Books of the Month 2022
There are so many great books published that it's easy to lose track through the year.
Each month we'll be choosing some of our favourite new YA book releases and highlighting books to look forward to later in the year.
Keep checking back!
Her Dark Wings
A story of hate, love, vengeance ...and flowers.
Black Night Falling
Captured by The Circle, Tabby is taken to their headquarters, Undersea. She learns about their ancient sisterhood, sworn to protect the planet, and that she is one of "the Chosen."
In London, Hayden finds herself at the centre of a coming together of disparate climate change groups. Denzi is missing, and Hayden's path to finding him is laced with danger.
People all around the world are demanding clean air and blue skies, and on the cusp of humanity making change for the good, Tabby, Hayden, and Denzi's paths draw closer together.
But as old friends arrive to help, old enemies resurface. The Circle's endgame comes into focus and Tabby, Hayden, and Denzi must race to prevent the destruction ahead. Can they learn how to harness Tabby and the Chosen's power in time before the world is changed forever?
The fate of the natural world lies in the hands of three teenagers in this
explosive finale to The Circle trilogy.
Why Is Nobody Laughing?
Will the real Ibrahim Malik please stand up? Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim...well, Ibrahim's dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he's started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks. When Ibrahim has a panic attack on stage at a local stand-up competition, he runs off to a deserted room. There he finds Sura. Sura is kind and helps him come to terms with his anxiety. He can open up to her in a way he's never been able to with Dexter. But there's also something strange about her - how much she knows about Ibrahim, and how she seems to disappear in an instant. Will Ibrahim crumble under the pressure, or will Sura's words be enough to help him? And what will happen when he no longer has her help?
A hugely honest and unforgettable insight into teenage mental health in boys.
The King Is Dead
James has been a prince all his life, and since he was born, he’s been thrust into the spotlight as the first Black heir to the throne. But when his father dies unexpectedly, James is crowned king at the tender age of seventeen, and his life irrevocably changes.
When James’ boyfriend suddenly goes missing, threatening envelopes appear in the palace, and gossip and scandals that only he knows are leaked to the public. As the anonymous informant continues to expose every last skeleton in the royal closet, James realises even those in his inner circle can’t be trusted.
Shocking secrets, rollercoaster romances and a twisty mystery!
Tag, You're Dead
The Society for Soulless Girls
A darkly funny thriller with a supernatural twist!
Read Between the Lies
A very clever pageturner tackling blended families, hidden secrets and dyslexia, with the most shocking twist...Such a big-hearted book and very funny with it!
Simon James Green
Simon James Green
Short but perfectly formed, this is a phenomenal story: a powerful and emotionally charged insight into the social care and criminal justice systems. You'll never have cared about a book character more.
Only on the Weekends
Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic – he blames the films he’s grown up watching. He has liked Karim for as long as he can remember, and is ecstatic when Karim becomes his boyfriend – it feels like love.
But when Mack’s dad gets a job on a film in Scotland, Mack has to move, and soon he discovers how painful love can be. It’s horrible being so far away from Karim, but the worst part is that Karim doesn’t make the effort to visit. Love shouldn’t be only on the weekends.
Then, when Mack meets actor Finlay on a film set, he experiences something powerful, a feeling like love at first sight. How long until he tells Karim – and when will his old life and new life collide?
So you think you liked Heartstopper? Just wait until you read this!
From Blood to Poison
When Our Worlds Collided - Danielle Jawando
When fourteen-year-old Shaq is stabbed outside of a busy shopping centre in Manchester, three teenagers from very different walks of life are unexpectedly brought together. What follows flips their worlds upside down and makes Chantelle, Jackson, and Marc question the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media, and the rest of society.
A powerful, hard-hitting, thought-provoking story about chance encounters, injustice and how the choices we make can completely change our future.
Two best friends, One night. A curse that will change everything...
The mysterious end-of-year party in the woods known as the Revelry spells trouble for Bitsy and Amy in this thrilling story of best friends, bad luck and the consequences of breaking the rules in a town built on secrets and superstitions.
A superb insight into female friendships with a sinister, supernatural twist to keep the pages turning.
The Cats We Meet Along the Way
Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn't seen her sister June for two years. And now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months' time, she and her mother decide that it's time to track her down. Along with Aisha's boyfriend, Walter, his parents and Fleabag the stray cat, the group take a roadtrip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated campervan - to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future.
The most brilliantly bizarre book you'll read this year!
Win Lose Kill Die
The students at Morton Academy are high-achievers, selected based on academic excellence. So when a series of murders target the school's brightest and best, the pressure is on. Someone is determined to stop at nothing to clear their path to the top. But who is it? And can they be stopped?
If you're a fan of twisty, turny thrillers and absolutely unguessable endings you'll LOVE this. A perfect pageturner for winter nights.