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The International Writers Magazine - Our 22nd Year: Young Fiction Review Archive 2006-2008
Jackdaw Summer by David Almond
Hodder Childrens Books
ISBN 978-0-340-88198-9
Michael Webb
Jackdaw Summer is the story of Liam and his friend Max who are lead by a jackdaw to the aid of a helpless abandoned baby girl.

The Master of Fallen Chairs By Henry Porter
Orchard Books; (Sep 2008)
ISBN13: 9781846166259: Paperback

Reviewed by Callum Graham
I was compelled by the quirkiness of the world that Henry Porter has created and the phenomenon of the magic house was highly inventive

e by Michael Grant
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Harperteen (Jul 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0061448768
Exciting, gripping story of a small town in California where everyone over the age of 15 vanishes. Lord of the Flies meets Heroes. Sam North review
Out of My Depth by Helen Bailey
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books 2008

Jess Armstrong
How far can you get a piece of melted cheese to stretch without breaking it? One of the many concepts Electra Brown teases us with as she innocently causes minor chaos between her recently separated parents.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN-13- 978 0 340 89361 6
Review by Michael Luzanycia
The second person ever to escape Incarceron, Finn, the returned king to the outside world of "The Realm". Is in for a shock

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
ISBN: 978-0-340-97050-8
Hodder Children’s Books
Sophie Berry
For Californian teen Audrey, life would never be the same. She was now an overnight celebrity,

Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days by Anita Naik
Publisher: Hodder Children’s books.
ISBN: 9780340970577
Kathryn Honeycombe
Having a bad hair day? Fancy that guy in school who’s just too cool for you? Or just in desperate need of some advice? Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days says it all.

The Last Free Cat
by Jon Blake
Hodder ISBN: 978-0-340-94474-8
Sam North
It's future without cats - most are dead of the deadly HN51 virus. Only the very rich can afford cats now and they are strictly controlled - ordinary people live in fear of catching a deadly flu from untagged cats

Cybernation by Erica Blaney
Hachette Children's Books
ISBN: 9780340950326
Jack Clarkson
If you’re into Sci-Fi read this now!

Consequences… Don’t call me baby by Laurie Depp
Alana Hebenton

Don’t call me baby creates a realistic teenage voice with is use of contemporary cultural references to ‘Hello’ magazine and celebrities like David Beckam,

Diary Of A Chav: Too Cool for School by Grace Dent
Rebecca Wass
'Enjoyable and fast paced tale' of Shiraz Bailey Woo
Jupiter Williams by S.I. Martin.
Published by Hodder Children’s books
Priced £5.99
ISBN: 9780340944066
Jack Clarkson review
Seriously, if you mess with this guy, he will end you…
The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence,
Orchard Books £5.99
ISBN-10: 1841211702
ISBN-13: 978-1841211701
Emma McGill.

Naia and Alaric use the willow tree in the north garden at Withern Rise to transport themselves to different realities. Here they meet and with the help of Aldous U. they work out the secrets of their worlds, bringing them together. This is a brilliantly written book,
Fashionistas by Sarra Manning
Tabz Parkes review

Definition: Someone who eats, sleeps, breathes and lives for fashion.

Unzipped – A Toolkit for Life
Author: Matt Whyman
ISBN-13: 978 0 340 94533 9
Richard Parry Review
'Whyman’s book is a must buy for the inquisitive growing boy or for the worryingly anxious parent'.

