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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Radio 2 Book Club – book of the month is the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set seventeen years before the events of the award-winning The Hate U Give. The son of a drug king, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is negotiating life in Garden Heights as he balances school, slinging dope, and working two jobs while his dad is in prison. He’s got it all under control – until, that is, Mav finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. Loyalty, revenge and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. So, when Mav is offered the chance to go straight, it’s an opportunity – in a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing – to prove he’s different and figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Out now in paperback £7.99


World Book Day



World Book Day Thursday 4th March 2021

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Ones to lookout for!

Get Your Boots On by Alex White Alex WhitePub 3 July 2019

This is young Alex White who is on a quest to get more people out Image for Get Your Boots Onenjoying nature. Illustrated throughout by Alex’s stunning photographs, this book will appeal to young and old alike. It suggests when and where to get out there; what to go looking for; how to do it; what to take… and a host of other tips.

Good, practical advice for getting closer to nature. There is also encouragement from those who have lived it with expert contributors telling their stories. Ideal for anyone who wants to get closer to nature. Perfect for those who would like to get more involved or even build a career out of their passion for wildlife. Get Your Boots On on sale here SP £13.99. Thank you Alex – cracking book!


From Malcolm Rose, the master of the SF thriller The Outer Reaches

One world, four mysteries

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Featuring the sleuthing teenagers, detective Troy Goodhart and forensic specialist Lexi Iona Four, this story includes yet more excitingly gory crimes. Perfect for a teenage reader who wants a great book to get stuck into! Age 13+ on sale now £6.99 each or all four for £25.00


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Connor’s Brain by Malcolm Rose

Connor began his second life at the age of fifteen. He started it with a thirty-mile-an-hour brain. Connor’s first life ended when a virus in his brain stripped him of almost everything – his memory, language and a sense of time.

Now Connor lives in a permanent present that he doesn’t understand. The ‘new’ Connor doesn’t recognise or remember his parents, his brother, his friends – or his girlfriend Hattie. New-Connor can’t remember the old Connor, but there are people who can. People who have reasons to keep him quiet – or to hurt him. Because old-Connor had a dark past. Mysterious and intriguing, this book is an extraordinary read for teenage readers who want a story with a mystery to solve and lots of twists and turns to keep them guessing.

Written by Malcolm Rose, the successful author of The Outer Reaches series, this book is both gripping and thought-provoking, asking poignant questions about the life of a teenage amnesiac. Nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2017 Age 12+ On sale now 6.99


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Taken by Rosemary Hayes 

Four years ago, Kelly’s dad disappeared, apparently having taken his own life. His family are left devastated and are only just beginning to move on. Then, one day, Kelly thinks she sees him again.

It is only a glimpse – and it can’t have been him – but it is enough to bring back all the painful memories. Why did he kill himself? What was so terrible that he couldn’t go on? The thoughts won’t leave her alone. Kelly confides in her friend Jack and as they try to find out more about Dad’s past they unearth a confusing mass of inconsistencies and unanswered questions.

Gradually they are sucked into a murky world where nothing is as it seems. They are out of their depth; someone is trying to stop them finding out more and they are in real danger. Who is following them? Who can they trust? And why does Gran refuse to talk about Dad? Age 12+ On sale now £6.99


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A Brightness out of the Blue by Jill Atkins 

Ella is mourning her dead mother and has moved away from her family home after her widowed father decides to marry Sonia, her mother’s one-time friend. Ella is now working as a cleaner and is miserably unhappy when on day she helps an old lady after a fall. Could this harmless old woman actually be her fairy godmother?A Brightness out of the Blue is a beautiful modern-day fairytale with a twist in the tale. Age 12+ On sale now £6.99


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We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo   Pub 4 April 2019

A stunning and original YA fantasy from a fantastic new talent. In a city where magic is feared and the dead are worshipped, life is overshadowed by a powerful and devastating storm cloud. One young woman is running for her life. Another is trying to return home. Both are looking for a place where they belong. But what Lena and Constance don’t realise is that the storm cloud binds them.

