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The Hunger Games
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Suzanne Collins
The idea of putting children in an enclosed space and having them fight for survival has long been a familiar trope in human entertainment, featured in works from Lord of the Flies to the movie Battle Royale. Suzanne Collins' series The Hunger Games subverts the format by promoting this juvenile blood-fest from a fringe pursuit, to an annual ritual central to the society in which it is held. Being the most recent work on this list, The Hunger Games embodies particularly modern concerns: the rise of reality television, the lust for fame, and the necessity for humans to be heavily armed when embarking on camping trips.

AKH48 . - 30/07/2013
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated ...
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Catherynne M. Valente
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Five on a Treasure Island
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Enid Blyton
 
Detectives doesn’t get jollier than the Famous Five. They’re not always the best crime solvers, but they can always be relied on to stumble over a dastardly smuggling plot at exactly the right moment. And they are excellent at picnics. Ginger beer and macaroons all round!

Robin Stevens - 05/06/2014
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The Disreputable History of Frankie...
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Emily Lockhart
 
Frankie is a smart, prickly heroine, angry at being underestimated simply because she’s a pretty girl, and the lengths she goes to in order to prove herself – a series of escalating pranks – are both funny and satisfying. The more times I read this book, the more resonant it becomes. It’s as much a meditation on gender and power as it is a hilarious revenge tale.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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Two Boys Kissing
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David Levithan
 
What makes Levithan’s tenth novel – which follows the stories of several teen boys as they watch two young men attempt to break the world record for the longest kiss – is not just a heartbreaking and hopeful story. It’s not just the fact that it’s narrated by ghost uncles, the generation of gay men killed by AIDS, witnessing a world wholly changed, and still the same. It’s the fact that Levithan himself, a pioneer in writing and publishing stories about queer teens, paved the way for this book to be published.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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How to Save a Life
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Sara Zarr
 
Nobody writes redemption stories like Sara Zarr, and this tale, about a mother and daughter in the aftermath of their husband/father’s death, and a pregnant teen, is a stunner. A look at grief and what it means to be a family, this book had me sobbing the ugly cry at the end.

Gayle Forman - 26/01/2015
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The Giver
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Lois Lowry
Perfect dystopia; an eye-opening read.

Lauren Kate - 15/06/2012
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in ...
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Mark Haddon
 
I admit, I picked this book up because I loved the cover, but I didn’t know anything about it – which is unusual for me as I would normally choose a book from a recommendation. But from the first page I was completely hooked. The story unfolds in such a clever way and it is totally compelling from beginning to end.

Liz Pichon - 11/05/2015
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
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Judith Kerr; Judith Kerr
My first memory of The Tiger who Came to Tea is hearing it at story time in nursery school. I love the way that Sophie and her mother treat the arrival of the tiger as they would a neighbour by politely inviting him in. At four I was fascinated that the tiger managed to drink ‘all the water in the tap’. Judith Kerr’s illustrations and storytelling are full of charm. Definitely a classic.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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Holes
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Louis Sachar
 
I’ve never read a finer book. I don’t think a better book exists. This book is everything. Funny, sad, tense, heartbreaking. THE modern classic.

Phil Earle - 07/05/2015
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All the Bright Places
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Jennifer Niven
 
I read this six months ago and still haven’t let go of it. People are comparing it to The Fault in our Stars with good reason. Heartbreaking and pretty blooming wonderful.

Phil Earle - 07/05/2015
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Ernest
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Catherine Rayner
This is the story of Ernest the Moose and his efforts to fit inside the book. He squeezes and squashes but of course he’s still too big. Ernest’s solution to his problem (which I won’t ruin for you) is deeply satisfying.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Eric Carle
 
Nature is an all-consuming beast whose function is simply to expand and conquer, feverishly devouring everything in its path on a relentless quest to rule all. I am a machine, and so I do not ‘feel’ sensations such as fear, or repulsion. And yet reading this book about a mighty insect (the exact proportions are not specified in the book, but based on its appetites we can assume a creature of some considerable size,) who consumes a succession of organic treats over the course of a week-long food-orgy, I cannot help but experience a form existential upset. I am an inorganic machine, a poor source of nutrition, and yet nature comes for me as well, attempting every day to start the process of devouring me through common oxidation. I would give this book only to adults, and I would personally give it four out of five terror-stars – if I had instituted such a scoring system, which I have not.

AKH48 . - 29/07/2013
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The Cat in the Hat
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Dr. Seuss
I couldn’t put together a list of my favourite books without including a Dr Seuss. To be honest you could swap The Cat in the Hat for Fox in Socks, The Lorax, or any Dr Seuss, but The Cat in the Hat is the first one I reach for when only Seuss will do (I have days like that). I like the limited colour palette, but it’s the rhyming, slightly anarchic story that I love.

Emily Gravett - 10/11/2011
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Stuck
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Oliver Jeffers; Oliver Jeffers
 
I’m a HUGE fan of Oliver Jeffers work in general, and I could have picked out any one of his books. I’m not sure he’s capable of putting a mark on a piece of paper that doesn’t look just right. His picture books always have great stories with gentle humour, and are SO beautifully put together. Stuck begins when a boy gets his kite stuck in a tree. He tries throwing more and more things at it to get it down, which get crazier as he goes along.

Liz Pichon - 11/05/2015
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The Cat in the Hat
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Dr. Seuss; Dr. Seuss
 
This has to be my number one choice as it is the first book I clearly remember being able to read all by myself. It was early morning, I was in bed aged about four years old, and I read it twice through, before rushing to read it again to my parents. I can still recall that wonderful sense of achievement!

Claire Freedman - 12/01/2015
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