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In Book People's hand-picked range of contemporary books for children, you'll find novels that have become modern favourites. With unforgettable storylines, incredible characters and so much more, these are new reads that belong on your bookshelf.

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Contemporary Books for Children

  • Rooftoppers

    Katherine Rundell

    Product Code: AGDOH
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers was shortlisted for 2014's CILIP Carnegie Medal.

    Everyone thinks Sophie is an orphan, especially as there were no other recorded female survivors in the shipwreck from where she was found. Sophie, however, is adamant she saw her mother waving at her amidst the wreckage...

    Sophie's guardian tells her it is almost impossible for her mother to still be alive, but with that glimmer of possibility, and the threat of being sent to an orphanage hanging over her head, Sophie flees to Paris on a search for her mother. Having evaded the French authorities, Sophie meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers - urchins who live in the sky. Together, they scour the city for Sophie's mother...

    Written by Katherine Rundell and proudly presented to you by FaberShop, Rooftoppers is an enchanting tale for young readers aged 9 and over.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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  • Double Act

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGOT
    Paperback 9 years +
    Ruby and Garnet are ten-year-old twins. Identical, they do everything together, especially since their mother died three years earlier. But can being a double act work forever when so much around them is changing?

    Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and the Smarties Book Prize, Double Act is one of our favourite Jacqueline Wilson books. Children aged 9 and above will absolutely love it!
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  • The Illustrated Mum

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACMND
    Paperback 9 years +
    Dolphin adores her mother: she's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body. She definitely lives a colourful life. Dolphin's older sister, Star, also loves her but is beginning to wonder if staying with a mum whose temper can be as flashy as her body-art is the best thing for the girls...
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  • Jacqueline Wilson Biscuit Barrel

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ADRMG
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Dip into Jacqueline Wilson's Biscuit Barrell - it's deliciously funny and full of unexpected treats! In CLIFFHANGER, Tim hates sports, so he's dreading a week of action-packed games on an adventure holiday. Luckily, his new friend Biscuits isn't very interested in the activities either - except for eating! And the boys return in BURIED ALIVE! for another trip - but this time they're in for an adventure of an unexpected kind!
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  • The Worst Thing About My Sister

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: AHUSR
    Paperback 9 years +
    Yet another wonderful book by worldwide bestselling author Julia Donaldson, The Worst Thing About My Sister is a tale of sibling relationships which is sure to resonate with young readers aged 9 and above.

    Marty and her sister Melissa couldn't be more different. Marty loves her Converse trainers, playing football, hiding in her secret den and helping her dad with his DIY. But Melissa loves Justin Bieber and all things pink, girly and pretty. The sisters can manage to live together, despite their occasional scraps but then Mum tells them they have to share a room. For Marty, having to share her bunk beds and lose her private sanctuary turns out to be the very worst thing about having a sister. But the girls soon discover that being too close for comfort can have unexpected consequences, and when an accident happens, the sisters realise they are closer than they thought.

    A must-have title for all young fans of Jacqueline Wilson books, The Worst Thing About My Sister is - to put it simply - wonderful!
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  • The Bed and Breakfast Star

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ADPII
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots! I'm Elsa, and that's one of my jokes (I tell LOTS of jokes and I'm going to be a big star one day). I do my best to cheer my family up - but no one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel...

    Another hilarious yet heart-warming children's book by Jacqueline Wilson, The Bed and Breakfast Star will be returned to again and again by young readers abed 9 and up.
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  • Bad Girls

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGOV
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Mandy has been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. That's why she is delighted when cheeky, daring, full-of-fun Tanya picks her as a friend. Mum isn't happy - she thinks Tanya's a bad girl and a bad influence. Mandy's sure Tanya can only get her out of trouble, not into it... or could she?

    Written by one of our best-loved children's authors and illustrated by her long-time collaborator, Nick Sharratt, Bad Girls is a wonderful example of the magic of coming-of-age books by Jacqueline Wilson. Children aged 7 and above will love this!
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  • The Fastest Boy in the World

    Elizabeth Laird

    Product Code: AKAJV
    Paperback 7 years +
    Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet.

    When his grandfather announces that he's going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It's unfathomable. Solomon's joy is increased when he realises that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he'll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!

    But Solomon's grandfather has other plans... As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It's a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather's life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?

