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Weekly Releases: 8th-14th August


Get excited! It’s a new week, with fab new releases, and we’re here to give you the low down on what’s not-to-be-missed in the world of YA.

‘A Step Towards Falling’ by Cammie McGovern

Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing – until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?

  • When? Out on Thursday the 11th!
  • Who? Published by Macmillan
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‘The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour’ (The Potion Diaries #2) by Amy Alward

Stolen memories, a lost diary and a race against time…

Having saved Princess Evelyn (and become her new BFF) Sam must accompany Evelyn on a world tour, so she can keep the princess (and everyone around her) safe with a power-binding potion. But Sam also has another reason to scour the globe. Someone has tampered with her grandad’s mind, and Sam is the only one who can unlock his memories to save him and the family business. And that’s not all that’s at stake. The stolen memories contain the recipe to a potion which many would kill to get hold of. With the post powerful people in the world desperate for the recipe, Sam must save her grandad in order to save everyone else…

‘The Treasure Map of Boys’ (Ruby Oliver #3) by E. Lockhart

Things are looking good for Ruby Oliver. It’s the thirty-seventh week that she’s been in the state of Noboyfriend. Ruby’s panic attacks are bad, and her love life is even worse, not to mention the fact that more than one boy seems to giving Ruby a lot of their attention.

Rumours are flying, and Ruby’s already not-so-great reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she’s also:
* running a bake sale
* learning the secrets of heavy-metal therapy
* encountering some seriously smelly feet
* defending the rights of pygmy goats
* and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.

In this third instalment to the Ruby Oliver series, Ruby tries to pin down two important things: real friendship, and true love – if such a thing exists.

  • When? Out on Thursday the 11th!
  • Who? Published by Hot Key Books
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‘Real Live Boyfriends’ (Ruby Oliver #4) by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
* her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos
* her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator
* Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar
* Gideon shows up shirtless
* and the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever

Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks? Will she ever understand boys? Will she ever stop making lists? (No to that last one.) Ruby has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humour.

  • When? Out on Thursday the 11th!
  • Who? Published by Hot Key Books
  • Find out more

Which of this week’s releases are you looking forward to reading? Let us know @maximumpopbooks!

And if that wasn’t enough to quench your thirst for YA, check out what the rest of 2016 has to offer on our complete list of releases.

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