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Prom nights from Hell by Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer and Meg Cabot head up this collection of 5 thrilling paranormal stories which take bad prom nights to a whole new level. Imagine discovering you're dancing with the Grim Reaper -- and he isn't there to tell you how hot you look. Worried that your Prom Night is gonna bite? From vampire exterminations to angels fighting demons, these 5 stories are more entertaining than any really bad DJ spinning his stuff. No corsage or limo necessary -- just good, scary, sexy fun. Readers are taken on an exhilarating ride through the terrifying side of an otherwise common event, and the mood is cleverly sustained with an aura of fast-paced writing. One distinct highlight of the collection is the well-orchestrated balance between the different aspects of horror that each writer addresses. Sure to have appeal for older teens, this book will undoubtedly make the circuit of fans of demons, ghosts, vampires, and gothic love stories. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here

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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. If you haven't read the first one, Catching Fire can still be read as a stand-alone novel, as it is fairly evident from the storyline what has happened to Katniss up to this point. Much of the plot takes place in the aftermath of the Games, and deals with the consequences of Katniss' actions both for her family and friends, and for the wider population in the Districts.  Since her return from The Hunger Games, Katniss and her friend Gale have revealed their feelings for each other, even though the public believe Katniss to be in love with Peeta. When the vile President Snow uses Katniss's affair to coerce her public support for the Capitol during the Victory Tour, she discovers how her actions in the Hunger Games have encouraged rebellion in the other Districts. When this unrest proves impossible to contain the Capitol exacts its revenge on Katniss and Peeta by using the Quarterly Quell (a super Hunger Games that happens every 25 years) to put them back into the ring and rig the odds to ensure that neither survives ... For more information, see here. View our library holdings here

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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. But, just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, in the marsh outside of town, Todd Hewitt comes across an unnerving thing – a pool of silence. This is when Todd realises that his town has been keeping secrets from him, and that if he doesn’t fit in with their plans he will have to run for his life.
The story of his flight from Prentisstown with Viola, the cause of both the silence and the ensuing terror of the preacher Aaron, crosses sci-fi, fantasy, romance and post-apocalyptic genres. Patrick Ness uses spelling and different fonts to carry the plot and increase tension, pursues the themes of gender difference and societal breakdown, and draws a realistic picture of the developing relationship between Todd and Viola, while never letting up the walloping pace of the story. 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

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Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

“It’s not really kidnapping, is it? He’d have to be alive for it to be a proper kidnapping.” In Ostrich Boys, Kenny, Sim and Blake go on a road trip with a difference. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel the 261 miles to the tiny hamlet of Ross in Dumfries and Galloway. After a depressing and dispiriting funeral they feel taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a 15 year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he's now dead. Even from the start of this book, the reader realises that Ross’s death may be more problematic than the narrator, Blake, is letting on, so the story is not just about friendship and loss, but also, as with all good road trip stories, a voyage of discovery. The boys admit to themselves the truth about Ross, and come to terms with the consequences of their own actions. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here.

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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb is a prequel to Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines series which will delight those who are fans already, or encourage those (like myself) who haven’t read the series to get stuck in. Fever is an orphan and the only female member of the Order of Engineers. The plot revolves around her quest to find out who she is, which neatly ties in with the reaction of Londoners to the fast-approaching new enemy from the North. It is a fast-paced and rip-roaring good read, with impending war, simmering tension among the people of London , and mystery, comedy and tragedy in equal parts. The characters are very well drawn, so that we empathise with the sympathetic ones like Fever and Charley, and despise the greedy, unpleasant ones like Ted Swiney. There are great jokes such as “Hari, Hari. Hari Potter”, and references to contemporary culture which will further amuse the older reader, and the presentation of the book, with the cut-out front cover, is delightful. The only criticism one can make of Fever Crumb is that it is too short by half. For more information, see here. View our library holdings here.

