Young Adult reviews

Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick

Girl. Boy. Sea. is a story about a young boy’s perilous journey of survival, cast adrift on the vast Atlantic Ocean with meagre food and water to live on. The story opens with a small crew of teenage…

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Poemsia by Lang Leav

The second novel by Lang Leav, best known as an Instagram poet, follows the path of a young poet who finds fame when her best friend encourages her to post her words online. The main character, Verit…

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Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Despite being an orphaned street kid, Hark is lucky – for most of his life, the Gods of the Undersea have been dead and unable to reign with terror upon the islands. He spends his life running scams …

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The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

When Philip Pullman first announced that he was releasing three new books set in the world of His Dark Materials, he shared a few tantalising details about what to expect. Most provocatively, he expl…

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Hold hands, close your eyes and take thirteen steps: that is how Becca Donoghue and her boyfriend disappeared, searching for the legend of Lucy Gallows. One year on and Becca’s sister Sara is intent …

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Angel Mage by Garth Nix

If I was offered the chance to leave the stresses of our world behind and step into Sarrance, the stunningly well-realised world of musketeers and magic in Garth Nix’s Angel Mage, where mages summon …

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SLAY by Brittney Morris

Welcome to the universe of SLAY, a virtual-reality card game designed exclusively for black players. In SLAY, kids across the world log-in to duel as powerful heroes in a vast, online Wakanda designe…

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Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker

Phoebe’s mum is the world-famous Loretta Lane – the woman with whom King Kong (who was actually a ‘giant sweetheart’) was infatuated. Her dad is an invisible giant man in the sky who warns Phoebe and…

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Monuments by Will Kostakis

Monuments is a new action-adventure series about gods, guardians and the struggle for world order. ‘Monument’ is the title given to each of the many gods credited with creating life as we know it. Th…

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This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

Nate is stuck in a loop: go to school; go to the youth centre with his loudmouth best mate, Merrick; go home to his aggressive dad Dec, Dec’s new wife Nance and their three-year-old twin boys; lather…

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