Just In Case By Meg Rosoff
Puffin Books
ISBN- 978-0-141-31806-6
Anna Bennett
It’s hard to know where to begin writing this review about such an extraordinary book. It’s strange, haunting, humorous and deeply moving, and unlike any book I have ever read.
Seeing Stars by Christina Jones,
Stephanie Vile

I picked up this book because I'm fascinated by astrology and love wondering "what else is out there." I think it's because that the stars that we see in the sky no longer exist by the time they reach our eyes.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
(Atom, £4.99) ISBN: 1-904233-02-3
Daniel Alves
The use of a child as a hero in an adult world is nothing new, but the book is so finely crafted and written, so varied and so very cold towards Ender, that human empathy compels us to read on and discover his fate.
Author: Brian Keaney
Stephen Doyle review

Gallowglass is the second in a trilogy of young adults fantasy and adventure books called ‘The Promises of Doctor Sigmundus’ by Brian Keaney, the first volume titled ‘The Hollow People’.
The Way I See It by Nicole Dryburgh
Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN: 9780340956922

Holly Bates
The autobiography of a truly amazing woman, "The Way I See It" is Nicole Dryburgh’s account of the emotional and challenging years of her life from the age of eleven when she was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on her spine.
Jo Green
Innocent by Anne Cassidy
Jo Green review
Illmore Chronicles: The Dwellings Debacle
by David Lee Stone - A Keren Arnold review
Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning
A Jenny Atkins review

Red Moon
Red Moon by Rachel Anderson
Vanessa Hyde review

Charley F
Charley Feather by Kate Pennington
Clare Sager review

Turbulence by Jan Mark
A Gemma Roxy Williams review

Where were you Robert?

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
A Clare Sager review
A Dog for Life by L S Mathews
A Rowena Betts review
Bra Size
32 C, That’s Me By Chris Higgins
Natalie Tehrani

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman

Everything I Know About You by Belinda Hollyer
Orchard Books
ISBN 978-1-84616-766-9
Samuel James Richards
Belinda Hollyer’s honest and open style of writing is a key reason why this book is a pleasure to read, regardless of the age or gender of the reader
Bozo and the Storyteller by Tom Glaister
Firecrest Publishing Ltd; (Aug 2008); Pages: 260
ISBN 978-0-9560192-0-2
Sally Hayes
Bozo and the Storyteller is the kind of book that is ageless.

The General by Robert Muchamore
Publisher: Hodders
ISBN: 978-0340931844
Review by Dan Crossen
This action packed story manages to keep surprising as each page is turned

Last Kiss of the Butterfly by Jill Hucklesby
Orchard Books - Pages: 288
ISBN 978 – 1 – 84616 – 343 - 2
Monique Wintle
Jaz is a 13 year old girl who is an incredibly determined young lady, whether it is finding cures for her mother’s cancer, or learning her new moves for tae kwon do

Spray by Harry Edge
Publisher: Hodder children’s books
ISBN: 978-0-340-95614-4
Reviewed by Callum Graham
In a citywide water assassination game, with more at risk than just a place in the final, adults and teens run amok with everything to play for...

Charity’s Child by Rosalie Warren
Circaidy Gregory Press
ISBN: 978-1-906451-07-3

Sam North review
Any young girl who has ever had a crush on another girl with all the pain and uncertainty that it brings with it would be fascinated to read Charity’s Child.

The Last of the Warrior Kings by Sarah Mussi
London: Hodder Children’s Books, 2008. £5.99
ISBN: 978-0-340-90322-3
Anona Evans review
Max is portrayed as a modern day hero. He is a lone crusader, fighting to restore the faith and property of an ancient civilisation.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
Guardian Children's Writer of the Year 2008
Sam North Review
Imagine you are watching a film about the first settlers in America. Pious, hardworking farmers carving something out of a raw landscape. Notice there are no women, the men's clothes are rough and worn, understand something terrible has happened that has killed all the women and left just men and one boy and his dog.
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
London: Orchard Books, 2007.
ISBN: 978-1-84616-700-3
Anona Evans
Eggs is the tale of two complex and fragile children with painful pasts. Nine year old David has just lost his mother in a freak accident.

Stone Heart By Charlie Fletcher.
Hodder Children’s Books £5.99
ISBN-13: 978-0340911631
Alana Hebenton review

Twelve year old outsider George is on what he thinks is just another boring school trip to the Natural History Museum, when his world gets flipped upside down and his life is transformed forever.

