Epic Fantasy:

If you loved Game of Thrones and are looking for another epic fantasy then check out the phenomenal Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. 

Clare Cassandra, the creator of the series, Mortal Instruments, and the trilogy, Infernal Devices, has written a new epic series, The Dark Artifices.
They can all be found in the War Memorial Library.

Lady Midnight by Clare Cassandra
Lady Midnight, the first of The Dark Artifices series, features Shadowhunters, warriors which are part-angel and part-human, together with witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, faeries.
Emma, a Shadowhunter, who lives for battle, wishes to avenge the death of her parents. The search for the truth about their murder leads her down all kinds of treacherously demonic paths.

Books that break your heart:

Are you looking for an unputdownable and heart-wrenching read?  Then why not try the brilliant Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan and Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.  Both deal with emotive issues of loss and grief and discovering that people are not always what they appear to be.

New books from Award Winning Authors

Malorie Blackman's brilliant retelling of Shakespeare's Othello, Chasing Stars is a story of loss, lies and love in Space.  Click here to view the trailer.

'Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me.  I was the kid people looked straight through.  Not anymore.  Not since Mr Orange".  Orangeboy by Patricia Lawrence, winner of the YA Book Prize 2017, is a gritty coming of age crime thriller.  Look out for the sequel!

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Straight Outta Crongton by award winning author Alex Wheatle, is the third book in the Crongton series.  Funny and moving, very much a recommended read!  Check out the other books in this series.

Looking for a thrilling new read from a master story-teller?  Saint Death is a heartbreaking story of two friends caught up in gang culture on the Mexico/American border, who are looking to cheat Death herself.  To find out more click here.

Sophie May has a secret.
She meets gorgeous Billy-an actor with ambition, and falls in love.
Their relationship throws Sophie into the spotlight of a glamorous world. 
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
It's the accident season, the same time every year.
Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom
Every secret is an accident waiting to happen.

The Accident Season
 by Moira Fowley-Doyle 

Posters of the First World War

Posters of the First World War have been reproduced in full colour by the Imperial War Museum as part of The First World War Centenary Programme. 

Between 1914 and 1918, no other form of popular appeal had such a profound effect on the lives of ordinary people as the poster. Posters were everywhere and had a subliminal influence.  Each nation had its own distinct styles and designs. But the purpose of them all was the same - to bind people together and endorse the consent in the war. 

Boy23 isn’t in My Place any more. He can’t see The Screen; he can’t hear The Voice. Blindfolded and abandoned in a forest, Boy23 is told to run as fast as he can and fight for his life. Jim Carrington’s Boy23 is a furiously paced story of terrifying risk, discovery and survival.
Broken Sky by L.A.Weatherly  A first book in a fabulous new trilogy. Watch the trailer here  

The Prince of Shadows by Rachael Cain is a retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story from the perspective of Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio Montague, who is born to fight and die for family honour but at night is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona. Rachel Cain, creates a thrilling and gripping story of feuding families and cursed lovers.  Think you know Romeo and Juliet? Think again!


A selection of the 2017 Carnegie short list books are now available to browse and borrow in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.
The themes this year include identity, friendship, war and survival.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - set in Germany in 1945, this novel tells a fictionalised account of a little-know World War II maritime tragedy, in which thousands of refugees fleeing from war, including children, were drowned.  It is told from the perspective of four young people, who are each haunted and hunted by events from their past.
New Books in the WML

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017, The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonny Sue Hitchcock is set in Alaska in the 1970s and tells the inter-twining stories of four teenagers, living in testing circumstances in small town communities.  A coming of age story, it is a very moving and heartfelt book.  Well worth a read!  Watch the book trailer here. 

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham is an uplifting story about the power of friendship and following your dreams.  A former LoveReading4kids book of the month, set in London, the Moonlight Dreamers are formed by Amber, who loves words and Oscar Wilde, hates the small minded bullying she experiences at school, and is determined to find like-minded people to share her hopes and dreams with.

If you enjoyed the Twilight series you may enjoy The Graces by Laure Eve, a supernatural tale with a twist.  Set in a small American town, like the Cullens, the Graces are attractive, popular and rich, and with rumours that they have magical powers.  When a new girl comes to town, she sets out to become part of the Graces inner circle, engaging in witchcraft, but nothing is quite as it seems.

For those who enjoy a psychological twist to their stories, you may enjoy Birdy by Jess Valance, a compelling read about a girl who has always been an outsider until a new girl arrives and everything changes.  For horror fans, we have new copies of Stephen King’s Salems Lot and The Shining

Highly recommend in non-fiction is Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is a very accessible read and praised by Barack Obama.  We also have a beautiful book on contemporary artist, Yinka Shonibara, who is known for his amazing sculptures and use of Dutch wax cloth.

