Young Adult fiction

Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Translated works

Published by HarperVoyager (out now)

Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria’s father tends, which once provided water for her whole village.

But secrets do not stay hidden forever, and after her father’s death the army starts watching their town-and Noria. And as water becomes even scarcer, Noria must choose between safety and striking out, between knowledge and kinship.

Imaginative and engaging, lyrical and poignant, Memory of Water is an indelible novel that portrays a future that is all too possible.

Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Politics, Heists

Published by Walker Books (Sept 2021)

Green Rising by Lauren James

Gabrielle has passionately fought for environmental causes for as long as she can remember—but when she becomes the first teenager to manifest a supernatural ability to grow plants with her mind, she shoots to fame as the leader of a disparate save-the-earth movement.

Hester’s father has groomed her to become the heir to their massive oil company, Dalex—but as she becomes her father’s perfect protégé, she feels her true self is being erased.

Theo comes from a long line of fisherman, but when his father’s vessel sinks after striking an unmarked oil rig, Theo has no choice but to accept a job at Dalex’s headquarters to save his family from destitution.

Gabrielle, Hester, and Theo are united by two incontrovertible facts: they grew up knowing the Earth is doomed and their fates and the fate of the world have been left mercilessly in the hands of greedy corporations uninterested in the collective good. When Hester and Theo join the growing legions of teens developing the same strange powers as Gabrielle – the so-called Greenfingers – it seems there might yet be an opportunity to take one last stand against the forces that are ready to destroy the planet once and for all. But there are plenty of dangerous organizations who want to use them for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see Earth saved…

In a time of widespread corruption and greed, can three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist, steal back the planet’s future, and bring about a green rising?

Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Environmental destruction

Published by Abrams Books (out now)

Wench by Maxine Kaplan

A funny, fiercely feminist YA epic fantasy—following the adventures of a tavern wench

Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos. 

Categories: Young Adult, Witches, Fantasy, Contemporary

Published by Sourcefire Books (June 2021)

Categories: Witches, Paranormal, Romance, YA

Published by Quercus (out now)

Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow

Danny is a fun-loving 16-year-old looking for a father figure and falling in love with a different girl every day. He certainly doesn’t want to follow in his mum’s witchy footsteps. Just as his community is being threatened by gangs intent on finding a lucrative power source to sell to the world, Danny discovers he is stunningly powerful. And when he falls for Saba, a gorgeous but capricious girl sorceress, he thinks maybe the witch thing might not be such a bad idea… But what cost will Danny pay as, with his community on the brink of war, he finds that love and sorcery are more dangerous than he ever imagined? Wickedness and passion combine in this coming-of-age adventure

Categories: Fantasy, Magic, YA

Published by Zephyr (out now)

Wolf Light by Yaba Badoe

Born in wolf light, the magical dusk, in Mongolia, Ghana and Cornwall, Zula, Adoma and Linet are custodians of the sacred sites of their homelands. Yaba’s debut novel A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars was shortlisted for the 2018 Branford Boase Award and nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal.

When copper miners plunder Zula’s desert home in Gobi Altai, and Adoma’s forest and river are polluted by gold prospectors, it is only a matter of time before the lake Linet guards with her life is also in jeopardy. How far will Zula, Adoma and Linet go to defend the well-being of their homes? And when all else fails, will they have the courage to summon the ancient power of their order, to make the landscape speak in a way that everyone will hear?

Rich in elemental magic, myth and the mysterious magical dusk, Wolf Light is Yaba Badoe’s defiant call to protect our environment, to conserve our heritage and to hear the ancient power that connects us.

Categories: Fantasy, Folklore, Young Adult

Published by Cambria Books (out now)

Stormteller by David Thorpe

This bewitching drama for young adults set in the very near future entwines Celtic myth and climate-changed destinies to answer the fundamental question: can we escape our apparent fate? If our lives are governed by forces outside our control, where can we find hope? When a storm surge destroys Tomos’ luxury home and his parents die, and Bryn’s eco-home is torched and his parents killed by starving marauders, these two rivals for the same girl, Eira are forced to rely upon each other for survival in the wild uplands of Wales. One of them will die, but not before they discover the astonishing bond that joins them together. And none of these three teenagers are aware that they are living out an ancient rivalry between fabulous beings – such as Ceridwen, the Welsh Goddess of Inspiration – who are seeking to rewrite the endings of their own stories.

Categories: Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult

Published by Melange Books (out now)

Cry of the Sea by D G Driver

Mermaids are real! Teen environmental activist Juniper Sawfeather rescues three of them from dying in an oil spill. She thinks sharing news of them will convince people to fight against oil pollution, but she’s wrong. Even with the help of a handsome young intern, her parents, and some friends from high school, everything quickly spirals out of control. How can she prevent the mermaids from being exploited by the media? Or murdered by the oil company? Cry of the Sea is the first book of The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy about a teen environmental activist who discovers mythical creatures during her efforts to protect the natural world. 2015 Green Book Festival Awards, 2nd place for Teen Fiction 2015 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards, 2nd place for Environmental Fiction.

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