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A fantastic, gritty debut from a new name in YA fiction. Jake used to be the class joker - intelligent, promising and well liked. Now he’s been expelled from five schools. Cattle Rise, a tough inner-city school, is his last chance - if he messes this up he faces a spell in a detention centre.

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Scarlet is a young girl with one mission in life – keeping her family together. Author Gill Lewis is well known for her animal stories but in this book she adds multiculturalism, city life and problem families into the mix. 

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Serafina is about to face the biggest day of her life - the day she accepts her place as heiress to the crown of Miromara.

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Flora is a cynic. A cynic and a comic book enthusiast. So when a madcap squirrel unexpectedly catapults into her life via a misadventure with a vacuum cleaner, Flora naturally takes it in her stride and invites the newly named Ulysses into her home and her heart.

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One night Alice hears her father talking to someone, or rather something... an evil-looking fairy. Days later her father is dead and Alice is sent to live with 'Uncle' Geryon.

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In Goddess by Laura Powell, Britain is on its knees. Poverty, hunger and fear are rife across the country but not everyone is feeling the effects. The Cult of Artemis, an oracle-providing religious order that harks back to the days of the ancient Greeks, is more popular than ever.

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If you kept a diary as a teenager then perhaps you will remember just how complicated life could be, and perhaps spare a thought for 14 year old Joe Cowley who did not think life could get any worse then it was already.

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The second installment of O'Porter's charming but gritty older teen series sees our heroines, Renee and Flo, negotiating sixth form, evolving friendships and relationships, and faith.

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Unexpectedly freed from slavery during the American Civil War, Charley finds herself displaced, wandering and alone, facing the challenges and bewilderment that change brings. Disguising herself as a young man, she joins the US army as a way of being sure of food and shelter.

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Though it isn’t exactly new, the premise of Matt Haig’s sci-fi YA novel is interesting. Set in a futuristic world where increasingly advanced robots carry out a range of everyday duties, it raises important questions about the price of progress and what it means to be human.  

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Amy and Matthew are two teenagers that not only have to deal with the usual trials and tribulations of adolescence, but also cerebral palsy (her) and obsessive compulsive disorder (him).

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The first time Tess Sharpe's heroine, Sophie, almost dies, she is left with a ruined body; a leg held together with pins, horrific scarring and a serious addiction to pain medication.

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