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Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Congratulations to Katherine Rundell, winner of the 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! Try these next…

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead for proper old-fashioned storytelling mixed with a healthy helping of whimsy 

My Name is Mina by David Almond for a truly unique heroine taking control of her own future

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente for a quirky fantasy adventure 

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine for a strong female voice exploring what it’s like to have Asperger’s

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 

For more entrancing characters and grown up fantasy, try these…

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker for a dramatic, magical story

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for a playful, philosophical tale

Villette by Charlotte Brontë for Shannon’s inspiration for her main character

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess for a classic dystopia that inspired the language of The Bone Season

(for dashamolly)

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Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

For more tales of magic, adventure and friendship, try these…

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones for a magical fantasy series about being true to yourself and overcoming adversity

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson for the predecessor to the Harry Potter model

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman for an outstanding magical trilogy of adventure, identity and philosophy

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce for an epic young adult fantasy series

(for ashleywaters89, goodinmyfeet, lilly-skinned)

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

For more charismatic heroines against the odds, try these…

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the original story of an abandoned girl and school politics

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for a complex heroine in a supernatural story

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys for complicated mother/daughter relationships in an historical setting

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein for a dark story of school cliques and unexplained events

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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton 

For more tough teens and tearaways, stay gold with these…

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for mob rule and secret societies at a boys Catholic school

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick for gangs and unlikely partnerships

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the original outsider

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson for a troubled teen sent to live in isolation on an Alaskan island

(for jacqiezhannack)

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