Orangeboy – 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. They’re after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they’re going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon’s out of choices – can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

Other books by the author
Features in various anthologies
Granny Ting Ting

Coming Soon – July 2017
Indigo Donut
A story of longing, belonging and trust. Two very different young people discover who loves them, and who they can love back.

The breathtaking second book from the author of Orangeboy, selected for The Guardian’s Best New Children’s Books 2016, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award 2016 and chosen as a World Book Night title.

Bailey is 17, mixed race, lives with his mum and dad in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro. Indigo is 17 and new to London, having grown up in the care system after being found by her mum’s dead body as a toddler. All Indigo wants is to know who she really is. When Bailey and Indigo meet at sixth form, sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make.

A story about falling in love and everyone’s need to belong.

Extract
http://readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=book&isbn=9781444927207

About the author
Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She found her way to east London in the ’90s and lives there with a partner, a teenager and a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum ‘n’ bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can’t help creeping into her books.

Author Website
https://patricelawrence.wordpress.com/

Orangeboy soundtrack
https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/patrice-lawrence-the-soundtrack-to-orangeboy/

Interview with the author
https://lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/interview-with-patrice-lawrence/

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Broken Sky – L A Weatherly

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.

Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.

And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky – an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.

Other books by the author
The Angel trilogy
Darkness Follows (Broken Trilogy #2)
Black Moon (Broken Trilogy #3  – March 2017)

Extract
http://www.readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=extracts_download
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e25PA_Ecfy0

About the author
L. A. Weatherly is the author of the bestselling Angel series, as well as almost 50 other books for children and teenagers. She’s originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband. Her books have been translated into over 10 different languages.

Author Website
http://www.leeweatherly.com/

Interview with the author
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/mar/09/la-weatherly-broken-sky-angel-teen-books-interview

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The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Extract
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/ng-interactive/2016/jan/06/extract-the-art-of-being-normal-lisa-williamson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M7Dm1436BY

Other books by
Lisa’s next insightful and unputdownable teen drama – All About Mia –  hits the shelves in February 2017 . A brilliant look into the mind of a teenager stuck in the middle.

About the author
Lisa Williamson was born and grew up in Nottingham. She studied drama at Middlesex University and since graduating has worked as an actor on stage and TV. Between acting jobs Lisa temped in offices across London, typing stories when no one was looking, one of which eventually became The Art of Being Normal.

Lisa now lives in North London with her boyfriend.

Author Website
http://www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com/

Author Video
https://vimeo.com/105650550

Interview with the author
http://queerya.org/2015/01/interview-art-normal-author-lisa-williamson/

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Book of Lies – Teri Terry

Tell a lie and the darkness will find you.
Quinn and Piper are twins, but they’ve never met. A tragic event brings
them together, and draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries.
One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse.
But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?

Don’t miss this startling new book from Teri Terry, queen of the YA psychological thriller!

They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then – feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes – and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She’s coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return.
And the ground will run with blood.

Other books by the author
The Slated Trilogy
Mind Games
Dangerous Games
Contagion (Feb 2017)

Extract
http://readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=book&isbn=9781408334287

About the author
Teri Terry has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring four degrees, a selection of passports, and a silly name along the way. Past careers have included scientist, lawyer, optometrist, and, in England, various jobs in schools, libraries, and an audiobook charity. The footpaths and canal ways of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns where she now lives inspired much of the setting of her YA trilogy of futuristic thrillers – Slated,Fractured, and Shattered.

Teri Terry is also the author the award-winning Mind Games and Book of Lies. Her books have been translated into twelve languages and won prizes at home and abroad – including the NE Teen Book Award!!

Author Website
http://teriterry.jimdo.com/

Book trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SedgyJMTscM

Interview with the author
http://www.betterreading.com.au/kids-ya/young-adult-author-teri-terry-on-writing-page-turning-plots-multiple-perspectives-and-characters-that-keep-you-guessing/

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Re-made – Alex Scarrow

Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumours of an unidentified virus in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives. A month after touching

Earth’s atmosphere the virus has assimilated the world’s biomass.

But the virus isn’t their only enemy, and survival is just the first step . . .

Other books by the author
The Time Riders series

Extract
http://www.mykindabook.com/sneakpeek

Author Website
http://www.alexscarrow.com/

Book trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCunfRWbYuE

About the author
Born in Hertford, raised in Hong Kong and then Essex, Alex is an ex-rock guitarist, graphic artist and creative director of a games company; now a full-time writer. His TIME RIDERS series is a huge international success sold into 20 languages and his new projects pack the punch to go bigger and better.

Interview with the author
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36458854

Other books by
Time Riders
Day of the Predator
Doomsday Code
Eternal War
Gates of Rome
City of Shadows
Pirate Kings
Mayan Prophecy
Infinity Cage

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Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.

Other books by the author
Traitor to the Throne (Feb 2017)

Extract
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/ng-interactive/2016/feb/29/extract-rebel-of-the-sands-alwyn-hamilton

About the author
Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her early years bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College. On graduating she worked in a bookshop in France, where she rediscovered YA. She then moved to London where she now lives and put her degree to use working for an auction house. REBEL OF THE SANDS is her first novel.

Author Website
http://rebelofthesands.co.uk

Book trailer

Interview with the author
https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/mar/22/alwyn-hamilton-rebel-of-the-sands

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Running Girl – Simon Mason

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Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point? Life sucks. Nothing surprising ever happens.Until Chloe Dow’s body is pulled from a pond. His ex-girlfriend.DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical – he’s determined to solve the mystery – and get promoted. He doesn’t need any ‘assistance’ from notorious slacker, Smith. Or does he?

http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/authors/simon-mason-10510

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