We have some lovely new Careers books in the War Memorial Library including the latest HEAP guide ‘Heap 2017 : University Degree Course Offers : The Essential Guide to Winning Your Place at University’, two careers encyclopaedias and a great collection of the latest university and college prospectuses. 

If you loved the Gone and Bzrk series, you will enjoy Michael Grant's Messenger of Fear series.  A dystopian thriller, not for the faint hearted!  To watch the book trailer click here

Jenny Downham 'Now is Good' .... the film stars Dakota Fanning but why not read the book instead?

Yet another book by the multi award winning author Marcus Sedgwick, The Ghosts of Heaven.  Watch the book trailer here.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin, is a dystopian thriller with a sense of humour.  One of books of the year, it features sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris, who finds herself alone after an apocalyptic event involving killer rain that no-one was prepared for.  If you enjoy this book, you may like to read Virginia Bergin's sequel, The Storm.

Books that make you think:

Art reflects real-life in these gripping and thrilling new titles, promoting a greater understanding of key issues such as knife crime, gang violence, political protest, hate crime and bullying.

I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton, based on events that happened during the 2011 London Riots as seen through the eyes of Maggie, an amateur film-maker. In a diverse community, Maggie witnesses the devastation, destruction and fear caused by the ruthless Starfish gang. This books is described as ‘an explosive drama, perfect for fans of Meg Rosoff and Annabel Pitcher’.

Riot by Sarah Mussi, a near future dystopian novel in which teenagers without secure university places or guaranteed jobs face enforced sterilisation under a proposed new bill by the Government.

Tease by Amanda Maciel, based on a true story about a teenage suicide as a result of bullying at school, told from the perspective of the person charged with the bullying and harassment.

Other recent titles that we hold in the War Memorial, include, The Knife that Killed Me by Alistair McGowan, tells the story of a fatal stabbing in a school based in Leeds, and Hate by Alan Gibbons, which was inspired by the death of teenager Sophie Lancaster, who was attacked for looking different, while walking through the park with her boyfriend in 2007.

Winner of the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2015, Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill is a dark and disturbing dystopian novel, which imagines a world where women are created for the pleasure of men and only valued for their beauty.  This is a must read - think Mean Girls meets The Handmaid's Tale

To hear the author talk about the book go to Louise O'Neill talks about Only Ever Yours

We have a brand new series by the best-selling authors of Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, called Dangerous Creatures. Perfect for fans of supernatural romance.

We also have the Man Booker Prize Winner 2014 The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan.  Set in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp on the Burma Railway, this is a story of love and death.  If you enjoy this book, you may like The Railway Man by Eric Lomax.

"The Sin Eater's Daughter" has the coolest cover:

Check out the Melinda Salisbury's blog here:

Resources for our Psychology students

Another New Resource for our Sociology students

Some New Resources for our A-Level Chemistry students


The 2015 Carnegie short list books are now available to browse and borrow in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.
The themes this year include war, sickness and adversity.

Tinder by Sally Gardner.  Wounded in battle, Otto Hundebiss defies Death and finds himself on a journey to a realm of dark magic and mystery. He meets Safire, brave of heart and pure of spirit, and learns the powers of the tinderbox and the secret of the wolves.  This book is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.

More Than This by Patrick Ness.  A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments.  He dies.  Then he wakes, naked, bruised and thirsty but alive.  How can this be?  And what is this strange, deserted place?  As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope.  Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan, tells the story of Dylan Mint, a teenager with Tourette’s syndrome.  His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed.  After a routine visit to the hospital, Dylan overhears a conversation between his Mum and the Doctor which leads him to believe that he is going to die next March.  It is a thought-provoking and heart-warming book, which deals with serious issues in a humorous way.

We have so many amazing new books in the War Memorial Library, come and have a browse. 

If you like John Green and Jodi Picoult, then If You Find Me, the mesmerising thriller and debut novel by Emily Murdoch is the book for you.  A story of two sisters who have lived in the woods with their drug-addicted mother who routinely disappears, until one day strangers arrive and everything changes. 

Ethics of Sport series

Sport and Society (Ethics of Sport): Scott Witmer
Contents: Sports culture and sociology; Early Sport: from play to war; The growth of modern sport; Playing sport; Watching sport; The ethics of sports culture

Getting Ahead: Drugs, Technology, and Competitive Advan - Lori Hile NEW Paperbac

Contents: Higher! Faster! Stronger; Technology: a game changer; Steroids: is bigger better?; Other performance-enhancing drugs and supplements; Drug testing; Youth sports: robbing the cradle; Future sports: designer genes; Extreme sports and the next generation

All new Psychological Thrillers 

Hailed as a rival to Suzanne Collins and Sophie McKenzie, Teri Terry's Slated trilogy is a gripping and chilling futuristic thriller set against a dystopian backdrop.  If you enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy try these.

