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New Young Adult books for June 2018

Written by · Published May 30, 2018

Nobody Real, Bookshop Girl, Neverworld Wake

Run, Riot, by Nikesh Shukla

“Taran and her twin Hari never wanted to move to Firestone House. But when the rent was doubled overnight and Dad’s chemo meant he couldn’t work, they had to make this tower block their home. It’s good now though; they feel part of something here.

“When they start noticing boarded-up flats and glossy fliers for expensive apartments, they don’t think much of it - until Hari is caught up in a tragedy, and they are forced to go on the run. It’s up to the teenagers to uncover the sinister truth behind what’s going on in the block, before it blows their world apart.”

Publisher Hachette describes this as “an adrenaline-fuelled, powerful YA novel about young people taking charge of their own destiny. A novel about standing up and being counted.”

In Paris With You, by Clementine Beauvais

The new novel from the author of Piglettes.

“Eugene and Tatiana could have fallen in love. If things had gone differently. But time has found them far apart, leading separate lives.

“Until they meet once more in Paris…”

Nobody Real, by Steven Camden

First novel from renowned spoken-word poet Steven Camden, aka PolarBear.

“Marcie is at a crossroads. Finished with school, but unsure what she wants to do next. Abandoned by her mother when she was tiny - but drifting further and further from her dad. Marcie is real. With real problems.

“Thor is at a crossroads too. Soon, if he doesn’t make a decision, he’s gong to face the fade. Years ago, he was Marcie’s imaginary friend - then she cast him out, back to his own world. Thor is not real. And that’s a real problem.

“But Marcie and Thor need each other. And to fix their lives, they’re going to have to destroy everything - and then build a new world.”

Bookshop Girl, by Chloe Coles

“Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

“But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ - it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

“Time is ticking - but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?”

All Of This Is True, by Lygia Peñaflor

“When four Long Island teens plot to meet Fatima Ro, the elusive author of their favourite novel, they’re stunned when she befriends them and invites them into her eccentric life. Suddenly their lives seem charmed, and as they grow closer to their idol, they find themselves revealing their darkest secrets to her.

“But a year later, Miri, Soleil, Jonah and Penny are shocked to discover that Fatima’s newly released YA novel is based on those same secrets. The revelations are devastating, and they can’t escape the spotlight. The friends’ interview transcripts, emails and journal entries reveal how willing they were to sacrifice everything to win Fatima’s approval - and how those sacrifices led to a tragedy from which one of them will never recover.”

Little Liar, by Julia Gray

New novel from the author of The Otherlife.

“Nora has lied about many things. But has she told her most dangerous lie of all?

“There’s a new art assistant at Nora’s school, and he’s crossed a line. Nora decides to teach him a lesson he won’t forget. But not everything goes quite to plan, and Nora needs an escape. She befriends the rich and talented Bel, who longs for a part in a remake of a famous film. Bel is unpredictable, jealous, and crazy, but she opens up a new world for Nora, and that makes her irresistible.

“As events start to spin wildly out of control, Nora must decide where her loyalties lie - and what deceits she can get away with.”

Noah Could Never, by Simon James Green

In the sequel to Noah Can’t Even:

“Noah and Harry are now officially boyfriends, but is Noah ready to go all the way? It’s no help that a group of cosmopolitan French exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing - including sexy Pierre Victoire, who seems to have his eye on Harry! Will Noah ever catch a break?”

Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl

In this psychological suspense thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics:

“Five friends - the beautiful elite at their exclusive prep school - reunite a year after graduation. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Back at the mansion belonging to one of the girls, a storm rages and a mysterious man knocks on the door, announcing something world-shattering. The friends must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die. And the decision must be unanimous. So begins the ‘Neverworld Wake’.”

Ash Princess, by Laura Sebastian

“Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

“When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels.

“But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.”

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.