It’s UKYA Day today, organised by the lovely Lucy, who is encouraging everyone to write a blogpost to celebrate. Check out #ukyaday to see what other people are shouting about! If it isn’t immediately obvious, UKYA is young adult fiction written by authors who either were born or live in the UK. I am on my 25th book of the year and I noticed this week that only ONE book, Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, counted as UKYA. I know, I know. It’s pretty shocking and shameful. (Although, I have read seven children’s books by British authors). I thought I’d make up for it by writing about ten UKYA books that are on my bookshelves or my Kindle, but haven’t yet been read.
Slated by Teri Terry is one I was drawn to because I thought it had a stunning cover that was different to all of the other young adult science fiction covers out there when it was published in 2012. As all three books have now been published, I think it’s about time I pick this one up! Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated.
Torn was Cat Clarke’s second novel. Can you believe I’ve never read a Cat Clarke book? She is one of the most popular and prolific UKYA authors. I also own Entangled and Undone. 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…
The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan is a book I acquired back when Waterstones was still running its 3 for 2 offer. My mum had picked out two books and she let me choose the third – I was instantly drawn to the poetic and intriguing title. Gwenni is all too familiar with the taunts of her peers and fields them with equanimity beyond her years. She knows she can no more change her nature than stop the sun from rising. And when a neighbour goes missing, Gwenni turns amateur sleuth, determined to solve the mystery of his disappearance, set in Wales in the 1950s.
Have a Little Faith by Candy Harper is a book that I wouldn’t have normally picked out on my own, but it’s received immense praise from fellow bloggers and so I’m looking forward to tucking in, especially when I’m in the mood for a fun contemporary story. ‘Year Ten has just begun and I’m already in trouble.‘
American Savage by Matt Whyman is the sequel to The Savages, which I read and loved last summer. Here’s a snippet from my review: Matt Whyman’s The Savages is brilliantly executed and truly unique. It’s dark humour at its best and I cannot imagine I’ll ever come across a book like it again. I devoured it. Is it wrong that it made me hungry? It’s wrong, isn’t it?
Breathing Underwater by Julia Green is a UKYA novel that I thought I’d give a little nudge as I never see anyone talk about it, even though it was published five years ago now. Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother – but last year he died alone in a boating accident.
Half Bad by Sally Green is one I can’t believe I haven’t read yet – it’s pretty high up on ‘to read soon or else’ list! It’s so popular all over the world that I keep forgetting it’s UKYA and not an import from the US. Half Bad is a début novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.
Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman is the latest novel by the Queen of UKYA! I have only read Noughts & Crosses, but I really need to read more of her work. Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart.
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick sounds beautiful and powerful. I think it’ll be very different to what I usually read. Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers–a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind.
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud seems to be categorised as both children’s and young adult. As I haven’t yet read it, I couldn’t possibly say. But either way, I have read fantastic reviews. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts.
If only I had more time…
Do you have any UKYA books that have been sitting unread on your shelves?