The Catkin by Nick Green
ISBN: 978-0-571-23481-3
Faber &Faber Paperback

Sam North review

Too late Ben realises this is not Tae Kwon Do but Pashki, the lost art of cat kin. They are going to learn to be cats.

The Cure, by Michael Coleman
Published by Orchard Books
ISBN: 978-1-84616-344-9

Chris Burden

"1984" meets "Annie" in this story full of life lessons for a contemporary youth. Set in the year 274 AD (After Darwin) we are granted access to an alternate version of what our world could become.

Dirty Angels by Andrew Clovers
Aby Davis review

On page one of Andrew Clovers debut novel his teenage protagonist announces he's got problems. He's short, clever and has weird dreams. So far, so average, until Colin tells the reader he is psychic

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
(Orchard Books)
ISBN: 978-1-84616-699-0

Tiffany Lee

When a fine but modest and understated tale like this emerges which focuses on the triviality of childhood, it has got a long climb ahead of it.

New Moon by Stepahnie Meyer
Nicole Foulger review

Stephenie Meyer loses none of the drama in New Moon the sequel to the breathtaking Twilight. We enter back into the mind and life of ordinary teen Bella who has the most extraordinary boyfriend-Edward Cullen, a Vampire.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Nicole Foulger

A gripping romantic vampire story with bite.

‘Luuurve is a many trousered thing…’
By Louise Rennison.
Louise Webster

Rennison’s successful ‘The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson’ book series’ is about Georgia, our quirky, hormonal teen protagonist. dealing with the issues of boys, school life, looks and more boys.
Mimosa Fortune by Echo Freer
ISBN-13: 978-0340894767
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books 2007
Jack Clarkson review

There is a reason they didn’t let Lenny narrate "Of Mice and Men"! Echo Freer did not seem to realise this when she wrote Mimosa Fortune!

Heaven's Eyes by David Almond
Holly Bates Review
This mysterious and intriguing tale of "damaged child" Erin Law’s adventures with her friends is haunting and fantastically original.

The Last Vampire, Red Dice & Phantom
By Christopher Pike
Chris Burden
The Last Vampire is a series charting the adventures of Sita, a kick-ass five thousand year old vampire with an attitude. This is a high octane, gripping novel

Teenage Kicks by Clive Gifford
Hodder Children's Books
ISBN-13: 978-0340950616

Gavin Gerlach Review

Despite youth being wasted on the young, Clive Gifford seems determined to get teenagers everywhere to make the most of their formative years with Teenage Kicks.

Fashionistas: Irina by Sarra Manning
Hodder Children's Books (20 Mar 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0340932223

Aby Davis

Irina Kerchenko is trying to nick a dress from a Moscow Prada when she is spotted.

I am Spartapuss by Robin Price
Publisher: Mogzilla
ISBN-10: 0954657608
ISBN-13: 978-0954657604
Stephen Doyle

I am Spartapuss is quite squarely aimed at children. It is also entrancing and highly amusing

The Curse of the Toads
by Rebecca Lisle
A Gemma Williams review

B Birch
Rift by Beverley Birch

Review by Sam North of this missing persons mystery in Africa
'Inspector Murothi is a wonderful, intelligent character, all wise and wily, an African Morse'.
A Note of Madness
by Tabitha Suzuma

A Gill James review
P Rose
Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay
A Katie Baillie review
Damage by Sue Mayfield

A Lucy Baily Review
Life of Pi by Yann Martell
Dan Schnierder review

last family
Last Family in England
by Matt Haig
Lynn Ede review

The Well of Lost Plots
Review by Michelle Cochraine

A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Austere Academy-Book the Fifth
Lemony Snicket - Illustrated by Brett Helquist
An Egmont Book


Divine Madness by Robert Muchamore
Klya Lacey-Davidson review

Man v Beast by Robert Muchamore
A Rosie Wheatcroft review
Man V Beast review by Rebecca Denmark

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