Book Reviews / Age 13+

3rd February 2024

100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café

A highly original, thrilling and moving story, featuring the book's creators as characters on a research trip collecting ghost stories from around Japan.

13th December 2023

A Better Day

A book filled with positive affirmations and heaps of hope, to guide and realise that it is ok to have bad days.

14th January 2024

Brown Girl Dreaming

A stunning verse memoir in which the author describes her experiences of growing up in 1960s America, including her birth in Ohio and her childhood divided between segregated South Carolina and New Yo

13th November 2023

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line is a verse novel for teens, a story about safety and security in times of family crisis.

4th November 2023

Do You Remember?

An incredibly beautiful picturebook that brings to life a moment in time, and moments in the time of a mother and son embarking on a new life, far from what was home.

15th August 2023

Ellie Pillai is Brown

A coming-of-age novel told from the perspective of Ellie Pillai, a teenager who doesn’t feel she fits in and has perfected the art of being inconspicuous, who makes sense of the world through music.

25th March 2024

Future Hopes: Hopeful Stories in a Time of Climate Change

A collection of stories of how we might live more sustainably in the future.

20th November 2023


An unputdownable YA dystopian thriller about teenage mental health.

22nd February 2024


A moving and hopeful novella set on Lindisfarne, with loss at the heart of this strange, fable-like story.

7th March 2024

Never Trust a Gemini

A LGBTQ+ romantic comedy about the life of fourteen-year-old, zodiac-obsessed Cat.

29th February 2024

Seven Million Sunflowers

Malcolm Duffy's poignant and sensitively written novel follows a year in Kat's life and the various challenges she and her family face after arriving from Ukriane in the UK.

16th October 2023


A story full of excitement and danger, that explores themes of friendship, loyalty, identity and love, in the context of some of humanity's toughest problems.