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New Young Adult books for April 2018

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Storm-wake, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., Fragments of the Lost

The Gates of Death, by Charlie Higson

Higson has more than proved his mettle in writing heart-stopping action with his hugely successful horror-adventure series ‘The Enemy’. Now he turns his hand to the ‘Fighting Fantasy’ game books series, which has recently been relaunched.

I Have Lost My Way, by Gayle Forman

“Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be.”

Boy 87, by Ele Fountain

“Shif is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves chess and playing with his best friend. But, one day, he is forced to leave home to avoid conscription into the army. He embarks on an epic journey, in which he encounters dangers and cruelties - and great acts of human kindness - as he bravely makes his way to a future he can only imagine.”

Fiona Noble from the Bookseller says: “Shif’s powerful first person narrative [gives] voice and heart to the tabloid depiction of the displaced.”

Escape, by Linwood Barclay

In the sequel to Chase:

“12-year-old Jeff and genetically-engineered spy dog Chipper are on the run from the mysterious and sinister government organisation known only as The Institute. Due to a combination of bravery, luck and some of Chipper’s more useful modifications, they’ve managed to evade their pursuers so far. But The Institute is closing in and Chipper and Jeff will have to stay one step ahead if they want to stay alive.”

Storm-wake, by Lucy Christopher

In this The Tempest-inspired story:

“Moss lives with her pa on a remote island. The Old World has disappeared beneath the waves - only pa’s magic can save the sunken continents. But a huge storm is brewing, promising cataclysmic changes. Soon, Moss learns to open her eyes to the truth about her isolated world.”

Lady Mary, by Lucy Worsley

“By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce as you’ve never heard it before - from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary.”

The Goose Road, by Rowena House

“France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front.”

Clean, by Juno Dawson

“Meet the patients of the Clarity Centre: Kendall, the trans anorexic model-wannabe, vicodin addict Saif, OCD hoarder Guy, over-eater Ruby, washed-up reality TV survivor Brady, and last but definitely not least, spoiled heiress Lexi Volkov.

“Lexi hit rock bottom. After almost overdosing in a penthouse suite her brother stages an intervention and takes her to the Clarity facility for troubled young people. After a gruelling and painful detox, Lexi enters group therapy and meets her fellow ‘inmates’. Through her therapy sessions and a ten step programme, Lexi gradually opens up about her destructive life.”

The new novel from the author of Margot & Me has been described as Gossip Girl meets Girl, Interrupted.

Spark, by Alice Broadway

In the sequel to Ink, which was recently shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize:

“Leora is reeling: questioning everything she has ever known about her family and herself. As half-Marked and half-Blank, can she ever wholly belong in either fractured community? Mayor Longsight wants to use her as a weapon: to infiltrate Featherstone, home of the Blanks, and deliver them to him for obliteration. Leora longs for answers about her mysterious birth mother, and Featherstone may reveal them. But will she find solace and safety there or a viper’s nest of suspicion and secrets?”

Genesis, by Brendan Reichs

In the sequel to Nemesis:

“Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive. The sixty-four members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him, hardened him, to lead the strongest into the future - whatever that may be - at any cost.

“Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough. In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting just to let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against anyone who might stand in her way.”

Starfish, by Akemi Dawn Bowman

“Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

“But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.”

I Stop Somewhere, by T. E. Carter

“Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished. Tormented throughout middle school, she begins her freshman year with new clothes, new hair, and a plan: she doesn’t need to be popular, she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper. It’s a lonely existence, but at least no one’s tripping her in the halls.

“In fact, no one notices her at all. Until Caleb Breward tells her she’s beautiful and makes her believe it. Ellie loves Caleb, but sometimes she doesn’t like him that much - his awkward smile, the possessive way he touches her, the tone he uses, how he ignores her one minute and can’t get enough the next. And on one black night, she discovers the monster her boyfriend really is. Ellie wasn’t the first victim, but now, trapped, she has to watch it happen again and again. She tries to hold onto her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.”

Stranger, by Keren David

“Astor, Ontario, 1904. A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?

“Astor, Ontario, 1994. Megan arrives from London for her great grandmother Emmy’s 105th birthday. It should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart and carrying a secret she fears might consume her.”

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., by Malcolm Duffy

“This is a humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love.”

With themes of domestic violence, this book explores a boy’s love for his mother and the lengths he will go to, to save her.

Restore Me, by Tahereh Mafi</cite>

In the fourth book in the Shatter Me series:

“The girl with the power to kill with a single touch now has the world in the palm of her hand. Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.”

The other three titles in the series, Shatter Me, Ignite Me and Unravel Me are being republished simultaneously.

Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda

In the new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls:

“Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere - in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket - the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

“His mother asked her to pack up his things - even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together. But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered.”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

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