A Rainbow In The Basement

Saltire Society First Book Award-nominatedLife & death, love & loss, hope & despair, belief & disbelief. A novel about a lot. Our lot. Magic is more than a word – something Matthew Ellis discovered when he was 12. It was the year he crossed an ocean. His mother told him it was for the best. He…


Genre: Fiction
Subjects: belief, death, disbelief, faith, life, Loss, love, magic, Scotland

The Slave Boy: The life of Olaudah Equiano

This is the harrowing, emotional story of Olaudah Equiano, The Father of Black Literature, who, in 1789, set out to end the slave trade. The Life of Olaudah Equiano is curriculum-linked both in the United States (Grade 8) and in Britain (History Key Stage 3 and Universities: The Enlightenment). Olaudah Equiano and his sister were…


Genre: Biography, Faction, Librario
Subjects: abolition, Africa, Barbados, Father of Black Literature, Olaudah Equiano, slave ships, Slave trade, West Indies, Wilberforce

The Legend Of The Black Monk (Rebecca McOwan, teenage sleuth, book 2)

A hooded figure stood between the gravestones, facing her. Mist licked around his feet, the air suddenly bitingly cold. Slowly the figure raised an arm and pointed at her… Answering a friend’s plea to come to Cornwall to investigate the mysterious death of his grandfather, teenage sleuth Rebecca McOwan embarks on a perilous adventure among…


Genre: Adventure, Detective, Fiction, Librario, Mystery, Sleuth
Series: Rebecca McOwan |

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

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

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

For the Good of the Cause

For The Good of the Cause explodes the romanticism of The Skye Boat Song in a bold fictionalisation of the events that inspired it. It gives an insight into why people follow leaders…sometimes regardless of their flaws. Young Flora MacDonald is no Jacobite rebel. Nor is she an admirer of the Jacobites’ fugitive leader, Bonnie Prince…


Genre: Adventure, Faction, Historical, Strident
Subjects: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, Flora MacDonald, Jacobites, rebellion, Scotland, Skye, uprising

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

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

Bad Faith

Life’s easy for Cassandra. The privileged daughter of a rector, she’s been protected from the extremist gangs who enforce the One Church’s will. Her boyfriend Ming is a bad influence, of course, with infidel parents who are constantly in trouble with the religious authorities. But Cass has no intention of letting their different backgrounds drive…


Genre: Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Dystopia, Existential, Fiction, Satire, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: crime, Meaning of life