Young Adult reviews

Again Again by E. Lockhart

Adelaide Buchwald has just been dumped by Mikey, who has gallivanted off to Puerto Rico for the summer, leaving Adelaide behind at Alabaster Preparatory Academy. Adelaide plans to spend her holidays …

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land is a poignant novel in verse by National Book Award-winner Elizabeth Acevedo that touches on themes of culture, connection and identity. It is the story of two girls separated by a…

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Stars Like Us by Frances Chapman

Every two years, the team at Hardie Grant Egmont opens the inbox for their prestigious Ampersand Prize and encourages the submission of manuscripts of YA and middle grade fiction by unpublished write…

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Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore

Her mother has passed away, and now Dylan has to leave her small rural home town of Beyen, in the company of her mother’s boyfriend, Pat. Dylan and Pat drive towards the ocean and the boat that Dylan…

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The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is set in a time when Earth has suffered an environmental catastrophe of unimaginable and epic proportions: Antarctica has lost the last of its ice, the blue …

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The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

The Lost Soul Atlas takes the classic story of the journey through the underworld and flips it. What if, instead of a hero’s journey through the underworld to save a lost soul, the lost soul is the o…

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series – a rollicking mishmash of Battle Royale and America’s Got Talent – sparked endless copycats. But the master herself has returned for this bloody, bold and resolu…

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Burn by Patrick Ness

You never know what you will get with a new Patrick Ness novel, but you can guarantee it will be utterly unique and extraordinarily beautiful. In his latest story, Burn, Ness delves into an alternate…

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When It Drops by Alex Dyson

Every bedroom music producer dreams of fame and when one of Caleb’s tracks goes viral after being leaked by a pesky sibling, you’d think he’d be totally delighted. Instead, he’s a wreck. The song is …

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Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein, the highly commended author of Small Spaces, has done it again with her new novel Deep Water. Once more we are set the challenge of untwisting a mystery.

Henry Weaver has been missin…

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