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We have a hand-picked range of young adult non-fiction books with huge savings at Book People. From young adult biographies and YouTuber books, to study books and workbooks, there's something for everyone.

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We have a hand-picked range of young adult non-fiction books with huge savings at Book People. From young adult biographies and YouTuber books, to study books and workbooks, there's something for everyone.

  • You Are Awesome

    Matthew Syed

    Product Code: YAWS
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Praised by Dermot O'Leary, two-time Olympian Matthew Syed's Children's Illustrated and Non-Fiction British Book Award-winning You Are Awesome is a motivational book that encourages children to challenge the beliefs that hold them back.

    Full of tips and advice that will inspire a more positive mindset, it's encouraging and empowering reading for any introverted children. Matthew explains how having a negative attitude and thinking you can't do things more often than not leads to not being able to carry out tasks.

    However, if your children can build their resilience and change their mindset, things could be very different. He looks at how everyone from Mozart to Serena Williams got to the top of their respective fields through hard work and dedication and how kids can use these figures as inspiration on their way to becoming happy, successful adults.

    Winner of the British Book Award Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019
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  • Looking After Your Mental Health

    Alice James

    Product Code: LAMH
    Paperback 11 years +
    (2)
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    This lively and hugely accessible book encourages children to talk about their mental health and feelings.

    Covering everything from friendships and fall-outs to divorce and depression, this handy book is packed with practical advice about dealing with emotions and why we experience so many different ones on a day-to-day basis.

    From the experts at Usborne book, this is a must-have book for children trying to find their place in the world. It also discusses bereavement, sexuality and eating disorders.
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  • Stand Tall Like a Mountain

    Suzy Reading

    Product Code: TALL
    Paperback
    (1)
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    Suzy Reading's Stand Tall Like a Mountain inspires you to help your children think more positively and pay attention to all the important elements of their mental health.

    This empowering, illustrated book will help you help your children deal with everyday emotions, encourage them to express how they feel and learn all about their bodies and minds.

    It also encourages parents to learn from their children's actions and includes a selection of easy and fun yoga poses to help promote positivity. The ideas in this book will help your family gain better understanding of each other.
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  • The Careers Handbook

    DK

    Product Code: CKH2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    This practical careers handbook helps you get to grips with the job market - packed with job inspiration and advice for career development Whether you want to know how to get into your dream career, need help understanding the job market or you simply don't know where to start your job search, The Careers Handbook is packed with advice and inspiration to find the perfect job for you! Browse 17 different industries, from Law and Science to Engineering and Media, finding new, exciting jobs and inspiration in the current job market. Answering all the difficult questions you don't want to ask careers advisers or recruiters The Careers Handbook is your ultimate guide for a successful job search and career development. Choose from 400 exciting careers and find out what qualifications you need, how much you could earn and how to get ahead in your chosen career!
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  • Wreck This Journal Everywhere

    Keri Smith

    Product Code: AKBXW
    Paperback 11 years +
    Featuring dozens of new activities as well as some of the most popular prompts from the original, Wreck This Journal Everywhere will have you travelling the city streets and country byways, filling the pages with man-made and natural objects, recording what you see, drawing, doodling - and destroying pages as you go. Perfect for sliding in your pocket or stuffing in your bag, Wreck This Journal Everywhere is the ideal creative companion!
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  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: AXDIA
    Hardback 7 years +
    (4)
    What if a princess didn't marry went on to become an astronaut? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

    Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this essential book introduces children to 100 remarkable women including Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

    A truly empowering, moving and inspirational read.

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
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  • The Diary of Anne Frank

    Anne Frank

    Product Code: AMXPF
    Paperback 9 years +
    Sensitively edited and with a connecting commentary by editor, Mirjam Pressler, the abridged edition of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. This abridged edition has a short prologue written by the editor, Mirjam Pressler, as well as a connecting commentary. There are beautiful line drawings, family photographs, and an Afterword to explain why the Diary ends so abruptly. This shorter edition is ideal for younger children who want to read Anne's diary for themselves but are too young to appreciate the teenage issues that Anne faces during her time in hiding.
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  • Chinese Cinderella

    Adeline Yen Mah

    Product Code: AOHYM
    Paperback 14 years +
    Chinese Cinderella is an autobiography for children based on the bestselling Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah. Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is vindictive and cruel and her father dismissive. Jung-ling grows up to be an academic child, with a natural ability for writing. Only her aunt and grandfather offer her any love and kindness. The story is of survival in the light of the mental and physical cruelty of her stepmother and the disloyalty of her siblings. Jung-ling blossoms in spite of everything and the story ends as her father agrees to let her study in England. This is a reissue in the 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin children's modern classics.
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  • Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

