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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 +

Menger, Jette (Author)

Does he love her? Confronting the Shadows of the Past! To leave behind his Sydney life: that’s all Kian wanted when he returned to Bath and June. However, it soon becomes clear that he can’t escape from his past, and that June hasn’t opened up to him in order for him to shut her out. Regardless of how he and June have changed, what matters is that he loves her. More, even, than all the fame in the world.The jacket is designed to draw the reader in to this emotionally charged story.The compelling follow-up to “Know Me Again”Two volumes published in one month to create a marketing buzz.16 +

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 +

Abidi, Heike (Author)

Henrietta has been looking forward to turning 15 for so long – and now that it’s finally happening, she’s head over heels in emotional chaos! Her boyfriend, Nick, has suddenly gone all unromantic and barely has any time for her. And Henrietta’s blog has turned into a kind of agony column. No wonder she feels like a fraud. How is she supposed to give other people advice on their love life when her own relationship is going haywire? It’s clearly high time for a change in Henrietta’s life! So when the writing competition comes up, it’s perfect timing for her…

Great finale to our popular trilogy
| 12 +

Santos de Lima, Gabriella (Author)

19-year-old Audrey is desperate to become an actress. So much so that she is even willing to leave her beloved home in Florida in order to study at the famous Juilliard School. But she hates New York - not least because that’s where her mother lives, who left her family in order to pursue her career. However, Audrey then gets to know mysterious Bennett29 via the anonymous NewInYork messaging service. Although he’s almost dismissive of her at first, they soon begin to message one another non-stop - and far too personally. Audrey quickly realises that she’s not the only one with a secret…

  • For all readers who would also like to imagine they’ve found their perfect dream man - full of longing and romance!
  • Intense feelings, set against the very special backdrop of the exclusive Juilliard School.
  • How much would you be prepared to sacrifice for your dreams? For all readers who love romance and have their own big ambitions.
  • True happiness is sometimes closer than you think: readers will be captivated by Audrey’s desires!

16 +

Mallon, Lina (Author)

How I became the woman I am now.

In her latest book, Lina Mallon writes about the female friends and other women who have affected her life. With great frankness and openness, she describes real support, unexpected opposition, friendship disappointments, the strength of Girl Power, and the dilemma in which women of all ages can find themselves: meeting the expectations of society whilst fulfilling their own dreams and desires. Our greatest challenge is not to lose ourselves at this point but to find our own way as women. Above all, Mallon emphasises the importance of women mutually supporting one another, being honest with one another, and even being able to criticise one another in a positive way so that they can grow together rather than competing with one another.

30 stories about 30 women - for all young women who are on the journey of their lives! | 14 +

Menger, Jette (Author)

Ella introduces her new boyfriend to her friendship group. Simon, who has been crushing on Ella for ages, immediately feels drawn to Dilan. He feels as if he’s curiously familiar. Dilan, too, seems to know things about Simon. Who is the newbie, and how and why are the two boys connected? And why does Ella have to fall for Dilan when Simon has been making a play for her for weeks now? When Simon accidentally discovers Dilan’s secret, it causes him to re-think everything he thought he knew about love.

  • A different take on the ‘romance’ theme: a gay love triangle packed with intense feelings.
  • The eagerly awaited third volume of the “Know Us” series.
| 16 +

Köllinger, Maja (Author)

They were the perfect friendship group: Brianna, Yves, Xenia and Kian. But towards the end of their time at school, they find themselves drifting apart. In order to get their friendship back on track, they decide to go for a day out which ends with a binge drinking session and a risky game of Truth or Dare - and with Kian’s death. However, none of the remaining three can remember exactly what happened. During the course of the ensuing investigation, somebody starts to plague them with anonymous notes: someone knows what happened. There’s only one thing for it: the friends have to work together to find the perpetrator. But what if it’s someone closer to them than they imagine?

  • Friendship drama and gripping thriller.
  • Young, involved narrative voice appeals to teen readers.
  • Eerie log cabin setting.
| 15 +

Fischer, Rena (Author)


Cursed Worlds 1 - Out of their Shadows…
Sis and her brother Finn have been living with their grandmother ever since their parents suddenly disappeared years ago, along with Finn’s twin brother. When their grandmother has a stroke and has to go to hospital, she asks one thing of them: they have to go to Spain to find one of their father’s friends. This friend shows them the only thing that remains of their family: a fibula - or, in other words, a piece of magical jewellery which is supposed to enable to them to cross over between different worlds. They find themselves on the trail of a big secret - a secret that could either kill all of them or finally reunite their family…
- Fantasy/“Romantasy” ideal for male and female readers alike: an old family curse, three worlds, and magical laws.
- Ideal for fans of “One True Queen”, “Six of Crows” and the “Cassardim” series.
- Volume 2 due to be published in Spring 2022.
| 16 +

