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Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray - Noemi is a soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the inhabitants know the colonists will only destroy the planet the way they Earth, so a terrible war has begun. When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth's robotic mech warriors, she realizes he provide the key to Genesis' salvation. Abel is programmed to obey her but he is no ordinary mech. He's a prototype that has begun to develop emotions and a personality. Abel is less than human, but he is…

Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray - Noemi is a soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the inhabitants know the colonists will only destroy the planet the way they Earth, so a terrible war has begun. When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth's robotic mech warriors, she realizes he provide the key to Genesis' salvation. Abel is programmed to obey her but he is no ordinary mech. He's a prototype that has begun to develop emotions and a personality. Abel is less than human, but he is…

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee - Genie Lo the type who always wins. The struggle to get into a top college consumes her every waking thought. But when her hometown is invaded by demons, her priorities change.  Enter Quentin, a quiet new student who guides Genie as she battles the Hellspawn.  But Quentin is not who he seems.  And neither, for that matter, is Genie. But every second Genie spends uncovering her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the…

richincolor: “ The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. Yee “ The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes.

Sky Thieves by Dan Walker - Zoya has no idea her life is about to change forever when sky thieves 'steal' her from her orphanage, landing up in the clouds, on board the Dragonfly's deck. There she discovers a world of meteorite storms, sword fights, midnight raids, floating islands, and long lost treasure. But with a deadly enemy closing in, will Zoya find the strength to face her fears and unlock the key to her destiny, or will she fall from the skies with no one left to break her fall?

Sky Thieves by Dan Walker - Zoya has no idea her life is about to change forever when sky thieves 'steal' her from her orphanage, landing up in the clouds, on board the Dragonfly's deck. There she discovers a world of meteorite storms, sword fights, midnight raids, floating islands, and long lost treasure. But with a deadly enemy closing in, will Zoya find the strength to face her fears and unlock the key to her destiny, or will she fall from the skies with no one left to break her fall?

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak – Linny’s sister Grace ran away, and she's scared she might never come back. When movie star Alvaro re-appears after having gone missing for a long time, Linny thinks it’s a sign.  Sebastian is seeking the father he only just found out about. Seb knows a lot – astronomy and physics – but none of this explains why his father abandoned him.  As Sebastian and Linny discuss the mystery of Alvaro, their planets start to collide.

"I just knew this was going to be a beautiful book. the characters struggling with missing pieces in their lives but it’s also a story of finding oneself, of life after grief and the possibility of happiness.

More Than One Way To Be A Girl by Dyan Sheldon – ZiZi’s wardrobe is mostly pink, her makeup routine takes an hour and she loves to flirt. Her best friend Loretta is the opposite: her clothes are black, she doesn't wear makeup and she doesn't like the way ZiZi dumbs herself down for boys.   One day, they decide to make a bet. Can ZiZi stand looking like Loretta for longer than Loretta can bear dressing like ZiZi? This summer, they are surprised to find they have a lot to learn from each…

More Than One Way To Be A Girl by Dyan Sheldon – ZiZi’s wardrobe is mostly pink, her makeup routine takes an hour and she loves to flirt. Her best friend Loretta is the opposite: her clothes are black, she doesn't wear makeup and she doesn't like the way ZiZi dumbs herself down for boys. One day, they decide to make a bet. Can ZiZi stand looking like Loretta for longer than Loretta can bear dressing like ZiZi? This summer, they are surprised to find they have a lot to learn from each…

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - London, 1665. Christopher is apprenticed to Benedict Blackthorn, learning the secrets of creating powerful medicines and potions. His beloved master is a good teacher.  But a mysterious cult is out to murder clever men like Blackthorn.  And one he is gone, leaving only a page of cryptic clues and a warning—‘Tell no one.’  Christopher follows a trail of lies and deceit towards an unearthly secret which could tear the world apart.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - London, 1665. Christopher is apprenticed to Benedict Blackthorn, learning the secrets of creating powerful medicines and potions. His beloved master is a good teacher. But a mysterious cult is out to murder clever men like Blackthorn. And one he is gone, leaving only a page of cryptic clues and a warning—‘Tell no one.’ Christopher follows a trail of lies and deceit towards an unearthly secret which could tear the world apart.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - London, 1665. Christopher is apprenticed to Benedict Blackthorn, learning the secrets of creating powerful medicines and potions. His beloved master is a good teacher.  But a mysterious cult is out to murder clever men like Blackthorn.  And one he is gone, leaving only a page of cryptic clues and a warning—‘Tell no one.’  Christopher follows a trail of lies and deceit towards an unearthly secret which could tear the world apart.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - London, 1665. Christopher is apprenticed to Benedict Blackthorn, learning the secrets of creating powerful medicines and potions. His beloved master is a good teacher. But a mysterious cult is out to murder clever men like Blackthorn. And one he is gone, leaving only a page of cryptic clues and a warning—‘Tell no one.’ Christopher follows a trail of lies and deceit towards an unearthly secret which could tear the world apart.

