Teen Novels

Chessboxer (October 2019)

It has been far too long since I last brought out a young adult novel, but I’m pleased to report that the YA drought is nearly at an end. CHESSBOXER is going to be published next year by Andersen Press. It’s a darkly funny story about 17 year-old Leah, a snarky and rebellious chess prodigy. I absolutely loved writing it, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Oh, and don’t worry, you don’t have to like chess to get into this book.

Blood & Ink

Blood&Ink2015coverTimbuktu, 2012. Ali, 16, is a mujahid, a holy warrior. His battalion is massing in the Sahara Desert, preparing to invade Timbuktu. Kadija, 15, is a daughter of Timbuktu and on the verge of becoming a Guardian, a keeper of the town’s mysterious ancient manuscripts. The two of them are now set on a collison course. Ali hates Kadija’s spirit and her outlawed passion for music. Kadija scorns Ali’s confident, ruthless fanaticism. So when they find themselves falling for each other, they try desperately to resist.

Blood & Ink is just as good, probably better, than even I had imagined…a fascinating journey in religion and humanity and love — Bookwitch

Blood & Ink further establishes Stephen Davies as one of the most important young adult authors of our time — Addicted to Media

A sterling job. An exciting combination of sweeping romance, adventure, danger and history, and it whizzes by at a galloping speed — Cethan Leahy, INIS magazine

An action-packed but historically significant novel that grips you from beginning to end — Ramblings of an Elfpire

It’s not just Ali and Kadija who leap off the page but their friends, family and neighbours too. The story is gripping, full of excitement, romance and heart-stopping momentsBooks for Keeps

This book has everything to offer the reader; action-packed adventure, historical events and thrilling real-life danger pumped with emotions and feelings. A great infusion of religious culture will leave you thinking, even after the last page has been turned — Enchanted Books

Outlaw

OUTLAW cover*A Junior Library Guild Selection*
*Texas Lonestar Reading List 2013*
*Shortlisted for the Hampshire Book Award*

Fifteen-year-old Jake Knight is an explorer and adventurer at heart but this often gets him into trouble. When a stuffy English boarding school suspends him for rule-breaking, Jake flies out to Burkina Faso where his parents are living. He is expecting a long, adventure-filled vacation under a smiling African sun. But what awaits him there is kidnapping, terrorism and Yakuuba Sor – the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert.

A strong desert setting and a corkscrew of a plot make this a terrific page-turner — Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

I have a dreadful urge to run around town waving a copy of Outlaw at every potential reader I can think of — Bookwitch

This is one of those books that 11+ boys who love action and adventure will love…Stephen Davies certainly deserves to become more widely known than he currently is — The Book Zone for Boys

Pure good-hearted fun for fans of Anthony Horowitz — Amanda Craig, The Times

A faintly old-fashioned tale of kidnap, complete with Robin Hood figure, double-dealing policemen and British spies running amok. Highly entertaining — Independent On Sunday

Hacking Timbuktu

hacking timbuktu coverLong ago in the ancient city of Timbuktu a student pulled off the most daring heist in African history, the theft of 100 million pounds worth of gold. The stolen treasure has remained hidden until now, when teenage hacker Danny Temple discovers a cryptic Arabic manuscript. It’s a good job that Danny is a keen traceur (free runner) because he has to run across rooftops and leap from buildings to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. The nightmarish and adrenalin-charged quest leads him all the way to sub-Saharan Africa, and the mysterious cliffs of Bandiagara.

This is an excellent, fast-paced adventure fusing past and present in a swift moving plot — Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

This Dan Brownesque thriller will entice reluctant readers — Kirkus Review

Adventure fans seeking a quick, flashy, and unusual treasure hunting novel will find this one easily fills the bill — The Bulletin

Davies delivers a satisfying mix of history, exotic locales, computer hacking and parkour racing in this well-constructed adventure story — Booklist Review

I really enjoyed this book and I doubt there are many action movie loving boys out there who would disagree with me — Book Zone 4 Boys

The Yellowcake Conspiracy

The Yellowcake Conspiracy cover‘The threat of nuclear terrorism hangs over the world like the sword of Damocles.’

The director of a Saharan uranium mine has been mysteriously murdered. Fourteen year-old nomad Haroun abandons his peaceful cattle-herding life and embarks on a dangerous new role as a spy.

Potentially complex themes of nuclear war, terrorism and globalization are brilliantly handled here in an exciting thrill-a-page adventure — Everyone’s Reading

The Yellowcake Conspiracy is a work of exceptional talent — School Librarian Journal

8 thoughts on “Teen Novels”

  1. Hi Anna, thanks for letting me know that you liked OUTLAW. There is no sequel at present, but maybe one day… In the meantime, have you read HACKING TIMBUKTU or THE YELLOWCAKE CONSPIRACY?

  2. I am a retired middle-school librarian in suburban Pennsylvania, and I just read Outlaw for a review group I belong to. What a great book! I hope lots of young people will read it. I loved the characterizations, and the fact that it will make people think before they throw around the common wisdom regarding “terrorism” and the political situation in the “third world”. It will also make some people stop and think about the role of western governments in African countries.

    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed it, Carol. Yes indeed, terrorism is in the eye of the beholder – and sometimes that eye is looking straight at us! Best wishes to you and your review group.

    1. Good question, Jane. I believe that DIACFA in the city centre has copies of the teen books (except for Outlaw). And SIM (opposite the International School of Ouagadougou in the Zogona district) definitely has copies of all the books for sale. Ebooks and audiobooks also available from Amazon etc.

  3. I really enjoyed reading “Outlaw” with my teen girls. We had some good laughs, the suspense kept us hooked and we discussed a lot of issues, from friendship and faithfulness, to weapons and technology. I hope you have a long and fruitful career as an author.

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