5 books you should read before you go back to school

Sorrrryyy - we've reminded you that you're gonna have to go back to school soon. 

Surely the summer holidays were getting a bit boring anyway? If you've run out of YouTube videos to watch and make-up tutorials to try, we've rounded up five books that will definitely keep you occupied until that Monday morning bell rings. Eurgh.

From Master Alchemists to online bullies, magical illusions to rock 'n' roll - these five tales have got a bit of everything. You'll be picking the next one up before you've even put the last one down.

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Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

Sorina’s talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own, and through this Sorina has been able to create her own, ragtag family. An eclectic group one could barely imagine, Sorina’s family includes Tree, a sentient, humanoid covered in bark; Nicoleta, a maternal illusion who has super strength, unless she’s got stage fright; and Crown, a wise, Father-figure who grows finger nails instead of hair.

Despite how lifelike they seem, Sorina knows her illusions are just that – illusions - but when one of them is murdered Sorina’s perceptions of the world are shattered and she must unravel the horrifying truth before the rest of her family meet the same fate.

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The Potion Diaries: Going Viral - Amy Alwards

Having managed to find her great-grandmother's potion diary, escape the dangerous Emilia Thoth, save her grandfather's memories AND become a Master Alchemist, surely it's time for Samantha Kemi to have a good long rest? And maybe, just maybe, a date with her boyfriend Zain? But now that her best friend, Princess Evelyn of Nova, is married and showing symptoms of the Gergon illness, it looks as though Sam's adventures are just beginning...

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Sweetfreak - Sophie McKenzie

When everyone thinks you're a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats. Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?

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Songs About Us - Chris Russell

Two months on from the explosive finale to book one, Charlie's life is almost back to normal again: rebuilding her relationship with her father, hanging out with best mate Melissa, and worrying about GCSEs. All the while, Gabe's revelations about her mother are never far from her mind. And neither is Gabe. It's not long before Charlie is pulled back into the world of Fire&Lights - but the band seems different this time. But then again, so is she...

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Superstar Geek - Katy Birchall

Anna’s dad has got engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER! The paparazzi have moved in and everyone in school (The World) is suddenly watching Anna’s every move! It’s everyone’s dream, right? Snort-laugh along with the hilarious misadventures of the world’s most unlikely It Girl, Anna Huntley (and of course, Dog her pet Labrador!

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