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Poppe, Grit (Author) Hörl, Hanna (Illustrator)

Never give up! Escape from the youth detention centre. GDR, 1988: Anja’s mother applies for a departure permit to leave East Germany and is arrested by the secret police, the Stasi. The 14-year-old is placed in a youth detention centre under the administration of the Juvenile Welfare Department. Shocked by the high-handedness of the educators, the violence and the drill, Anja soon has only one thought in her mind: escape. But things get even worse…
A gripping novel about tyrannical treatment and violence at the youth detention centre in the GDR. Carefully researched by the author, who was herself a member of the “Democracy Now!” movement. With a glossary and chronicle of the regime change in the appendix. | 14 +

Poppe, Grit (Author)

Never give up! Escape from the youth detention centre. GDR, 1988: Anja’s mother applies for a departure permit to leave East Germany and is arrested by the secret police, the Stasi. The 14-year-old is placed in a youth detention centre under the administration of the Juvenile Welfare Department. Shocked by the high-handedness of the educators, the violence and the drill, Anja soon has only one thought in her mind: escape. But things get even worse…

A gripping novel about tyrannical treatment and violence at the youth detention centre in the GDR. Carefully researched by the author, who was herself a member of the “Democracy Now!” movement. With a glossary and chronicle of the regime change in the appendix. | 14 +

Schinko, Barbara (Author)

This superheroine rocks!

Rina lives a sheltered life in the idyllic Eastside, but she longs for change and adventure and finds herself regularly drawn to the grim, gang-ruled Northside area of town. While at a concert there, she falls in love with Brynn, a rock star. Initially without intending to, Rina becomes a superhero when she rescues a girl from a mugging and a video of her action turns up online. The press nicknames her Alleycat. She ends up prowling the streets of Northside night after night as Alleycat, avenging wrongs. But how long can her phantom life continue? And does her love of a Northside boy have a chance? And who is the masked boy who calls himself Ash and saves her life one fateful night?

Packed with suspense, action and romance – this book has something to please everyone. | 14 +

Woolf, Marah (Author)

The new school year has arrived and Jess is trying hard to forget Cayden after all he did to her. But Zeus and his gods appear to have other plans, and on her very first day back at school, Jess suddenly finds herself face to face with Cayden. Is she in danger? Can Agrios have followed her to Monterey? Jess really doesn’t want to get mixed up in the crossfire of the gods; all she wants is a perfectly ordinary life. But what is normal, when you can see and enter the world of the gods? And most importantly, how long can she really keep on hating Cayden?

Book two in the DIVINE SPARK trilogy by Marah Woolf.
| 14 +

Woolf, Marah (Author)

The new school year has arrived and Jess is trying hard to forget Cayden after all he did to her. But Zeus and his gods appear to have other plans, and on her very first day back at school, Jess suddenly finds herself face to face with Cayden. Is she in danger? Can Agrios have followed her to Monterey? Jess really doesn’t want to get mixed up in the crossfire of the gods; all she wants is a perfectly ordinary life. But what is normal, when you can see and enter the world of the gods? And most importantly, how long can she really keep on hating Cayden?

Book two in the bestselling DIVINE SPARK trilogy by Marah Woolf | 14 +

Martin, Peer (Author) Andersen, Nils (Illustrator)

When everything has been taken from you, you have nothing to lose. Nineteen-year-old Canadian Mathis accompanies Hope, an 11-year-old Somali, as he flees right across South America. The two have barely set out, when two shady characters start following them – and they are not the only threat to confront Hope and Mathis on their breath-taking journey. As they travel through the Amazon rainforest, across the Panamericana highway and on the roof of a high-speed goods train speeding along, death lurks in the shadows on all sides; they barely escape with their lives on more than one occasion. Will the pair make it to freedom?

-\x09Fast-paced, political adventure novel touching on controversial topics, such as climate change, refugees and world politics
-\x09Highly topical, captivating and disturbing. Exceptionally absorbing right from the very first page
-\x09With vignettes, notes and additional information for each chapter
-\x09Topical, gripping and unsettling: the latest novel by German Youth Literature Prize laureate Peer Martin | 16 +

Drake, Harper (Author) Schütz, Nele (Illustrator)

Spell leads an independent life on the Californian coast. She lives in a trailer with her dog, Spock, making jewellery during the day and working at a beach bar at night. She values her freedom more than anything else. But when she falls in love with Arthur, an artist, her independence suddenly doesn’t seem quite so important anymore. But can she really trust him? In the end, Arthur’s efforts to win her and her own feelings prove stronger than her fears and she lets her guard down – until betrayal tears open old wounds.

