With the inaugural YA prize earlier this year showcasing the amazing talent and originality currently on offer in this field, young adult fiction is clearly in a strong place and the arrival of David Owen further endorses this.
Books published by Corsair
When nine-year-old Miles decides to plant a walkie-talkie in his parent’s bedroom to earwig on his mother, his are the innocent intentions of a pre-adolescent boy – to get to the bottom of a popular TV show so that he can talk about it knowingly to his friends at school.
The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander is a charming set of stories interwoven and linked by the most unlikely of things: the titular pair of ruby slippers.
Eleven-year-old Fin has already lost his father and his grandparents, so when his mother dies too, leaving him orphaned, he is left in the guardianship of Lady, his 24-year-old half-sister whose presence in Fin’s life can be reduced to a handful of brief encounters.
At first glance, Unfaithfully Yours looks like a mouthwatering proposal. The new novel by the wise and witty Nigel Williams, it sees him return to the sort of blackly comic suburban intrigue that made his Wimbledon Poisoner trilogy such a must-read.
In 1988, Joe Coutts is a young man living with his family on a reservation in North Dakota. While their circumstances are notably reduced beyond those of their white counterparts, they have a comfortable and happy existence until Joe’s mother, Geraldine, is sexually assaulted.
Nick Dybek's debut novel is an enthralling, engrossing study of both character and place and the lengths people will go to in order to preserve a particular way of life.
Lost and Found is a delightful debut that introduces the sharply comic and refreshing voice of Tom Winter.
This re-imagining of three of Victorian England’s literary greats includes a murder, forgery and bitter ex-lovers.