74 Young Adult books even Adults will love Part 2

74 Young Adult books even Adults will love Part 2


In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Cat Winters)


It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Ned Vizzini)

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Keeping You a Secret (Julie Anne Peters)


Kissed by an Angel (Elizabeth Chandler)


Life After Theft (Aprilynne Pike)


Lord of the Flies (William Golding)


The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

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The Lying Game (Sara Shepard)


The Maze Runner (James Dashner)


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Monstrous Beauty (Elizabeth Fama)


Mosquitoland (David Arnold)


Nevermore (Kelly Creagh)

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North of Beautiful (Justina Chen Headly)


Paper Towns (John Green)


Pawn (Aimee Carter)


Private (Kate Brian)


The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)


The Replacement (Brenna Yovanoff)


The Sandman (Neil Gaiman)

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Saint Anything (Sarah Dessen)


Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Bryan Lee O’Malley)


The Secret History (Donna Tartt)


Seraphina (Rachel Hartman)


The Selection (Kiera Cass)


Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)


Some Boys (Patty Blount)

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Starcrossed (Josephine Angelini)


Splintered (A. G. Howard)


The Testing (Joelle Charbonneau)


Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)


This Is Not a Test (Courtney Summers)


Twilight (Stephanie Meyer)


Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)


The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle (L.J. Smith)

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Voices of Dragons (Carrie Vaughn)


Waiting for You (Susane Colasanti)


Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion)


What My Mother Doesn’t Know (Sonya Sones)


Wondrous Strange (Lesley Livingston)

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The Young Elites (Marie Lu)



74 Young Adult books even Adults will love Part 1

74 Young Adult books even Adults will love Part 1


And We Stay (Jenny Hubbard)

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Anatomy of a Misfit (Andrea Portes)


An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)


Angelfire (Courtney Allison Moulton)


Animal Farm (George Orwell)

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)


Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia)


Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver)


Bloodlines (Richelle Mead)

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Blue Bloods (Melissa de la Cruz)


City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)


Darkness Before Dawn (J.A. London)


Defiance (C.J. Redwine)


Divergent (Veronica Roth)

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The Dollhouse Asylum (Mary Gray)


The End of Feeling (Cindy C. Bennett)


Evernight (Claudia Gray)


Fallen (Lauren Kate)


Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

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Fated (Alyson Noel)


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare (Melissa Jensen)


Forsaken, the Demon Trappers (Jana Oliver)

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Forget You (Jennifer Echols)


Glass Houses (Rachel Caine)


The Goddess Test (aimee Carter)


Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegesar)

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The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)


Heist Society (Ally Carter)


The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)


I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)


I Am Number Four (Pittacus Lore)


If I Stay (Gayle Forman)

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The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson)


Keep an eye out for more exciting titles!

Book movie releases to look forward to


My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Iain Glen

Plot: Tells the story of young Philip who falls in love with his self-interested cousin while trying to overlook the fact that she is only pretending to care for him.

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The Last Gunslinger – Stephen King

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba

Plot: The first volume of the Dark Tower series, this story is centred on Roland who travels across the desert in search of the man in black known as Walter. On his way he meets a farmer named Brown and his black crow and a church leader with a dark secret.

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Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner

Plot: Tells the inspiring story of three brilliant African-American women who played an essential role in NASA during the US space program.

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Live by night – Dennis Lehane

Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning

Plot: Set in Boston, 1926, this story unveils the life of the son, Joe Coughlin, of a prominent Boston police captain and his rise to become one of the most notorious mobsters in Boston.

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A Dog’s Purpose – W. Bruce Cameron

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton

Plot: Tells the story of a dog that dies and keeps being reborn every time, remembering past mistakes and learning lessons that’ll help him through his next life.

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Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman

Plot: Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, boards a train en route to London where he meets a curious pair: Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot. After the train is caught in a snowdrift, Poirot goes on to investigate the murder of a passenger.

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The Zookeepers Wife – Diane Ackerman

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh

Plot: Tells the story of Antonina Żabiński and her husband, Dr Jan Żabiński, who is forced to hand over the ownership of their zoo to the Nazis.  They retaliate by saving the lives of those living in the Warsaw Ghetto.

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More interesting titles to look forward to.

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

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Starring: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts

The Mountain between us – Charles Martin

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Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet

Red Sparrow- Jason Matthews

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Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

The Circle – Dave Eggers

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Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks

Break My Heart 1 000 Times – Daniel Waters

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Starring: Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney

The Giant under the Snow – John Gordon

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Starring: TBC

Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer

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Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Thank you for your service – David Finkel

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Starring: Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett


Colour your world with these fun colourful DIY Projects

Colour your world with these fun colourful DIY Projects

Rainbow blowers

These bright and colourful streamer blowers will add a touch of fun to every kid’s party.