Also, Beautiful Malice, a debut novel by Rebecca James, tells the story of Katherine Patterson and her attempts to start a new life in a new school following a family tragedy.  She is befriended by the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie, and later discovers that Alice is not quite as she seems and learns that friendship can be deadly!

Coming of Age Fiction

Patrick Ness's More that This is a thought-provoking and compelling novel exploring life after death. 

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman explores issues of identity and gender.


Must Read Dystopian Fiction

We have two excellent new dystopian series!  BZRK by Michael Grant, author of the popular Gone series (held in the Discovery Library) and the first two books in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. 

To find out more go to go BZRK

 Fans of The Hunger Games will love Divergent.  To view the book trailer go to HarperTeen official booktrailer

Quick Upfronts
We have some fantastic new ‘Quick Upfronts’ in the War Memorial Library.  Stained by Joanne Hichens and Hanging in the Mist by Peter Lancett focus on ‘real-life’ situations including drug abuse, abandonment, adoption, teenage pregnancy and crime and are fast-paced quick reads.  Brock by Anthony McGowan tells the story of troubled teenager Nick, who attempts to save a badger cub from a local gang. 

We also have vampire themed quick reads, including titles from Anne Rooney’s Vampire Dawn series and a parody of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Twilight’, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid.

More Carnegie shortlisters

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brookes is an unsettling story about a teenage boy who wakes to discover he has been kidnapped.  Your worst nightmare come true, the book has an intense and claustrophobic atmostphere and creates an overwhelming sense of fear.  *CARNEGIE WINNER 2014*

The Wall by William Sutcliff is described by as: 'a novel about a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world, to a place where everything he knows about loyalty, identity and justice is turned upside down. It is also a political fable that powerfully evokes the realities of life on the West Bank, telling the story of a Settler child who finds there are two sides to every story'.


xxxxxShortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014, All The Truth That's Me by Julie Berry tells the story of Judith who returns home after being missing for two years unable to speak.  It is full of mystery and romance with a traumatic event at its heart.

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn is an intruguing, pyschological thriller about an angry boy with violent impulses and a deadly secret. It was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 and is a book for fans of Meg Rosoff and Kevin Brooks.

To read extracts of these books visit search for the title. To find out more about the books that have been shortlisted go to Carnegie shortlist page. Talks by the authors about their books can be found at


Noble Conflict is the brilliant new book by Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman.  A dystopian thriller along the lines of Noughts and Crosses, it is a story of love, truth, betrayal and loss set in a violent world of Guardians and Rebels.
Crime thriller Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy is the long awaited sequel to the Carnegie shortlisted Looking for JJ.  Find both in the War Memorial Library.



New series by Philippa Gregory


 From the author of The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl comes a brand new series aimed at teenagers.  The Order of Darkness series, by Philippa Gregory, is set in medieval Europe after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.  It follows the story of Isolde, a young heiress who is banished to a nunnery to prevent her claiming her inheritance, and Luca, who has been expelled from his monastery and recruited to join the order of darkness.  Full of intrigue, adventure and betrayal, these books are not to be missed!
The first two books in the series, Changeling and Stormbringers are available to borrow now.


Andrew Fukuda's The Hunt series.  Brilliant and addictive.  Think of The Hunger Games with vampires!

See the trailers here: 

The Hunt

 The Prey

We have a great series on Big Business.  Interesting if you are interested in multinational corporations and very useful if you are studying Business.  We have Facebook, Google, Coca Cola, Nintendo, Apple and Nike.

Is the end of the world nigh????

Valentina, the President's daughter, leads a privileged life in the Citadel. Refugees from all over the world have fled fire and flood to escape to Ireland, but the original tribe depise their presence, and violence rages. When Val is kidnapped by a military group, she must try to escape before her identity is revealed.


Now a major motion picture

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

He may not be the biggest geek in the school, but he is by no means popular. Charlie is shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

See the book trailer and the film trailer here:

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

15-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Zoe tells her story in the only way she can: in letters to the man in prison in America.

See the book trailer and an interview with the author, Annabel Pitcher, here:

We have a trilogy of thrillers not for the faint-hearted by American writer,Todd Strasser.   

