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People's Republic by Robert Muchamore

This is the first installment of the new CHERUB series, with a new hero and dangerous new situations for the undercover agents. View our library listings here, and read reviews here.

People's Republic

Blood Ransom by Sophie McKenzie

This is the sequel to Blood Ties (also in stock in the library).

Sophie McKenzie is one of the best in this genre, as anyone who has read the Medusa Project series or Girl, Missing will know. Blood Ransom has more evil scientists, sinister experiments, rescues and ransoms - you must read it! See reviews here; see our library holdings here.

 Blood Ransom

Don't judge a girl by her cover by Ally Carter

Number 3 in the Gallagher girls series, this one is more of the same from the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women: spying, best friends, action and boys. Great characters and loads of fun! For our library holdings, see here. See reviews here

 Don't judge a girl by her cover

Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan

The second in the Larten Crepsley saga, this is a must-read for fans. Shan continues to give great background to the earlier saga, as Crepsley tries to find his way in "life", and there's plenty of gore and blood, as usual. For reviews, see here.View our library holdings here.

 Ocean of blood

 Troubletwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Anything by Garth Nix is a guaranteed good read, and this new series is no different. Although there are other books along the same lines (twins with magical powers who use them to save the world from evil), this is action-packed and fast-moving. More for 10-12 years than older teens though. To see our library holdings, see here. For reviews and information, see here.


Huntress by Malinda Lo

Huntress is the prequel to Lo's last book, Ash, but this doesn't need to be read first. It is refreshing to meet strong female characters in an action-packed fantasy. See reviews here; view our library holdings here


Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis

A dangerous book written by an evil occultist, those who start it find that they can't put it down, no matter how much they want to... Even creepier than the cover, Dancing Jax is a riveting read. For reviews, see here; for our library holdings, see here.

 Dancing Jax

Withering tights: the misadventures of Tallulah Casey by Louise Rennison

This is the start of a new series by the author of the Georgia Nicholson books, with a new heroine, Tallulah Casey, going to summer drama camp in Yorkshire. Possibly for a slightly younger audience, reviews on this one are mixed (see here). View our library holdings here.

Withering tights

Wild by Aprilynne Pike

In the third installment of the Wings saga, things are getting more complicated for Laurel. She is torn between her human boyfriend and her faerie bodyguard, and enemies are closing in all around. For more reviews see here, and view our library holdings here.


Shadow wave by Robert Muchamore

This is the last in the first CHERUB series, but there will be a new series starting in 2012. In Shadow Wave, James has to make a choice between CHERUB and his oldest friend, against a backdrop of tsunamis and corrupt tropical island officials. For more reviews, see here. To view our library holdings, see here

Shadow wave

Grey wolves by Robert Muchamore 

Number four in the Henderson's Boys series, and this time the young agents are trying to sabotage a submarine base in France to break the blockade on Britain by the Germans. All the more convincing because this series is based in reality. For reviews, see here. To view our library holdings, see here.

Grey Wolves

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Following up on the excellent first part of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins doesn't let the pace falter. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here

 Catching Fire

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The hero of this book is the only boy in a town of men. He can hear everything everyone else (including all of the animals) thinks, in a constant, overwhelming Noise, and they can hear what he is thinking. Knife is truly “unputdownable”, and thoroughly deserved to win the 2008 Guardian Children’s Fiction prize. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here.

 knife of never letting go

 Bog child by Siobhan Dowd

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. Bog Child is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here

 Bog Child

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This story revolves around Arnold "Junior" Spirit, his family and his best friend, Rowdy. Born with a variety of physical ailments, Arnold is used to being picked on. Things get complicated for him when he realizes that he has to leave the reservation in order to get a good education and succeed where most of his family and friends have failed. So Arnold starts going to the all-white school in a neighboring all-white town. The illustrations by Ellen Forney also really add to the text. This is the funniest and most heart-breaking read of 2009. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here

Absolutely true diary of a part time indian

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X byJames Patterson

Fifteen-year-old alien hunter Daniel X is on a mission to finish the job that killed his parents – to wipe out the world’s most bloodthirsty aliens on The List. But as he battles towards his top target he can’t forget one thing: he’s got a host of aliens to fight, but on their lists there’s only one name at the top . . . and that’s his. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here.

 Daniel X

Exposure by Mal Peet

Revered as a national hero … married to the desirable Desmerelda … cherished by the media … soccer star Otello has it all. But a sensational club transfer sparks a media frenzy, and when he is wrongly implicated in a scandal, the footballer’s life turns into a tragic spiral of destruction. For more information, see here.View library holdings here.


Hero by Perry Moore

Even though Thom Creed's a basketball star, his high school classmates keep their distance. They've picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, his father, Hal Creed, was one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that disowned Hal. But joining the League opens up a new world to Thom.There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes: Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and, Ruth, a wise old woman who can see the future. Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes. This groundbreaking and widely acclaimed novel tells an unforgettable story about love, loss, and redemption.
For more information, see here.View library holdings here.


 Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

This is a terrific teenage gothic novel – vampires and werewolves abound!
Orphaned and in her uncle’s care, fiercely independent Quincie may be the most over-achieving high-school student around, but even she has her hands full with a hybrid-werewolf boyfriend and the opening of Sanguini’s, her hip vampire-themed restaurant, which turns out to have way more bite than she’d intended! For more information, see here. View our library holdings here.



City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book was brilliant. I really enjoyed it, even though I'm normally a bit critical. The characters develop very well throughout the story and really  make you care for them. The romance between Jace and Clary is beautifully represented and shown, and really draws you in, while the twists and turns in the plot mean you never know what's going to happen next. The final shock at the end leaves you craving more and unable to wait for the sequel. For more information see here. View our library holdings here.

 City of bones

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

When Nicole Leigh rings Pete Boland to suggest a nostalgic get-together of their old gang at the funfair, he agrees in the hope that it will shake him out of his summer-holiday lethargy. But forgotten tensions and rivalries surface, making this terrible night one that will affect the rest of their lives. 
Black Rabbit Summer is compulsive reading, with enough secrets and twists to keep you engrossed till the very end - enjoy! For further information see here. View our library holdings here.

Black Rabbit Summer