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Jenna Burtenshaw’s Top 10 UKYA reads

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.

3: The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud

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.

7: Skellig by David Almond

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.

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