Title: I Have No Secrets
Author: Penny Joelson
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Family, Social Issues
Publication Date: May 4th 2017
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change…
Title: The Girl In Between
Author: Sarah Carroll
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Family, Social Issues
Publication Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s
Summary: In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it’s home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped – stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company.
Can she move on before it’s too late?
Title: Apple and Rain
Author: Sarah Crossan
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Family
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 14th August 2014
Summery : When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Family, Contemporary
Publication Date: 11th January 2011
Summery : Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key.
Jack and Ma are prisoners.
Author: Sarah Crossan
Genre: YA, Family, Contemporary
Publication Date: 27th August 2015
Summery : Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.
Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA, Family, Romance
Publication Date: 14th June 2012
Summery : The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them…until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.