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Book People's school stories can help prepare a child for the experiences they will face when they're at school. We have books that show the fun, sometimes magic, situations that can happen during education.

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School Stories

  • Goodbye, Perfect

    Sara Barnard

    Product Code: BMRYZ
    Paperback 14 years +
    Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard. When I was wild, you were steady . . . Now you are wild - what am I? Eden McKinley knows she can't count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it's a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it's the last person she would have expected. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie's location, and that's the way it has to stay. There's no way she's betraying her best friend. Not even when she's faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts. As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

    Winner of the YA Book Prize 2019.
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  • The Poet X

    Elizabeth Acevedo

    Product Code: BOLAK
    Paperback 12 years +
    A powerful novel with an unforgettable voice, perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur, The Hate U Give and Sarah Crossan's One. Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets - her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent. A novel about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, no matter how hard it is to say. Brave, bold and beautifully written, this is perfect for fans of Orangeboy, Nicola Yoon's Everything Everything and Zoella Book Club choice Moxie. ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city's tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered several TED Talks. She has performed internationally and her poetry has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and Teen Vogue. Elizabeth is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she lives and works.

    Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019.
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  • Alice-Miranda at Camp

    Jacqueline Harvey

    Product Code: AQPVM
    Paperback 14 years +
    Alice-Miranda and her school friends from Winchester Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies are on a school camp - but it's not all camp fires and treasure hunts. A new student seems determined to cause trouble, though Alice-Miranda can't work out why. And when some startling objects are discovered in the old manor house next to the camp site - the house where Alice-Miranda's father grew up - Alice-Miranda knows she has to investigate.
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  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue

    Maggie Stiefvater

    Product Code: ALMOZ
    Paperback 13 years +
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    The third book in the mesmerizing RAVEN CYCLE quartet from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of the SHIVER trilogy will love this new quartet. For the first time in her life, Blue Sargent has found a place where she feels at home. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own and she is sure that this is where she belongs. But certainties can unravel. Visions can mislead. And friends can betray. The trick with found things is how easily they can be lost...
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  • Say Her Name

    Juno Dawson

    Product Code: AKBFN
    Paperback 13 years +
    Bobbie Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear...But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

    Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror...five days...but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before...

    This is a truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from Queen of Teen 2014 winner James Dawson.
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  • Homeroom Diaries

    James Patterson

    Product Code: AONOY
    Paperback 12 years +
    In James Patterson's first highly illustrated 'diary fiction' story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Margaret 'Cuckoo' Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her 'Happiness Project'. She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favourite literary characters. Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves 'the Freakshow') decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and 'bring the Nations together'. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling...until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.
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  • The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

    Holly Bourne

    Product Code: AKQBC
    Paperback 14 years +
    The follow-up to her hugely successful debut in 2013, Soulmates, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne is a compelling character-driven story that demonstrates just why she is quickly becoming a favourite author amongst fans of young adult fiction.

    Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind her words. But when she's told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life...

    Witty and clever, Holly Bourne's The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is perfect reading for fans of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir) by Maya Van Wagenen, one of this year's surprise new talents!
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  • Does My Head Look Big in This?

    Randa Abdel-Fattah

    Product Code: AJRHG
    Paperback 11 years +
    Don't panic - I'm Islamic! Amal is a 16-year-old Melbourne teen with all the usual obsessions about boys, chocolate and Cosmo magazine. She's also a Muslim, struggling to honour the Islamic faith in a society that doesn't understand it. The story of her decision to "shawl up" and its attendent anxieties (like how much eyeliner to wear) is funny, surprising and touching by turns.
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  • Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Product Code: ADDYG
    Paperback 14 years +
    Hard-hitting, page-turning and celebratory of friendship in unlikely circumstances, Joyce Carol Oates' sure touch with small town life hits home in her first young adult novel. Matt Donaghy is the class joker, and Ursula Riggs is the misfit loner. Neither knows the other. But when Matt is suddenly arrested on a charge of threatening to blow up the school and massacre the students, Ursula is the only one who sees through the hysteria and hypocrisy, and corroborates Matt's story. The case is dropped, but Matt's old friends avoid him, and his teachers treat him with kid gloves. Even Ursula, apparently his only friend during the crisis, can't meet his eye. But Ursula can't remain aloof when she catches Matt contemplating suicide -- and a strange friendship is born.
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