Mystery & Detective

The Boy Who Hit Play – Choloe Daykin (10+)

12-year-old Elvis Crampton Lucas was abandoned at a park bench and adopted by a nice man called George Lucas (no, not THAT George Lucas). George, Elvis and their housemate Lloyd all go on a journey to Norway to find Elvis’ birth parents and to try to discover why he was abandoned in the first place. […]

Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman (10+)

‘Where had it come from? What had happened to Rayna? It was Rayna.’ Ice Wolves is a new fantasy fiction series written by Amie Kaufman. It is probably aimed for children in late primary school and early high school. When Anders’ sister transforms into a scorch dragon and himself an ice wolf, Anders doesn’t know […]

Dragon’s Green – Scarlett Thomas (9+)

Superb. An absolutely fabulous magical adventure with a strong female protagonist and four excellent secondary characters. A great start to a new series. This is a quiet book that doesn’t shout and stomp its arrival, but sneaks into your heart. It has a tight plot; is beautifully written; moments of wit; and is fully of […]

The Amateurs – Sara Shepard (14+)

I’ve always loved mystery book, and this one sits right up there with some of the best YA ones that I’ve read. Aerin really wants to know what happened to her sister Helena, and thanks to three members of an amateur crime solving website she might find out. The question is, is she really ready […]