Read UK: YA Books Set in the United Kingdom

Thanks to Libba Bray and her Gemma Doyle Series and Cassandra Clare and her Infernal Devices Series, there was never a shortage of books set in Victorian England with a lovely girl in a fabulous dress gracing the cover.

But it’s been a couple of years since the publication of those books and there had been a bit of a shortage of YA set in the UK especially contemporary and science fiction. Thankfully 2016 is seeing a resurgence.  So before England Brexits from the European Union, enjoy these YA books from all genres that are set in the United Kingdom.
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Elodie desires more for herself than a life of tea parties and when her father finds himself in trouble, Elodie must travel to China to save him and her family.

After a disfiguring accident, Evelyn finds employment as John Merrick’s nurse.  Caring for The Elephant Man gives Evelyn strength to seek justice as Jack The Ripper terrorizes London.

Forced to lay low Faith and her family are exiled to an island where her father mysteriously dies.  While looking for answers for her father’s death, Faith discovers a tree that may hold the answers she seeks.

Katie’s grandmother, Mary, suffers from Alzheimers and does not have a good relationship with Katie’s mother.  Unbecoming is the story of three generations of women and the secrets that plague their lives.

Gottie is grieving her grandfather’s death and the end of a relationship which are both causing her to lose time.  Is she falling through black holes or she suffering from a mental breakdown? Only Gottie can find answers.

The Sihde are angry and they are abducting teens.  If you get called, you only have 3 minutes and 4 seconds to find your way back home or be lost forever.

Marguerite is the daughter of two brilliant physicists who invent a device that allows people to travel to different dimensions.  One day, one of their interns steals the device and is suspected in the murder of Marguerite’s father. Marguerite and a second intern, Theo, travel through dimensions to find and kill Marguerite’s father’s murderer.

There are four Londons that exist in four dimensions and only two people in the world can travel between them and one of them is Kell.  Kell is a smuggler and one day his illegal activities catch up to him.

Emma is hot and she knows it. She likes to drink and party but when she’s sexually assaulted and pictures are spread all over the internet, Emma’s friends don’t believe she’s the victim.

After the drowning of her twin brother, Elsie has not gone in the water for many years.  While hanging out in her favorite hiding place, Elsie meets a free diver who helps her use diving to deal with her loss.

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— Dawn Abron, currently reading Ghostly Echoes by James Ritter

2 thoughts on “Read UK: YA Books Set in the United Kingdom”

  1. Rain (titled H2O in the US) and Storm by Virginia Bergin are dystopians set in the UK. The Zom-B series by Darren Shan is mostly set in London (horror/dystopian)
    If you like YA/Adult contemporary a majority of books by Sarra Manning are set in the UK.

  2. What a great list for Anglophiles, AND I’ll for sure be printing that awesome PDF for my library; thanks! For spooky, supernatural stories set in London, I also love Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, which starts with The Name of the Star. The 4th and final book of the series has yet to have a title or publication date announced, but I’m waiting anxiously for it!

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