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Review: Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke

About the book: When seventeen-year-old salt witch Kinneret learns of a lost island of silver, she sets out to find it, raise her status, and finally have a chance to wed Calev, the high-caste friend she secretly loves. But when … Continue reading

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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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REVIEW Release by Patrick Ness

“For me, Release doesn’t hit that high Patrick Ness mark” There are two stories in Patrick Ness’s new book, Release. There’s the story of one terrible day in Adam Thorn’s life when all the relationships in his life suddenly distort … Continue reading

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REVIEW Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

“a book you’ll reluctantly put down when it’s way past time to put the lights out” Libby Strout is starting high school. She knows she’s going to be the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. She’ll be the … Continue reading

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

“an indulgence to curl up with on a rainy day” After the death of her beloved wild-child aunt, Ginny receives a package. Inside is a bundle of blue envelopes, numbered one to thirteen. The letters – each to be read … Continue reading

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The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

“Hel is … a teen railing against circumstances she is powerless to change, petulant, angry, sulky and despairing” The Monstrous Child is the first YA novel by Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry books. The ‘monstrous child’ of the … Continue reading

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