Fessel, Karen-Susan (Author)

Lon is sixteen. And Lon suffers from Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects the eyes and inner ear. Having poor hearing is nothing new for Lon - but his increasingly diminishing eyesight is a real challenge. Lon doesn’t tell anyone about this - not even his mother or the doctor. Nelly and Oscar, Lon’s friends, have no idea either. On his way into darkness, there’s just one thing Lon yearns for: love. But first Lon has to learn to love himself. | 14 +

Poppe, Grit (Author)

First, You Betray Your Conscience. Then You Betray Your Family

A teen fiction first: young people in the GDR being turned into unofficial collaborators by the Stasi

When his grandmother has to move to a care home, Sebastian has to move in with his father, who left their family when Sebastian was just a baby. He feels no connection with this man who served a life sentence and barely addresses a word to him. It is, however, better than going back to that dreadful children’s home which Social Services initially placed him in – and where he came to care secretly about Katja, who ran away. One day, though, a man appears at Sebastian’s school and forces him to agree to spy on his teachers and schoolmates. He turns him into an unofficial Stasi collaborator, and persuades him to spy on his own father. | 14 +

Poppe, Grit (Author)

Lon is sixteen. And Lon suffers from Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects the eyes and inner ear. Having poor hearing is nothing new for Lon - but his increasingly diminishing eyesight is a real challenge. Lon doesn’t tell anyone about this - not even his mother or the doctor. Nelly and Oscar, Lon’s friends, have no idea either. On his way into darkness, there’s just one thing Lon yearns for: love. But first Lon has to learn to love himself. | 14 +

Lindberg, Emma (Author)

After splitting up with Cal, Rena moves to Pittsburgh with her best friend and embarks on her dream of studying Art. Callan goes off to study Music before returning to his home in Pittsburgh. He becomes the lead singer of a band, and they start to play gigs in small venues - including at a party thrown by Rena’s brother Darren. They haven’t seen one another for four years; but when Rena hears Cal singing for the first time, the sparks start to fly again and they find themselves drawn inexorably together once more…

  • Forbidden teenage love becomes a gripping love story.
  • Emotionally charged, captivating, romantic.
  • The sequel to “From Now On”.
| 16 +

Kaspar, Chris (Author)

The “Pretty Pennies” rule the roost at Graham College. Anyone who gets in their way loses everything.

Vince, Evie and Pat are the Pretty Pennies: rich, popular, untouchable. 16-year-old Lynn is none of these things - so decides to infiltrate the Pretty Pennies, armed with a pack of lies. Her aim: revenge. If only it weren’t for the outsider Bacon, who knows who Lynn really is. In order to protect her secret, Lynn enters into a loaded pact with Bacon. However, things suddenly race out of control, and Lynn risks losing far more than just her chance of revenge.

  • Where is the red line between bullying and murder?
  • Highly topical thriller about questions of identity.
  • Creepy psychodrama: goosebumps guaranteed.
| 16 +

Poppe, Grit (Author)

Eye Witness: The Story of an Escape

The Torgau juvenile detention centre, GDR, 1989: Rebellious Gonzo, like her friend Anja, the heroine of Shut Away (Weggesperrt), has been sent to the jail-like detention centre in Torgau, where she is to be forced to become a “socialist personality”. There, she finds herself at the mercy of harsh educators and is driven almost to breaking point by the experience. On the transport back to her old juvenile workhouse, she sees her chance, makes a break for it and gets away. All she wants is to be free at last! Hiding out in some allotments, she meets René, who is also planning to escape to the West. Together they make it across the Green Border to Prague and the West German Embassy there. The story is based on interviews with contemporary witnesses and historical facts.
The author was awarded the 2010 Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize for the first in the series, Shut Away.
"This is a story that gets under your skin and should be read by young people and adults alike.” DIE ZEIT on Shut Away

A political book for young adults, with all the suspense of a thriller
| 14 +

Fischer, Rena (Author)

While his sister Sis initially finds life in the magical world quite difficult, Finn is becoming the glowing ‘other side of the coin’ to the grim young Damianos boy Aswin. However, a journey into the past and a rupture in the magical field don’t just save Finn’s twin brother Kieran and his girlfriend Serafina, but also lead Aswin to switch to the ‘good’ side - that of the siblings - and to acknowledge his feelings for Sis. But jealous Oisinn tells evil Damianos their plans… | 16 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author)

