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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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Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

“the moment I began to read, the very first page, Marlon’s voice caught me” SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 COSTA BOOK AWARD Sixteen-year-old Marlon Sunday is a good boy. He’s studying hard for his exams and he doesn’t do drugs or … 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: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Continuing our Classic YA series, the Piranhas review Wuthering Heights. Goodreads blurb (it’s a bit hyperbolic, I apologise): Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: The Lark and the Laurel by Barbara Willard

First published in 1970, The Lark and the Laurel is a historical novel, a romance, set in England at the end of the fifteenth century, just after Henry VII had become the first Tudor king. It’s the story of sixteen-year-old … Continue reading

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CLASSIC YA MONTH: Flambards by K M Peyton

I’ve read that K M Peyton did not write Flambards with a teenage audience in mind, though this, the first book in the series, ticks all the boxes. It is 1908. The protagonist, Christina, is twelve at the start of … Continue reading

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One by Sarah Crossan – another view

Winner of the YA Book Prize 2016 Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2016 First I should say that I read this because I felt I ought to. Winning the YA Book Prize is one thing, but the field from which … Continue reading

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