THe Teen List 2014

TheList2014banner40 of the best new books for your collection.

The Teenage Booklist is selected annually by librarians from the Schools Library Service and secondary schools.

Titles from the Teen and Primary lists will be chosen for the Book Award Shortlist in July. Remember to let us know if you want to participate!

The list represents a selection of the best new fiction first published in paperback within the last year, and aims to cover as diverse a range of subjects, genres, authors and interests as possible.

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  • Barroux
Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier (August, September 1914) A moving personal account of the First World War, beautifully illustrated.
  • Blaxill, Gina
Saving Silence A gripping thriller set in the East End of London – Sam’s life is in danger, but who can she trust?
  • Brahmachari, Sita
Kite Spirit Coming to terms with a best friend’s suicide is hard indeed. Kite’s spirit has been broken – will it ever mend?
  • Brooks, Kevin
The Bunker Diary Why is Linus in a building with no doors and windows? The only way in or out seems to be a lift, and if it’s moving, who is in it?
  • Bryce, Celia
Anthem for Jackson Dawes In hospital for the first time for treatment for her brain tumour, Megan finds funny, cute, rebellious Jackson Dawes there already, keen to show her the ropes
  • Melvin, Burgess
The Hit A new drug is going around – Death. It gives you a huge rush for a week, and then it kills you. Adam’s life is rubbish, so why not take it? Not for the faint-hearted!
  • Cassidy, Anne
Finding Jennifer Jones Sequel to “looking for JJ”, the guilt Jennifer carries inside her cannot be masked by her new name and new identity as a university student, so even if she can avoid the media, can she come to terms with herself?
  • Charlton-Trujillo, E.E
Fat Angie The new girl, KC, is beautiful, hip and smart and everyone wants to know her, so what does she want with overweight and messed-up Fat Angie?
  • Christopher, Lucy
The Killing Woods A murdered girl, a world war two bunker, a crazy night – what happened to Aimee? Damon and Emily must piece together the evidence if Emily’s dad is to avoid conviction for murder
  • Coley, Liz
Pretty Girl Thirteen Angie is amazed to learn that she has been missing for three years – she can’t remember anything – but someone else can…
  • Crockett, S. D. (Sophie D.)
One Crow Alone Magda and Ivan, illegal immigrants from Poland, need all their cunning and know-how to survive in an unwelcoming and hostile London
  • Cross, Gillian
After Tomorrow Banks have failed, food prices are rocketing, there’s no money. Armed robbers are targeting anyone who is hoarding food, so Matt and his family realise that their only option is to get through the Channel Tunnel and seek refuge on the continent – but can they cope with life as refugees?
  • Doherty, Berlie
The Company of Ghosts Footsteps, shadows strange lights, a haunting song: more and more Emily realises she is not alone on this beautiful island
  • Earle, Phil
Heroic When Jammy comes home on leave from the war in Afghanistan, his experiences have scarred him. His brother, Sonny, left behind on the housing estate of their boyhood home, is the only one who can see that there’s something wrong
  • Flood, C. J.
Infinite Sky Iris is curious about a group of travellers that arrive and, despite the things her alcoholic dad and always-angry brother say about them, makes friends with Trick. But it’s only so long before tensions build up between Iris’s family and the travellers that threatens to destroy everyone
  • Gardner, Sally
Maggot Moon A boy with one green eye and one blue eye has no chance of staying out of trouble in a world where conformity is paramount – but there is more originality in Standish than just his eyes
  • Gibbons, Alan
Raining Fire Sport or crime – the two choices most people have on the estate where Alex and Ethan live. Ethan gets the opportunity to leave for football training, but where does that leave Alex?
  • Grant, Neil
The Ink Bridge Omed makes the perilous journey from Afghanistan to Australia to seek asylum from the Taliban and the horrors he has witnessed, and meets Hector, silenced by grief, at the candle factory where they both work, but other secrets are lurking.
  • Green, John
The Fault in Our Stars Hazel’s cancer has never been anything other than terminal, but her life is further turned upside-down by the arrival of the gorgeous Augustus and their crossing paths with a reclusive Dutch author…
  • Herne, Lily
