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Trying to find books that are engaging and the right age range for a child can be tricky, so we've put together some suggestions to help you find the best books for young children.





ISBN: 0141319119

Why we love this book

For mature teen readers (it covers drugs, murder and sexual themes), this is Kevin Brookes at his best. Gripping, intelligent and thoughtfully written, the book covers what happens when two teenagers go missing one summer evening.


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ISBN: 0385615515

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The fourth in the series that began with 'Noughts & Crosses', exploring a world in which white people, the 'noughts', are the minority facing exclusion and discrimination.


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ISBN: 1905654286

Why we love this book

The fourth book in a series that began with 'Twilight'. this has been a bestseller in the US, enjoyed by adults and adored by teen girls. A vampire romance with a difference.


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ISBN: 0385613695

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This series, imported from the US, is the first teen series by adult author James Patteson. A group of six teenagers are genetically modified so that they can fly and then find themselves saving the world, and themselves.


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ISBN: 037032921X

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A reflective, powerful book about a girl, caught up in the Holocaust, who steals books and learns to read. The story is narrated by a compassionate death and, despite the subject matter, is ultimately uplifting and life-affirming.


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ISBN: 0007263074

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Caught between the two worlds of humans and faeries, Aislinn knows she must follow certain rules. The first is, don't talk to faeries. When Aislinn ignores the first rule, her life is changed forever.


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ISBN: 0340931841

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A recent title from the popular Cherub series by Robert Muchamore, which pits young teen spies against adults - because no one will suspect these youngsters of being spies.


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ISBN: 0439968712

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A psychological thriller about a girl trying to escape the pervasive influence of her sister, Poppy. Taught and threatening, this is Kate Cann at her best.


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ISBN: 0007229623

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A coming-of-age story told with warmth and charm. 16-year-old Lucas Swain is intrigued by an urn of ashes left in a taxi cab and decides to find out more about its 'occupant', Violet Park.


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ISBN: 0439977177

Why we love this book

JJ, a teenage girl, is working as a waitress and trying to hide from her past but a journalist is on to her. The book slowly uncovers what it is that JJ is running from.


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ISBN: 0439943035

Why we love this book

Written by a teenage girl and based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, this modern-day story has all the ingredients of a successful, gentle romance. Very popular with teen readers.


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ISBN: 0141324902

Why we love this book

A US import that we really enjoyed. Great for confident young teen readers as well as those still developing in confidence, thanks to its diary format and clever illustrating cartoons.


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ISBN: 0330400878

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Demetria has grown up in a harsh world of regulations where prisoners are delivered and housed. Then she hears about another land where its people are free and despite the dangers she decides she has to find it. Compelling and beautifully-written.


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ISBN: 0552552240

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A recent title in the 'Boy Soldier' series from the author of Bravo Two Zero and former SAS soldier. These are gripping reads and will be enjoyed by any YA reader looking for great adventure stories.


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ISBN: 1406310395

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The most recent Alex Rider story, Snakehead, sees the teenage Alex pitted against the South East Asian Snakehead gangs, and relying on his wits and his gadgets to see him through.


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ISBN: 0385610513

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A futuristic sci-fi thriller, based in an isolated city built in a vast dome to survive following an environment disaster. When Sol's father is accused of murder, the 16 year old sets about uncovering the truth behind the city's existence.


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ISBN: 0007275838

Why we love this book

Fans of Louise Rennison will be delighted with the ninth book in the series about Georgia Nicholson and her romantic exploits. The first, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, has been made into a film.


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ISBN: 0007260407

Why we love this book

The Demonata series by Darren Shan (not for the faint-hearted!) has won a loyal following among YA fans of horror. Gripping reads.


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ISBN: 0746062532

Why we love this book

A moving, funny and deceptively simple story about two boys who team up to overcome their personal difficulties. Highly recommended for adults and YA readers.


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ISBN: 0099475871

Why we love this book

This is an inspiring, autobiographical story by author Jack Gantos, who was jailed after he agreed to help smuggle drugs and ended up in prison. He then decided to turn his life around and this book is the result.


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ISBN: 0552554030

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An inspiring story based on the real life of a Latino footballer who is talent-spotted and brought to England. The novel was written after the film and there are two others in the series.


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ISBN: 0099482134

Why we love this book

Funny, philosophical story about a boy who ends up in Hell (after being hit by an icecream van) and has to find his way out. One for adults as well as teenagers - look out for Henry Tumour, too.


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ISBN: 0439979439

Why we love this book

The first in a series about mechanised cities that travel on vast tracks. Intelligent, gripping books that follow the fortunes of two young people, Tom and Hester.


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