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.
In Angel Cake, Cathy Cassidy, best-selling author and winner of the Queen of Teen Award, looks at the obstacles faced by Anya, a young Polish girl who moves to the UK with her family. Anya is unhappy and alone at her new school, which bears a lot of resemblance to a zoo. Her classmates seem wild and out of control, especially bad boy Dan. But Anya is drawn to Dan and despite the warnings, hopes that she can uncover a different side...This is a carefully observed story that will resonate with anyone who has felt like an outsider in their school. Readers 9+ will love it!
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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In Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble, Sarah Webb creates a likeable and convincing teen heroine who is coping with friends, family and boys. Amy's 17-year-old Aunt Clover has landed a dream job giving advice for teen mag The Goss. Amy quickly realises that this is no ordinary column. Clover doesn't just want to answer her readers' letters, she wants to solve their problems... personally. From stamping out malicious rumours to handling first kisses, the pair go on a mission to sort out some unhappy teenagers' lives.
A hilarious and heart-breaking family story that will appeal to both boys and girls, the story of Billy Grimshaw is told with real verve by Joanna Nadin. Billy thinks the world of his dad: it's a shame he's always away working as a spy. Especially as Billy's mum is planning to marry Dave... Can Billy and his friend Big Lauren save the day?
From Queen of Teen-shortlisted author Joanna Nadin comes an endearing and funny novel for the Glee generation. Buttercup has serious issues: her family's dysfunctional, her best friend's a drama queen and now she's just accidentally joined the school glee club! There's nothing else for it but to write a diary detailing every mad dance, every power ballad and every family crisis. Reading about Buttercup's mashed-up life proves highly entertaining!
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.