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Cathy Cassidy offers a revealing insight into the life of a troubled teenage girl in Scarlett. Having been sent to stay with her Dad after getting into trouble too often, will Scarlett be able to mend her ways, or will she die of boredom? Perhaps the gorgeous and mysterious local boy Kian will be able to supply some of the answers.
Dizzy's mum left when she was small. But every year, on her birthday, something arrives in the post - a present or a card with her mum's loopy writing on it. This year is different. Nothing comes in the post, but something amazing is about to arrive on Dizzy's doorstep. Something that will whisk her away - and put Dizzy's world in a spin.
Cherry Crush, by previous Queen of Teen award winner Cathy Cassidy, is the first in a series of books about two families coming together. When Cherry's dad remarries, she is whisked away to a new life in Somerset living with a step-family and lots of sisters. Can Cherry make friends and fit in with her new family? Things quickly start to get complicated when Cherry meets the stunningly gorgeous Shay, and discovers that he's the boyfriend of one of her new stepsisters. A delicious treat for readers aged 9+, it is well worth checking out the other books in Cathy Cassidy's The Chocolate Box Girls series.
Jaime never wanted to go on the exchange trip to Spain in the first place. Awkward and suffering from an embarrassing blushing habit, the last thing she needs is more stress. So when her Spanish penfriend - the delightfully-named Concepcion Immaculada, or Concha for short - turns out to be a scary, rebellious boy-mad loner, it seems like the end of the world. Jaime is going to have to be prepared for anything... but maybe a challenge is just what she needs. Chris Higgins's Tapas and Tears is a dramatic and humorous true-to-life story.
The Name of the Star is an inventive and atmospheric thriller that skilfully combines all the ingredients necessary for a gripping teen novel. The author Maureen Johnson was named the winner of the Queen of Teen award in 2012 and in this captivating read has created not only a terrifying Jack the Ripper style murder mystery, but also a funny and believable modern-day heroine. Rory is transplanted from her home town in Louisiana to a London boarding school and the move coincides with the outbreak of a series of grisly murders which put Rory's future in jeopardy. Teen readers will be hooked!
James Dawson's Hollow Pike is a darkly mesmerising novel that combines contemporary teen issues, such as bullying, with a haunting tale of witchcraft and sorcery. Escaping from the bullies of her old school, Lis has moved to Yorkshire to live with her step-sister. Stepping in to a new Year 11 brings a fresh set of challenges for Lis but interwoven with the difficulties of finding teen friendships and carving out an identity is something far more menacing and difficult to confront. James Dawson's chilling and creepy tale is guaranteed to bewitch!
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Lula Does the Hula by Samantha Mackintosh is the hilarious sequel to Kisses for Lula and sees our crazy heroine embroiled in more mayhem. Lula may well be on the verge of finding an actual, factual boyfriend and things are getting thrilling. But in Lula land events never quite go to plan and soon she's dancing the hula in public and getting involved in some seriously serious criminal activities!Readers 11+ will love this laugh-out-loud riot of a book.
In Chris Higgins' Perfect 10 perfection is a key aim in Eva's life. She works hard to be the girl all the other girls wish they could be: pretty, popular, smart and the queen of her gymnastics clique. She seems to have it all. But the arrival of new girl Patty threatens Eva's perfect life and soon her mother's in rehab, her father's absent and her best friend seems more interested in snogging her brother than spending time with Eva. With her life quickly unravelling Eva clings to the one thing she can control, her weight. But no matter how strong her willpower is, the dark secret that Eva has worked so hard to conceal seems determined to reveal itself...This is a powerful and thought-provoking tale from a Queen of Teen shortlisted author.