In November we were sent some brilliant books, which unfortunately just didn’t make our book club. We couldn’t just forget about them though, so here is our monthly round-up with a few titles that really stood out – and totally deserve a spot on your Christmas list.
All Of The Above, by James Dawson
Our Social Media Intern, Stevie Finegan tells you why ‘All Of The Above’ won us over: “All of the Above is how I want every YA novel to be! Characters just aren’t real unless they’re diverse, and Dawson’s characters were not made to fit neatly in boxes. The new girl in school, Toria meets an amazing group of people, and – among struggles with mental health, sexuality defying labels, and endless rounds of miniature golf – she realised that she might not be just A)., B)., or C)., she might actually be all of the above.”
More from Stevie here.
All The Rage, by Courtney Summers
“Romy Grey wears her lipstick like an armour ever since that night”// a story of survival and speaking up, #AllTheRage is a powerful slam against #rapeculture and the perfect follow up to @oneilllou’s #AskingForIt. #ForTheGirls2016 @courtney_s #bookpost #bookstagram #feminism #bookworm #books @mykindabook A photo posted by Maximum Pop! (@maximumpopbooks) on
‘All The Rage’ is for all of you who loved Louise O’Neill’s ‘Asking For It’ – hard-hitting, moving and appallingly true. Romy Grey is the victim no one will believe; Kellen Turner is the criminal everybody trusts. But when Romy Grey hears about other girls targetted by Kellen, can she gather the courage to speak out against him – again?
Wolf By Wolf, by Ryan Graudin
This bizarre little beauty is definitely one for your TBR lists. In an alternate world in which Hitler won WWII, an annual motorcycle race across continents gives death camp survivor and skinshifter Yael the chance to complete her one and only goal: kill Hitler. Twisted with deception and driven furiously by plot, we can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
All Wrapped Up, by Holly Smale
And some more #bookpost we couldn’t help but dive straight into – and we may have found our favourite invented verbs ever! “I have glitterised and spangalised, frosticated and shimmerised.” #geekgirl #geekgirlallwrappedup @harpercollinsuk @HolSmale #bookstagram #bookworm #books #christmasbooks A photo posted by Maximum Pop! (@maximumpopbooks) on
We may have been a little over eager to read this one and devoured it in a sitting. If you can resist, we’d definitely encourage you to save this Geek Girl Christmas Special for sometime closer to the 25th. Short and sweet and perfect for getting you into the Christmas mood, this story of Harriet’s first date is a fab addition to the series.
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- INTERVIEW with Ryan Graudin: WWII, wolf-dogs and the inspiration behind ‘Wolf By Wolf’
- Become a published author with Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
- Q&A with Holly Smale: “I actually begged to write ‘All Wrapped Up’”
- MP! EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Everything you need to know about ‘Never Evers’ by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
- Read the first chapter of the ‘Half Bad’ finale, ‘Half Lost’