SECOND BEST FRIEND (out January 2018)
“It’s hard, loving someone so perfect. Your best friend… and the competition. The one person you’re always measured against.”
Jade has a near-perfect best friend in Becky – until a throwaway comment triggers a serious inferiority complex. How come Becky is better than her at everything? So, when life offers Jade the chance to come out top, she grabs it. But there are some popularity contests that you just can’t win …
TRUTH OR DARE
“Isn’t the point of having money to make life better, even if that life isn’t yours?”
Claire hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. Even if it means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line.
The plot is superbly structured and builds up to a powerful, emotional punch of a climax. – The BookBag
“When we booked the Remix tickets, Ruby made it clear that hot boys were part of the plan – and not just for her…”
Kaz is reeling from being dumped by the love of her life. Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record: three days, two best mates, one music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
I enjoyed Non Pratt’s debut, Trouble, and Remix is even better. – Telegraph
“I type so quickly that it takes a second attempt before Google asks me if I mean ‘pregnancy symptoms’. I suppose I do.”
Hannah is smart and funny. She’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is the new boy at school who doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does Aaron offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?
Pratt’s characters are rib-achingly funny, outrageous and entirely true to life… – Metro
“I never really believed it would come to this. Death was something that happened in other people’s stories. Not Millie’s. Not mine.”
Alix, Ben, Dean and Zara meet at their old school to keep a longstanding promise to open a memory box they left there when they were thirteen. But there is a gaping hole – their friend Millie has died. When they open the box, secrets tumble out and old feelings rise to the surface.
The emotions are intense, even as they are expressed in everyday language, and the characters convincing. – Sunday Times
GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST (short story from I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS)
“When we walk pass my old house I notice there’s still no wreath on the knocker, no fairy lights wrapped round the columns by the door or looped in the holly bush. No sign that anyone is looking forward to Christmas the way we used to. Makes me think they don’t deserve it.”
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a collection of brand-new stories and poetry from the UK’s leading Young Adult authors on the theme of home. At least £1 from every copy will go directly to Crisis.
It deserves its place on bookshelves, but why not buy two copies? One to keep, one to give away. – lovereading4kids.co.uk.