Without it, neither can get what she desires.


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Scar by Alice Broadway    Pub 4 April 2019

Scar, the explosive finale book to the Ink Trilogy is out now. In Alice Broadway’s amazing teen fantasy, INK taught Leora that all was not what it seems on the surface. SPARK taught her that there are two sides to every story. Now in Scar,Leora has had enough of lessons – she wants to make her own story.


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Image for Eve of ManEve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

THE FIRST BOOK IN A BRAND-NEW TRILOGY  Fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Handmaid’s Tale will love this electrifying dystopian love story. Against all odds she survived!

Eve is no ordinary sixteen-year-old. She lives alone in the Tower under the strict gaze of the Mothers, because she is the last girl on Earth. Now it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three males have been selected and the future of humanity lies in her hands. She always accepted her fate.

The second title The Eve Illusion coming later in 2019


Event on 25th June: Our thanks to Chapel en le Frith High School for inviting us to bring these books to you.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2018 is

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Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018. Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home.

Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned – cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?


The other books on the shortlist were:
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

‘Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent’ – The TimesCrow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar.

But it is only when a mysterious fire appears across the water that an unspoken question of her own history forms in Crow’s heart, and an unstoppable chain of events is triggered. Crow sets out to find her lost identity – and, ultimately, to learn what it means to be a family. Vivid and heartfelt, Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted, gripping tale of buried treasure and belonging.

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Saint Death by Marcus Sedgewick

A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by PRINTZ MEDAL winning and CARNEGIE MEDAL, COSTA BOOK AWARD and GUARDIAN CHILDREN’S FICTION PRIZE shortlisted novelist, Marcus Sedgwick. Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez – twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America – the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he’s been working for.

He’s dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he’s on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they’re as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death.

Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) – she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018, Winner of the Children’s Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards, #1 New York Times bestseller. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Amandla Stenberg. A Teen Vogue Best YA Book of the Year “Stunning.”-John Green “A masterpiece.”-The Huffington Post “An essential read for everyone.”-Teen Vogue “Outstanding.” -The Guardian. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community.

It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

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Release by Patrick Ness

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom from the release.

Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake… This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it’s like to fall in love.

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Rook by Anthony McGowan

A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. A companion piece to the hugely successful Brock and Pike, McGowan warms hearts once more with the adventures of Nicky and Kenny.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+


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After The Fire by Will Hill

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders.

Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

YA Book Prize 2017

The 10 titles shortlisted, winner will be announced at the Hay Festival on the 1st June 2017.

British Book Awards 2017

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Poet Kiran’s debut novel is this years book of the year.

The judges ‘praised the poetic beauty of the novel and its centering of two female protagonists’

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep.
Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

Paperback in stock now 6.99


oneOne by Sarah Crossan

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at,but they areused to it. They are conjoined twins united in blood and bone. What they want is to be looked at in turn , like they are two people. They want real friends. And what above love? But a heart wrenching decision lies ahead of Grace and Tippi. One that could change their lives more than they ever wished for.

Paperback in stock now 6.99

Surviving Crosby Beach by James Mooney

james mooney 1Inspired by a day out to Crosby Beach (you know, where the statues are in the sea) James Mooney who, just before his thirteenth birthday, wrote a story for the National Short Story Writing competition run in conjunction with the BBC.

Having been very touched by the suffering of refugee children from Syria and children in Britain, James decided to publish his story to raise awareness and funds for Childline.

James’s story is very well written and very perceptive for a young lad. Maybe it could teach us all a lesson when we argue with loved ones just what is most important in our lives. Well done James!

His story is on sale in the shop for £2. Please support James in his very worthwhile cause to do something for others knowing he is very fortunate.

Click on the link to find out more about Anthony Gormley’s creation ‘Another Place’