YA Reads

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  1. Youth Activism and Climate Change

    Youth Activism and Climate Change

    Posted on: Jan 30, 2020
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    Climate conversations are never simple, with many people finding it hard to visualise a world of climate chaos or simply refusing to do so. That is why discussions through literature are so important – they bring the pandemonium to life and aid in envisaging a ravaged world, unlike anything we have seen before.

    It feels like we are approaching the Golden Age of Young Adult ‘cli-fi’ (climate change fiction). Our worldwide news is constantly awash with ecological disasters and the beginning of 2020 has been no different with the devastating bush fires in Australia horrifying people all over the world. Although gaining popularity, very few ‘cli-fi’ novels actually deal directly with climate change but rather discuss the after-effects. Our No Planet B collection strives to raise awareness of the irreversible damage we are causing, a collection to shock but also to inspire – books that act as literary catalysts.

    No Planet B contains various ecological dystopias,

  2. Award-winning, dyslexia-friendly horror series, Papercuts has six brand new titles!

    Award-winning, dyslexia-friendly horror series, Papercuts has six brand new titles!

    Posted on: Jan 06, 2020
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    You asked for more, so here you go! We are delighted to announce that six, brand new Papercuts books will be published in January 2020. Papercuts III builds on our award-winning Papercuts I and Papercuts II series of bone-chilling horror stories for students aged 13+. Once again, our talented authors and artists have created six eye-catching and engaging books that will be sure to grab, and hold, the attention of even the most reluctant teenage reader. Each story is packed with horror and elements of the supernatural and, for the first time ever, two of the titles are sci-fi horrors set in space!

    Each book contains four full-page images interspersed throughout the text, helping readers to visualise the story, whilst retaining the appearance of a teenage novel. As with our other Papercuts titles, the books in Papercuts III have a reading age of 8–9 and a manageable word count of 5000­–6000. A dyslexia-friendly font and design is used, with bite-sized chunks of text and l

  3. Two Sides II OUT NOW!

    Two Sides II OUT NOW!

    Posted on: Apr 11, 2019
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    Two Sides II – Out Now!

    We are thrilled to announce that we are back with a brand-new series — Two Sides II.

    Given the success of the first Two Sides series — published in September last year — we expect these six new books to be a real hit with students.

    As in the first series, the texts consist of two first-person narratives with differing perspectives. One ‘bystander’ narrative, usually presenting a narrow or prejudiced view, alternates with the main character’s voice who reveals the broader reality of their difficult situation.

    These books really do pack a punch and consider hard-hitting topics that affect many of today’s teenagers. Gender identity, racism, sexuality, anxiety, loneliness, domestic abuse and homelessness are all covered.

    They are specifically written for struggling and reluctant readers aged 13+, with reading ages of 8–9.

    Each book has a dedicated section at the back with easily-digestible information about the topics

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