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Top 5 tomes for teens

Following on from our list of books for younger children last week, here’s five of the best new books for 13+ and young adults. One of the authors, Somerset-born Josh Martin, will be at Bailey Hill Books in Castle Cary from 6pm on Friday 17 March, pen in hand ready to sign copies of his fantasy novel Ariadnis.

We Come Apart, Sarah Crossan and  Brian Conaghan, Bloomsbury

Part of a new wave of children’s and young adult fiction inspired by current events – in this case, Brexit Britain – this is the story of star-cross’d lovers Romanian immigrant Nicu and troubled English girl Jess.  Two prize-winning authors (Sarah Crossan won the Carnegie medal for One and Brian Conaghan’s Bombs That Brought Us Together won this year’s Costa Children’s Book of the Year) have collaborated to produce a compulsive, powerful book written as a series of free verse poems.

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt, Usborne

Lexi spends her life at conventions, thanks to her dad’s job as top organizer – it’s her world. So when she finds smug (but cute) interloper Aidan in her Green Room at the first event of the year, she is not impressed. That is until she discovers that Aidan is actually Haydn Swift – author of Lexi’s new favourite novel – and sparks begin to fly…

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel, David Fickling

Deep in the Badlands of America lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, a ‘rex’ so big that it will put whoever finds it into the history books. In the latest book by super-star Canadian author (the Silverwing trilogy, The Boundless), Samuel Bolt meets Rachel Cartland, daughter of his father’s arch rival and the race is on. A fast-paced novel set in the 19th century which combines paleontology, adventure and a warts and all romance suitable for older readers than the cover might suggest.

Tilt by Mary Hoffman, Barrington Stoke

Gorgeous historical novel inspired by an iconic symbol of Italy. Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era. This book is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Ariadnis by Josh Martin, Quercus

A debut novel by Somerset-born author, this is the first in a breathtaking and unique series, packed with magic, prophecy, and a thrilling competition. The stakes of Ariadnis have never been higher. Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their 18th birthday the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.

Bailey Hill Bookshop,  Fore Street, Castle Cary  BA7 7BG. Tel 01963 350917. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.3-pm; Sat

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