BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION OF 2014
THE EVEREST FILES BY MATT DICKINSON (VERTEBRATE PUBLISHING)
Matt Dickinson, who has climbed to the top of Mount Everest, has written a dramatic and thoughtful thriller.
BOMBMAKER BY CLAIRE McFALL (TEMPLAR PUBLISHING)
A thriller about nationalism, terrorism and what happens when Scotland is divided from England from Claire McFall, winner of the 2014 Scottish Children's Book Award.
HALF BAD BY SALLY GREEN (PENGUIN BOOKS)
Sally Green's debut young adult novel about witches, called Half Bad, is an edgy and gripping success.
THE YEAR OF THE RAT BY CLARE FURNISS (SIMON & SCHUSTER)
The Year of the Rat, a debut young adult novel by Clare Furniss, follows a year in the life of 16-year-old Pearl as she struggles to cope with the death of her mother.
BONE JACK BY SARA CROWE (ANDERSON PRESS)
Sara Crowe's debut YA novel is a powerful modern fantasy set on the day of the annual Stag Chase.
THE BUBBLE WRAP BOY BY PHIL EARLE (PENGUIN)
Phil Earle's The Bubble Wrap Boy is a funny tale about a boy with a secret talent: skateboarding.
ROCK WAR BY ROBERT MUCHAMORE (HACHETTE KIDS)
Robert Muchamore's new series of novels is about music and the first instalment, Rock War, is a pacy and enjoyable read.
THE APPLE TART OF HOPE BY SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD (ORION)
A moving tale about a friendship that is wrecked when a warm-hearted boy meets a girl who is rotten to the core.
WE WERE LIARS BY E LOCKHART (HOT KEY BOOKS)
E.Lockhart's novel We Were Liars, set among a rich New England family, is mysterious and powerful.
I PREDICT A RIOT BY CATHERINE BRUTON (EGMONT)
Catherine Bruton's I Predict a Riot is a powerful novel about gangs, class and race, set during a violent summer in London.
LOBSTERS BY TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISON (CHICKEN HOUSE)
Lobsters is a funny novel about finding love and losing your virginity, in a tale co-authored by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.
CUCKOO SONG BY FRANCES HARDINGE (MACMILLAN)
Award-winning YA writer Frances Hardinge's new fantasy novel is about an 11-year-old changeling.
THE CASTLE BY SOPHIA BENNETT (CHICKEN HOUSE)
"Three tall blonde girls, also dressed à la fruit". The Castle by Sophia Bennett is a witty and fast-paced novel.
SMART BY KIM SLATER (PAN MACMILLAN)
Kim Slater's debut YA novel is about a boy with learning difficulties out to solve the mysterious death of a homeless man.
ECHO BOY BY MATT HAIG (RANDOM HOUSE)
Matt Haig's dystopian thriller Echo Boy is an imaginative and pacy thriller about the future and about what makes us truly human.
REPLICA BY JACK HEATH (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)
Jack Heath's robot sci-fi YA thriller Replica raises interesting questions about identity but feels too frenetic.
NIGHT RUNNER BY TIM BOWLER (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)
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