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What are they reading? Authors let us know what books they’re loving


Everyone wants a new book recommendation, whether it’s in your TBR’s interest or not, and who better to let you know which books are best than those who write them? We asked 3 top YA authors which book they’re currently reading and here’s what they said:

51CD8giR4dL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Sue Wallman, author of ‘Lying About Last Summer’ (out 5th May)

‘The Island’ by Olivia Levez

I met Olivia at a writing event and discovered 1) she’d written her book in a caravan in Wales even though it’s actually set on an island in the Indian Ocean and 2) a dog was a central character. Then I won a proof copy via her publisher on Twitter!


71AC3GUtncLEve Ainsworth, author of ‘7 Days’ and ‘Crush’

‘Junk’ by Melvin Burgess

The book I’ve currently finished reading is Junk by Melvin Burgess. I had to read it again after it cropped up on a discussion on Twitter. It really is one of my favourites. The narrative is crisp and frank and I’m always drawn to the abused and lost character of Tar and his hopeless, painful journey. I also love the use of multiple narratives throughout the book. I wanted to see if I still loved it with another reading – and the answer is, yes. Completely!

Sara Grant, author of the new middle-grade, action-adventure series ‘Chasing Danger’

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As a member of the British Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), I have some amazingly talented friends. Right now I have four books on my nightstand competing for my attention: ‘More of Me’ by Kathryn Evans, ‘The Secrets of Valhalla’ by Jasmine Richards, ‘Killer Game’ by Kirsty McKay and ‘One of Us’ by Jeannie Waudby. I’m sort of reading all of these simultaneously – which means I’m reading none of them as quickly as I’d like. I’m enjoying the stories but also feel an added thrill because I’ve seen the evolution of these writers.

Have you read any of these wonderful reads? Tell us @maximumpopbooks.

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Written by Laura Fulton

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