Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

Cracks by Caroline Green

13610157Who do you trust when you discover your whole life has been a lie?

Cal thinks he’s losing his mind when cracks start appearing that no one else can see. But his life splinters apart when he discovers that, far from leading an ordinary life in a northern town in 2012 as he thought, he has spent his whole life so far in a deliberately induced coma.

The year is actually 2024 and a repressive regime is in force: it plans to brainwash the whole population. Set free by the local resistance movement, he finds himself drawn into their struggle; and he gets involved with Kyla, a girl who lives on the streets. But are they all just using him: is there anyone he can really trust?

Malaika Rose Stanley’s favourite YA books

Malaika Rose Stanley shares her Top 10 UKYA reads.

I mainly write for younger children and pre-teens, but young adult fiction is what I often choose to read.

Choosing my favourites is difficult, but here is my Top 10 from the books I read over the past year.

There is nothing that particularly links them together by theme, except most notably that they are all UK publications and possibly that they were all written – or recommended – by my social network contacts. Does that mean I am entitled to bask in their reflected glory?

Even under the Young Adult banner, I think the ages for which these books are most suited probably varies – but they are all great reads!

Killing Honour – Bali Rai

You Against Me – Jenny Downham

Trash – Andy Mulligan

When I Was Joe – Keren David

Life, An Exploded Diagram – Mal Peet

Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman

Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott

Dark Ride – Caroline Green

Clash – Colin Mulhern

15 Days Without a Head – Dave Cousins

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Dark Ride by Caroline Green

A mysterious boy. A haunting secret …

A shiver crawled up my spine. It felt like the loneliest place in the world. For a second I thought I caught a snatch of music in the air, but it was just the wind whistling through cracks in the fairground hoardings.

My instincts screamed, ‘Run away, Bel! Run away and never return!’ But instead my fingers closed around the ticket in my pocket. ADMIT ONE.

Bel has never met anyone like Luka. And the day she follows him into the abandoned fairground, she is totally unprepared for the turn her life is about to take.

Read Chapter 1

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