavitha Mandana – Trapped

For inseparable twins, Aditi and Arjun music is everything, they are part of a band and have a music video that has gone viral but it’s not all down to their talent, they have a ghostwriter, a brother no one can see.

Jonathan Stroud – The Lockwood & Co. Series

For years London’s streets at night have become the playground for ghosts, can the ghost hunters, Lockwood and co stop these paranormal creatures and save the city?

Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first in the YA fantasy trilogy of the same name with magic between the pages. Award winning, but lacking depth according to our reviewer.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Mystery

Manisha Anand – Assassin Nuns & the Pirates of Peppercorn Bay

Ann and the Assassin Nuns take a well deserved break from protecting the sleepy town of Pistachio and head over to the seemingly action free Peppercorn Bay, but the Bay has a history that the heroes can’t ignore.

John Green – Looking for Alaska

A review of John Green’s debut novel, Looking for Alaska. A tale of childhood, growing up, good friends and a good dose of teenage angst.

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

When Christopher Boone, a Fifteen year old with Asperger’s Syndrome discovers a dead dog on a neighbour’s lawn his love of Sherlock Holmes compiles him to solve the mystery.

Lisa Lutz – The Spellman Files

Being a member of the Spellman family means being part of Spellman Investigations and invading people’s privacy especially other members of the family’s, but when Izzy wants out of the company she’s given an impossible case to solve first.

Christina Meldrum – Madapple

The unforgettable story of Aslaug’s life changing from near isolation, to being the main suspect in her mother’s death. No spoiler review by Teresa M.

Sally Nicholls – An Island of Our Own

Sally Nicholls is the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize winner and according to our reviewer, the teen novel An Island of Our Own does not disappoint.

Young Adult

Young Adult – Science Fiction

Stefan Bachmann – The Peculiar

In an Alternate world where Fae walk the earth, a war between humans and faeries is imminent, but when you are born half human, half Fae where is your place in the world. Contains Spoilers.

Ilsa J Bick – The Ashes Trilogy

The Ashes Trilogy is a thrilling collection of post-apocalyptic literary tales by Ilsa J Bick. Read our member-submitted review here.

Gail Carriger – Waistcoats and Weaponry

Sidheag is heading home with Sophronia and gang who are going along for the ride in this award winning steam punk fiction.

Aimee Carter – Pawn

Our reviewer says that if you love the Hunger Games, you’ll love Pawn by Aimee Carter! Would you give anything to be a VII? Be aware this review contains some spoilers.

Ernest Cline – Ready Player One

In this bleak world millions plug into the virtual world of “Oasis”. The late creator James Halliday hide three eggs within the Oasis, giving the finder complete ownership of all his fortune including the Oasis itself.

Sarah Crossan – Resist

After starting a rebellion, Bea, Alina and Quinn are thrown out of the pod which is one of the only paces with oxygen. The three must travel to Sequoia, a base of resistance but with a special Forces operative pursuing them.

Michael Grant – Gone

A 6-part series of dystopian horror novels for a younger audience, starting with the title novel, Gone. As reviewed and loved by Jordan Corgatelli, aged 16.

Francesca Haig – Fire Sermon

Hundreds of years after a nuclear apocalypse only twins are born, one Omega who are oppressed and the other Alpha, treated so different they have one thing in common, they come into the world together and they leave together.

R. A. Hakok – Among Wolves

Gabriel has spent the last ten years living in a bunker as the world outside recovers, but when out foraging for supplies Gabriel finds something that starts a chain reaction of dangerous consequences.

Johan Harstad – 172 Hours On The Moon

Forty years after NASA sent the first men to the moon the world are buzzing as a historic international lottery takes place to send three lucky teenagers into space but what will be waiting in space  for the winners.

Gary Meehan – True Fire

True Fire is the first novel in the ‘True’ trilogy by Gary Meehan, perfect fantasy according to regular reviewer, Shan Williams.

Philip Reeve – Mortal Engines Quartet

In this futuristic, desolate world, cities move around searching for smaller cities and towns to eat. No spoiler review by Krishnaa.

Neal Shusterman – Unwind

Parents/Guardians have the right to sign their 13-18 year old to be unwound. Conner, Risa and Lev are all destined for such a procedure, which involves having all their organs transplanted into other people.

Neal Shusterman – Unwholly

The way people think about unwinding is changing, but with the demand so great will this practice still continue?

Neal Shusterman – Unsouled

The mission continues, to put a stop to unwinding forever, while others just want revenge for what was done to them. Will any of them get their wish?