Penance

Debut crime fiction from one of the BBC’s best-known voices. From Ireland to Scotland. From life to death. Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Sociological, Strident
Subjects: crime, Glasgow, journalism, Magdalene Institution, religion, Scotland, TV

The Almost Animals

A glorious, quirky tale about a crocogator’s search for acceptance in Elsewhere. Everyone has heard of crocodiles. Everyone has also heard of alligators. But have you heard of a crocogator? How about an orangupanda or a deerkat? Or a rhinuffalo? These, and other marvellously peculiar creatures, are THE AMINALS! They are animals, they are just…


Genre: Animals, Fiction, Quirky, Strident
Subjects: Acceptance, discovery, Diversity, Journey, self-awareness
Illustrated by Hugh Holman

North of Porter

Aliens. Abductions. Genuine designer bags. Teenager Porter Minter arrives in Castlecrankie in a car that has no door handles. In the boot is a suitcase. In the suitcase is a boy. In the boy is the future and the past. The Armpit of the Universe wasn’t Porter’s destination of choice, he’s been dragged there. And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Murky, Mystery, SciFi, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: Acceptance, aliens, Diversity, JFK

Follow Me

TC Farries AwardWhat is the deadly allure of the Barn? 17-year-old Kat Sullivan has been devastated by the loss of her twin sister, Abby, the most recent of five teenagers to have died in the town of Eddison, all within a year. No-one seems able to explain the circumstances surrounding her death. As Kat struggles to move on, she is…


Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: Andy Warhol, art, coming of age, cult, romance, Underground, Vulnerability

Windscape

Windscape is an eco thriller that explores the passions on both sides of the wind farm debate. Young Jenny MacLeod’s father is about to lose the family farm because of mounting debts. The only way for her and her father to keep their beautiful Hushwish Bay island home is to sign up to a wind turbine…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Eco, Fiction, Mystery, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: Acceptance, Diversity, Eco, Journey, self-awareness

The Sons of Rissouli

The Danny Lansing Adventures, book 1 Adrenaline at your fingertips! Watch: Trailer for The Sons of Rissouli and Red, White & Black by Matt Cartney When Danny goes to live with his cool Uncle Angus, he knows life will never be the same again. But he doesn’t expect to be catapulted into a world of guns, explosions and high-speed chases.…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Strident, Thriller, Travel
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: Africa, discovery, Investigating, journalism, Journey, Roadtrip

The Enchanted Riddle

Thirteen years ago baby Daphne was found outside London’s all-girl Orphanage of St Jude. Insecure and emotionally guarded she has grown up longing to fulfil two dreams: to discover her family; and to become a star ballerina. When she receives from an anonymous sender a book containing a tantalising riddle and a magical pair of…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Strident
Subjects: Dance, London, Paris, theatre, triumph

The Curse of Can-Balam

The Danny Lansing Adventures, book 3 Adrenaline at your fingertips! A lost city, a legendary treasure and a brutal curse. All lie at the centre of a tangle of lies…and worse. There could be any number of explanations for the sudden disappearance of Angus’s archaeologist friend into the Central American rainforest. Crocodiles, jaguars…even Guatemalan drug smugglers. With…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Fiction, Mystery, Strident
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: Belize, jungle, South America

The Comet’s Child

For as long as anyone can remember there have been rumours about the return of a chosen one. When Fin discovers the prophecies point to him he is scared at first. He resolves to learn the truth about his origins and uncover the secrets surrounding his birth; only then can he embrace his true destiny.…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Srident
Subjects: discovery, Family, Journey

Talisman

Watch the brilliant series trailer! The 1st book in The Peck Chronicles – a major new 9+ fantasy adventure series James stands alone, high on a Scottish hillside. He stares down at a massive, three-toed footprint…and the crushed animal within it. Is the creature that formed it responsible for James’s father’s sudden and unexplained disappearance?…


Genre: Action, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: The Peck Chronicles | Subjects: Asthma, discovery, Family, Journey, Loss

Spider

Catalyst Book Award winnerWatch: Trailer for the novels of Linda Strachan WINNER OF THE 2010 CATALYST BOOK AWARD. Spider is on his last warning. If he’s caught joyriding again he’ll be sent down, no questions asked. He’s trying to stick to the straight and narrow but his girlfriend Deanna and mate Andy reckon he should risk one…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Teen
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: cars, crime, Family, Loss, teenagers

Red, White & Black

For 65 years, the wreckage of an aeroplane has lain scattered on a remote Norwegian mountainside – a poignant and lonely memorial to the failure of its clandestine wartime mission. But when Danny and his uncle, Angus, discover that secret wartime documents are rumoured to have been within the plane, they decide they must investigate.…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Thriller, Travel
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: art, crime, discovery, journalism, Journey, Nazis, Norway, Poland, self-awareness, war