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 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. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him - his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what, a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls. 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

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 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, this book is highly recommended. Read it first here! For more information see here. View our library holdings here.  

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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. We join Arnold at the beginning of the novel at the age of 14. Born with a variety of physical ailments, Arnold is used to being picked on. He doesn't mind, though, because he knows he has his art and his intelligence and his family. Things get complicated for Arnold 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.

As the story progresses, Arnold grapples with his decision and trying to figure out his identity in his new surroundings. With the additions of love, rivalry, and basketball Alexie has enough twists to keep the most impatient readers enthralled. 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

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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. At the number-one spot, The Prayer is Daniel’s ultimate target. With mind-blowing skills like telepathy and the ability to transform and create, Daniel’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
But for now there are plenty of gruesome enemies in the way, including Ergent Seth at #6, Daniel’s fiercest contender yet. Seth is a horse-faced beast with a sinister agenda of his own: a plan to ruin Earth and a terrifying alien slave ship that will transport Daniel to a planet with more surprises than he could ever imagine.
Along with his friends Willy, Joe-Joe, Emma and Dana, Daniel hunts down the aliens on The List one by one. 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.
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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. South America’s top sports journalist, Paul Faustino, witnesses the power of the media in making and breaking people's lives. For more information, see here.View library holdings here.

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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.
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 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.  

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 The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett

Told in gorgeous prose that reads more like poetry, the elderly Matilda relates the story of her life to a young boy she finds in her parlor one day. A sensitive child, she grew up distanced from her parents until her father, as a coming-of-age gift, took her on an extended tour of the world in search of the single most beautiful thing. After returning home, she eventually began an uncertain relationship with an unworldly young man she met on the beach; she appropriately named him Feather. He abandoned his wild ways and moved into a cottage with her, but was never capable of loving Maddy as she did him. She never lost her awareness that his nature was too ephemeral for a long-term love affair, marring her happiness. As readers move through this lush fable they may begin to get a sense of the real identity of the boy in Maddy's parlor. The relative brevity of the story belies the depth it encompasses; it's a richly crafted tale-within-a-tale, worthy of repeated reading. For more information see here. View our library holdings here

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 Winter Wood by Steve Augarde

In this final part of Steve Augarde’s enchanting trilogy, he once again takes us effortlessly through time and space, from the prosaic, everyday world of Midge and her family, to the fantastic existence and history of the Ickri. As time runs out for the Various, the different narratives intimately affect each other: Midge’s hunt for her long-lost Aunt Celandine is of paramount importance to the future well-being of the hidden tribes. The end of Winter Wood is accomplished and satisfying, and Augarde deserves to be elevated to the ranks of classic fantasy fiction writers.

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 Nevermore by Linda Newbery

Tizzie’s changeable life with her difficult mother has brought her to Roven Mere. She is curious to meet Lord Rupert, the owner, and his daughter Greta, but no one seems to know when they will return.
The plot is mysterious enough for the first 2/3 of the book, but then seems to be wrapped up too quickly. Thus, the behaviour of the adults seems quite unbelievable after a while, and it sours the good feeling one has reading the story.
The characters are good, especially Tizzie, who does a lot of daydreaming and is simultaneously naïve and knowing.   

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Oh my Goth by Gena Showalter

It was all right, a little bit girlie in places. An interesting concept though: the traditional somehow-swapping-places-with-worst-enemy theme made slightly newer with the addition of science as an explanation for how it happened. I didn't think much of the characters though, they seemed underdeveloped and wishy-washy at best. I suppose this story wasn't all bad, though when looking at it critically I'm finding difficulties in finding many (if any) good points. I don't think I would read more by the same author.   

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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.     

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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.

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 The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

This book is very thought-provoking. It moves at a very fast pace combining history and fiction. The author allows the reader to connect with the characters on a human level. The author also brings into context the battle between good and evil not just in regards to the French Revolution, but in terms of people and their natures. Morals..

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