Blood on My Hands   

Some girls are glamorous, beautiful … and deadly. Found kneeling by a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand can only mean Callie Carson is guilty of the brutal murder of Katherine Remington – can’t it?  Joiningthe in-crowd is tough; leaving is a killer.

See the book trailer here:
Kill You LastProduct Details
Local model wanted: must be tall, gorgeous ... and not afraid to die.
Are you dying to be be famous..? It seems every girl in Soundview wants tobe a model, singer actress. They all need super-glam photos for agents- which works out well for Shelby's photographer dad.  He makes a fortune taking pictures of these wannabes...until the girls start to disappear and he is accused of murder.  Shelby knows her dad is innocent and is determined to prove it..

See the book trailer here:
Wish You Were DeadProduct Details
A blogger is listing the kids who should die; a killer is picking them off one at a time.
In the small American town of Soundview, someone is blogging about the local high school kids, and the comments aren’t kind. But are the posts cruel taunts or vicious threats?
Then seventeen-year-old Lucy Cunningham goes missing after a night out, and the hunt is on to catch a killer.

See the book trailer here:

NO FEAR Shakespeare

We have a fantastic collection of NO FEAR Shakespeare books which contain the complete text of the original play on the left hand side of the page PLUS a line-by-line translation on the right hand side of the page.  They also have a complete list of characters and plenty of helpful commentary.

We have the following titles:

Antony and Cleopatra
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest

The Murder Notebooks, is the new thrilling crime series from Anne Cassidy. 

Dead Time
Dead Time (Book 1)
Everywhere she turns, Rose’s life seems to be haunted by disaster. Her mother has been missing for five years after mysteriously vanishing with her partner. Now, following a new start at a new college, two murders take place and Rose is right there when they happen. Reunited with Joshua, her almost step-brother, Rose sets out to solve all the mysteries. It’s a thrilling unravelling with some clever twists.

Killing Rachel the Murder Notebooks
Killing Rachel  (Book 2) Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebooks - the murder notebooks - they have discovered. Then Rose is distracted by odd, desperate messages she receives from Rachel, a former best friend from her school, followed by the terrible news that Rachel is dead. But perhaps Rachel's death will provide one more piece of the puzzle about what has happened to Rose and Joshua's parents ...A taut and pacy thriller in The Murder Notebooks series, from an acclaimed writer for teens.

Also by Anne Cassidy
The Dead House by Anne Cassidy

The Dead House Lauren and her aunt and uncle are returning to London after years living away in Cornwall. For Lauren it is a return to the sight of a terrible family tragedy and a house full of ghosts.When she was six years old her mum and little sister were murdered in their home...and Lauren's dad was put in prison for the crime. Now she is living a stones's throw from her old house, and despite her trepidation, Lauren is curious to know who lives there now, and how the house will make her feel. When she becomes friendly with Nathan, the son of the new owners, she finds herself back at the scene of so many nightmares...of memories, but also of things forgotten. Lauren blocked out a lot of that fateful day, but now that she'd older, things are coming back to her...things that could mean her dad is innocent, not guilty of murder. After all these years of hating him Lauren now faces the prospect of loving her dad once again. But is it that easy?

New Malorie Blackman  - author of Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Double Cross and Checkmate.

Trust Me

When Heather goes on holiday with her boyfriend Andrew for the first time, she gets more than she bargained for. Not only does he dump her in Italy, but when she finally meets up with him again in London, she discovers that he is a vampire.

Trust Me

Michael Cunningham The Hours
The Hours is the story of Richard, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother. His friend Clarissa, who strives to achieve a balanced life, also figures prominently in this story set during World War 2, 1920s and 1990s. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner prizes, The Hours is inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf.


Richard Yates Revolutionary Road
Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful and talented couple, are desperate to maintain their dreams of greatness and distinction against the inexorable pressure of their suburban life.

 Andrea Levy The Long Song

July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides - far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse.
Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.

Michel Faber The Crimson Petal and the White

Michel Faber's dazzling second novel dares to go where George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and the works of Charles Dickens could not.

Philip K Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity. For those who can't afford an authentic animal, companies build incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . even humans.

Ted Hughes Birthday Letters

Ted Hughes (1930-98) is recognized as one of the few contemporary poets whose work has mythic scope and power. And few episodes in postwar literature have the legendary stature of Hughes's romance with, and marriage to, the great American poet Sylvia Plath.
The poems in Birthday Letters are addressed (with just two exceptions) to Plath, and were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963. Some are love letters, others haunted recollections and ruminations. In them, Hughes recalls his and Plath's time together, drawing on the powerful imagery of his work--animal, vegetable, mythological--as well as on Plath's famous verse.

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