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Teen/Young Adult Fiction to Look Forward to in 2021 (January-April)

In this list, you can find our curated picks of upcoming teen & young adult fiction in 2021!

Just a note that because this is a list of forthcoming titles, some purchases will be pre-orders and you will receive your books as they are published over the coming months.

Dark Lady, The by Akala

Published: 22nd Apr '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 14+

Fifteen-year-old Henry is an orphan, an outsider and a thief living in a slum in Shakespearean London.

Although he’s got dreams and aspirations, the reality around him makes it hard for Henry to do anything other than steal in order to survive. Feeling left out in a world that makes him feel excluded because of his background, Henry learns to read, an ability reserved for the rich and powerful. He even acquires a magical gift that may change his life, but this responsibility will present him with difficult choices…

In his debut novel for teens, Akala’s gift for storytelling will transport readers to an atmospheric, dark, and menacing London.

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Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, The by Jonathan Stroud

Published: 1st Apr '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 14+

Set in a broken future England, where gunfights and monsters collide, this is the exciting first title in a phenomenal teen fantasy series.

England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes; large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon. The surviving population live in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts prowl the wilderness beyond.

In this world, conformity is rigidly enforced and those who fall foul of the rules are persecuted: some are killed, others are driven out into the wilds. Only a few fight back, and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, display an audacity and talent that makes them legends.

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Henna Wars, The by Adiba Jaigirdar

Published: 7th Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 14+

Nishat and Flavia are rivals at school, but Nishat can’t help the secret crush burning in her heart even though her parents disapprove of the fact she likes girls. Can she possibly find her happy ever after?

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants as long as she isn’t herself. Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, which only gets harder once Flavia walks into her life.

Beautiful and charismatic, Flavia takes Nishat’s breath away. But as their lives become tangled, they get caught up in a rivalry that gets in the way of any feelings they might have for each other. Can Nishat find a way to be true to herself… and find love too?

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Sad Ghost Club, The: Volume 1 by Lize Meddings

Published: 21st Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£10.99

For readers aged 15+

This is the story of one of those days, a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it’s a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn’t. But even the worst of days can surprise you.

When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spots another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything, because on that night they start The Sad Ghost Club a secret society for those who may sometimes feel anxious or alone, a club for people who sometimes think they don’t belong.

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Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

Published: 15th Apr '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 15+

Sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to find your place in the world. After five years at secondary school spent without any friends, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined to make sure that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.

When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than she’s ever been. But when they let her down, Peyton is left no better off than when she started.

Now Peyton knows the only chance she has of finding happiness is to look for it somewhere else. Her life may feel small, but it doesn’t have to be. Carrying nothing but her sketchpad and a backpack, she buys a one-way ticket and gets on a plane.

In Destination Anywhere, Sara Barnard explores love, life and friendship in this story which shows the lengths one girl will go to to change her story.

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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Published: 12th Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 15+

With his King Lord dad in prison and his mum working two jobs, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got everything under control… until he finds out he’s a father. Suddenly it’s not so easy to deal drugs and finish school, with a baby dependent on him for everything. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it.

But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don’t get to just walk away…

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Gilded Ones, The by Namina Forna

Published: 4th Feb '21
Paperback / softback
£8.99

For readers aged 16+

In this West African-inspired world, girls are outcasts by blood, and warriors by choice. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a patriarchal ancient kingdom where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity.

When Deka bleeds gold the colour of impurity, of a demon she faces consequences worse than death, but she is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka about her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal person with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: to fight for the Emperor with others just like her, or be destroyed…

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