The Explorer by Katharine Rundell - From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He’s always dreamed of becoming an explorer and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. But Fred gets his wish in the worst possible way.  The plane crashes.  Fred and the three other children in the plane survive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

The Explorer by Katharine Rundell - From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He’s always dreamed of becoming an explorer and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. But Fred gets his wish in the worst possible way. The plane crashes. Fred and the three other children in the plane survive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell - When Spike becomes the first presenter ever to be sacked from hospital radio, he decides to carry on from a studio in the garden shed, disguising his voice and calling himself Radio Boy. Word gets around and soon Spike is a star.  But then he goes too far and a hunt is launched for the mysterious Radio Boy.  Can Spike remain anonymous? Will he get to marry the girl of his dreams? Will he become famous? The answer to most of these questions is no…

Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell - When Spike becomes the first presenter ever to be sacked from hospital radio, he decides to carry on from a studio in the garden shed, disguising his voice and calling himself Radio Boy. Word gets around and soon Spike is a star. But then he goes too far and a hunt is launched for the mysterious Radio Boy. Can Spike remain anonymous? Will he get to marry the girl of his dreams? Will he become famous? The answer to most of these questions is no…

The Incredible Billy Wild by Joann Nadin - When Billy’s teacher asks the class to write a wish, Billy's is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must be listening.   Billy needs to hide her, but keeping a greyhound hidden is hard.  Then Billy makes a huge decision - he knows it will get him into trouble, but it might just save Dog… and hundreds like her.

The Incredible Billy Wild by Joann Nadin - When Billy’s teacher asks the class to write a wish, Billy's is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must be listening. Billy needs to hide her, but keeping a greyhound hidden is hard. Then Billy makes a huge decision - he knows it will get him into trouble, but it might just save Dog… and hundreds like her.

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy - Every seven years something goes missing in the remote town of Sterling: people's reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – can her desire to uncover the truth save Sterling from the past?  This story is a mystery made up of literary clues, a mother's buried secrets, and a seven-year curse.

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy - Every seven years something goes missing in the remote town of Sterling: people's reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – can her desire to uncover the truth save Sterling from the past? This story is a mystery made up of literary clues, a mother's buried secrets, and a seven-year curse.

Aline Rain by Ruth Morgan - Bree lives in a Martian city where everyone dreams of returning to Earth. She's never seen a bird fly or the sea or the rain.  She's amazed when she's chosen for a mission to Earth, a rare honour usually reserved for the highest-achieving pupils. Why her?  There are terrible shocks ahead. Who is trying to contact Bree? What are the others not telling her? As she discovers more secrets, she will have to decide whose side is she really on - Home or Earth?

Aline Rain by Ruth Morgan - Bree lives in a Martian city where everyone dreams of returning to Earth. She's never seen a bird fly or the sea or the rain. She's amazed when she's chosen for a mission to Earth, a rare honour usually reserved for the highest-achieving pupils. Why her? There are terrible shocks ahead. Who is trying to contact Bree? What are the others not telling her? As she discovers more secrets, she will have to decide whose side is she really on - Home or Earth?

The Sign Of One by Eugene Lambert - On Wrath, a dump-world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, the other becomes a monster.  When 16-year-old Kyle is betrayed, he flees for his life. Kyle soon realises he is no ordinary runaway - although he has no idea why he warrants this level of pursuit. The hideous truth could change the fate of Wrath and its harsh laws forever.

The Sign Of One by Eugene Lambert - On Wrath, a dump-world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, the other becomes a monster. When 16-year-old Kyle is betrayed, he flees for his life. Kyle soon realises he is no ordinary runaway - although he has no idea why he warrants this level of pursuit. The hideous truth could change the fate of Wrath and its harsh laws forever.

The Island At The End Of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage.  But together with a new friend  she discovers a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

The Island At The End Of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. But together with a new friend she discovers a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – A historical ghost story!  Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, but one day she drops her guard.  Now there's a spirit inside her.  It is wild and strong, but it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful family, who only want to use Makepeace.  England is being torn  apart by Civil War, and Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – A historical ghost story! Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, but one day she drops her guard. Now there's a spirit inside her. It is wild and strong, but it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful family, who only want to use Makepeace. England is being torn apart by Civil War, and Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.