The First Third – Will Kostakis

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Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made. That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together. No pressure or anything. Fixing his family’s not going to be easy and Billy’s not ready for change. But as he soon discovers, the first third has to end some time. And then what? It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.

Wil Kostakis’ website.

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Laurinda – Alice Pung

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Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates – and some of their teachers.

Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches The Cabinet in action, and is courted by them – as she learns about power and repression – Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity.

Few genres are more enthralling than the school story. In Laurinda, the acclaimed Alice Pung tells an involving, original story that captures the drama and pain of school life today, as well as revealing much about the choices of young women.

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On Two Feet and Wings – Abbas Kazerooni

on-two-feet-and-wingsjpgThis is the amazing true story of Abbas Kazerooni who grew up in Tehran at the time of the Iran Iraq war. When he was nine years old the age of recruitment into the army was reduced to ten. In an attempt to keep him safe his family sent him away. But events didn’t go to plan and Abbas found himself alone in the strange and frightening city of Istanbul. Unable to speak the language, Abbas had to learn to survive, to judge who was friend or enemy, while hoping for his dream visa to England.

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The maze runner – James Dashner

Thomas’ memory is a blank. He wakes up in a lift and all he can remember is his name. When the doors open he is in the Glade – a large open, expanse within stone walls. He is not alone, however: there are the rest of the ‘gladers’ – other boys just like him who don’t really understand how or why they got there. But every thirty days someone new arrives, and they all share the common goal of trying to understand the mystery of the maze that is locked and unlocked each day. But when the first ever girl is sent in, everyone is shocked and the stakes for survival are raised. Thomas needs to unlock the secrets of his mind if they are to escape.

White cat – Holly Black

Seventeen-year-old Cassel seems to be the only untalented one in his family of curse workers – he has, however, perfected the art of the con, which he relies on to convince his classmates that he is normal. But a strange white cat keeps appearing in his dreams and making Cassel think about his friend Lila, who he killed years ago. When he sleepwalks onto the roof of his school, he is suspended and ends up back in his family home – where the same white cat which had been in his dreams appears. What is the connection? And can Cassel out-con the conmen?

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, society is divided into five very different factions with different beliefs – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of 16 teenagers must choose which faction they will spend the rest of their lives with. For Tris, the choice is between staying with her family and being who she really is-she can′t have both. Her choice catapults her into a world of fierce competition, physical and psychological tests of skill and bravery, new friends and romance. But Tris also has a secret – one she′s been warned to keep hidden or risk death – as the society she lives in is not perfect after all and is fast descending into conflict and chaos. Tris realizes that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

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Six impossible things – Fiona Wood

Fourteen year old nerd Dan Cereill’s life is a mess; but he has narrowed down his problems to just six impossible things. A really lovable dork, he is still trying to deal with his father’s declaration that he is bankrupt, gay and moving out. As if that wasn’t enough, when Dan and his mother move to a new house, on first sight Dan develops a desperately cute crush on the girl-next-door. A new school, new friends and a new job for his mother, are all challenges that have to be dealt with. This is a heartwarming novel, with very human characters.

Fiona Wood