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Bookflix - Young Adult Fiction

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

POV: You've run out of episodes of your favourite show, and the next season doesn't come out until 2024.

Find your new obsession in the library!

Read after watching...Stranger Things

What We All Saw by Mike Lucas (Year 7+)

Four friends. Four truths. One nightmare. If you wander into the wood. If you hear scratching sounds from the Old Quarry. If you go too close to the edge. Watch. Out. In a small English country town, four friends make their way to the local quarry, which is notorious for the witch burnings and drownings of the past.

When Sam and his friends are set upon by the local bully while hanging out at the quarry, they witness an unspeakable tragedy. Terrified and in hospital with a head injury, Sam is not sure what he saw. As the four friends begin to admit to each other that perhaps their nightmares have come to life, they set out to investigate the truth behind the stories and put an end to the fear and suspicion that has plagued their small town.

The Institute by Stephen King (Year 7+)

Luke Ellis is the latest recruit at The Institute. He's just a regular 12-year-old, except he's not just smart, he's super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use. But great events can turn on small hinges and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments - even the infamous Mrs Sigsby - suspect.

Read after watching...Outer Banks

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Year 9+)

Each summer, the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family meets on their private island. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat are a unit, especially during summer 15, marking their fifteenth year on Beechwood - the summer that Cady and Gat fall in love. Cady became involved in a mysterious accident, in which she sustained a blow to the head, and now suffers from debilitating migraines and memory loss. When she returns to Beechwood during summer 17, issues of guilt and blame, love and truth, all come into play.

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Year 9+)

Taylor Markham is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders, that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence. But Taylor has other things on her mind; the hermit who whispered in her ear, a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station, and an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road.

Read after watching... Heartstopper

When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw (Senior Fiction)

Film fanatic Adam is seventeen and being asked out on his first date—and the guy is cute. Heart racing, Adam accepts, quickly falling in love with Callum like the movies always promised. Ben is eighteen and has just left his home upstate after his mother discovers his hidden stash of gay magazines. When he comes to New York City, Ben’s sexuality begins to feel less like a secret and more like a badge of honor. Then Callum disappears, leaving Adam heartbroken. When he finally tracks Callum down, he learns the guy he loves is very ill. And in a chance meeting near the hospital where Callum is being treated, Ben and Adam meet, forever changing each other’s lives.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper (Year 7+)

Cal wants to be a journalist, but his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a highly-publicized NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for hot and humid Houston, and Cal finds himself thrust in the middle of a media circus.

And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels--and fast. They become an oasis for each other amid the craziness of this whole experience. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Read after watching... Black Mirror

The Snow Laundry by Mette Jakobsen (Senior Fiction)

Sixteen-year-old Ally is one of 400 homeless young people who have been promised new and better lives in exchange for their votes. The once homeless children and teenagers are now warm and fed. But they are forced to work for the new administration - and their new home is really a prison. When Ally's boyfriend Bon vanishes into thin air, her search for him leads her to discovering that the homeless kids are really lab rats intended for scientific testing. And as Ally delves deeper into her search for Bon, she learns the frightening truth behind his disappearance.

Wakers by Orson Scott Card (Year 7+)

Laz is a side-stepper: a teen with the incredible power to jump his consciousness to alternate versions of himself in parallel worlds. All his life, there was no mistake that a little side-stepping couldn’t fix. Until Laz wakes up one day in a cloning facility on a seemingly abandoned Earth. Laz finds himself surrounded by hundreds of other clones, all dead, and quickly realizes that he too must be a clone of his original self. There’s only a single bright spot in Laz’s new life: one other clone appears to still be alive, although she remains asleep. Deep down, Laz believes that this girl holds the key to the mysteries plaguing him, but if he wakes her up, she’ll be trapped in this hellscape with him.

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