Would YA Look at That! Helen's favourite YA reads

By The Alligator's Mouth

By The Alligator's Mouth

From dazzling fantasies to cute contemporaries and everything in between, Helen has selected some favourites (both from perennial classics and new 2020 releases) to be found on the YA shelves.

Alex in Wonderland

Simon James Green

£7.99 £7.43

Alex's summer seems destined to be dull and never-ending, until he gets a job at the rundown Wonderland arcade. With new friends, a new crush and mysterious messages threatening to close Wonderland, will Alex's summer end up being as boring as it first seemed? Hilarious, warm and witty.

Becoming Dinah

Kit de Waal

£7.99 £7.43

A reworking of Moby Dick with the teenage girl in the driving seat. Desperate to break out from the commune where she grew up, Dinah ends up accompanying a grumpy old man with one leg hundreds of miles in a VW campervan, forcing some hard truths out.

The Black Flamingo

Dean Atta and Anshika Khullar

£7.99 £7.43

A captivating and heartfelt verse novel, chronicling Michael's journey from a small child to becoming The Black Flamingo. (I have read it twice this year already. Twice!!)

Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo

£7.99 £7.43

When a plane heading from New York to the Dominican Republic crashes into the sea, both Camino and Yahaira grieve their father, not yet knowing he is the same man. An emotional and hard hitting verse novel, narrated by both sisters.

Dangerous Remedy

Kat Dunn

£12.99 £12.08

Set during the French Revolution, a ragtag group risk everything to rescue those destined for the guillotine. But as they realise their latest rescue is different from the rest, the gang are swept up into a dangerous game of cat and mouse where everything is at stake.

The Good Hawk (Shadow Skye, Book One)

Joseph Elliott

£7.99 £7.43

When Agatha and Jamie witness the capturing of their entire clan, they must decide how far they'll go to rescue them. Gripping, atmospheric and pacy. With the sequel on the horizon, now is the perfect time to pick this up!

Heartstopper Volume One

Alice Oseman

£10.99 £10.22

A graphic novel spin off from Alice's novel Solitaire, this follows Nick and Charlie as they meet and begin to fall for one another. Looks at love, friendship and mental illness from a realistic and hopeful view.


Tracy Deonn

£7.99 £7.43

Bursting with mystery and magic, this is an Arthurian retelling with a twist. After Bree's mother is killed in a car accident, she's convinced that there is more to it, and when she stumbles upon a secret society hidden on a uni campus, she begins to wonder if she'll finally find out the truth.

The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

£7.99 £7.43

Flora becomes Florian the pirate to survive a brutal life at sea, desperate to get away and start again. But when the crew capture Lady Evelyn, they become swept up in an even deadlier plot.

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

£7.99 £7.43

Bri wants nothing more than to live up to her father's legacy and become one of the greatest rappers of all time. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri ends up in the middle of a controversy. Smart, sharp and quick paced, Angie Thomas is definitely one of my auto-buy authors.

Raybearer: The epic and phenomenal New York Times bestselling YA fantasy

Jordan Ifueko

£7.99 £7.43

An epic West African inspired fantasy packed with adventure, danger, lies and wishes. Tarisai is trying to find her place in the world whilst attempting to break a curse placed on her by her mother – one that would result in her murdering her best friend, the Crown Prince.

Six of Crows: Book 1

Leigh Bardugo

£8.99 £8.36

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker must assemble a crew to pull off a deadly heist; if they don't kill each other first. A high stakes twisty novel that I invariably reread every year.


Keezy Young

£9.99 £9.29

Blue is in love with his best friend and loves hanging out with Hamal every day. The only thing is, he's a ghost. Luckily, that's no problem for gentle gardener Hamal, who can see ghosts. But when Blue notices strange things endangering Hamal, he has to find a way to stop that. Even if it means leaving Hamal forever.


Intisar Khanani

£7.99 £7.43

Magic, switched identities and court intrigue abound in this gripping and lyrically written retelling of the Goose Girl fairytale.

You Should See Me in a Crown

Leah Johnson

£7.99 £7.43

When Liz's college scholarship falls through, she has to turn to the only other scholarship in reach: winning the title of Prom Queen. But with Liz beginning to fall for the competition, will she be able to win the crown – and the girl?