Nothing

“From the moment you are born you start to die.” So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves the classroom, climbs a plum tree and stays there. His friends and classmates cannot get him to come down – not even by pelting him with rocks. To prove to him…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: celebrity, Meaning of life, self-awareness

Lee’s Holiday Showdown

Nothing is ever straightforward when Lee is around! Not even a summer holiday in Spain… It ought to be a case of lazing by the pool, but Lee is soon spying on dodgy men in shiny suits and sunglasses, battling with a family that seems determined to ruin everyone’s holiday and haranguing horrendous holiday reps.…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Comedy, crime, Family, Humour, Journey, Spain, travel

Lee on the Dark Side of the Moon

Lee has won the chance to be The First Child In Space. It’s amazing what you can win these days by filling in a form on the back of a cereal packet! Under the command of Captain Slogg, and with Sports Bob at the controls, Lee blasts off for the Moon on the trip of…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Space, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Comedy, gravity, Humour, Journey, Moon, orbit, space, travel

Lee Goes for Gold

Meeting his dad’s multizillionaire employer inspires ten-year-old Lee to come up with a brilliant get-rich-quick scheme of his own. But not everyone is keen for Lee to succeed. Local shopkeep­er Panface certainly isn’t, and it seems that he has sneaky spies out there, trying to ruin Lee’s plans. Will Lee overcome those out to stop…


Genre: Adventure, Business, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Business, Humour

Lee & the Consul Mutants

Read: Lee and the Consul Mutants extract – chapter 2 or Lee and the Consul Mutants extract – chapter 2 Former No. 1 in The Herald’s Children’s Bestsellers chart. It’s not every day that a part of your body explodes. But ten-year-old Lee’s appendix does just that, landing him in hospital. After his operation, Lee discovers that being in…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Alients, Comedy, Health, Hospital, Humour, mutants

Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher

Branford Boase shortlistImagine if your mother was a witch! ‘Jessica thought for the thousandth time it was a terrible nuisance having a witch for a mother. Other people’s mothers had sensible hobbies. They did not go around pretending they could charm warts, or offer potions for ingrowing toe-nails. Nor did they dress up in long black…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Morality tales, Strident
Subjects: belief, Family, Humour, Science, witches
Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar

New from Supreme Master of Weirdness Kirkland Ciccone (not to mention 2014 Catalyst Book Award WINNER)… Over one thousand teenagers entered the school hall at nine o’clock. But someone didn’t stick around for long… Enkadar is a country without war, violence, disease and poverty. It is paradise. There is only one problem with the glorious nation…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Murky, Satire, Strident, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles |

Don’t Judge Me

The incendiary new novel from award-winning Linda Strachan. We all make snap judgements, about our friends, people we meet and other people’s motives. But what if we’re wrong? What if a life depends on getting it right? Take 4 teens, an arsonist, an unreliable witness and four different motives. With life and death on the…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: Arson, crime, Investigating, Vulnerability

Dead Boy Talking

Josh has 25 minutes left to live. Yesterday he stabbed his best mate and now it’s happened to him. Lying alone in a pool of blood Josh hasn’t much time to think, but there are things he can’t get out of his head. Where is his girlfriend, Skye? What happened to his missing brother? And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: crime, Investigating, Knife crime

DarkIsle: The Final Battle

(DarkIsle trilogy, book 3) All seems well in Marnoch Mor. Bertie the dodo, Aldis the rat and Shona the dragon are looking forward to a relaxing Christmas. However, Morag is having bad dreams -an old enemy is trying to reach her. And when another former foe turns up on her doorstep it is clear something…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle: Resurrection

Book 2 in the trilogy begun by Scottish Children’s Book-winner DarkIsle. Two months after she saved The Eye of Lornish, Morag is adjusting to life in the secret northern kingdom of Marnoch Mor. But dark dreams are troubling her and a spate of unexplained events prove that even with the protection of her friends—Shona the dragon, Bertie the…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle

Scottish Children’s Book Awards winner(DarkIsle trilogy, book 1) For 10-year-old Morag, there’s nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents’ home. But that’s where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

Conjuring the Infinite

Catalyst Book Award winnerWINNER of the Catalyst Book Award 2014   Read: CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 or CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 And here’s an hilarious Teen Titles interview with Kirkland, alongside a review of Conjuring The Infinite.   Madness. Magick. Murder The Cottage is a care unit in the country for…


Genre: Fiction, Murky, Mystery, Quirky, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: crime, cult