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WE ARE YOUNG (Quercus)

'Hard-hitting, heartbreaking and hopeful, We Are Young is a must read.' Sarah Crossan

It starts with a wedding. And a car crash.

On the same night Evan's mother marries local radio DJ 'Breakfast Tim', Evan's brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.

A media storm erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at loner stoner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn't buying it. With the help of her journalist dad, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night.

As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family - and the community - apart.

Raw and riveting, heartbreaking and hopeful: an unforgettable story from the author of Girlhood.

GIRLHOOD (Quercus)

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can't escape the guilt of her twin sister's Jenna's death, and her own part in it - and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels...loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty's behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper's? And why is she so obsessed with Harper's lost sister? Soon, Harper's closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

"A new Cat Clarke novel is always something to celebrate and Girlhood could be her best yet" Juno Dawson

"An emotionally charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Tension builds to a jaw-dropping crescendo as truths are revealed, loyalties are tested, and a whole lot of understanding is needed. Gripping and gratifyingly multi-layered, fans of thrillers with emotional depth will find much to love here" LoveReading4Kids

"Well-written and insightful ... the story moves at a roaring pace until it reaches a thrilling and ultimately uplifting conclusion ... an easy book to get lost in" The Bookbag

Girlhood Cat

"Emotive, creepy AND funny. A quality page-turner" Sarah Crossan

Girlhood was selected as a 2017 Zoella and Friends Book Club pick

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THE LOST AND THE FOUND (Quercus)

LOST.
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith's childhood was dominated by Laurel's disappearance - from her parents' broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.

FOUND.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans' old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that's lost can be found again...

"Clarke excels at genuine page-turners with a heart of darkness and I read this in one greedy sitting." The Bookseller

"A satisfying and...all-too-credible thriller" Inis

"Blending coming-of-age elements with psychological suspense, Clarke carefully weaves a story in which the unnerving truth is slowly unveiled. As with the best thrillers, the truth is far from a straight line, and what readers believe changes with every turn of the page. In this fast-paced and darkly entertaining novel, Clarke's true success lies is in crafting a realistic and haunting story of two young women who redefine what it means to be sisters." Publishers Weekly

The Lost and The Found

"A tour-de-force of young adult thriller writing...I can't recommend it highly enough" Adventures With Words

A Kiss in the Dark

"We laughed and we cried, but MAN were we not expecting the explosive conclusion" Sugarscape

"An emotional page-turner" Teen Now

Torn

"One of the best books I have read" Guardian

"Gripping, thought-provoking and disturbing" Booktrust

"A real page-turner ... the home-grown horror of a real world thriller is what makes this story stand out"
We Love This Book

TORN (Quercus)

Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.

Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…

Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.

Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever...

A compelling story of guilty secrets, troubled friendship and burgeoning love.

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"Cat Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers we have in Britain at the moment ... The story is fast-paced, the writing snappy and in the right tone" Librarymice

"This story was haunting, emotional and beautiful" Blabbing Books

"A blisteringly fast tale told with heart and integrity that quite simply won't let you go until you've reached The End" Books 4 Teens

"This has been one of the most striking and unforgettable books I have ever read" Page Turner

"Heart-stoppingly tense and palpably taut ... Torn is breathless" Did You Ever Stop to Think

Entangled

"ENTANGLED is an intense and thrilling story of love and betrayal that goes places you don't expect and Grace is a narrator you won't forget. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down." 
Courtney Summers, author of Fall For Anything, Some Girls Are and Cracked Up To Be

Pants

The Pants Project (Sourcebooks)

"My name is Liv (Not Olivia)... I'm not technically a girl.

I'm Transgender. Which is a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won't get to save the world one day."

Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts.

Operation: Pants Project begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy--it's a mission to change his life. And that's a pretty big deal.

"A wonderfully sweet middle grade story with a satisfying ending... The hopeful tone makes it easier for readers to grapple with the serious issues discussed, and the happy-ever-after ending will not fail to satisfy. Give to fans of Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever and Alex Gino's George." School Library Journal

"From the start, readers are drawn into the story by 11-year-old Liv's believable, humor-tinged narration: 'Little brothers can always be counted on to reach peak levels of annoying at exactly the wrong moment. It must be part of their job description.' Throughout, Liv's voice is convincing and a pleasure to read...Liv's two moms add further dimension to a tale that unabashedly affirms the importance of accepting and celebrating differences." Kirkus, starred review

"Strong-willed, introspective Liv is a likable and relatable protagonist; in many ways he's like most tweens, navigating friendships, his own identity, and his relationships at home. Supported by his two moms, Liv tries various methods of protest (wearing pants under the skirt, organizing a petition); he doesn't get any traction, however, until he makes some new friends, and they join the cause... this is a touching novel on a timely subject." Horn Book Magazine

"Written in first-person, with both the angst and the humor of a brand-new middle-schooler, The Pants Project is a story for young transgender readers looking to find themselves reflected in contemporary literature. But it's also a story for all middle grade readers, inviting discussions about acceptance, compassion, and ways in which we all struggle with the same roller coaster of emotions that comes with finding our true selves." BN Kids Blog

"Clarke artfully twists together LGBTQ concerns and disability issues with self-esteem, respect, and compassion. This book is a current day Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume, delving into issues faced by kids, like bullying and tolerance, but with an issue experienced by many kids today." The San Francisco Book Review

"Without a doubt, The Pants Project is a good book, for kids or adults. It's also a great reminder that adolescence is hard, kids are mean, support is key - and it's all wrapped up in a wise, self-aware preteen you'll enjoy meeting." South Florida Gay News

Novella for reluctant readers

Falling

Falling (Barrington Stoke)

It's the party of the year and everyone's going to be there - the perfect opportunity for Anna to set up her newly-out best friend Tilly with the only other gay girl in school. And it'll help her keep her mind off the fact that she cheated on her perfect boyfriend Cam last night. But this party will change everything

A powerful novel about sexuality and growing up, realistically and frankly portrayed by acclaimed YA novelist Cat Clarke.

This short novel is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+

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