Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli – For pure fun, this gorgeous read is perhaps my favourite YA of the year so far, and the two gay teens at the centre of the story are DEFINITELY my favourite couple for ages.
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell – Heartbreaking, but incredible, story of a Japanese teen dying of ALS and coping with his diagnosis by turning to new friends met on the internet, but also the wisdom of the samurai.
Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day – The entire quartet of Pea’s Books is fabulous, and great at celebrating diversity casually – Pea’s sister Tinkerbell is mixed race, while the twins next door have two mums. This is my favourite story – I love the way it celebrates AND critiques Enid Blyton – and also has an excellent portrayal of Ryan, a boy with hemiplegia.
Cowgirl by GR Gemin – a lovely MG about the community that builds up on a council estate when a...