    Ben Brooks

    Product Code: BOMPK
    Hardback 9 years +
    (5)
    'This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different.' Benjamin Zephaniah Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity. But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress? There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world. A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.
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  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism

    Naoki Higashida

    Product Code: AJPFA
    Paperback 14 years +
    (2)
    Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding. David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective. The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    Product Code: AAITD
    Paperback 14 years +
    Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou
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  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSE, the Study Guide

    CGP Books

    Product Code: AIVYN
    Paperback 14 years +
    In GCSE English Literature, Geography, History and RS, 5% of the marks are now awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar. This book is a clear and succinct guide to avoiding common SP&G mistakes, with plenty of useful advice for picking up as many marks as possible. There are also practice questions for each topic to test students' understanding of the important points.
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  • The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

    Andy Cope

    Product Code: ALNKF
    Paperback 12 years +
    Calling all teenagers - quit the moaning and start loving life! Don't be a clich. Don't stay in your bedroom grunting and grumbling. How about getting motivated, energized and start making a difference?! The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager teaches you how to become your very best self-and how to figure out who that is, exactly. The bestselling authors of The Art of Being Brilliant and Be Brilliant Everyday are experts in the art of happiness and positive psychology and, with this new book, you'll find your way to becoming brilliant at school, work, and life in general. Stay cool under all the pressures you're facing, and plot a map for the future that takes you wherever it is you want to go. Become proactive, determined, successful and most importantly: happy! Fact: your life span is about four thousand weeks. It seems like a lot, but it's not. Complaining about life, homework, parents, and relationships may be normal now, but don't let it become your defining trait. When you're forty years old and still moaning, a big chunk of your four thousand weeks have slipped by, and you're no closer to happiness than you were as a teen. This book is a guide to starting the journey to your ideal life now , instead of wasting time being a drip. Discover the real you, and what you want out of life Stop moaning and get moving now, while there's plenty of time Lose your bad habits before they become your personality Figure out how you want to contribute, and find a way to do it The bottom line is this: it's easy to be the average version of yourself, but is that really all you want? Don't you want to achieve something? Get started now. The Art of Being A Brilliant Teenager helps you figure out where you want to go, and how to get there. So, whether you're an ambitious teenager, a parent or teacher desperate to turn a down-beat teenager into a ray of positivity and delight, How to Be a Brilliant Teenager is here to help.
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  • Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: BMPKT
    Hardback 7 years +
    100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" transforms each biography in a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.
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  • Mud Sweat and Tears Junior Edition

    Bear Grylls

    Product Code: AEJFM
    Paperback 9 years +
    What would it be like to jump from an aeroplane or to climb the highest mountain in the world, to survive in extreme conditions or train for the SAS? Bear Grylls knows the answers. Read the amazing true life story of Bear, the world's most intrepid young explorer. From his childhood on the Isle of Wight, learning to sail and climb with his father, to teenage mountaineering and martial arts training, he has always sought the ultimate in adventure. After surviving the gruelling selection course for the SAS Reserves as a young man, he suffered a horrific parachuting accident and broke his back in three places. Would he ever walk again? Only eighteen months later, defying doctors expectations, Bear became one of the youngest ever climbs to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. And this was just the beginning of his many adventures..."Men don't come much tougher than daredevil climber and adventurer, Bear Grylls". ("The Sun").
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  • Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed

    Nicola Morgan

    Product Code: AGOFY
    Paperback 10 years +
    This title is a comprehensive guide to the biological mysteries that lie behind teenage behaviour. Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant - frankly, spotty - louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing its most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan's carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders and the reasons behind addiction or depression. The revised edition of this classic book contains important new research, including information about the discovery of mirror neurons and their effect on the teenage brain. It is shortlisted for the 2006 Royal Society's Aventis Prize for Science Books.
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  • Positively Teenage

    Nicola Morgan

    Product Code: BPKBB
    Paperback
    Positively Teenage gives you tools to approach your teenage years with optimism and understanding and to develop real wellbeing for life. The media so often portray adolescence negatively but this book shows you how to approach these years far more positively so that you can really flourish and be in control. You'll find simple strategies to develop a positive attitude, growth mindset, self-understanding, determination and resilience and you'll see how those strengths will help you cope with any challenges, enjoy life and achieve your potential. Full of practical, proven strategies for physical and mental health, Positively Teenage will show you lots of ways to flourish physically and mentally - from doing things you enjoy to learning new skills; looking after your diet, exercise and attitude to being healthy online; getting great sleep to understanding your personality - allowing you to take control of many areas of your life. With these new strengths and skills, you can survive any storms and thrive on the challenges of your exciting life. Scattered throughout are POSITIVE BOOSTS: quick ideas for actions you can take to build positivity and well-being. Add them into your life and use your imagination and your new understanding to invent others. Positively Teenage gives you the power to let yourself flourish, achieve and be who you want to be. Use your powers well! Be truly, positively, teenage! Stand tall, stretch your arms wide, take a deep breath and say, loudly (or in your head), 'I can do this!' "Nicola Morgan has that rare gift of being able to communicate science and make it fun." Professor Simon Baron Cohen, University of Cambridge
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  • Collins GCSE Study Skills

