UKYA

Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors


0.4 by Mike Lancaster

It’s a brave new world.

‘My name is Kyle Straker. And I don’t exist anymore.’

So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world…If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie. And if everything we know is a lie does that mean that we are, too?

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Competition: Lancashire Book of the Year books

   

Hello! Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet lately, but we’re hoping to make up with it with a competition!

I (Keris) went to the author panel for the Lancashire Book of the Year last month. It was wonderful and the four authors who appeared – Zoe Marriott, Mike Lancaster, Cliff McNish and Chris Higgins – were highly entertaining and inspiring.

So I snapped up a copy of each of their shortlisted books and asked them to sign them for one lucky UKYA reader.

To be in with a chance of winning all four books, please leave a ‘pick me’ comment (you don’t have to say ‘pick me’, just make it clear you’re interested) with your name and email address. Closing date: 31 July 2012 at midnight GMT and I’m afraid it’s UK only, cos these books are heavy.


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I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

I, CorianderI am Coriander Hobie. I was born on the year of Our Lord 1643, the only child of Thomas and Eleanor Hobie, in our great house on the River Thames in London. Of my early years I remember only happiness. That was before I knew this world had such evil in it, and that my fate was to be locked up in a chest and left to die.

This is my story. This is my life.

I, Coriander sweeps the reader into the dark, magical world of 17th century London. Join Coriander as she explores the wilderness of the London streets and overcomes dangers in this magic-fuelled adventure fairytale…

Winner of the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. Find out more at Sally’s website.


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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2012.

Number 10 on our Top 10 Best-Ever UKYA Novels list.

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Trash by Andy Mulligan

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it.

Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything.

Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong.

And now it’s three street boys against the world…

Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2012.

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