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Saving Rafael by Leslie Wilson

5538616There was a vehicle pulling up outside. I heard the booted feet running up the stairs, then the hammering on the apartment door and the shouting. “Open up! Gestapo!”

She is 15 years old and in love. Only this is Nazi-ruled Berlin and he’s a Jew, so it’s against the law to love him. There are spies everywhere and they’re taking the last Jews away from Berlin—to the gas chambers.

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Miriam Halahmy’s Top 10 UKYA books

Miriam Halahmy, author of Hidden and Illegal, chooses her favourite UKYA books.

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.

Double Cross by Malorie Blackman : Gritty and realistic portrayal of how kids end up in gangs and of postcode gang warfare. Fourth book in Noughts and Crosses series.

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.