Issue number SIX! 

What a summer it’s been, but we’ve emerged from the hellish heat with only a few minor burns and we’re ready to launch this issue. We’ve got Chloe Seager talking about friendships online and offline, a report from YALC and an exclusive interview with the four new voices in Stripes’ PROUD anthology. 

We also caught up with Nikesh Shukla, got Alice Oseman to answer our burning questions and reviewed many a book including Clean by Juno Dawson, FlooredAND we also talk about a podcast taking the YA world by storm and ponder whether calling A Monster Calls at the Old Vic “a treat” is quite right, given we cried for three hours. 

Happy reading!

-The Shift Team


Just Don't Mention It by Estelle Maskame

The Bright Sessions podcast

A Monster Calls at the Old Vic

Are We All Lemmings And Snowflakes by Holly Bourne

Clean by Juno Dawson

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Floored by Various

Giant Days by Non Pratt

Skylarks by Karen Gregory

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock


BACKLIST: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

It’s ten years since the first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy was published. In that time, the face of YA has changed a lot.


Nikesh Shukla

We talk to Nikesh about his YA debut, Run, Riot.


We talk to the four new voices in Stripes’ PROUD anthology.

Susan Wilson

Susan talks to us about dinosaurs and her books, The Extinction Trials.

Chloe Seager

Chloe tells us about modern friendships and her Emma Nash books.


Last Bus To Carnshee by David McVey


YALC - Special Report

YALC, or Young Adult Literature Convention, turned five years old, this summer. Five years of celebrating authors and books, and bringing together the world of YA – both readers and creators. YALC draws visitors from all over the country and beyond, with fans desperate to meet their favourite authors, attend panels, and get their books signed. YALC is, at the moment, tied into London Film and Comic Con (LFCC), an event run by Showmasters. Unlike LFCC, YALC does not charge for autographs, only for entry, which sets it apart from the main event on the floor below.