    Danielle Brown

    Product Code: APDRS
    Paperback 14 years +
    Take control of your revision for confident exam performance Written by experts, Collins GCSE Study Skills helps you prepare for exams efficiently and effectively. This invaluable companion includes advice on staying motivated, how the teenage brain works, the affects lifestyle, stress and attitude can have on learning and performance, as well as practical tips and ideas for getting ready for exams. Collins GCSE Study Skills can be used alongside Collins GCSE Revision, a series of revision guides and workbooks based on the proven principle that repeated, spaced practice testing achieves the best results.
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  • You Got This: A fabulously fearless guide to being YOU

    Bryony Gordon

    Product Code: BXLON
    Paperback
    Bryony Gordon helps teenage girls embrace their individuality and personality with this fabulously fearless and motivational guide.

    It's full of the life lessons she wishes someone had taught her while she was growing up and the advice is told with wit and style.
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  • Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different 2

    Ben Brooks

    Product Code: BUMQQ
    Hardback
    ***THE FOLLOW UP TO THE AWARD-WINNING AND BESTSELLING STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT*** Tom Daley, Oliver Sacks, the Jamaican Bobsled team, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Carlos Acosta... all dared to be different. This is the follow-up to the much loved and hugely successful Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, the bestselling book that changed countless boys' lives around the world and gave them the confidence to be themselves. What have the footballer Kylian Mbappe, the philosopher Socrates and the singer Ed Sheeran all got in common? All three of them defied expectations - going against the grain and pursuing their dreams - despite a seemingly impossible barrage of obstacles and difficulties. Their stories are incredible, as are those of the tap-dancer Evan Ruggiero, the Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri, and the other inspirational boys who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. It's books like these that can make a huge difference to parents and their children's lives. In this day and age, any publication that shows how we can triumph in the face of adversity and prejudice deserves to be read over and over again.
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  • Thrills, Skills and Molehills

    ChrisMD

    Product Code: BMOHL
    Paperback
    What makes the ultimate Sunday League footballer? YouTube star ChrisMD has turned amateur Sunday afternoon kick-arounds into a social media event - and now, for the first time, he's sharing all of his secrets. Join Chris as he reveals the characters, training tricks and top-level dietary regime (greasy sausage roll from the village cafe) that has got him where he is today.Chris's debut book also includes behind-the-scenes photos from his life as a YouTuber, plus his proudest moments, biggest embarrassments and favourite memories from his years of making videos with everyone from the Sidemen to his own family.Includes links to exclusive, never-before-seen ChrisMD videos.
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  • My Vlog Log

    Frankie J. Jones

    Product Code: ARWSK
    Hardback 11 years +
    Are you a beauty blogger, a gaming guru or a king of comedy? This is the must-have book for any aspiring vlogger. Featuring top tips, hacks and ideas with plenty of pages for you to plan your path to vlogging stardom! There's loads of information about top vloggers including Zoella, Alfie, Superwoman and PewDiePie plus quizzes, quotes to colour and ideas for vlogs to film. Plan it! Log it! Vlog it!
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  • Girl Online

    Zoe Sugg

    Product Code: AONPG
    Paperback 13 years +
    (1)
    The incredible number 1 bestselling debut novel from YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, now in paperback. Contains exclusive extracts from the sequel. I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we're something we're not...But until that day, I'm going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life. Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
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  • Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

    Ben Brooks

    Product Code: BSISS
    Hardback 7 years +
    (2)
    Bjoerk, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Gerwig, Andrea Bocelli, Hua Mulan ... these are men and women who all dared to be different. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls - or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you're a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you're a boy and you love ballet? And what if you've always dreamed of being a scientist but you can't see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy - in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners - for you to follow? This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go. Following the runaway success of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, parents asked for a celebration of role models of both genders for boys and girls within the same book. Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different is the answer. These are the extraordinary stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men and women, every single one of them an inspiring pioneer and creative genius in their own way, who broke the mould and made their dreams come true. Like Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, this is a beautifully illustrated, evocative and inspirational book of amazing stories of amazing people, that will delight sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, and give them the courage to be themselves.
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