Jenna Burtenshaw, author of Wintercraft, Blackwatch and Legacy (out 10 May), shares her Top 10 favourite UKYA reads.
1: Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge
A witch, a curse, and spooky goings-on. Everything about this story is dark, creepy, and wonderful.
2: Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
I love books set in desolate futures. Floodland is one of my favourites.
Four books filled with magicians and djinn, magic and corruption. If you like action and sarcastic comedy, this is a must read series.
4: Pastworld by Ian Beck
Victorian London meets futuristic London, and there’s a mysterious killer on the loose. Smoggy and atmospheric.
5: The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish
I read this book in one sitting. It’s a lot darker than I expected. Tense, very creepy, and well worth a read.
6: The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
Set in Germany, this book recalls dramatic events in a young girl’s life (and starts with one character bursting into flames). Put on your detective hat and enjoy.
Who is the stranger living in the garage? A wonderful story about hope, family, and friendship.
8: The Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage
A fantastic world of magic, dragons, and talking messenger rats. Great fun.
9: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
I don’t often cry when reading books, but I needed tissues at the end of this one.
10: The Larklight Series by Philip Reeve
Steampunk swashbuckling set in space. I’ll say no more.