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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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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Shortlisted for the 2016 YA Book Prize When David Piper was six, he told his class that what he wanted to be when he grew up was a girl and the school bully is never going to let him forget … Continue reading

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Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow

In the not-too-distant future, Devon and Cornwall have been barricaded off from the rest of Britain to form the Greenworld, a society run on ecological principles and governed by witches. Beyond the border lies the Redworld, where wars over the … Continue reading

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Railhead by Philip Reeve

You need to understand, before I start this review, that I come to Railhead as a massive Philip Reeve Fan (capital F). I love, love, love his Mortal Engines series (the first four anyway; I was less keen on the … Continue reading

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