18 years have passed since the death of Abel, storyteller and murderer. His son Elias doesn’t know whether he misses him or hates him more. But then he makes a curious discovery: his mother Anna is writing letters to the storyteller - and is receiving replies. Elias starts to spy on her. Could his father still be alive? Who is the shadow in the woods, and what is Abel’s sister Micha hiding? In the mysterious letters, Elias reads a new story - just as murderous as the one 18 years ago… | 16 +

Maar, Paul (Author)

The Second World War is only a few years ago. Adults talk about the “terrible times”. The children in the little village of Mainfranken, however, don’t see it that way. Shortages and acorn coffee are part of their everyday lives just as much as potato beetle and plagues of mice. Johanna feels quite at home in this clear-cut world - until she gradually begins to outgrow her family. She starts to feel hemmed in, and soon realises that if she wants to grow up, she has to scale “the walls”. | 12 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

Johanna grows up in a small town in Mainfranken, just after the Second World War. The grown-ups talk about “hard times”, but that’s not how the children see it. For them, the coal scarcity, acorn coffee and mashed potato are as normal as the regular plagues of Colorado beetles and mice. But Johanna increasingly feels hemmed in and begins to rebel against the values and rules of her parents … | 16 +

Tramountani, Nena (Author)

Giulietta wakes up in a room in the Grand Hotel in Venice and tries to work out what has been happening. Gradually, she realises that she has herself turned into a Tarot card figure. Learning to come to terms with her new powers isn’t her only challenge. She also has to contend with her uncle setting some of the other figures against her. He claims that Giulietta has the power to lock the figures back into the cards forever, and that they can live in freedom if they can dispose of Giulietta. Giulietta is in despair. Who can she actually trust?

  • A powerful love story set in a world filled with magic.
  • Social media trend: Tarot and spirituality.
  • The second and final volume of the “Cards of Love” duology.
| 16 +

Bergmann, Hanna (Author)

When 17-year-old Leah is sent away to the elite boarding school Elm Castle in the forests of North Carolina, she soon realises that something is amiss. Her roommate Carter threatens her, and in the forest she encounters a disturbing blood-stained rune. In fact, everyone apart from Reese (who seems nice) and the charming Casper appears to have been acting very strangely ever since a girl from their school disappeared two years previously. Leah starts to investigate - but every secret she uncovers puts her in ever greater danger.

  • Tension with a tinge of mystery - un-put-downable!
  • Creepy witchcraft setting: there’s no escape.
  • An elite boarding school right in the middle of the gloomy forest, in which all the heroine’s friends have a possible motive.
| 16 +

Lindberg, Inka (Author)

“There must be more to life than this,” Lisa says to herself. She drops out of her training scheme in banking - thereby dashing all the hopes and expectations of her parents and her boyfriend Max. Out of the blue, she books a coach ticket to Cologne. Here she embarks on an adventure, starting when she meets tattoo artist Karla, who shows Lisa a world that she has previously only seen in films. In between sofa-surfing, parties in shared houses and existential crises, the young woman explores her sexuality, and also comes to discover that dreams don’t just have to stay in your head. | 16 +

Schumann, Jennifer (Author)

Ambitious young actress Madeleine decides to take a bit of time away from the theatre, and starts to help out in her friend’s cafe. There, she becomes fascinated by a handsome young man who comes in every day. Although he neither speaks to her nor looks at her, she finds him incredibly alluring and sets out on a mission to get closer to him. She gradually realises why he is so dismissive - and that you sometimes don’t need words to fall in love!

  • A love story with unexpected twists.
  • By successful self-published author Sophia Chase.
  • A romantic, taboo-busting story.
| 16 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author)

Drug dealer, beloved boyfriend, murderer? Anna and Abel: madly in love, mad with doubt Abel Tannatek is a misfit, a truant and a drug dealer. Against her better judgement, Anna falls desperately in love with him because she sees the other Abel: the gentle, sad boy who takes care of his sister and tells Anna a story that touches her soul. But the fine line between reality and fantasy gradually becomes blurred. What if the story isn’t a story but awful reality? What if Anna’s worst fears are confirmed? - Fast-moving thriller and touching love story – unputdownable! - Impressive and inspired: a completely new Antonia Michaelis - Filled with variety: thrilling, everyday and fairy-tale passages in rapid succession14 +

Cardea, Laura (Author)

Paris on the eve of the 20th century: while the world is in flux, penniless Odette - dressed as a man - plunges into the smoky Paris nightlife, where she discovers her magical powers. She belongs to a small group of people with nocturnal abilities: the Brotherhood of the Night Crawlers. What’s more, she’s not only the sole woman in this group of men, but is also the only one who has power over light and darkness. Together with the wealthy Shadow Jumper Eugène, she battles against an Order which is targeting her powers and her family - and for a love without class barriers. | 16 +