Hurricane Summer

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him. In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise – all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colourism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic–and what it means to discover your own voice in the centre of complete destruction.

‘Nuanced storytelling.’ Teen Vogue
A gorgeous story that radiates with resilience and bravely drops hard truths.’ Adam Silvera
‘A sweeping debut.’ YA Books Central

Oxygen Mask

A searing graphic novel from Jason Reynolds and street artist Jason Griffin.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is . . .

Intimately set within the walls of a family home, this book is an incredible artefact of the historic year we have all lived through. We travel from the depths of despair but not without hope; the mundane details contained within four walls becomes our sanctuary. This is a gift in commemoration of a time and place, of a world wide pandemic, of loss and of the murder of George Floyd. It is a reminder of how, in uncertain times, we can cling to the simple things for respite, for hope. A reminder of how comforting books and artworks are in times of extreme stress.

‘A masterful collage of words and images about race and (in)justice in America.’ The Washington Post
‘Essential reading.’ Booklist

Ellie Pillai is Brown

The perfect coming-of-age romance by the most spectacularly funny and original debut voice in UKYA.

My name is Ellie. Ellie Pillai . . . And I suppose I am a little bit weird, but then, aren’t we all, just a little bit?

Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool – and usually she’s okay with that. But suddenly, Ellie feels different. Maybe it’s the new boy at school who makes her brain explode into rainbows every time she sees him (and also happens to be going out with her best friend), or maybe it’s her new drama teacher, the one who seems to have noticed she exists. Suddenly, her misfit style, her skin colour, her songwriting and all that getting lost in the music in her head seem to be okay too. Because maybe standing out isn’t a bad thing after all.

‘Frank, funny, warm-hearted and wise.’ Simon James Green
‘Hilarious and heart-warming.’ Aisha Bushby
‘Tackling big themes with a light touch.’ Observer

Bitter

From the critically acclaimed author of Pet, Bitter takes a timely and provocative look at the power of youth, protest and art.

Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille.

Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren’t willing to settle for a world that the adults say is ‘just the way things are.’ Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she belongs – in the art studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

‘A powerful book.’ Books for Keeps
‘A much anticipated companion novel . . . complex and great for readers of all ages.’ Buzzfeed
‘Timely and riveting.’ Book Riot

When I was the Greatest

From Carnegie winning author, a coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighbourhood lines – illustrated by award-winner, Akhran Girmay.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighbourhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble – and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.

And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.

Yeah, it’s cool . . . until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be . . . somewhere they never should’ve been – where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.

‘A funny and rewarding read.’Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review
‘Fiction with heart . . . unexpectedly gorgeous.’ Booklist
‘Moving and thought-provoking . . . defies readers’ expectations.’Kirkus

Serendipity

Love is in the air in this is a collection of stories inspired by romantic tropes and edited by #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Gilded, Marissa Meyer.

The secret admirer.
The fake relationship.
The matchmaker.

From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, ten of the brightest and award-winning authors writing YA have taken on some of your favourite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads. Readers will swoon for this collection of stories that celebrate love at its most humorous, inclusive, heart-expanding and serendipitous.

Contributors include Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle and Abigail Hing Wen.

Gilded

All magic comes at a price, but love was never part of the bargain . . .
The look he was giving her. Serilda had never been looked at like that before . . . The intensity.
The heat. The raw astonishment. He was going to kiss her.

Cursed by the god of lies, a miller’s daughter has developed a talent for storytelling – but are all of her tales as false as they appear?

When one of Serilda’s stories draws the attention of the devastating Erlking, she finds herself swept away into a world of enchantment, where ghouls prowl the earth, and ravens track her every move. The king locks Serilda in a castle dungeon and orders her to spin straw into gold, or be killed for lying. In despair, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious young man to her aid. And he agrees to help her, for a price. But love wasn’t meant to be part of the bargain.

A compulsive read, and as bewitchingly good as you’d expect from a YA bestselling author. You will stay up all night reading this.

Gilded glitters as brightly as the stories and gold that Serilda and Gild spin’ Kate Corr (The Corr Sisters), authors of The Witch’s Kiss trilogy and A Throne of Swans duology

‘Forget spinning straw into gold, Meyer can spin words into magic and worlds into reality’ Alexandra Christo, author of To Kill a Kingdom, Into the Crooked Place and City of Spells

‘The queen of fairy-tale retellings is back, this time with Rumpelstiltskin as her inspiration, and the result is a gorgeously intricate tale that will have readers locked in from the start […] Meyer weaves an enchanting tale filled with whimsically magical moments and some serious suspense’Booklist

‘Meyer explores the power of fiction in this inventive Rumpelstiltskin reimagining […] Intricate worldbuilding and star-crossed romance help temper the Erlking’s brutality […] well-drawn characters will leave readers craving a sequel’ Publishers Weekly

All American Boys

The New York Times bestselling novel about police brutality in the US – now fully illustrated by Akhran Girmay.

I just wanted him to stop beating me. I just wanted to live.

After a violent act that leaves their community and, ultimately, the country divided, Rashad and Quinn – one Black, one White – face the truth that racism and prejudice are all around us. And there’s a future at stake, a future where no one will have to deal with police brutality. They just have to risk everything they’ve ever known to speak out.

This edition includes evocative black and white illustrations from Akhran Girmay.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Part of our collection of Young Adult Classics, this is the classic dystopian tale of oppressive government.

Big Brother is watching you . . .

Under the all-seeing eye of Big Brother, Winston Smith spends his days in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting the past for the Party. Despite constant surveillance and the ever-present threat of repression, he starts to inwardly question the regime. A note from a colleague – ‘I love you’ – marks the beginning of a secret affair that breaks all the rules. But what will happen when they are found out?

This classic dystopian novel is a vision of life under a totalitarian regime, where every thought or action could bring the Thought Police to the door . . .

Now with a stunningly sinister cover by Nathan Burton.

Musical Truth

Music can carry the stories of history like a message in a bottle.

Lord Kitchener, Neneh Cherry, Smiley Culture, Stormzy . . . Groundbreaking musicians whose songs have changed the world. But how? This exhilarating playlist tracks some of the key shifts in modern British history, and explores the emotional impact of 28 songs and the artists who performed them.

This book redefines British history, the Empire and postcolonialism, and will invite you to think again about the narratives and key moments in history that you have been taught up to now.

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