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New Young Adult books for January 2018

Written by · Published Dec 29, 2017

Long Way Down, Zenith, Final 7

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds & Chris Priestley

“After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he’s doing.”

This eagerly-awaited multiple award winner in the State is finally published in the UK. Written in free verse, the action takes place over 60 seconds. Universal have already optioned the rights to a film version.

Love, Hate & Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed

“Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable.

“She’s also caught between the guy she should like and the guy she does like. But she doesn’t want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?

“Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes.”

Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

“There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

“When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.”

Dark Tracks, by Philippa Gregory

“Luca Vero is a member of the secret Order of Darkness, tasked by his master to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Luca, Lady Isolde, her friend and confidant Ishraq, Luca’s manservant Freize and Brother Peter travel miles across medieval Europe - seeking out the signs of the end of days, judging the supernatural and testing the new science.”

I Am Thunder, by Muhammad Khan

“15-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing and dreams of becoming a novelist. There’s just one problem - her super-controlling parents have already planned her life out for her: Step 1: Get educated. Step 2: Qualify as a doctor. Step 3: Marry a cousin from Pakistan. Oh, and boyfriends are totally haram.

“No one is more surprised than humble Muzna when high school hottie, Arif Malik, takes an interest in her. But Arif and his brother are angry at the West for demonising Islam and hiding a terrible secret. As Arif begins to lead Muzna down a dark path, she faces a terrible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak up and betray her heart?”

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, by Emily Barr

“Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for, until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things - and realises her life has been a lie.”

The Fandom, by Anna Day

“Violet’s in her element - cosplay at the ready, she can’t wait to feel part of her favourite fandom: The Gallow’s Dance, a mega-story and movie franchise.

“But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the The Gallows Dance for real - and in the first five minutes, they’ve caused the death of the heroine. It’s up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own.”

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black

“One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

“As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

“But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan…”

Final 7, by Kerry Drewery

In the ‘heartstopping’ finale of the Cell 7 trilogy:

“Martha and Isaac have escaped, but are now on the run - the government has branded them rebels and a danger to the public. Despite the rewards being offered for turning them in, Martha and her friends are safe in The Rises, the area of the city full of the poor and the powerless.

“But then the Prime Minister orders a wall to be built around The Rises. Is it for the the safety of the poor - or is it to imprison them? Martha needs to act, and to act fast, in a tale of breathtaking treachery that reaches right to the heart of government.”

Open Your Heart: your body and soul, by Gemma Cairney

“Full of honest and practical advice from The Surgery agony aunt Gemma Cairney and a whole host of trained professionals and real people, Open Your Heart is a best friend in a book. From heartbreak and heartache to body image and everything in between, it will help you learn to love your body, your friends and your family, and tell you what to do if things go wrong.”

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.