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CLASSIC YA The Outsiders by S E Hinton

‘This is one of those books when you keep wanting to shout, “No! Don’t!” at the characters.’ The protagonist of The Outsiders, first published in 1967, is 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis, who lives with his two older brothers, both of whom … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

“the existential angst of adolescence” I hardly know how to start to write a review of The Catcher in the Rye. Published in 1951, it’s a book so famous surely anyone who is interested in reading books with teen protagonists … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA – Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

“… if you’ve never read a Georgette Heyer book, please read this one!  You won’t regret it.” Blurb:  “One of you shall have her, and my fortune into the bargain.  The offer of Miss Kitty Charing, with an attractive bonus, … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: Z for Zachariah by Robert O’Brien

“How do you carry on living after the world as you know it has been destroyed?” First published in 1975, Z for Zachariah is a novel that encapsulates the fear of  imminent apocalypse that gripped many people at the height … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

“If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you’ll love this too!” Everyone has heard of Mr Darcy and Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most famous book, but to my mind Sense and Sensibility is every bit as good and I love … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  “A book you’ll go on thinking about long after you’ve stopped reading it.” Ender’s Game, first published in 1985 as an elaboration of a short story written in 1977, is the story of Ender Wiggins, a child genius whose … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

“Poor Catherine is thrown from ecstasies to despair on a moment-to-moment basis” I first read Jane Austen when I was fourteen. I was pretty smug about it, I have to admit. Not a lot of my friends were bothering with … Continue reading

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