    The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird has been shortlisted for 2015's CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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  • Lola Rose

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGPN
    Paperback 9 years +
    When Jayni, her mum and little brother have to run away from her abusive father, it starts off as a big adventure. They slip out at night, go up to London by train and stay in a hotel. They even make up false identities to protect their secret and Jayni becomes the glamorous-sounding Lola Rose. But when the money runs out and reality bites, is it still a game they should play?

    A great title that must be read by all fans of Jacqueline Wilson books, Lola Rose is simply wonderful!
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  • Secrets

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGOU
    Paperback 9 years +
    India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mum she can't stand and a dad she adores, though he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank. Treasure lives on the local council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having to go back to live with her mother and violent stepfather.

    A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls. And when Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place inspired by her favourite author. India hasn't got a real Secret Annexe but she has got a hidden attic...

    This is a fantastic new novel from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson about two girls from very different backgrounds, who are inspired by a famous young writer.
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  • The Diamond Girls

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGPM
    Paperback 9 years +
    Dixie is the youngest of the Diamond family. She and her sisters, dreamy Martine, glamorous Rochelle and tough Jude, could hardly be more different from each other but their Mum's tried to teach them the value of sticking together. Now Mum's expecting yet another baby and she's convinced this one's a boy. Time to move to a bigger place, she insists, and the girls scarcely have time to protest before they find themselves at their new house...

    It's rough, dilapidated and filthy and before they've even unpacked the furniture, Mum goes into labour! By the time Mum comes home with the new baby, Jude's been in a fight, Rochelle's found a new boyfriend and Martine's stormed off. Only Dixie stays loyally by Mum's side - so only Dixie spots her secret.

    This is another slice of realistic contemporary life from the UK's most popular children's author, Jacqueline Wilson. If you know a little one aged 7 or above, we recommend this Jacqueline Wilson book to them!
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  • Dustbin Baby

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGPL
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Sure to delight young fans of Jacqueline Wilson books, Dustbin Baby is a real favourite at the Book People and we think children aged 9 and up will fall in love with it!

    April knows she was found in a dustbin fourteen years ago as a new-born baby. And now she's fairly happily settled with her foster mother, Marion. But she's desperate to recall what happened in the intervening years, and to see if she can find out where she really came from in the first place.

    A highly moving but very accessible novel, Jacqueline Wilson's Dustbin Baby is an exhibition in her unique, acclaimed and adored style of writing for children.
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  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    Annabel Pitcher

    Product Code: AHTPZ
    Paperback 12 years +
    Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'.

    Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart.

    But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spider-Man T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad.

    And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. 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.

    Annabel Pitcher's My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2015.
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  • Girls Out Late

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGPO
    Paperback 11 years +
    Ellie has a boyfriend! Interested in her - not in her best friends, Magda and Nadine! She and Russell are made for each other - drawn together by their shared enjoyment of art. If only Dad thought Russell was perfect too...

    And as Ellie runs into trouble with a parent who thinks his daughter is too young for after-dark trysts in the park with oh-so-gorgeous Russell, Magda has a crush on a teacher - and Nadine's falling for slimy Liam again. What they need is a girls' night out!

    Written by the brilliant children's bestseller, Jacqueline Wilson, and illustrated by none other than Nick Sharratt, of course, Girls Out Late is a story that will be returned to by readers aged 7 and up again and again.
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  • Kiss

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ADPGV
    Paperback 11 years +
    Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They've always played together, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and, deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they'd end up married to each other. They even have a a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone.

    But as they become older, things are starting to change... Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl - but Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. Now, Carl seems much less happy to be called Sylvie's boyfriend - and in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that their future together might not be so clear-cut after all. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all?

    Touching and compelling, Kiss is a delicately handled treatment of love and sexuality from award-winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson. A beautiful book!
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  • Vicky Angel

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGOW
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Jacqueline Wilson books are always spot on when it comes to understanding the feelings of her young readers and in Vicky Angel she tackles the poignant and moving story of Jade who is trying to come to terms with the death of her bossy best friend Vicky.

    Jade is so used to being with and agreeing with her friend, that she can hardly believe Vicky's no longer there and in fact Vicky still seems to be a huge presence in her life.

    Jacqueline Wilson looks at friendship, bereavement and moving on in this powerful novel.
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  • Love Lessons

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ACGPJ
    Paperback 11 years +
    Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. But when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, unable to cope with their education and a sick husband, the girls' mother sends them to the local comprehensive and they experience school life for the first time...

    Prue had never thought she'd find it so hard to fit in. The only person she can talk to is her art teacher, Rax. She and Rax bond over art lessons, and soon he asks her to babysit for his young children while he and his wife have a night out on a Friday. As her feelings for Rax develop, she begins to realise that perhaps he feels the same way about her. But he can't act upon them, can he?

    Presenting an absorbing portrait of a forbidden relationship for teenage readers, Love Lessons is a fantastic read for children aged 11 and over. Jacqueline Wilson books never cease to amaze us here at the Book People - a wonderful story!
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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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  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

    Yaba Badoe

    Product Code: BMJKS
    Paperback 12 years +
    A powerful, haunting, contemporary debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore, by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker. Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people. Fourteen years on she's a member of Mama Rose's unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them: A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall... ... are these the missing pieces of the jigsaw which will tell Sante's story?

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's Branford Boase Award.
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  • Love Hurts

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AMDMW
    Paperback 12 years +
    Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness and Andrew Smith, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.
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  • Shadow Kiss

    Richelle Mead

    Product Code: AADYP
    Paperback 11 years +
    It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all ...might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world - and make her choose between the two people she loves most.
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  • Just Listen

    Sarah Dessen

    Product Code: ADPCL
    Paperback 11 years +
    I'm Annabel. I'm the girl who has it all. Model looks, intelligence, a great social life. I'm one of the lucky ones. Aren't I? My 'best friend' Sophie is spreading rumours about me. My family is slowly falling apart. It's turning into a long, lonely summer, full of secrets and silence. But I've met this guy who won't let me hide away. He's one of those intense types, obsessed with music and totally unafraid of confrontation. He's determined to make me listen. Will I ever find the courage to tell him what really happened the night Sophie and I stopped being friends? This is a captivating, emotionally turbulent, unputdownable teenage fiction - the natural step up for older Cathy Cassidy fans.
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  • Starring Tracy Beaker

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: ADPIQ
    Paperback 9 years +
    Bestselling children's author Jacqueline Wilson brings readers aged 9 and above another installment from her much-loved Tracy Beaker series.

    Tracy Beaker is back and she's just desperate for a role in her school play. They're performing A Christmas Carol and for one extremely worrying moment, the irrepressible Tracy thinks she might not even get to play one of the unnamed street urchins. But then she is cast in the main role. Can she manage to act grumpy, difficult and sulky enough to play Ebenezer Scrooge? Well, she does have a bit of help on that front from Justine Pain-In-The-Bum Littlewood...

    Sure to delight young fans of the Tracy Beaker book series, and Jacqueline Wilson books in general, Starring Tracy Beaker is sure to become a bookshelf favourite!
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  • Jacqueline Wilson's Double Decker

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: AAFVR
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Double Decker is a brilliant bind-up of Jacqueline Wilson Double Act and Bad Girls. If you know a little one aged 9 or above who is yet to be introduced to Jacqueline Wilson, this is the book for them!

    In Bad Girls, Mandy is delighted when cheeky and fun Tanya picks her as a friend. But will it get her into trouble? In Double Act, Ruby and Garnet are very different 10-year-old twins who are adjusting to life with a new step mother. Will their double act last forever?

    Jacqueline Wilson's trademark sensitivity and humour will charm young readers in this brilliant set of books.
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Our wide range of contemporary books features treasured modern favourites, poignant coming-of-age tales, exciting books by YouTube stars, gripping novels by highly-acclaimed authors, and contemporary classics for kids of all ages.

Modern must-haves

Many of our contemporary titles are hugely popular and mustn’t be missed. Check out some of our best-loved books, including Noughts and Crosses, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Fault in Our Stars and many more.

Inspirational authors and thrilling books

Our range features titles from celebrated authors including Jacqueline Wilson, James Patterson and Louise Rennison, as well as exciting modern books from YouTube stars including Zoe Sugg and John Green. Kids are guaranteed to love these brilliant authors’ funny, poignant and captivating books.

Contemporary themes, perfect for modern kids

Contemporary books often highlight important issues in modern society, introducing children to tricky topics with sensitivity and humour. Children will learn about loss, love, bereavement, mental health difficulties, growing up and the increasingly pervasive online world in these illuminating titles.

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