Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushe... read more
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life - or perhaps afterlife - of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes.... read more
Seth drowns, dashed onto rocks in the freezing sea. But is he dead? A strange new life begins in an abandoned town from his youth, and Seth joins forces with two outcasts to unlock the secret of this half-world. His flashbacks to his previous life guide their efforts. This young adult novel is challenging and surreal, d... read more
Mel is short, stroppy and never knows when to keep her mouth shut. When Mel storms out of school she sees it as an escape - from a past and present too messy to deal with. But standing up for yourself is one thing; facing the consequences is quite another.
|Awards:||Winner in 2 categories of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards:- Margaret Mahy book of the year and young adult fiction.|
Some rivers should not be swum in. Some rivers hold secrets than can never be told.
When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same as the one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed... read more
An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.
In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant undergro... read more
Wool by Hugh Howey is set in the far distant future when all humans live in huge underground silos. Completely isolated from each other, the silos take care of criminals and dissidents by sending them to "clean" in the toxic air outside. When... read more
I had a plan for what to do if a member of my family was murdered. It went: 1) Find the killer. 2) Make sure they were guilty. 3) Destroy them. Completely. Summerton is perfect: gorgeous weather, stunning scenery, cute out-of-towners to hook up with. But sharp-tongued Keri is immune to her hometown's charms. Her older brother... read more
This new young adult read from Kiwi author Karen Healey is based in a small and unusually idyllic West Coast town, where every business is successful, it never rains at New Year and no one ever leaves. When Keri's brother commits suicide, she discovers he's not the only boy with a connection to the town to take his own li... read more
|Awards:||Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Senior Fiction 2011 and Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel (Young Adult) 2011.|
At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin, obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy, and her biggest worry is her essay deadline. Until everything changes...In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize: Teen Books Category 2012.|
She turns to the future in a world that's falling apart. The No. 1 New York Times bestseller DIVERGENT - a major motion picture in 2014. For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turn... read more
Divergent really seems to be taking off as 'the new' YA series. I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and see what I thought. This book is action-packed and easy to read. The society in which this book is set is divided into factions based on... read more
Fighting for survival in a shattered world! The truth is her only hope. The thrillingly dark sequel to New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT. I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. W... read more
"War," says the Mayor. "At last." Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war ... read more
"We were in the square, in the square where I'd run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her..." Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediat... read more
Exciting plot-driven book about a teenage competitive driver. Archie Barrington, fifteen, is the third generation of his family to drive karts competitively. He's good and this is the year he and his dad have decided he'll have a shot at the Challenge series of six races. If he comes out the winner over all then he wins the c... read more
A great Young Adult book about 15-year-old Archie, who is a top Kart driver, aiming to win the NZ Challenge series so he can compete in Europe. Archie is a likeable boy, driven to win, but not at all costs. He has to deal with a new family situation as his father is in a new relationship with Erica, a doctor, an... read more
Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.On impulse s... read more
What if your whole world was a lie? The thrillingly dark conclusion to the No. 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT trilogy. DIVERGENT - a major motion picture in 2014. What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The faction-based s... read more
Sixteen-year-old Boy's never left home. When you're the son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride, it's tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it's important they maintain a low pro... read more
Apart from being made from parts and being the son of Frankenstein and his bride, Boy is a typical young man wanting to get away from his pre-ordained life - not wanting to end up like his father. I liked the premise of this book and the strange and wonderful creatures that are Boy’s community. He lives in the middle of... read more
|Series:||The Hunger Games|
The second book in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ...and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the di... read more
Mike Klingenberg isn't exactly one of the cool kids at his school. For one, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs when he has to read his essays out loud in class And he's never, ever invited to parties - especially not the party of the year, thrown by the gorgeous Tatiana. Andre Tschichatsch... read more
Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet. Morris Island has barely had a chance to return to normality after the high profile trial of the Gamemaster, when two local students seem to vanish into thin air. Tory Brennan and the Virals pack move quickly i... read more
"She knew this. That philematology is the science of kissing. That Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain. That, originally, gold comes from the stars." Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World - a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie's Tea Shop. Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, th... read more
Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You've been kept in a cage since you w... read more