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Beck

Authors: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

Both harrowing and life-affirming, the final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is the sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America. Born from a street liaison between a poor young woman and an African sailor in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion.

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Behind Closed Doors

Author: Miriam Halahmy

Publisher: Firefly Press (2018)

Fifteen year olds Josie and Tasha are neighbours, and friends. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival. Josie’s mum is ‘saving the planet’ by collecting most of it, but her house is no longer safe for her own daughter. Tasha has all the clothes and kit a girl could want but feels increasingly unnerved by her mother’s new boyfriend. "Behind Closed Doors" examines what it means to love and be loved, and how to make a life when there is no security at home.

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Betrayed

Authors: Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

Part of a series: House of Night Novella

Publisher: Atom (2009)

It seems that (un)life is going pretty well for Zoey Redbird. She's settled in at the House of Night finishing school and is coming to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her. She even has a boyfriend ... or two. Best of all, Zoey finally feels she has found somewhere she belongs. Then the unthinkable happens. Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the vampires at Zoey's school. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's past life, she begins to realise that the very powers that made her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night. Zoey finds herself facing a betrayal that could break her heart and jeopardise the very fabric of her world.

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Beyond The Wall

Author: Tanya Landman

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

The story of a runaway slave girl and her dangerous journey through the murky underworld of Roman Britain, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman. A heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. Blood on her lips. Blood on her tongue. Blood that is not her own. Cassia does not fear to die, but for her – for a slave who has maimed her master – there are worse things than death. Yet the mighty Roman Empire has its limits. Beyond her master’s estate, beyond the river, far to the north stands Hadrian’s Wall. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus – slick, slippery, silver-tongued – a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.

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Big Bones

Author: Laura Dockrill

Publisher: Hot Key Books (2018)

The heartwarming new novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others. It's a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That's the point. Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones - is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she's perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . . Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

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Bigfoot, Tobin & Me

Author: Melissa Savage

Publisher: Chicken House (2017)

Lemonade's mother named her for her favourite saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But now her mum's dead. After relocating to her grandpa's place in Bigfoot-obsessed Willow Creek, Lem meets Tobin. Quirky and determined, he's the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. and sole investigator for the town. Lem is reluctantly enlisted as his assistant. Together, they try to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film, but what they find is even more amazing.

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Black Cairn Point

Author: Claire McFall

Publisher: Hot Key Books (2015)

A haunting YA thriller unfolds on an isolated beach. Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.

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Black Dove, White Raven

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Electric Monkey (2015)

"Think of the sky!" Delia gave Momma's hands a shake. "Think of the sky in Ethiopia! What will it be like to fly in Africa?" This New York Times bestseller is a story of survival, subterfuge, espionage and identity.

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Black Light Express

Author: Philip Reeve

Part of a series: Railhead Series

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2017)

There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe . . .

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Blue Moon

Author: Alyson Noel

Part of a series: The Immortals

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2010)

Things have changed for Ever since she met her beloved Damen – not least because she’s got a whole new set of powers, courtesy of her new Immortal status. Just as she's getting stronger, though, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world known as Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past. But in searching for a cure for him, Ever accidentally discovers a way to twist time so she can save her family from the accident that killed them. It’s all she’s ever wanted – but so is Damen. And Ever must choose between them . . .

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