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New Young Adult books for October 2018

Written by · Published Sep 28, 2018

Kerb Stain Boys, The Chaos of Now, The Boneless Mercies

Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas

In the conclusion to the Throne of Glass fantasy series:

“Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates.

“Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian - while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

“As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance.”

Two Dark Reigns, by Kendare Blake

Third instalment in the Three Dark Crowns quartet.

“The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome. Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed. Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fennbirn, but how long before the island calls them back? Jules is returning to Fennbirn and has become the unlikely figurehead of a revolution threatening to topple Katharine’s already unsteady rule. But what good is a revolution if something is wrong with the island itself?”

Dear Evan Hansen, by Val Emmich, Justin Paul, Steven Levenson & Benj Pasek

Inspired by the Broadway show which is coming to the West End next year.

“When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

“Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore. And Connor’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his ‘closest friend’. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their family, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?

“No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Until everything is in danger of unravelling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.”

Kerb-Stain Boys: the Cangton Broadway Robbery, by Alex Wheatle

This urban novella set on the Crongton estate is specially optimised for readers with dyslexia and visual stress.

“Life on the Crongton estate can be rough for Briggy. Dad’s lost his job, Mum’s working so hard to make ends meet, and big brother Kingsley just wants out. With all of the shouting and arguing it’s difficult not to get lost in the mix.

“So when his best mate Terror and coolest chick in the year Caldonia, cook up a plan to make a quick buck, Briggy hopes this time it might be his chance to shine. Robbing the Post Office - what could go wrong?”

A Map of Days, by Ransom Riggs

4th novel from the world of Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children.

“Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in.

“But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited - truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

“Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom - a world with few ymbrynes, or rules - that none of them understand.”

Siege, by Chris Ryan

First in a new series.

“A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. They must be able to think on their feet. The recruits undergo the most rigorous and testing selection process the modern military can devise. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it…”

“And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive. Which is what happens when Max Silver, Abby Asher, Lukas Channing and Sami Hakim are sent into an armed siege in an inner-city school…”

Odd One Out, by Nic Stone

From the author of reviewers’ favourite Dear Martin.

“When it comes to love, attraction and relationships, nothing is simple. Courtney Cooper and Jupiter Sanchez have been best friends and neighbours since they were seven years old. And despite Courtney’s best efforts to suppress it, he can’t help being hopelessly in love with Jupe.

“But a relationship with the girl next door isn’t on the cards because Jupiter has been out of the closet for almost as long as she’s known Courtney. Then Rae Chin moves to town, and Courtney thinks he’s finally found a girl he could fall for who isn’t Jupiter. The only problem: Jupiter is falling for Rae, too.”

What If It’s Us, by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

A much anticipated collaboration between two of the top YA authors of Leah on the Offbeat and History Is All You Left Me.

The Boneless Mercies, by April Genevieve Tucholke

Norse-inspired fantasy.

“Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies - girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. They help young wives get rid of old husbands, or the lingering sick slip into the next world.

“But Frey is weary of the death trade and dreams of a life bigger than the one she’s been dealt. So when she hears of an unstoppable monster slaughtering men, women, and children in a nearby town, she decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future, far from the death trade, for all the Mercies.

“But Frey soon learns the real meaning of sacrifice, and the cost of guts and glory. Her actions may change the fate of girls in the world forever.”

Dry, by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

“The drought - or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it - has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry.

“Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life - and the life of her brother - is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.”

The Chaos of Now, by Erin Jade Lange

This YA thriller looks at bullying and social media.

“When Jordan Bishop set himself on fire at Haver High school as a result of internet bullying, it triggered a nationwide crackdown. New laws empower teachers to become cyber snoops in case of abuse on social media.

“For teen hacker, Eli Bennett, the laws put fundamental freedoms at risk. And he’s not alone in thinking this. Approached by two mysterious hackers, Eli is recruited into a group that wants justice for Jordan the way Jordan would’ve wanted it.

“But what starts as a bit of fun to rile the cyber snoops soon spirals out of control. Revenge on Jordan’s bullies could be classed as bullying itself. At best, Eli’s school career is in jeopardy, at worst, once more lives are at risk.”

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies): amazing women on what the F word means to them, by Scarlett Curtis (ed.)

“A collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of their personal relationship with feminism, this book explores what it means to be a woman from every point of view.

“Often funny, sometimes surprising, and always inspiring, this book aims to bridge the gap between the feminist hashtag and the scholarly text by giving women the space to explain how they actually feel about feminism.”

For Every One, by Jason Reynolds

“A letter to anyone who has ever had a keep-you-up-at-night ambition. The heart racing, what if? This book is a challenge to think beyond the expected and go for what you want, when going for it is the scariest part.”

This has been described by The Bookseller as ‘a rallying cry to the dreamers of the world by the author of the powerful Long Way Down.’

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.