Top 5 young adult books

Always Here for You author Miriam Halahmy takes her pick of the best books written with young readers in mind

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Mattie, 15, is a poor, gifted girl who longs to go to college. Based on the true story of a murder, this thoroughly researched book reveals the gap between aspiration and harsh reality. Suitable for ages 11 to 90.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Audrey, 14, doesn’t leave the house. Her family are hoping her therapist can sort it out. Sounds grim? No – this is a laugh-out-loud book which I’ve already read twice. Will raise your spirits.

This is Not a Love Story by Keren David

Set mainly in Amsterdam, Kitty has fallen in love with two boys. The author has lived in the city and this is a well-drawn, absorbing story. Will make you want to want to jump on Eurostar and go sightseeing.


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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

England, 1914. Three girls have only one thing on their minds – votes for women. Coming from different backgrounds, they are determined to change society forever. Nicholls shows the big issues for the Suffragettes during World War 1. Inspiring and thought-provoking.

That Asian Kid by Savita Kalhan

Jeevan films his teacher in a compromising situation in the woods. He’s sure she hates him because he’s Asian. What’s he going to do next? Kalhan has given us a book for our times; diverse, contemporary, challenging.

Always Here for You by Miriam Halahmy is out on February 11 (ZunTold, £8.99)

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