The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor 

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Antiziganism
  • Homomisia
  • Graphic rape & statutory rape
  • Graphic sexual assault of a child
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Trauma
  • Nightmares & night terrors
  • Graphic suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy from rape
  • Abortion (theme)
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries, including mutilation and eye trauma
  • Cancer
  • Emesis
  • Hospital
  • Dismemberment
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a brother
  • Death of a fiancé
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Drowning
  • Rollercoaster accident
  • Car accident recounted
  • Graphic death of a pet dog
  • Bullying
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The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

When his girlfriend throws him out during the pandemic, Bambi has to go to his Uncle’s house in lock-down Lagos. He arrives during a blackout and is surprised to find his Aunty Bidemi sitting in a candlelit room with another woman. They both claim to be the mother of the baby boy, fast asleep in his crib. At night Bambi is kept awake by the baby’s cries, and during the days he is disturbed by a cockerel that stalks the garden. There is sand in the rice. A blood stain appears on the wall. Someone scores tribal markings into the baby’s cheeks. Who is lying and who is telling the truth?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Child neglect
  • Cheating
  • Alcohol consumption, on-page
  • Recreational drug use, on-page
  • COVID-19 (theme)
  • Emesis
  • Physical illness & tribal marking disfigurement of a baby
  • Blood depiction
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of an uncle & husband recounted
  • Animal slaughter, on-page
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We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Bliss’s hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like he’s been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Toby’s father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into fights. Someday, Luke and Toby will leave this small town, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, and never look back… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Physical child abuse
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Smoking
  • Emesis
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Imprisonment
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Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

In 1970s Baltimore, fourteen-year-old Mary Jane loves cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and enjoying her family’s subscription to the Broadway Show Tunes of the Month record club. Shy, quiet, and bookish, she’s glad when she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor. A respectable job, Mary Jane’s mother says. In a respectable house. The house may look respectable on the outside but inside it’s a literal and figurative mess: clutter on every surface,… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antisemitism
  • Racism
  • Drug use & abuse
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Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Self-harm (cutting)
  • Drug use
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett 

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard travelling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother’s past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different …

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Suicide
  • Drug use
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Murder
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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being…Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental divorce
  • Drug use & abuse
  • Colon cancer
  • Attempted armed robbery
  • Animal attack resulting in an amputated arm (shark)
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The Love Act by Zara Bell

The Love Act by Zara Bell

I never wanted to be famous. I’m perfectly happy working backstage at a late-night chat show, safely hidden off-camera. But when a paparazzo snaps a misleading photo of me and a bratty celebrity guest, my life is ruined overnight. Suddenly, the whole world is convinced I’m having a torrid affair with the snarly, stuck-up cinema star Jack Hale. And thousands of people hate me. Excellent. To make things even weirder, now Jack is demanding that I pretend to be his fake girlfriend for two months, in exchange for a cool half a million. It’s an offer I can’t refuse, literally… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut shaming
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic attacks
  • Drug use & abuse mentioned
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Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

For Ri Fernández’s entire life, she’s been told, “We live in America and we speak English.” Raised by her strict Mexican grandma, Ri has never been allowed to learn Spanish. What’s more, her grandma has always pushed Ri away from the neighbourhood they call home and toward her best friend’s world of mansions and country clubs in the hopes that it’ll bring Ri closer to achieving the “American Dream.” In her most private thoughts, Ri has always believed that her mother, who disappeared… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Slut shaming
  • Child abandonment
  • Recreational drug use
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Teen pregnancy mentioned
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Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard 

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

After five years at secondary school spent without any friends, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.. When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than she’s ever been. But when they let her down in the worst way, Peyton is left no better off than when she started. Now Peyton knows the only chance she has of finding happiness is to look for it somewhere else. Her life may… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Abandonment
  • Anxiety
  • Drug use
  • Overdose
  • Bullying
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