Se­lects the best ti­tles for teenagers this Christ­mas

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Mistle­toe and Mur­der: A Mur­der Most Un­la­dy­like Mys­tery Robin Stevens (Puf­fin, £6.99) The bril­liant fifth in­stal­ment from the award-win­ning au­thor of the ‘Mur­der Most Un­la­dy­like’ se­ries sees beloved teen de­tec­tives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong in snowy Cambridge for the holiday. When there’s a mur­der three days be­fore Christ­mas, the De­tec­tive So­ci­ety must use all its cun­ning and courage to find the killer. Fes­tive, fun and full of mys­tery.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Egmont, £7.99) This much-an­tic­i­pated se­quel to the pop­u­lar Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the fourth col­lab­o­ra­tion from best­selling au­thors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. When her grand­fa­ther falls ill, Lily ap­pears to fall out of love with life, shy­ing away from friends and fes­tive cheer. With 12 days to go un­til Christ­mas, her boyfriend Dash hatches a heart­warm­ing plan to kick­start Lily’s Christ­mas spirit.

The Sun is Also a Star

Ni­cola Yoon (Ran­dom House Chil­dren’s, £15.46) Ni­cola Yoon’s 2015 de­but Every­thing, Every­thing was a New York Times Best­seller and is soon to be filmed, so it’s no won­der that her new book has been ea­gerly awaited by her le­gion of fans. It tells the story of two teenagers, Daniel and Natasha, who meet by chance on a crowded New York street and, de­spite their dif­fer­ences and sev­eral ob­sta­cles, they fall in love. A mov­ing novel that ex­plores fate, iden­tity and the science of love.

…And A Happy New Year?

Holly Bourne (Usborne, £9.99) The perfect end to the ‘Spin­ster Club’ se­ries, Holly Bourne’s novella re­unites Evie, Am­ber and Lot­tie, who have plenty to catch up on after months apart. Am­ber is plan­ning to move to America, Lot­tie is keep­ing se­crets about her univer­sity ex­pe­ri­ence and Evie is strug­gling to bal­ance a re­la­tion­ship and her OCD. From fem­i­nism to friend­ship, this Spin­ster Club Spe­cial is packed with laugh-out-loud mo­ments, tough truths and sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tions. in­clud­ing Lau­ren St John, Emma Car­roll, Kather­ine Woodfine and Abi El­phin­stone. This mag­i­cal col­lec­tion of winter stories fea­tures snow queens, time trav­ellers, drag­ons and witches and is a charm­ing gift for teenage read­ers of all abil­i­ties.

Chas­ing The Stars

Malo­rie Black­man (Ran­dom House Chil­dren’s, £10.99) The for­mer Chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate offers a bold retelling of Shake­speare’s Othello set in space. After a deadly virus wipes out their fam­ily and crew, Olivia and her twin brother head back to Earth, fac­ing a lonely ex­is­tence un­til their lives col­lide with space refugee Nathan and every­thing changes. En­twin­ing be­trayal, love and space ad­ven­ture, this is a grip­ping page-turner, full of sus­pense.

Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Orig­i­nal Screen­play J. K. Rowl­ing (Lit­tle, Brown Book Group, £16.99) Ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist Newt Sca­man­der finds him­self in a spot of bother when he ar­rives in New York and

Katy Bir­chall is the au­thor of ‘The It Girl’ teen-com­edy se­ries. The third book in the se­ries, ‘Don’t Tell the Brides­maid’, will be out on Jan­uary 12, 2017 (Egmont, £6.99)

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