Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

In 2135 humans have been at war with an alien insect-like race for over a hundred years. The ‘Buggers’ have twice invaded Earth and a third invasion is feared. Earth has tried to breed its next commander. Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin, an extraordinary child the result of genetic experimentation, is only six years old when he is sent to the space station Battle School for rigorous military training. Growing up in an artificial community of child soldiers he must survive isolation and persecution.

But Ender has a brother and sister who were also bred for command but ultimately failed the military’s test. Back on Earth, they begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth – an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

Is Ender the military genius Earth desperately needs?


I was a schoolboy bridegroom – Alex Shearer

Bosworth Hartie is thirteen and not happy. His parents, who blessed him with the worst name in the world, decide to find him a wife. Their choice – the spiteful butter wouldn’t melt in my mouth – Veronica Melling. Unable to cope Bozzie runs away but in a cruel twist of fate, straight into Veronica, who is also running away! The two who end up hiding out together, couldn’t possibly grow to like each other. Could they?

Fantastic Fiction

Bootleg – Alex Shearer

The Good for You Party is improving the health of the nation. Fruit and vegetables are compulsory and chocolates are banned. When best friends Smudger and Huntly discover an overlooked stock of cocoa and sugar, their secret chocolate-making business takes off fast. Can they stay ahead of the law?


Wake – Lisa McMann

Ever since she was eight years old Janie Hannagan has been pulled into other people’s dreams, observing not just the mundane but their recurring fears, fantasies and secrets. When she is drawn into the dreams of former bad boy and loner Cabel, Janie witnesses the nightmares that have been haunting him and for the first time becomes a participant. While trying to help Cabel, Janie must sort out what her feelings are towards him. Janie comes to understand her true power as the suspense builds in this supernatural thriller.

Real Teen Reviews

Evermore (The Immortals: 1) by Alyson Noel

“Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen.

He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can see straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. She has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.”

Alyson Noel