Young Adult reviews

The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting

There is not much that twelve-year-old Chance Callahan is uncertain about. She draws a hard line between true and false, and values honesty over everything else. Chance’s mother has kept detailed dia…

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How to Grow a Family Tree by Eliza Henry Jones

As with P is for Pearl, Eliza Henry-Jones’s latest young adult novel How to Grow a Family Tree tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl and the emotional struggles brought on by a family in crisi…

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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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Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu

This novel is an engaging comedy of manners set around a blended family and a high-school friendship group. Lottie is a black-clothed heavy metal fan and school troublemaker whose best friend falls i…

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Ollie and Will met over the summer holidays at a lake in North Carolina. Summer lovin’ happened so fast. After summer break is over, they go their separate ways. Ollie gets ghosted by Will (or perhap…

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The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

The second novel from Melbourne author Astrid Scholte is a thrilling fantasy murder mystery that is impossible to put down. The setting is a post-climate change world which has completely flooded, le…

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Oasis by Katya de Becerra

Set on an archaeological dig in the desert near Dubai, the second novel from Katya de Becerra is a supernatural thriller that will have you guessing right up until the very last page.

Alife has tra…

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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Written by two of the most amazing modern young adult (YA) authors, Becki Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, now also available in a film tie-in edition called Love, Simon) and Aisha Saee…

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

If you took the magic and mystery of the Harry Potter world and combined it with the powers and social commentary of the X-Men, with a dash of the end-ofthe-world adventure you’d find in a Skuldugger…

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Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans

Alison Evans' acclaimed young adult novels are notable for being somewhat otherworldly and for featuring strong queer characters. Ida plays with parallel universes, Highway Bodies – which was shortli…

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