When Kate Bush released her ground-breaking debut album, 1978’s The Kick Inside, she was only 19 years old. In 1984, Of a Boy and The Children of the King author Sonya Hartnett published her first book, Trouble All the Way – she was just 16 years old. And S E Hinton started writing The Outsiders when she was only 15 years old. The message: just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have much to say. Here are some youthful voices that demand to be heard.
Growing up can feel like a death sentence
One of the finest American novels ever written, Norman Mailer's classic account of the Philippines campaign of WW2.
In a brand-new expanded edition, the little book of history-making speeches by an extraordinary young woman who has taken the world by storm.
Age is no barrier to creating poetry that inspires social change and positive action. Award-winning teenage slam poet Solli Raphael is taking on the world … one word at a time. The future needs you and me to create equality across all levels of humanity ~ Solli
The original teenage rebel story; now part of the Originals collection, showcasing Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults.
Including new chapters. Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air – and hope.
A wonderful, classical fantasy story of dragons, wizards and heroes that will appaeal to both young and adult readers.
Zadie Smith's astonishingly accomplished first novel, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.
International borders may be closed for now, but there are still no limits on the imagination.