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Recommended Reads - Young Adult

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence  

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Published by Hodder, 2016

After Marlon goes on a date with the hottest girl in school his world is turned upside down. The promise he has made to his mother is impossible to keep when he assures her he will never take the wrong path as his brother Andre did.

Marlon has to grow up fast. He is no longer the unnoticeable person he once was. He becomes someone he’s loathe to be, in order to protect everyone he loves.

Orangeboy is the winner of the The YA Book Prize awarded annually to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Previous winners of the prize are Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours (2015) and Sarah Crossan's One (2016).

"This is a book that explores the meaning of family, friendship and loyalty with intelligence and sensitivity. It is an urban, coming of age story about family ties, gang culture and the dangers of drugs with a shocking storyline that you won’t forget in a hurry." - a Clare County Library staff member

     
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman  

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Published by Doubleday, 2016

Malorie Blackman’s latest novel is sci-fi adventure, murder mystery and a teenage love story all in one. Olivia Sindall (Vee) and her brother Aidan are the only survivors on a starship heading back to Earth. Everyone else including their parents have been killed by an alien virus and the siblings are at risk from the deadly Mazon species whose mission is to wipe out all humans.

Vee is 18 years old. She is the tough, resilient and intelligent skipper of a starship, but she is also human and behaves like every other hormonal teenager. Nathan, one of the Mazon is irresistible to her and she soon finds that everything she believes in and the challenges she faces are compromised by her emotions.

"Drawing on Shakespeare’s Othello for inspiration , Chasing the Stars is a story of love, hate, fear, jealousy and betrayal. This a different departure for Malorie Blackman and the book has got mixed reviews. Lots of action and emotion combined with an exciting climax with the hint of a sequel makes it well worth a read." - a Clare County Library staff member

     
Plain Jane by Kim Hood  

Plain Jane by Kim Hood
Published by The O’Brien Press in 2016

Ten year old Emma has never been resented by her older sister Jane, aged almost 16. Emma is a talented dancer. She also has cancer. Up to now Jane has been happy to live in her sister’s shadow but with other family pressures of her parents disagreeing and struggling financially, Jane finds herself skipping school and hanging out with a boyfriend she’s not all that interested in. Because no one seems to care where she’s at in life, neither does she. But Jane comes to a realisation that her life is not all that bad, her sister’s health improves and the sisters take up where they left off before Emma got sick.

“A story of sibling rivalry with the added dimension of a possibly life-threatening disease thrown into the mix makes this a compelling read for any teenage girl who feels over shadowed by their sister.

“Themes of sisterhood, cancer and teen mental illness are all realistically explored in this novel that will resonate and be remembered by young adult readers long after they’ve read it.” - a Clare County Library staff member

 
Still Falling by Sheena Wilkinson  

Still Falling by Sheena Wilkinson
Published by Little Island in 2015

Esther and Luke are teenagers from two very different backgrounds in Northern Ireland. Esther feels unpopular and isolated at school and is questioning the rituals and teaching of her church. When Luke arrives at her school after many years in care, he has a chance to prove himself but has an epileptic fit on his first day. Esther and he are drawn to one another and become inseparable but they both have serious issues to resolve whilst surrounded by pressure on many levels, even from themselves. This is a story about the struggle it can be to love someone who doesn’t love themselves – and why it’s worth it to persevere.

“One of the most moving and thought-provoking books published for teenagers.” - a Clare County Library staff member

 
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