My Top Ten Brit Books

I may not have posted many reviews while living in London, but I was definitely reading! In fact, I was working in a secondary school library and spent much of my day surrounded by books.  I had access to a lot of young adult novels, and the kids often asked me for recommendations. What choice did I have but to read as many as I could so I would be familiar with our stock?  The funny part is there was a rumour I had read all the books in the library, as a couple asked me straight out if I really had. It would have taken me a good five or six years to manage, but I was certainly trying my best!  I did nothing to quash that wee tale, either *L0L*

All the books I have chosen here were written by authors who live in the UK and that I had recommended to a student at some point over the past two years. Hopefully you will find some new author you’ll like!

DragonskinSlippersDragonskin Slippers by Jessica Day George
part of a series
Fifteen-year-old Creel is floored when her aunt suggests they sacrifice her to a dragon to attract the attention of a marriageable knight. But when the dragon appears, Creel bargains for her life – and ends up with an unusual pair of blue slippers. It’s not until the slippers are stolen by a princess that Creel learns a terrible truth.

 Mwah Mwah by Chloe Raybanscreen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-42-21-am
stand alone novel

Shipped off to France for Easter for some continental ‘culture’, Hannah finds herself staying with her mother’s best friend and her daughter, who just happens to be tall and horribly stylish. To make matters worse, the daughter’s friend is coming to stay with them. Then ‘Michel’ turns out to be a boy. Cue rivalry with a continental flavour.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-43-16-amWhen I Was Joe by Keren David
part of a series
When Ty witnesses the murder of another boy he identifies some very dangerous people and the police put him in a witness protection scheme. Over the coming months, Ty becomes Joe, is given a new look and starts at a new school. To his surprise, he finds he is attracting the attention of the girls in his class, and the boys find his need to conceal his real identity cool – being Joe is not so bad. Somehow Joe keeps drawing attention to himself despite his efforts to remain anonymous. Then his beloved grandmother back in London is badly injured in an attack designed to flush Ty out of hiding and demonstrates the relentless determination to silence him.

Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berryscreen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-45-25-am
part of a series
Sylvie is dying. A victim of crippling allergies, poisoned by the pollution and chemicals of modern life, Sylvie is trapped in a hospital bed. There’s an alternative community hidden away in a corner of Dorset. If their leader would let Sylvie visit, then perhaps the clean air and green lifestyle may restore her vitality.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-47-36-amGirl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
part of a series
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-51-28-am
part of a series
For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery – about her own identity, the mysterious father she’s never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-54-51-amThe Glimpse by Claire Merle
part of a series
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve: If she is joined to promised pure-boy Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay until her illness manifests, but if Jasper changes his mind she will be cast out among the Crazies. But then Jasper disappears. Ana sneaks out to find him and her search takes her through the underbelly of society. As she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction, she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-04-26-amFlirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan
part of a series
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-11-22-am
stand alone novel
When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent’s yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jelly fish, the mysterious someone–Kensuke–allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-11-52-amCherub series by Robert Muchamore 
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented–and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an exceptionally dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that teens are spying on them. James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He’s a bit of a troublemaker, but he’s also brilliant. And CHERUB needs him. James has no idea what to expect, but he’s out of options. Before he can start in the field he must first survive one hundred grueling days of basic training, where even the toughest recruits don’t make it to the end.

Bonus:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-35-20-am
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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