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New Young Adult books for August 2018

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The Island, Firebird, Evolution"

Bone Talk, by Candy Gourlay

From the acclaimed author of Tall Story.

“Samkad lives deep in the Philippine jungle, and has never encountered anyone from outside his own tribe before. He’s about to become a man, and while he’s desperate to grow up, he’s worried that this will take him away from his best friend, Little Luki.

“However, Samkad’s world is about to change utterly. He discovers the brother he never knew he had. A brother who tells him of a people called ‘Americans’. A people who are bringing war and destruction, right to their home.”

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?, by Holly Bourne

“Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?”

A funny and honest exploration of mental health from one of the UK’s top YA authors.

The Island, by M. A. Bennett

The new title from the author of S.T.A.G.S. has been described by the Bookseller as “Lord of the Flies meets Lost.”

“Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad - however ancient that quad may be?

“When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others.”

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, by Siobhan Curham

“Fourteen-year-old Grace lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum - and her mum’s depression. When Grace’s mum’s disability benefits are cut, Grace and her mother are plunged into a life of poverty. But irrepressible Grace is determined not to be beaten and she takes inspiration from the lyrics of her father’s 1980s record collection and dreams of a life as a musician.

“Then she meets Hafiz, a talented footballer and a Syrian refugee. Hafiz’s parents gave their life savings to buy Hafiz a safe passage to Europe; his journey has been anything but easy. Then he meets Grace.”

The Lost Witch, by Melvin Burgess

“Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can - creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is - who can she trust?”

The Darkest Legacy, by Alexandra Bracken

The fourth book in the Darkest Minds series.

“Told through the eyes of beloved character Zu, now 17, this harrowing, standalone story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.”

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree, by Paola Peretti

The story of young girl who is losing her sight, inspired by the author’s own experiences.

“Mafalda is a 9-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed.”

Catwoman: Soul Stealer, by Sarah J. Maas

“Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

“Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.”

Latest edition to the DC Icons series from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Girl in the Window, by Penny Joelson

From the author of I Have No Secrets.

“Nothing ever happens on Kasia’s street. And Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom window. So when she sees what looks like a kidnapping, she’s not sure whether she can believe her own eyes. There was a girl in the window opposite - did she see something too? But when Kasia goes to find her she is told the most shocking thing of all. There is no girl.”

That’s Not What Happened, by Kody Keplinger

From the author of Run.

“Six students survived to tell the story of the Virgil County High School Massacre - but who really knows the truth?”

Firebird, by Elizabeth Wein

“Nastia is no traitor. She is a daring pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries, and now, as the Second World War descents on Russia, she must fight to save the glorious Motherland. But all is not as it seems, and when the battles begin, secrets are revealed and everything that she once knew is challenged.”

Evolution, by Teri Terry

The final instalment in the Dark Matter trilogy.

“Shay has followed Xander and joined his mysterious scientific cult at their remote Scottish compound. She’s desperately searching for Callie, who went missing before the start of the epidemic that kills 95% of cases, and leaves a tiny number of survivors with astonishing new powers. Can Shay uncover the truth about the origins of the epidemic, find Callie and perhaps even rekindle her relationship with Kai? Or will Xander’s grand plans destroy them all for ever?”

Giant Days, by Non Pratt

Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen.

“While the girls seem very different, they fast become friends during their first week of university. And it’s a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key - something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise.”

My (Secret) YouTube Life, by Charlotte Seager

“What if your favourite YouTuber’s life was a lie? What if you were the one to expose it?

“YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rock musician boyfriend, a multimillion pound London flat and the biggest makeup collection you have ever laid eyes on. 16-year-old Melissa’s life is not so amazing but she can’t get enough of LilyLoves. She’s Lily’s biggest fan and spends hours each night watching Lily’s videos and liking her photos. Until that isn’t enough and she starts faking an online life for herself.

“When Melissa discovers a secret about Lily, she feels betrayed and knows she needs to tell the world. But when Lily is exposed, it doesn’t take long for both of their lives to unravel.”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.