Deadlands Cape Town, South Africa. First there was the apocalypse, then the remaining humans found themselves penned in and protected from the zombies – but who are their mysterious guardians?
  • Hiaasen, Carl
Chomp Wahoo’s lost in the everglades, with alligators, snakes, bats and a crazy survival TV show star for company, not to mention a gun-toting father looking for his runaway daughter…
  • Hooper, Mary
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey Regency England. Sent on an errand to London, Kitty takes the opportunity to search for her missing sweetheart. Out of her depth in the city, she is at the mercy of both the criminals and justice system.
  • Hussey, William
Haunted Someone in the town of Milton Lake is using the Ghost Machine to call the spirits of the dead back to our world. Only Emma and the mysterious Nicholas can find out who is coming…
  • Johnson, Catherine
Sawbones It’s 1792 and the illegal trade in dead bodies to doctors and dissection tables has never been more profitable, but are the corpses piling up a little too regularly…
  • Kuehn, Stephanie
Charm and Strange Andrew Winston Winters is his own mystery. Is he Win, a self-exiled loner. Or is he Drew, with anger, violence and a secret that is destroying both of them.
  • Levithan, David
Every day Every day I wake up as someone else. New body. New life. After 16 years I’ve got used to it. Usually I don’t make any waves, but now I’ve met someone I want to be with for more than one day.
  • Lott, Tim
How to be invisible Strato Nyman, age 13, has learned to become invisible. He already knows more about particle physics than any teacher, but now he’s about to learn a bit more about the people around him.
  • McDowell, Nigel
Tall Tales from Pitch End Pitch end is a brooding town of one-footed ravens and clockwork sentries. But it’s Bruno’s home and he knows his place, or at least he did until he discovers a book belonging to his murdered father.
  • McGowan, Anthony
Brock Nicky’s mum has gone and his dad is on bail. One night his brother drags him out to witness a local gang setting their dogs on a family of badgers. Appalled, Nicky makes a decision that will change all of their lives.
  • McKenzie, Sophie
Missing Me Madison and Lauren learn that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and set out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems?
  • Motion, Andrew
Silver:Rreturn to Treasure Island Young Jim Hawkins has grown up listening to his father’s tales of Treasure Island, but he is unprepared to be summoned to London by the infamous Long John Silver, to accompany his daughter Natty and return to claim the rest of Flint’s lost treasure…
  • Nicholls, Sally
Close Your Pretty Eyes Olivia knows that she is evil; she’s had fifteen homes already so of course nobody wants her. So as soon as sets foot in the next one she knows that something bad is going to happen.
  • Nowra, Louis
Into That Forest Stranded in the forest, Hannah and Becky come to love their life with the tigers – so why do the men want to take them away?
  • Pitcher, Annabel
Ketchup Clouds Zoe writes letters to a death row prisoner, slowly revealing the sequence of events that led up to the terrible act she believes she has committed.
  • Pratchett, Terry
Dodger Dodger is a scavenger living in squalor in Dickensian London, but he knows the ropes and knows how not to get caught – but when he rescues a young girl from being beaten, he suddenly has to learn new tricks…
  • Schneider, Robyn
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Ezra’s perfect life and athletic ambitions are shattered when a reckless driver mows him down. Struggling to come to terms with what has happened, he thinks things can’t get any worse –or can they?
  • Sedgwick, Marcus
Dark Satanic Mills Framed for a murder she did not commit, Christie has to run for her life. Set in a near-future Britain, her journey takes from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north.
  • Smale, Holly
Geek Girl / Geek Girl Model Misfit Two stories about Geeky Harriet, who knows a lot about a lot of things and can’t work out why people don’t like her. The one thing she doesn’t know is how to handle boys….
  • Terry, Teri
Slated Kyla’s mind has been wiped – the government say she has been given a second chance after her life as a terrorist, but the truth lurks tantalisingly out of reach… first book in a trilogy.
  • Whyman, Matt
The Savages Apart from the fact that they are cannibals, the Savages are an ordinary loving family, but for Sasha to have a boyfriend who is vegetarian…. Well, no-one can quite understand it!
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