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Teen/YA Crime

Batman: The Long Halloween

One of the best ways to engage teenagers with books is to give them stories that can't put down, and what genre is more gripping then crime?

With bestselling crime writers including John Grisham, Harlan Coben and James Patterson all turning to writing for a younger audience, young adult crime is being touted as 'the next big thing'. Here we share some of our favourite crime thrillers for teens and young adults.

  • Looking for JJ

    Author: Anne Cassidy

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Looking for JJ

    Author: Anne Cassidy

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    When a 10-year-old girl kills her best friend, she is convicted of manslaughter and locked away. Seven years later she is released…

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  • Crongton Knights

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Crongton Knights

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    McKay's life on the South Crongton Estate is rough. His Mum has died, his Dad works all hours of the day to keep away the Bailiffs…

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  • Heart-Shaped Bruise

    Author: Tanya Byrne

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Heart-Shaped Bruise

    Author: Tanya Byrne

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 13+

    Lying forgotten on top of a wardrobe at the Archway Young Offenders institution is a notebook. Inside its pages, the notorious Emi…

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  • Crongton Knights

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Crongton Knights

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    McKay's life on the South Crongton Estate is rough. His Mum has died, his Dad works all hours of the day to keep away the Bailiffs…

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  • Sister, Missing

    Author: Sophie McKenzie

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Sister, Missing

    Author: Sophie McKenzie

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Sister, Missing is the second book in McKenzie’s projected trilogy about three siblings who share a common birth mother, but…

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  • Crusher

    Author: Niall Leonard

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Crusher

    Author: Niall Leonard

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    When Finn Maguire finds his father brutally murdered, he sets out to discover who was behind the crime, taking him on a dangerous …

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  • Raining Fire

    Author: Alan Gibbons

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Raining Fire

    Author: Alan Gibbons

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Ethan hopes to escape his life on an inner-city estate, dominated by gangs. But when his brother is charged with assualt, Ethan fi…

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  • Dangerous Lies

    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

    Interest level: 16+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Dangerous Lies

    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

    Interest level: 16+

    Reading age: 14+

    She is not an orphan, she is not from Tennessee and her name is not Stella - but those are the lies she has to tell if she wants t…

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  • Shelter

    Author: Harlan Coben

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Shelter

    Author: Harlan Coben

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    In the first young adult novel from bestselling crime author Harlan Coben, Mickey sets out to investigate the mysterious disappear…

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  • Orangeboy

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Orangeboy

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

    A boy that no one notices becomes a target on the run, when a tragic event prompts him to mix with a world of street gangs and dru…

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly - but she can't fly forever...

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  • Too Much Trouble

    Author: Tom Avery

    Interest level: 11-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Too Much Trouble

    Author: Tom Avery

    Interest level: 11-16

    Reading age: 10+

    An original interpretation of the Oliver Twist story reflecting a number of critical and significant contemporary issues.

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  • Another Life

    Author: Keren David

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Another Life

    Author: Keren David

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    When Ty is imprisoned for knife possession, his privileged cousin Archie finds himself drawn into his cousin's darker and more dan…

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  • Two Good Thieves

    Author: Daniel Finn

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Two Good Thieves

    Author: Daniel Finn

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This nail-biting thriller is also a challenging story about the lives of the world's poorest children.

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  • Nobody Saw No One

    Author: Steve Tasane

    Interest level: 12-17

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Nobody Saw No One

    Author: Steve Tasane

    Interest level: 12-17

    Reading age: 10+

    This witty, gritty and disturbing dual narrative story of abuse and exploitation starts as a modernised retelling of Oliver Twist …

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  • Five Hundred Miles

    Author: Kevin Brooks

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Five Hundred Miles

    Author: Kevin Brooks

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 9+

    In the industrial wastelands of east London, two brothers are delivering forged vehicle documents. As soon as they walk into the p…

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  • The Outsiders

    Author: SE Hinton

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Outsiders

    Author: SE Hinton

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 12+

    SE Hinton was just 17 years old when she wrote this exciting story of gang rivalry. The story features the Socs and the Greasers a…

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  • If You Were Me

    Author: Sam Hepburn

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • If You Were Me

    Author: Sam Hepburn

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

    Complex plotting, thoughtful characterisation and terrifying insights into a world of organised crime will keep readers on the edg…

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  • Black Sheep

    Author: Na’ima B Robert

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Black Sheep

    Author: Na’ima B Robert

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Dwayne is sixteen, disengaged from home and school, and a reluctant member of a Brixton gang. When he meets ambitious Misha, the t…

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  • Saint Death

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Saint Death

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Arturo lives in Anapra, one of the poorest neighbourhoods around the Mexican border city of Juarez, where drug lords rule. A tight…

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  • Batman: The Long Halloween

    Author: Jeph Loeb Illustrator: Tim Sale

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Batman: The Long Halloween

    Author: Jeph Loeb Illustrator: Tim Sale

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday…

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