Toilet rolls

Acrylic Paint

Different coloured tissue paper



Paint your toilet rolls in bright colours. Try and really be creative here. If you truly want to make a rainbow blower, paint the tube blue with little clouds on it.

Now it’s time to make the streamers. Cut different coloured tissue paper into strips about 1×12 inches wide.

Glue these streamers one-by-one around the inside of the tube.


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Colourful Crayon Candle

Did you know you can make bright and funky candles using a box of Crayola crayons? Read on for the steps.




Old crayons

Containers or Jars


Break each crayon into tiny pieces or grate it.

Create a double boiler by placing an old pot or bowl over a pot of simmering water and allow the wax to melt until clear.

Turn the heat down while keeping the wax hot.

Pour the melted wax over the grated crayon, blue for example, and stir until the colour starts melting.

Place a wick in the jar you intend to use as a candle holder by tying the string around a pencil and lowering the wick into the jar.

Pour your first colour into the jar. You have to work quickly and carefully. Place the jar in the fridge to set.

Melt another colour, red for example, and repeat the process again. Pour the next layer onto the blue one and freeze again.

Repeat this process until you’ve filled your jar with many different colours.

Snip the wick and there you go! Light up.


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Butterfly Sun Catchers

These sun catchers will cheer up every room. Just hang them in your window and wait for the sun to shine through these colourful pieces of art.





Tissue Paper

Butterfly template


Print a butterfly template on the cardboard, or any other shape you’d like. The shape needs to have a very thick outline.

Help your child cut out the shape on the outside and the inside until you are left with a stencil-like shape.

Tear or cut out small pieces of different coloured tissue paper and stick them inside the butterfly “frame”.

Be creative and use a variety of colours but be careful not to overlap too many. The most effective would be to cut the tissue paper into small triangles as this will shed the light more effectively.

Stick these butterflies against your window or alternatively you can tie a piece of string to one end of the butterfly and hang it near your window.


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Colourful Bubble Paintings

The only thing better than bubbles is painting with bubbles. This colourful project will delight any child and, dare we say, adult.


2 Tablespoons Tempera Paint (Liquid works best)

2 Tablespoons dish soap

1 Tablespoon water




Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.

Insert a straw in the bowl and start blowing bubbles.

Place the paper on top of the bubbles and watch what amazing art work comes out of it!

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Remember, young artists, most of the ingredients and supplies mentioned in the projects above can be found at your nearest PNA store. Locate your nearest PNA.


How to write your first poem in 7 easy steps

How to write your first poem in 7 easy steps
  1. Start exercising that creative muscle.

Make use of writing prompts to free-write for 30 minutes. This is the quickest and best way to generate ideas for your poem. You can gain inspiration from odd pictures, songs or a random line from the last book you’ve read. Don’t overthink it.

  1. Learn to find inspiration in everything.

Once you open your mind, you’d be surprised where inspiration might sprout from. Go for a walk and look at the trees, details in the gravel road, cars everything and you’ll discover a new appreciation for the world around you.

  1. Once you’ve discovered your inspiration, it’s time to put it to paper.

Focus on a specific theme and idea. You might want to write a poem about love. Think back on specific moments in your life relating to your chosen theme and write about it.


  1. Choose a poetic form.

Remember, every line of your poem does not have to rhyme. You might want to write a short poem (Haiku), a longer poem, sonnet or ballad – whatever your heart tells you.

  1. Make creative use of literary devices.

A poem essentially describes an event or feeling in a striking arrangement of words. Make use of metaphors, similes and personification to add some colour to your poem.


Change: “She looked sad.” to “She had thoughts of doom and gloom whirling in her mind.”

Take the above mentioned example. The repeated “oo” in “doom” and “gloom” creates a morose feel to the poem while “whirling” creates a sense of unease in the listener.

This part may take some practice but, again, you might just surprise yourself. Try to take single words and compare them to things. Remember! Try to steer clear of those average similes you’ve been taught at school. The thesaurus will become your best friend during this part of the process.


  1. It might look right but does it sound right?

As you write your poem, read it out loud and listen to it. Does it flow? Do the words roll off your tongue properly? Two individual words may sketch a completely different image to the reader. Words with many syllables come across as sharper and more rhythmic while words with “ow” sounds in them, for example, flow more.

The best way you’ll determine if your poem’s flow is right is to determine an emotion in the poem. Is the poem a sad, morose one or is it a jittery, happy one with short, sharp sounds? When you’re ready, read your poem to a family member or friend and take note of their feedback.

  1. Don’t be afraid to write, write and re-write.

However, it is essential that you have a completed first draft before you start scratching and editing, otherwise you might never complete your poem.


Snap tips:

  • Practice using writing prompts.
  • Draw inspiration from your life and environment.
  • Settle on an idea and theme.
  • Choose a poetic form.
  • Start writing.
  • Make creative use of metaphors, similes and personification.
  • Listen to your poem.
  • Read it to others.
  • Edit and complete.