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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 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: 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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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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The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

When Princess Evelyn of Nova accidentally takes a love potion she intended for her boyfriend, she ends up falling in love with her own reflection. The impossibility of her love sends her to the edge of madness and threatens to … Continue reading

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