Books really do smell quite nice when they’re new – here are the latest additions to the YA collection for you to sniff.
Puppet Master, by Joanne Owen (214 pages) – This book is very nicely presented and full of lovely illustrations. It’s a mixture of stories – old and new – set in 19th-century Prague.
The Pearl Hunters, by Kim Wilkins (311 pages) – It is 1799, and the young, beautiful, and incredibly-named Constance Blackchurch meets Alexandre, who dives for pearls in the Indian Ocean. Love blossoms among the seaweed.
Cathy’s Key : If Found Call (065)-266-8202, by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman (210 pages) – This is the sequel to Cathy’s Book, and is similary written in a kind of diary format (replete with biro doodles). A hit with fans of detective stories and vampires (and vampires are popular right now).
The Silence of Fear, by Denis Martin (191 pages) – An action-packed NZ book about some teens whose silence about a crime they witnessed has deadly repurcussions.
L8r, g8r, by Lauren Myrackle (279 pages) – lol dis buk is rittn in txt-spk lol
Jumping to Confusions, by Liz Rettig (309 pages) – Glaswegian lass, Cat, thinks she knows that Josh – who doesn’t seem interested in her thinner, pretty sister – must be gay. But is she jumping to conclusions? I shan’t say.
Stop in the Name of Pants! : Fab New Confessions, by Louise Rennison (285 pages) – Book 9 in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, which all began in Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. You may have heard of it.
Big Woo! : Serafina67 Urgently Requires Life, by Susie Day (227 pages) – This is written in the form of a blog by Sarah. Her posts (and the comments) create a story that is ‘completely hilarious’, according to some critics.