The books in the Heartbeat series are sensual love stories full of thrilling romance and passion. | 15 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author)

Tim appears to be a perfectly normal teenager, while Lilith is generally regarded as an outsider. When she takes on the lead role of the Mexican witch, la bruja, in the theatre group play, strange things happen. As soon as la bruja steps onto the stage, all the others are spellbound in their roles. Also, a special relationship develops outside rehearsals between Tim and la bruja. But soon, rumours begin to circulate that Lilith really is a kind of witch as the dividing line between play and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

- Explores the topics of love, dangerous group dynamics and what it’s like to be the outsider
- A moving story that calls our own behaviour into question
- Outstanding narrative structure with two interwoven storylines | 14 +

Stein, Maike (Author) Crenshaw, Carina (Illustrator)

An award-worthy love story about two girls

Berlin, in the early summer of 1961, when the border between East and West is no more than a white dividing line on the streets of the city. The passport controls are a nuisance, but they don’t stop either Marie or Lennie from crossing over because they have found each other, found a love both had believed impossible. Nothing can separate them – or so they think. But in the August of that year, the construction of the Berlin Wall tears the city – and the two girls - apart. Marie is faced with an impossible decision: Should she stay with her father and younger brother and give up all the dreams she shares with Lennie? Or should she risk making an escape to West Berlin, to Lennie, and never see her family again?

- Perfect to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
- Excellently researched: a credible escape that really could have taken place | 14 +

Tailor, Kathy (Author)

A remote boarding school
A universally popular girl, who goes missing without trace
Secrets, intrigues, disturbing emotions

Freya’s first days and weeks at the new boarding school are overshadowed by the disappearance of her schoolmate Maria. What has happened to her? What does her ex-boyfriend know? What did she have to do with Oscar, the drug dealer? And why do troublemakers Cora and Bianca threaten Freya when they find out that she’s been investigating the disappearance? Luckily, Freya has Leo, whose love seems to be the only good thing in her life. If only he weren’t her teacher …

-\x09Thirteen Reasons Why meets Gone Girl
-\x09Perfidious revenge thriller in a boarding school setting
-\x09Changing perspectives, false trails, buffling plot | 14 +

Lewis, Emily (Author) ZERO Werbeagentur (Illustrator) Mildt, Ute (Illustrator)

As sweet and hot as cocoa by the fire

Eighteen-year-old Vanessa’s grandmother treats her to a Christmas trip. Vanessa naturally chooses to go to Cambridge, the place where her late parents spent the happiest time of their life. In Cambridge, Vanessa unexpectedly meets Trevor and falls for him straight away. During the wonderful days they spend together in wintery Cambridge, he turns out to be romantic and a gentleman, and also helps Vanessa to solve the mystery of a 50-year-old postcard she finds in the attic. But then Trevor suddenly withdraws from her without a word of explanation. And while Vanessa is uncovering a bygone fairy-tale romance, her own Christmastime fairy tale disappears like a burst bubble...

-\x09Romantic seasonal title for Christmas
-\x09Dream setting in England and an enchanting young romance
-\x09A family secret that’s been closely guarded for decades is revealed | 14 +

Woolf, Marah (Author)

When Cedric de Gray rescues 17-year-old Sasha from the Atlantic waves off the storm swept island of Alderney, he is already living his thousandth life. He is desperately trying to atone for a sin he once committed and, although he has the power to return to each of his lives, he cannot alter them. Sasha learns of Cedric’s fate and resolves to help him. She can and will not leave him to the mercies of the soul hunters who have been pursuing him for centuries because for them there is nothing more precious than a soul that remembers.

- A fine book to settle down with by the bestselling SPIEGEL author and uncrowned romantasy queen
- A story of time travel – an ever-popular dream theme – grippingly told
- Huge fan community: Marah Woolf’s books have sold over one million copies | 14 +

Waldherr, Sarah Lilian (Author) Kopainski, Alexander (Illustrator)

Fana has been desperately unhappy since Kian, who she loves above all else, has gone over to her arch-enemy’s side. But there are more and more signs that seem to bear out her innermost feeling that something isn’t quite right about his sudden about-turn. Meanwhile, Kasim, the self-styled Jewel King, has captured the capital of Avestina. When he then declares war on the fairy kingdom and the sea people, it soon becomes clear that Fana is the only person with the knowledge to use the star diamond. Everyone is expecting her to do away with Kasim at last so that history cannot be repeated. But can she really kill in order to achieve this goal?

Love, friction and jealousy - plus a healthy portion of suspense, a relentless opponent and a dark secret - Volume 4 in the breathtaking fantasy saga for all Kerstin Gier fans. | 12 +

Kraußeneck, Thekla (Author) Dosse, Dörte (Illustrator)

Fast-moving sci-fi fantasy in the age of totalitarian surveillance.

After his friend Zack has freed him from his kidnappers’ clutches, Lachlan hides in the south of Ireland to plan the next steps in his resistance against the surveillance state: Lachlan’s mentor, Griffin, has asked him to obtain the mighty weapon Erion for him, and to do that, he has to go behind Zack’s back. Zack, in turn, is under pressure from the surveillance organisation META to capture Griffin before he can plunge the world into chaos with Lachlan’s help.
The friends are being played off against each other and no longer know whom to trust. Who is really pulling the strings? Their friendship is once more tested to the limit as Lachlan and Zack battle their way not only through the real, but also through the virtual Cronos fantasy world.

Virtual reality and coming of age for a digitally savvy readership. Book 2 in the terrifyingly well told gaming series. | 14 +