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    Coming Up For Air – Lou Abercrombie

    When Coco moves to the seaside town where her mum grew up, she’s excited to make friends and find out more about the family her mum has kept from her. What she doesn’t expect is to be met with resentment from the community. Whatever secrets her mum’s hiding, they run deep. But Coco is determined and her love of swimming and natural talent for freediving helps her start to break through with the ocean-loving locals. Until disaster strikes at sea… As history threatens to repeat itself, will Coco ever be able to undo the age-old rift? ** This book was such a mix of emotions for me. I loved it,…

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    The Rema Chronicles – Amy Kim Kibuishi

    Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first instalment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighbourhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father’s death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip. He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby…

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    Unboxed – Non Pratt

    Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box. *** I have never read a Barrington Stoke book before, other than their Little Gems imprint which is aimed at early readers of Spike’s kind of age. Their young adult books, of which I knew existed, have passed me by for a long time. That is until I saw Unboxed in my local library. I will read anything by Non Pratt, she’s awesome and I love…

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    A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven

    Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world…

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    Fire Becomes Her – Rosiee Thor

    Flare is power. With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground–and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share. Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her. So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on…

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    My Side of the Diamond – Sally Gardner

    An extraordinary tale about the search for love from the acclaimed Costa and Carnegie winning novelist Sally Gardner. Jazmin has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But Becky didn’t just disappear – she jumped off a tall building and seemingly never reached the ground. It was as if she simply vanished into thin air. Did Jazmin have something to do with her disappearance? Or was it more to do with Icarus, so beguiling and strangely ever youthful, with whom Becky became suddenly besotted . . . *** I have read a couple of Sally Gardner books over the years and when I saw this one in our…

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    Here Lies Bridget – Paige Harbison

    They say that before you die your life flashes before you eyes.You think it’s going to be the good stuff – every kiss, every party.Don’t count on it.I was Bridget Duke – the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their place meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there’d be a price to pay.Until the accident.Now, trapped between life and death, I’m seeing my world in a new light: through the eyes of five people whose existence I’ve made hell.And I’ve got one chance to make things right. If I don’t, I may never wake up again…  *** This book, man….…

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    Nobody’s Girl – Sarra Manning

    Bea is plain, frumpy and dull. She has friends but since her best friend ditched her for Ruby, the popular girl, they are more like acquaintances. But that’s all about to change. Ruby has her eyes on Bea, wanting her to become one of the popular girls. When an invitation to Malaga with them arrives and seems like the real deal, Bea can’t wait to make her life fun. But as soon as they land, it appears that Bea was some kind of pawn in a game she doesn’t understand. She needs to get away and decides to jump on a train to Paris to find the father she never…

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    Imaginary Girls – Nova Ren Suma

    Ruby is the girl everyone longs for. Chloe is her little sister everyone is made to love. After Chloe discovers a dead body at one of Ruby‘s parties at the reservoir, Chloe is sent away – away from home and away from Ruby. Two years later Chloe is back and so is London, the girl Chloe had believed to be dead. As chloe tries to understand what’s going on, she finds herself facing a precarious and deadline balance. She flirts with Ruby’s secrets and discover’s the fragile line between life and death through the complex bonds of sisterhood. ​*** Imaginary Girls has been on my TBR pile for a long…

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    Burn – Patrick Ness

    On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm. This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby. Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow,…