Whether you fancy boys or girls or both, whether you feel like a boy or a girl on the inside…you’re just you, right? With laugh-out-loud with and wisdom James Dawson smashes the myths and prejudice surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity and tells it how it really is. Us human beings are a complicated bunch and not one us should be labelled wrongly, just because we don’t fit somebody else’s idea of normal. Continue reading “Review: This Book Is Gay by James Dawson”
Kate talks to author Tom Pollock about The Skyscraper Throne trilogy, in the run-up to the release of the final part, Our Lady of the Streets. Continue reading “Young Adult Podcast: Tom Pollock discusses The Skyscraper Throne”
It’s not long until the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention and we’ll both be in attendance. Will you? Sadly, tickets to the London Film and Comic Con are now all sold out, and you need those to attend YALC, so if you’ve not already bought yours, you’re out of luck. If you have, read on and let us give you a preview of what to look forward to. If not, read and you can see what will feature on our podcast that we’ll record from the convention floor, to give you a flavour of the event even if you couldn’t be there in person.
A great way to keep up with recommendations for great reads is to look at the books coming up in prize shortlists; I thought I’d take a look at the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards for some ideas of great young adult reads, and fantastic illustrated stories too. Continue reading “CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards shortlist”
It’s not every day that your evil stepdad abandons you in the deep, dark forest of Urwald. And it’s not every day that a wizard rescues you from the clutches of gnarly trolls. But for Jinx, this isn’t turning out to be a very normal sort of day…
The bubbling cauldrons and coloured potions of the wizard’s house are a world away from the life Jinx has left behind. Even the walls are soaked in magic, and it’s not long before Jinx begins to unlock his own rare powers.
But Simon magus is no ordinary wizard. He seems to need something from Jinx – something dark. And Jinx begins to wonder: can he trust Simon…at all? Continue reading “Review: Jinx, The Wizard’s Apprentice by Sage Blackwood”
Something dangerous is in the air.
When Natalie arrives in the quiet town of Norton, Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the wild, free-spirited new girl and her strange little brother, Philip. But her world is about to be turned upside down.
For Natalie has plans – plans to spin a dark web of revenge against those she believes have wronged her and her family. And Lizzie is soon trapped at its centre. Continue reading “Review: The Seeing by Diana Hendry”
“‘I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,’ he said. ‘You and I are going to change the world.’”
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future why can’t she ever quite forget him? Continue reading “Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo”
Emily’s dad is accused of killing a teenage girl in the woods. Emily is sure he’s innocent, but struggles to work out what actually happened that night. That is, until she crosses paths with Damon, the boyfriend of the dead girl. Maybe they could help each other? But Damon has his own secrets about the dangerous games that are being played in the dark. Continue reading “Review: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher”
The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London, diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds.
Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They’re safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister.
Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they’ve suffered so far… Continue reading “Review: The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson”
Nearly two centuries ago, the region on our Eastern borders was not the volcanic wasteland it is today. It was a land as beautiful as our own, but inhabited by another culture, the so-called Crusaders, whose very nature was intemperate and undisciplined. Whilst we in the Alliance lived in harmony with the land, valuing and living at one with nature, their highly skilled scientists sought to control and subdue nature through their technology. Whilst we lived in peace and were tolerant to all, they were aggressive and expansionist and viewed our lands and our lives with covetous eyes. Whilst we respected nature, they sought to modify the very face of the continents, shifting the tectonic plates beneath their feet to create more territory for their ever-expanding population by detonating nuclear explosives deep within the Earth.
But in their hubris they over-reached themselves… Continue reading “Review: Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman”