Your definitive guide to the must-read YA books this year, according to the Carnegie Medal noms

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Sometimes it can be hard to know what to read next. There's SO much out there telling you it's the next big thing, and you often have to start Chapter One over and over and over again before you find something that really captures your imagination.

If that sounds familiar and you just CAN'T find a good book to get stuck into, then the big awards nominations are a great place to investigate – and this week the nominations for one of the most prestigious ones in the business have been unveiled.

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The CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist is teen fiction heavy for 2016, so according to all the literary big wigs these are the brill books that deserve your attention this year.

One by Sarah Crossan 

Conjoined twins Gracie and Tippi, no longer able to afford homeschooling, must brave the outside world of stares and cruelty for the first time. But will they find the promise of love and friendships at school? Neither Gracie or Tippi realise the heartbreaking decision that awaits them which will change their lives forever.

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 

Mystery surrounds the death of Faith's father and when she searches through his belongings for clues she uncovers a strange tree. The tree has an enticing and dangerous secret – it only grows healthy when you whisper a lie, and when you eat the fruit of the tree you will possess a hidden truth. The more people who believe the lie, the bigger truth the person will unearth. 

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake 

Shelby lives a safe, sheltered life with her mother Shaylene, but when she is knocked down by a car, her world is turned upside down. Like two criminals on the run, Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde, her mother picks her up and drives into the night. Everywhere she looks someone is watching, telling her not to believe. Who can she trust?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness 

Mikey  just wants to graduate, go to prom and maybe pluck up the courage to ask Henna out. But then the high school gets blown up and someone needs to fight the zombies or the soul-eating ghosts (or whatever this thing is with blue lights and death). A novel that asks you to find the extraordinary in ordinary life.

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Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders 

This is the sequel to Five Children and it, but life has moved on since the five children's first adventures with the sand fairy; they have grown up and the war will change their lives forever. But the Psammead reappears and this time his magic will serve a more serious purpose. The two younger children will witness the crippling effects of war from the points of view of nurses, soldiers, factory workers and, of course, the people left behind.

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick 

The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny. None will ever go back to the same place, and so their journeys begin...

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley 

It's 1959 in the thick of the battle for civil rights. Sarah has her first day of school as one of the first black students at the previous all-white Jefferson High. No one wants her there, not the teachers or the students, and especially not Linda, the daughter of the town's most passionate segregationist. But as they spend time together, an unlikely friendship blossoms and they realise they feel something they are determined to ignore. Can they stand up to the unjust world, and what they feel in their own secret hearts? 

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine 

Everything Iris knew about the world is about to go up in flames as her father, Ernest, reaches the end of his life before she has even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world, and her mother is determined to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest wants to cast light on some issues for Iris before he's gone, and the truth has more than one way of surfacing.

Which of these sound like your kinda cuppa? Read any of them already and wanna recommend? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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