This month, Kate talks about two firsts, the UKYA Blogger Awards, which are – we think – the first industry-sponsored awards for book bloggers, and the YA Book Prize, the first book prize exclusively for YA literature. Kate chats to Andy Robb, the founder of UKYABA, and Rob guests. Continue reading “Podcast: UKYA Blogger Awards and the YA Book Prize”
Lara’s life is far from perfect, but being an upbeat kind of person she saves her venting for her diary. It’s the only place she can let out her true feelings about the family dramas and hideous bullying she has to face every day.
And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new, young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with.
The one person who can never love her back…can he? Continue reading “Review: Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre”
It’s the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition, and this month Kate talks to Vanessa Curtis about her new novel The Earth Is Singing, telling the story of the Jews of Riga during World War Two. Continue reading “Podcast: The Earth Is Singing and YA War Novels”
My name is Hanna Michelson. I am fifteen. I am Latvian.
I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing – taken by the Russians.
I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that matters now.
Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters.
This is my story. Continue reading “Review: The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis”
Rob takes a look at the latest entry in the Young Bond series. Continue reading “Review: Shoot to Kill by Steve Cole”
Two boys. Two secrets.
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.
When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long… Continue reading “Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson”
The Art of Being Normal is Lisa Williamson’s debut novel. She chats to Kate at Waterstones Hampstead, just before her publication party, discussing what the book is about, her writing processes, the importance of diverse books for young people and what she’s writing next. Continue reading “Podcast: YA Edition – Lisa Williamson and The Art of Being Normal”
Eddie is pretty certain nowhere could be more small-town, more boring, and more inconsequential than his home town of the Wellcome Valley. Unfortunately, he is about to be proved spectacularly wrong.
Eddie’s problems start when he sees his teacher getting shot (possibly with an elastic band) and then promptly vanish into thin air. Or maybe they start just a little bit before then, with the arrival of Scarlett, a new girl in town who seems rather too confident and mysterious for your average schoolgirl. She attracts trouble (and Eddie) like a magnet, and she’s apparently only interested in two very strange things – protecting the local crackpot scientist, Dr Wolf, and telling Eddie absolutely nothing about what on earth is going on. Because things quickly go from weird to worse for Eddie, and he’s about to find himself in the middle of a dangerous battle for the fate of not just himself, Scarlett and the town – but Time itself. Continue reading “Review: No True Echo by Gareth P Jones”
Sixteen-year-old AJ Flynn holds a key is his hand. It has his name and date of birth on it. But it’s a key to a door that leads to where? Or when?
On the other side of the door is a tumbledown house, a city booming with trade, and a murder mystery that echoes through the centuries.
AJ steps through the door and finds himself at the centre of it all. It is London and it is 1830.
Life is tough in 1830 – sickness murder and crime abound – but is it so different from the London of now that AJ and his friends know?
AJ needs to find the answers to the mystery and decide where he belongs. Continue reading “Review: The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner”
We’re thrilled to tell you that we’re part of the blog tour for The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, one of the most talked-about – and significant – YA debuts of 2015. I read this last year and was bowled over by the story, characters and issues covered and I think you will be too. Continue reading “Introducing The Art of Being Normal blog tour”
After lots of discussion about this topic earlier in 2014, and inspired by the We Need Diverse Books campaign, Kate shares some recent reading recommendations of more diverse YA and MG. Continue reading “Podcast: YA Edition – Diverse Reads”
Yesterday evening, a select group of YA-lovers gathered to enjoy an evening of fantastic dance and storytelling. Edward Scissorhands is Sadler’s Wells’ Christmas ballet this year. I had seen it once previously, during its first run, but having hugely enjoyed recent New Adventures revivals including Matthew Bourne’s iconic Swan Lake, as well as his magical reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, I was excited to see how this unusual adaptation of a Tim Burton film would have evolved. Continue reading “#BalletYA: Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells”
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and Wicked Witches may just be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I’ve been given a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
And then – Dorothy must die. Continue reading “Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige”