Measle and the Doompit
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Randa Abdel-Fattah, Ten Things I Hate About Me

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Ten Things I Hate About MeSuitable for 13-14+

Jamie has all the usual teenage things to worry about; school, music, mates, fashion but always finds an excuse to avoid shopping trips, parties and sleepovers. At home Jamie becomes Jamilah and, as an Australian-Lebanese-Muslim, is subject to the strict rules imposed by her father which are posted on the fridge door. Jamie's is an authentic and very funny voice which brilliantly vocalizes the conflict of cultures faced by many young people. Arguably even better than Does My Head Look Big in This?

Marion Lloyd Books · 9780439943710

Holly Black, Ironside

Holly Black

IronsideSuitable for 13-14+

Picking up in the dark and unpredictable world of Faerie where Tithe and Valiant left off, changeling Kaye decides she must declare her love for Lord Roiben but in accordance with court tradition must complete a quest; to find a fairy who can tell an untruth, something she knows doesn't exist. One thing she can do though is find the human child whose place she took and return her but in doing so she risks putting herself in even more danger. Curses, court rivalry, ice-cold queens, romances, betrayals and deceptions make for a captivating read.

Simon & Schuster · 9781847380630


Suzanne Bugler, Meet Me at the Boathouse

Suzanne Bugler

Meet Me at the BoathouseSuitable for 13-14+

When Danny follows her home one day Louise is flattered. Looking for excitement, she soon falls for him although her schoolwork starts to suffer and her friends warn her off. Everything changes when Danny's friend is killed and his love becomes obsessive, menacing and ultimately destructive in this compelling and claustrophobic story.

Hodder · 9780340932292

Meg Cabot, Airhead

Meg Cabot


Em is a judgemental genius while Nikki is an airheaded supermodel. Both attend the opening of a new megastore where a freak accident causes their lives to collide and their brains to swap over. Far-fetched but fun this is a spectacular start to a new Cabot series.

Macmillan · 9780330453820


Kate Cann, Possessing Rayne

Kate Cann

Possessing RayneSuitable for 13-14+

Rayne can't wait to escape her family, grotty estate and controlling boyfriend so sets out to make a new life for herself in this spooky, suspenseful gothic story with a hint of romance set in a sinister old house. Cann catches you up in her characters' worlds and never fails to deliver.

Scholastic · 9781407102467

Cathy Cassidy, Ginger Snaps

Cathy Cassidy

Ginger SnapsSuitable for 11-13s

The newly made over Ginger and her best friend Shannon find their friendship falling apart over a new friend and boys. Another very readable story with important messages about making and keeping friends, fitting in, looking beyond appearances and staying true to yourself from the queen of tweenage fiction.

Puffin · 9780141322124

Susie Day, Big Woo!

Susie Day

Big Woo!Suitable for 13-14+

Serafina is a typical teenager; her far far away dad is about to marry a monster and her mum sends her to see Crazy Pete who prods her brain to see if she's gone mental. She's sort of in love and has some weird friends, especially online. Being nearly 16 she's set herself a happiness deadline and has to achieve everything on her list by a certain date if she's to be happy. Big Woo! is Serafina's blog captured in a book; insignificant, honest and very funny.

Scholastic · 9781407106861

Grace Dent, Shiraz BW: The Ibiza Diaries

Grace Dent

Shiraz BW: The Ibiza Diaries
(Diary of a Chav)
Suitable for 13-14+

The outrageous Shiraz Bailey Wood is off to Ibiza with her best friend who managed to talk her dad into paying for 2 plane tickets. She thinks she's in for the holiday of a lifetime but the best laid plans have a habit of going badly, and in Shiraz' case, hilariously wrong. Dent has an uncanny knack of winning over even the least enthusiastic girl readers with comedy storylines and true-to-life characters.

Hodder · 9780340970638

Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen

The Truth About ForeverSuitable for 13-14+

Model student, perfect daughter, devoted girlfriend; Macy wants everyone to believe that everything in her life is fine but under the surface Macy is a mess, struggling to accept the death of her father. Meeting a new group of very alternative friends helps her learn to live with herself and her circumstances and move on.
Never one to skirt around big issues, Dessen is a powerful and humorous writer who helps you think about the important things in life through some of the most real and inspiring characters you'll ever meet in the pages of a book. Jacqueline Wilson meets Jodi Picoult cleverly packaged for the teenage market.

Puffin · 9780141322926

Sharon Dogar, Waves

Sharon Dogar

WavesSuitable for 13-14+

15-year-old Hal and his family always summer by the sea but this year is different because his sister had an accident on the beach last year and is still lying in a coma. Charley haunts his thoughts as he relives their last holiday together revisiting places and people they loved. Part mystery thriller, part romance, part supernatural timeslip story but completely impossible to put down.

Chicken House · 9781905294602

Jenny Downham, Before I Die

Jenny Downham

Before I DieSuitable for 13-14+ Mature content

Given only a few short months to live, 16-year-old Tessa compiles her 'To Do Before I Die' list, desperate to cram as much life as she can into the time she has left before leukaemia claims her. Her list is extreme, including sex, drugs and crime. Her wildly fluctuating feelings and those of her friends and family are heartbreakingly evoked. Despite the bleakness of the subject this is a hopeful, life-affirming story you won't ever forget.

Definitions · 9781862304871

Nicole Dryburgh, The Way I See it

Nicole Dryburgh

The Way I See it

Diagnosed with a malignant tumour on the spine at 11, Nicole made a full recovery before suffering an almost fatal brain haemorrhage two years later. Now 18, blind and almost confined to a wheelchair she remains positive and determined to make the most of life. This is an awesome, inspirational and unforgettable true story of one girl's fight back against illness and an honest and poignant reminder of how important it is to never give up hope.

Hodder · 9780340956922

Fiona Dunbar, Blue Gene Baby

Fiona Dunbar

Blue Gene Baby
(Silk Sisters)
Suitable for 11-13s

When Rorie and Elsie's parents suddenly disappear they try anything to escape their evil uncle guardian and set off to find them. In this second attempt the sisters are taken in by the fashionista Nolita Newbuck but soon discover she's not what she seems. An unusual adventure for younger teens.

Orchard · 9781846162312

Echo Freer, Magenta Sings the Blues

Echo Freer

Magenta Sings the Blues
(Magenta Orange)
Suitable for 11-13s

Magenta's friends haven't invited her to join them in the Battle of the Bands so she's going to have to come up with another plan to attract the attention of the hottest boy in the school AND show her ex what he's lost. Not easy when you're tone deaf with two left feet. Very funny, contemporary tweenage comedy.

Hodder · 9780340944189

Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

Anna Godbersen

The LuxeSuitable for 13-14+ Mature content

A glitzy, glamorous new Sex and the City style series set in New York City in 1899 and starring Society's elite. Glittering parties, gossip, gorgeous guys, beautiful debutantes, forbidden love, dangerous liaisons, secret affairs and whispered scandals are all here but it all ends in disaster…
The next episode, Rumours, is due for publication in 2009. Perfect escapism, you'll be powerless to put it down.

Puffin · 9780141323367

Chris Higgins, A Perfect Ten

Chris Higgins

A Perfect TenSuitable for 11-13s

Nothing less than perfection will do for Eva in the prettiness, popularity and intelligence stakes and she'll stop at nothing to be the star of her gymnastics club. The arrival of new girl Patty coincides with her mum going into rehab and her best friend going out with her brother. The only thing Eva can control is her weight with potentially disastrous consequences. Higgins is truly in tune with her tweenage audience producing positive and realistic stories about friends, family and accepting yourself to make you laugh and cry by turns.

Hodder · 9780340950692

Tonya Hurley, Ghostgirl

Tonya Hurley


Fed up with feeling as though she's wearing an invisibility cloak, Charlotte decides to get herself noticed and so far her plot appears to be working. Even choking to death on a gummy bear isn't going to stop her being accepted into the cool clique in this completely original, very funny, stylishly-packaged story about feeling left out, life and death and, ultimately, accepting who you are.

Headline · 9780755347711



Joanna Kenrick, Babyfather

Joanna Kenrick

BabyfatherSuitable for 13-14+ Suitable for those with reading difficulties Mature content

One of the ever-growing 'gr8 reads' series for 12-16s with a reading age of 7, all with sophisticated and eye-catching covers. Babyfather tells the story of 15-year-old Mikey. He doesn't do responsibility, so when his girlfriend tells him she's pregnant he'll do anything to find a way out of being a dad.

Barrington Stoke · 9781842994696

Alice Kuipers, Life on the Refrigerator Door

Alice Kuipers

Life on the Refrigerator DoorSuitable for 13-14+ Audio version available

A life-changing year in the life of 15-year-old Claire and her busy doctor mother is documented here through the notes they leave for each other. Tragically they don't realize their time together is running out. To say any more here would be to spoil what is an immensely powerful and poignant story about not taking our relationships for granted and making time for the people we love most in the world.

Macmillan · 9780330456456

Kate Le Vann, Rain

Kate le Vann

RainSuitable for 13-14+

Sent off to live with her grandmother for the summer, Rain stumbles across her mum's old diary, written when she was 16, the same as Rain, and pregnant with her. Rain sets out with Harry to rediscover the places her mum describes and finds herself experiencing many of the same emotions, finally falling in love with the boy redecorating her grandmother's house. A very clever, very readable story of the bonds between mother and daughter, the dawning realisation that your parents are human and that you must make your own life separate from them.

Piccadilly Press · 9781853409554

Tanya Lee Stone, A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl

Tanya Lee Stone

A Bad Boy Can be Good for a GirlSuitable for 13-14+ Mature content

Three very different American girls become friends because they've all had the misfortune to meet and fall head over heels in love with the same bad boy in this true-to-life story. Think of this brilliantly-observed, cleverly-told, quirky story like a gossip with your best friends. You'll laugh and cry along with the characters, then secretly resolve never to make the same mistake yourself!
Watch out for an ingenious use of a school library book too…

Quercus · 9781847244611

Amanda Lees, Kumari: Goddess of Destiny

Amanda Lees

Kumari: Goddess of Destiny
(Kumari Trilogy)
Suitable for 11-13s

Kumari is a young goddess-in-training. Having saved the Hidden Kingdom she now wants to focus all her energies on becoming a proper goddess in this final story but receives a phone call summoning her back to the World Beyond. Although much has changed there her enemies are still watching and there's a chance she can avenge her mother's death - at a price. An addictive blend of comedy, fantasy and adventure with a loveable heroine.

Piccadilly Press · 9781853409929


Sue Limb, Zoe and Chloe: Out to Lunch

Sue Limb

Zoe and Chloe: Out to LunchSuitable for 13-14+

Having foiled the attempt by the Beast to spoil their best friendship, Zoe and Chloe are back, this time planning a trip to Newquay for a caravan holiday of a lifetime. Everything is blissful until the Beast himself turns up…
Sparking chicklit for teenagers.

Bloomsbury · 9780747582731

Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

Melissa Marr

Wicked LovelySuitable for 13-14+

Aislinn has always been able to see faeries in the mortal world but now one of them, the King of Faery is stalking her, determined she will be his Summer Queen no matter what, in this fully-imagined, edgy urban faery tale for fans of Holly Black and Stephenie Meyer. First in an amazing new trilogy.

HarperCollins · 9780007263073

Joanna Nadin, My So-Called Life

Joanna Nadin

My So-Called Life

Fed up with being 'earthshatteringly, tragically normal', living her nice life with her nice parents and nice friends at a nice school in a nice area, Rachel Riley decides to inject some excitement into her life so she can become both tragic and interesting. 14-year-old Rachel's snappy diary entries will turn even the most reading resistant girls into enthusiastic readers and leave them wondering just how the author knew quite so much about what goes on in their heads!

OUP · 9780192755261

Luisa Plaja, Split by a Kiss

Luisa Plaja

Split by a KissSuitable for 13-14+

Having moved to America, Jo is desperate to reinvent herself and become part of the cool 'It' crowd - but is much more like the average outsider. The opportunity to join the popular people and win an attractive boyfriend into the bargain arises - but at what price? Plaja cleverly explores Jo's conflicting emotions and split personality in a fun, easy read, bursting with teen angst and identity crises.

Corgi · 9780552556804


Liz Rettig, Jumping to Confusions

Liz Rettig

Jumping to Confusions

Cat is confused. While she is fat and boring her twin sister Tess is blonde and gorgeous, so why would her dad's boss's son, Josh, be immune to her charms and show an interest in plain old Cat instead? Cat thinks she has the answer but sometimes jumping to conclusions can be very dangerous indeed. A startlingly true-to-life insight into what really goes on in teenage girls' heads from a very witty author.

Corgi · 9780552557573

Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket v21Suitable for 13-14+

The latest in the hugely popular Japanese sho-jo manga series in which the orphan Tohru is taken in by the mysterious wood-dwelling Sohma family who harbour a secret - when hugged by a member of the opposite sex or under stress they turn into their zodiac animal. In this episode Kyo Sohma confesses his role in Tohru's mother's death. Will she still love him now?

Tokyopop · 9781427806826

Sandi Toksvig, Girls are Best

Sandi Toksvig

Girls are Best

A compendium of fascinating facts and stories about women achievers through the ages - the famous and, more interestingly, the not so famous. Toksvig has clearly done her homework, for everyone from female gladiators to the goddess of beer is here and even scientific proof that women's brains are every bit as good as men's. A book to make girls believe in themselves and their ability to change the world, in fact according to this book, they've already started!

Doubleday · 9781862304291

Various, Behind the Scenes: Fashion


Behind the Scenes: Fashion
Suitable for those with reading difficulties

One of a series of hi-lo books for struggling readers which uses contemporary topics and popular culture to enable teenagers to plug back into reading. A short illustrated story connects to supporting magazine style information pages packed with colour photographs and appropriate captions.

Rising Stars · 9781846800443

Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacSuitable for 13-14+

Naomi Porter is forced to put the jigsaw pieces of her life back together again after a serious head injury wipes the last 31/2 years from her memory. With her parents divorced and her father about to remarry, a mother she is supposed to hate, friends she no longer likes and a boyfriend she doesn't know, Naomi has a lot of work to do making new and different choices, reinventing herself and finding out who she really is in this arresting and involving story about growing up and forging your own identity.

Bloomsbury · 9780747591658

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