Teenage fiction

Some recommended reading for teenagers…. If you would like to read one of these books please ask at the counter.

Dead Girls Detective Agency

Author ISBN RRP Binding  
Cox, Suzy 9781472106599 6.99 Paperback

A New York teenager is pushed to her death on a train track and ends up in limbo as a ghost where she must solve her own murder

Peters Evaluation:Although there’s a few holes in the life-after-death logic it’s an engaging read with all the right elements for teen appeal. Set for a sequel

Comments:  Lyn & Sarah loved it, not too American but they thought it was sad at the beginning knowing she was dead. They thought it was quite clever & different. Ruth thought it was slow moving and too predictable for the genre, she felt maybe she had had too high expectations from it. Felt that teenagers would love it


Author ISBN RRP Binding  
Gourlay, Candy 9780385619202 10.99 Hardback

Rosa discovers family secrets and the strength to deal with her speech impediment through an online friendship. Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious community on Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as their friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she’s not the only one with something to hide… As Rosa’s social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?

 Peters Evaluation:  Takes a little while to settle in but then excitement builds & vivid sense of place works well. Shows her trademark originality, which always provides interest for a wide audience.

Comments:  Alison, Lyn & Lesley liked it, thought it should be in teenage rather than junior because of emotions of love, jealousy & relationships. Thought it was compulsive reading, wanted to finish it & it was clever & different. I had a problem with the geography & context of setting but it made more sense when I found out the author was from the Phillipines & it was set in modern times read it!


All the truth that’s in me 

Berry, Julie

 A girl lives with the secret of who killed her best friend and cut out her tongue so that she could not reveal to people who he was.
Judith can’t speak. Ever since the horrifying trauma that left her best friend dead and Judith without her tongue, she’s been a pariah in her close-knit community of Roswell Station; even her own mother won’t look her in the eye.
All Judith can do is silently pour out her thoughts and feelings to the love of her life, the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember – even if he doesn’t know it – her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, long-buried secrets come to light – the cruel become kind – and Judith’s world starts to shift on its axis. Before she knows it, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if what she has to say might change her world and the lives around her, forever.
A true romance, a story of desperate yearning and unrequited love. It’s a page-turning mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. But most of all it’s an empowering drama about a girl’s journey from victim to hero.
NOTE : Judith is kept prisoner for two years during which time she is molested and has her tongue cut out.

Peters Evaluation Slow burning lyrical tale whose distinctive narrative voice & her gradual empowerment keeps the reader hooked. An unusual, memorable read

The bunker diary 

Brooks, Kevin

Follows the life of Linus, a teenage runaway, after he is kidnapped and held captive in a bunker with five strangers.
I can’t believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What’s he going to do to me?

Peters Evaluation Asks more questions than it answers & ending may frustrate some readers. It’s a tense, powerful novel that stays with you long after you have read the last page.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Annabel Pitcher

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District for a ‘Fresh New Start’ with his Dad and teenage sister, Jasmine. Five years ago Jasmine’s twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb which wrecked his parents & the family fell apart. To Jamie, Rose is just a distant memory & he hasn’t cried in all that time. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. He also believes that his Mum will come back. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all. See also a readers review of this book.

Killing Honour Bali Rai

When beautiful, dutiful Jas disappears, her schoolboy brother Sat is alarmed. He can’t believe Jas would shame her Sikh family by cheating on her husband Taswinder. But everyone else is taken in by Taswinder’s lies. Searching for clues, Jas is led into Taswinder’s corrupt world. Not only is he beaten up, but the rest of his family is threatened with danger. Should he remain quiet and safe, or expose the sinister villains and risk violent death. This disturbing fast moving novel looks at honour killings in the British Asian community. Well written, very realistic and believable. Harrowing and gritty but easy to read, teenagers will love it.

Lottie Biggs is not Mad Hayley Long

It’s about important things like boys and shoes and polo-neck knickers and rescuing giraffes and NOT fancying Gareth Stingecombe (even though he has manly thighs) and hanging-out with your best friend having A BLATANTLY FUNNY TIME. It is definitely not about sitting in wardrobes or having a mental disturbance of any kind! It is funny and entertaining but painfully honest about teenagers coping with their lives. Characters are well drawn and it is a quick and easy read.

Birthmarked Caragh O’Brien

In a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always done her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish. A good Teen read a bit like “The Handmaid’s Tale” For further suggestions of great reads, visit Spinebreakers website.