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25 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #38

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught... UKYA Lit.

My list spans almost twenty years of UKYA and these books are honestly some of the most incredible works I have ever read, spanning so many different genres and moods and featuring some of the most original plot-lines I have ever come across. From one of the "first" young adult books to a book I finished as I was typing this list, if you haven't read them, then read them now.

These are the wittiest, grittiest and most realistic books you will ever read. Even the fantasy ones. They might even make you cry tears of sorrow or joy or laughter.

This is what YA writing should be. 

Junk by Melvin Burgess
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Pirates by Celia Rees
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
Slated by Teri Terry
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Fearless by Emma Pass
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
My Second Life by Faye Bird
Darkmere by Helen Maslin

If you could add a book to my list, what would you add?


  1. I need this class! I'm so out of the loop when it comes to YA and the UK is my favorite setting for books. My TTT

  2. Yes! I love that you've gone for UK YA's you forget how many amazing UK authors there are. You're right there is something gritty and humorous behind British writing that gives it such a lovely realistic tone.

    Great list Cora,
    Happy Reading
    Rachel @

  3. The only one of these I've read is Slated and whilst I loved the concept, I had a lot of problems with the execution. Code Name Verity is on my TBR though, so maybe I will fare better with that!
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