Swimming Against The Storm by Jess Butterworth

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Our land is sinking.  It’s disappearing into the water.  And no one knows how to save it

Twelve-year-old Eliza and her younger sister Avery have lived their entire lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana, growing up alongside turtles, pelicans and porpoises.  But now, with sea levels rising, their home is at risk of being swept away.

Determined to save the land, Eliza and Avery secretly go searching in the swamp for the dangerous, wolf-life loup-garou.  If they can prove this legendary creature exists, they’re sure that the government will have to protect its habitat – and their community.

But there’s one problem: the loup-garou has never been seen before.  And with a tropical storm approaching and the sisters deep, deep in the swampland, soon it’s not just their home at risk, but their lives as well …

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Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence

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Her life has changed and no one’s told her the new rules.

So she’ll just have to make up her own …

Eighteen months ago, seventeen-year-old Rose and thirteen-year-old Rudder escaped a strict religious sect with their mum.  

While Rudder gorges on once-taboo Harry Potters, Rose swaps ankle skirts for Japanese-cute fairy dress and her new boyfriend, Kye.  Kye, who she wants with all her being.  But there’s loads of stuff that Rose has no idea how to handle – it’s normal for girls to let their boyfriends take naked pictures of them, right?

When Rudder accidentally sets a devastating chain of events in action, Rose must decide whether to sacrifice everything and go back to the life she hates, in order to save the people she loves. 

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews

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Sam breaks into strangers’ houses every night.

But it’s not about stealing from houses, it’s about stealing THE houses.

He tricks locks and sleeps in stolen beds, because he just wants to find a home

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known.  Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them.  He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home.  To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling.  Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for teenager daughter, Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

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The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla

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When life knocks you down, can you learn to fight back?

Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny.  A seventeen-year-old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he’s just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack.  He finds the community he’s been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world.

But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend to radicalisation. 

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The Closest Thing To Flying by Gill Lewis

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When Semira discovers a diary written by Hen, a girl living over one hundred years ago, she finds the friend she has been desperately seeking. A friend who reaches through time to bring not just comfort but inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past …

Writing the diary changed one girl’s life. Reading it changes another’s. 

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To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

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Avery, you don’t know me but I’m writing to you anyway.  This is awkward but I’m just going to say it.  Your dad + my dad ARE NOW A COUPLE.  That isn’t my business, only it IS my business because my dad wants to send me to a summer camp that you’re going to.

– Bett Devlin

Bett, I think you are confused and have the wrong person.  If my papa was in a relationship with your dad, there is a one hundred per cent chance I would know about it.  We’re very close, and it’s been just the two of us almost my whole life, so we’re best friends and he tells me everything.

– Avery A. Bloom

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The La’lun by J N Harris

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Every family has a secret – this one is the last of its kind.

When Camille discovers the secret her grandmother has protected for decades, she knows that to tell anyone would be to tell everyone – with terrible consequences.

But it could also bring the rest of her family back into her life. 

This is a story about love and loyalty, truth and lies.  Real news, fake news and how far you’d go to protect what you love.

It’s a story for now with its roots in ancient folklore. 

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A Story About Cancer (With A Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and Marianne Ferrer

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”I think about everything I’ll miss if they tell me I’m going to die … my mum, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I’ll never get to see the end of, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa’s lasagne, kissing Victor, Victor’s eyes, Victor’s voice, Victor’s smell, Victor’s hands … Victor.”

This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It’s about life, love and, especially, hope.

For the past few years, a teenage girl has endured many hospital treatments, wearing a bandanna, people giving her ‘that look’, and her dad’s embarrassing jokes with the nurses.  But she’s also fallen in love.

Now she’s on her way to the hospital, where they’re going to tell her how much time she’s got to live.

A few years ago, author India Desjardins met a young girl with leukaemia who asked her to write a story about cancer with a happy ending.  This is that story. 

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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

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My name is Omar.

I have a huge imagination.

I hate marshmallows.

And this is the first book all abut me!

You might not know me yet, but once you open the pages of this book you’ll laugh so hard that snot will come out of your nose (plus you might meet a dragon and a zombie – what more could you want?).

My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house and move me to a new school at the same time.  As if I didn’t have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I’ve also got to try and make new friends.  What’s worse, the class bully seems to think I’m the perfect target.

At least Eid’s around the corner which means a feast (yay) and presents (double yay).  Well, as long as I can stay in mum and dad’s good books long enough … 

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