Stories with an Edge

WHEN I WAS JOE 
by Keren David (Frances Lincoln) 
It's one thing watching someone get killed. It's quite another talking about it. But Ty does talk about it. He names some ruthless people and a petrol bomb attack forces him and his mum into hiding under police protection. Shy loser Ty gets a new name, a new look and a cool new image. Life as Joe is good. But the gangsters will stop at nothing to silence him. And then he meets a girl with a dangerous secret of her own. When I Was Joe was published in January 2010 by Frances Lincoln and was Winner of the North East Teenage Book Award 2010. Long-listed for the Carnegie Medal, 2011, and highly commended for the Teenage Book Trust Prize, it has also been short-listed for the UKLA Book Award, the Redbridge Teen Book Award, the Lancashire Book of the Year and the Angus Book Award. It was runner-up in the 14 + category of the Coventry Inspiration awards, and was a Manchester Fiction City title. It is long-listed for the Branford Boase Award, the Wirral Paperback of the Year and the Catalyst Book Award.

by Savita Kalhan (Andersen Press) 
Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with a man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive? ‘One of the most important books published ... I honestly can’t recommend this book highly enough.’ The Bookbag. 

ALMOST TRUE by Keren David 
(Frances Lincoln)
Ruthless killers are hunting Ty. The police have him hidden - but a bullet meant for Ty and the death of a friend means he's on the run again. Ty's in hiding with strangers...who seem to know a lot about him. He's desperate to see his girlfriend - and terrified that he'll be betrayed. Ty can't trust his own judgment, and he's making dangerous decisions that could deliver him straight back to the gangsters. 
A sequel to When I Was Joe.

by Miriam Halahmy (Meadowside Books) 
Alix is just an ordinary fourteen year old, living at the bottom of quiet Hayling Island. But one cold, misty Saturday on the beach she and Samir suddenly find themselves saving a drowning immigrant. Faced with the most difficult decision of their lives, what should Alix and Samir do? A literary coming-of-age novel, dealing with courage, prejudice, judgement and the difficulty of sorting right from wrong in our complex world. 
'Miriam Halahmy never puts a foot wrong in this gripping story focusing on an agonisingly difficult contemporary problem. Tautly written throughout, her fine novel deserves the widest audience.' Nick Tucker.  

ANGEL’S FURY by Bryony Pearce (Egmont, July 2011) 
For her whole life, Cassie Farrier has suffered from terrifying nightmares. On a trip to Germany she recognises scenes from those dreams and finds evidence of a sixty year-old massacre. Fearing for her sanity, her family sends Cassie to a retreat where she meets others with symptoms like her own and discovers that she has lived a number of past lives. However, the Doctor at the retreat is not what she seems. She believes her patients contain the trapped spirits of Nephilim and wishes to free them by twisting the children under her care until they are capable of committing atrocities terrible enough to destroy mankind. Cassie and the boy she comes to love must escape the Doctor's influence but can they also escape the misery of their shared past?
'The writing is powerful and evocative, the characters well-developed, and the plotting complex. Among the plethora of paranormal stories which have swamped the market recently, this one will stand out for its freshness of approach and the quality of its writing.' The Bookbag

by Paula Rawsthorne 
(Usborne, August 2011)
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life. But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie … A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost? 
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

LIA's GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY by Keren David
(Frances Lincoln, August 2011)
What happens when 16-year-old Lia wins an £8million jackpot. A book about money, power, growing up and  -  possibly -  the paranormal.



DARK PARTIES by Sara Grant 
(Orion, October 2011) 
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. There's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says... Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. As Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.

FIFTEEN DAYS WITHOUT A HEAD 
by Dave Cousins (Oxford, January 2012) 
How far would you go to keep your family together? Living in a grotty flat with cockroaches in the kitchen, a six-year-old brother who thinks he’s a dog, and a mother who can’t cope without a bottle of wine, fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach already has problems. But when Mum fails to return from work one evening, he’s suddenly responsible for himself and his brother. With no food, no money, and no idea when, or even if, Mum’s coming back, Laurence is forced to take desperate measures: dressing up as his mum, and impersonating a dead man on the radio. But how long can he keep up the pretence?
'Excellent. A tough and turbulent tale of growing up the hard way, but there's heart and soul on every page.' Keith Gray
'This book is truly awesome! It has everything a good book needs. It is funny and witty, but with a serious edge giving the novel another layer.' Rewan Harper, 14

SOMEEONE ELSE’S LIFE 
by Katie Dale (Simon & Schuster, Spring 2012)
When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but she now has to face the fact that she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers that Trudie was not her biological mother after all … Rosie is stunned. Can this be true? Is she grieving for a mother who wasn’t even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn’t her mother, who is?
But as Rosie delves into the secrets of her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma – to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her …