Dirty Work by Julia Bell : Child sex trafficking and a wake-up call for one young English girl who didn’t realise what a good life she already had. A slice of life we would rather turn away from.
Saving Rafael by Leslie Wilson : A mother and daughter hide a Jewish boy in Nazi Berlin. What you would have done in their situation? Love against the odds.
Being Billy by Phil Earle : What would it be like to be rejected by your mother and end up in care for 8 years? A realistic portrayal of the experience of being in care for many young people.
Killing Honour by Bali Rai : Tells the horrific story of the practice of killing young women for honour in some communities and how dangerous it can be for the whistle blower.
Exodus by Julie Bertagna : Dystopian novel set in a flooded world after climate change. Great depiction of a teenage girl taking the lead.
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett : Another dystopian or is it? You decide. Survival techniques in a freezing world, way more realistic than the Hunger Games.
The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant : Atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1683 in London during the famous ice fair.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff : If Holden Caulfield had been a girl he would have Daisy’s voice in this funny and powerful story of teenage love ( and sex) in war torn, near future England.
The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan : Two boys get in a car with a strange man. Read on if you dare. Powerful, dark, unpredictable.