The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Review

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Title: The One Memory Of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Adventure

Publication Date: January 12th 2017

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 302

Summary: I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – Review (Sophie)

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Author: Emily M. Danforth

Genre: YA, LGBTQ+, Fiction

Publication Date: 7th February 2012

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 480

Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. Continue reading

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

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Title: I Have No Secrets

Author: Penny Joelson

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Family, Social Issues

Publication Date: May 4th 2017

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Pages: 323

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…

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The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll – Review

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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

Pages: 256

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?

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Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green – Review

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Title: Noah Can’t Even

Author: Simon James Green

Genre: Coming of age, LGBTQ+, YA, Contemporary, Humour

Publication Date: May 4th 2017

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 320

Summary: Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is… Well, it’s pure hell. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.

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The Witch’s Kiss by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr – Review

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Title: The Witch’s Kiss

Author: Katherine & Elizabeth Corr

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance

Publication Date: 30th June 2016

Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens 

Pages: 420

Summary: Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse.

Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?

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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan – Review

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Title: We Come Apart

Author: Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Genre: YA, Poetry, Contemporary

Publication Date: February 9th 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 320

Summary: Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

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