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Published: Tuesday June 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday June 17, 2014 MYT 8:03:20 AM

Junior Reading Room: Fun and fantasy

Two reasons for young adult fiction fans to get excited this week: a new book by the incomparable Patrick Ness, and the conclusion of the Pure trilogy.

Secret Kingdom: Unicorn Valley

Unicorn Valley (Secret Kingdom #2)

Author: Rosie Banks

Publisher: Scholastic, 128 pages, fiction

UH-oh, it looks like Queen Malice is up to no good again! In the second book of the series, Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine will be embarking on a journey to find and destroy the thunderbolt that Malice has hidden in Unicorn Valley.

If they fail, their new unicorn friends may never earn their golden horns. However, this is no easy feat, as the girls have to deal with slimy caterpillars, storm sprites and a slimy surprise. Will their powerful friendship and fierce determination save the day?

Middle School: Ultimate Showdown

Middle School: Ultimate Showdown

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Little, Brown and Co, 256 pages, fiction

DUELLING Khatchadorian siblings, Rafe and Georgia, have never seen eye-to-eye, but they really go head-to-head in this series of very funny stories.

With dozens of fun-filled activities and more than 200 Julia Bergen illustrations, readers are invited to participate as they square off over a variety of topics, from bullying to cafeteria food to school dress codes.

House Of Secrets: Battle Of The Beast

Battle Of The Beast (House Of Secrets #2)

Author: Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

Publisher: Balzer+Bray, 480 pages, fiction

IN the second instalment of this fantasy action trilogy, Brendan, Cordelia and Eleanor Walker are thrown again into the fantasy universe created by mad science-fiction writer Denver Kristoff where they face everything from Tibetan monks and flying dogs to Nazi cyborgs and bloodthirsty Romans. Add the challenges of navigating the social order of their new prep school in the real world and rip roaring drama is bound to ensue.

Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods

Chicken Mission: Danger In The Deep Dark Woods

Author: Jennifer Gray

Publisher: Faber & Faber, 192 pages, fiction

IT’S always been young chicken Amy Cluckbucket’s dream to escape from Perrin’s farm to a life of adventure.

It finally comes true when Prof Rooster, who needs a new Elite Chicken Squad to defeat the greatest enemies of birdkind, has summoned her to the Kung Foo School for Poultry in Tibet. Unfortunately, things don’t turn out quite the way she’s imagined....

The Pure Trilogy: Burn

Burn (Pure #3)

Author: Julianna Baggott

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 432 pages, fiction

INTENT on bringing down the Dome from the inside, Partridge has successfully usurped his father’s position as leader.

Unfortunately, some temptations are too strong to resist, as he is soon to discover from his new position of power.

As his resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell race against the clock to piece together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. Can they heal the Wretches and free themselves – once and for all – from the Dome’s oppression?

More Than This

More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker, 480 pages, fiction

NOT yet 17, Seth makes the decision to end his own life by drowning himself in the Pacific Ocean.

But he wakes in front of his childhood home in England instead, naked, starving, and all alone.

He finds himself spending his days in a strange dust-covered, desolate landscape, scavenging for food and shelter – it’s a “hell built exactly for him”.

And soon, he begins having incredibly vivid dreams – could they be visions? – of what he remembers of his life before drowning. Is this purgatory or the afterlife? – Compiled by LOUISA LIM


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