Superhero

I will be your superhero
If you give me half a chance

Prince – Superhero – Bootleg Collection, Volume 1

For a list of all my reads: Condition Of The Heart

Who says Young Adult novels are just for kids?

If you’re looking for a great book for your child, here are my favourite Young Adult reads from the last couple of years:

monster.PNGA Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd
Connor’s mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.

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Chaos Walking trilogy

41GRCK+9UfLThe Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run… Book 1

 

 

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Author: Patrick Ness

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

 

51DmqWJokuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Three armies march on New Prentisstown. The New World is at war. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. How can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?

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Half Bad Trilogy

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Author: Sally Green

In a modern-day Britain in which witches live alongside humans, Nathan is a ‘half-code’, caught between the ‘good’ White Witches and the ‘bad’ Black Witches. Book 1

 

 

 

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Author: Sally Green

Nathan is back, with new magical gifts, still determined to bring down the monstrous leader of the Council, Soul O’Brien and needing to rescue his girlfriend Annalise too.  Book 2

 

 

 

 

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Author: Sally Green

Consumed by anger and set on avenging his father’s death, Nathan is on the run again, while the fragmented Alliance of Free Witches is battling against the odds to end the war between the Black and White witches. Book 3.

 

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The Lie Tree 
Author: Frances Hardinge

Faith is clever, curious and interested in everything around her – but because she is a girl, no-one pays her any attention, so she’s learned to exist in the background.

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Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series

220px-The_Cruel_Prince_coverThe Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black

Jude was just a child when she witnessed the murder of her parents by Madoc, a Faerie lord. Madoc took Jude and her sisters back to Elfhame with him and brought them up as his own.  Book 1

 

 

 

51NGQp8xR2L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black

Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Book 2

 

 

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The Queen of Nothing

by Holly Black

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

 

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Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War.

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after the fire

After the Fire

Author: Will Hill

Moonbeam, his central character, is beginning to doubt the teaching of Father John and to comprehend the methods he uses to control his followers. A survivor, she’s being coaxed to tell the story of the events that led up to that deadly confrontation with ‘The Authorities’.

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The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

 

After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts – an array of century-spanning characters who care for him, impart wisdom and even teach body-fading skills.

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Orphan Monster Spy
 
Book by Matt Killeen
 

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons.

 

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orangeboyOrangeboy

by Patrice Lawrence
 

Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through. NOT ANY MORE. NOT SINCE MR ORANGE. Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted.

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The Ruby in the Smoke

by Philip Pullman

Sally Lockhart is living quietly in London with her obnoxious cousin, after her father’s tragic death at sea. But the peaceful, if hateful, existence is about to end. Sally’s father left her a message, and deciphering it will lead her into a world of danger and excitement such as she’s never known…

 

 

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One of Us is Lying

by Karen M McManus

Five teens in detention are hit by a storm when one of them of dies. Outsider Simon, creator of the notorious Bayview High gossip app, wryly remarks that they’re all “walking teen-movie stereotypes” and casts himself as the “omniscient narrator” shortly before collapsing to his death.

 

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Noughts & Crosses

by Malorie Blackman

Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.  Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger …

 

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Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo

“Tommo” Peaceful is recalling his childhood from those terrible battlefields.  But as the World turned to War, he had to grow up fast. Together Charlie and Tommo enlist and are sent to France, almost immediately, to what could only be described as pure hell on Earth. Bullets, bombs, death. Shells, noise, dirt. Disease, rats, stench. Charlie and Tommo fight for their lives and to stay together–facing certain death in the face every time they try to advance the British lines.

 

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The Diviners 

by Libba Bray

It’s 1920s New York City. It’s flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It’s after the war but before the depression.  For Evie O’Neill, it’s escape.  New York City isn’t about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city.  They’re gruesome. They’re planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards.  Evie has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer – if he doesn’t catch her first.

 

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Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

 

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Purple Hibiscus

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.  When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

 

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The Smoke Thieves

by Sally Green

Five nations destined for conflict. In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.  Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

 

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Maggot Moon

by Sally Gardner

The story of the power of a friendship between two boys.
When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland.  But Hector and Standish know that the truth is there to be told. If they can find the courage to tell it.

 

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The Bone Sparrow

by Zana Fraillon

A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian detention centre, told through the unforgettable voice of an unforgettable boy.  Subhi is one of the Limbo kids in a permanent Australian detention centre, the first to be born in the camp after his Maá and big sister Queeny fled violent persecution in Burma.

 

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The Burning

by Laura Bates

Fire is like a rumour. You might think you’ve extinguished it but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back into life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames…There’s nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the ‘incident’.

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