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    United States of YA - UK Style!

    I've just discovered the brilliant United States of YA on Epic Reads, where they have listed a YA book for every single one of the US states. It's really cool, and it got me thinking...what about a British version? One (or more) book for every county? Representing UKYA (woot woot!).

    I'm a bit hazy with geography so I'm just going to start with the English ones, but please, add in Scotland and Wales and Ireland if you can think of any in particular.

    And just for fun, if any of your books are set in England, let me know and I'll add 'em on in blue! For future reference

    I'll get us started...

    BEDFORDSHIRE JUST IN CASE by Meg Rosoff [thanks to TudorRose]

    BERKSHIRE

    BRISTOL (the city and county of)

    BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

    CAMBRIDGESHIRE

    CHANNEL ISLANDS

    CHESHIRE RED SHIFT by Alan Garner [thanks to eyeblink]

    CLEVELAND

    CORNWALL THE INGO CHRONICLES by Helen Dunmore, PARADISE by Joanna Nadin

    CUMBRIA

    DERBYSHIRE

    DEVON KISS, DATE, LOVE, HATE and SWAPPED BY A KISS by Luisa Plaja, DRAGON'S ROCK by Tim Bowler, BRIGANDS M.C. by Robert Muchamore (part of the CHERUB series), YOU, ME AND EIGHT CRAZY GOODBYES by LadyA, BULLET BOYS by Ally Kennen

    DORSET

    DURHAM

    ESSEX PROVE YOURSELF A HERO and THE PENNINGTON TRILOGY by KM Peyton, DANCE ON MY GRAVE by Aidan Chambers [thanks to Becca C and eyeblink], UNREST by Michelle Harrison

    GLOUCESTERSHIRE

    GREATER LONDON iBOY by Kevin Brooks, WHAT'S UP WITH JODY BARTON by Hayley Long, the MATES, DATES series by Cathy Hopkins

    GREATER MANCHESTER

    HAMPSHIRE PARTINGS AND GREETINGS by eyeblink

    HEREFORD AND WORCESTER

    HERTFORDSHIRE

    HUMBERSIDE

    ISLE OF MAN

    ISLES OF SCILLY

    KENT

    LANCASHIRE

    LEICESTERSHIRE RANI & SUKH by Bali Rai

    LINCOLNSHIRE

    MERSEYSIDE THE H-BOMB GIRL by Stephen Baxter [thanks to eyeblink]

    NORFOLK A BRAVER THING by Becca C.

    NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen [thanks to TudorRose]

    OXFORDSHIRE HIS DARK MATERIALS by Phillip Pullman [thanks to bertrigby]

    SHROPSHIRE

    SOMERSET THE GIRL IN THE MASK by Marie-Louise Jensen, and the NUMBERS TRILOGY by Rachel Ward [thanks to Netz], TWO DOWN, ONE DROWNING by LadyA

    STAFFORDSHIRE

    SUFFOLK

    SUNDERLAND CLASH by Colin Mulhern

    SURREY HARRY POTTER by JK Rowling (That's where Harry lives in his summer hols, but apparently Hogwarts is set in Scotland) [thanks to Cyia], WHITE CROW by Marcus Sedgwick [thanks to TudorRose]

    SUSSEX WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame [thanks to TudorRose], SUGAR RUSH by Julie Burchill [thanks to eyeblink], and (I think) the GEORGIA NICHOLSON series by Louise Rennison

    TYNE AND WEAR SKELLIG and MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond [thanks to egoodlett]

    WARWICKSHIRE

    WEST MIDLANDS

    WILTSHIRE

    YORKSHIRE (yes, I'm cheating and putting this as one county) HOLLOW PIKE by James Dawson, The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle [thanks to egoodlett] FLIP by Martyn Bedford
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    Isn't Harry Potter from Surrey?

    And I know Carrier of the Mark is set in Ireland, but I have no idea where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyia View Post
    Isn't Harry Potter from Surrey?

    And I know Carrier of the Mark is set in Ireland, but I have no idea where.
    I shall add the Harry Potter one - think I'll wait to do Ireland when the England one is done, if only for the fact that there are a heck of a lot of counties to do! (plus my Geography is abysmal)
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    Hogwarts is in Scotland (Based on Fettes College in Edinburgh). The "express" line for the train is the West Highlands line.
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    The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle is also set in Yorkshire... and I swear there was a YA ghost hunter type book set in York itself (cause I was all DAMN I WANTED TO WRITE THAT ONE when I saw it), but I can't remember the title... :|
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    Also, David Almond's Skellig is set in Tyne and Wear (and I think one of his other books was too... or in like the fictional version of it?)
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    One of my one WIPs (A BRAVER THING) takes place partially in Norfolk but I don't think that counts

    Um... *grabs her stack of UK YA she bought while over there but hasn't gotten to in the TBR pile yet*

    Settings are so hard to find out if you aren't reading the book! I suppose the solution is just to read them, then! I have Entangled and Torn by Cat Clarke, Adorkable and Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning, Breaktime and Dance on my Grave by Aidan Chambers. Anyone know the settings in those?
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    Eoin Colfer's ARTEMIS FOWL is in the Dublin area. Or: his house is there. He isn't there that much with all the underworld and travelling stuff going on ;-)

    And Meg Rosoff's HOW I LIVE NOW is mostly set in England, though I don't know where exactly. (Is it said at all?)
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    Ooh, great idea! Off the top of my head:

    BEDFORDSHIRE
    JUST IN CASE by Meg Rosoff
    NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen (I assume, as it's Robin Hood)
    SUFFOLK WHITE CROW by Marcus Sedgwick (can't remember if it's mentioned explicitly, but the setting is inspired by Dunwich)
    SUSSEX WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame
    WALES THE OWL SERVICE by Alan Garner

    (errrm... racking my brains is highlighting that I really need to read more home-grown YA)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca C. View Post
    One of my one WIPs (A BRAVER THING) takes place partially in Norfolk but I don't think that counts

    Um... *grabs her stack of UK YA she bought while over there but hasn't gotten to in the TBR pile yet*

    Settings are so hard to find out if you aren't reading the book! I suppose the solution is just to read them, then! I have Entangled and Torn by Cat Clarke, Adorkable and Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning, Breaktime and Dance on my Grave by Aidan Chambers. Anyone know the settings in those?
    Dance on My Grave is set in Southend, so that's Essex.

    I hate to have to mention it, but Julie Burchill's <spit> Sugar Rush is set in Brighton, East Sussex.

    Several of Alan Garner's novels are set in Cheshire, so let's go for Red Shift

    Stephen Baxter's The H-Bomb Girl is set in Liverpool in 1962.
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    The 'Numbers' trilogy by Rachel Ward is set in Bath and London, I believe.

    'The Girl in the Mask' by Marie-Louise Jensen is also set in Bath.
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    Thanks guys! I've added those - any more for any more?
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    Since we're mentioning our own work, my own Partings and Greetings is set in a fictional town in Hampshire.

    (I am a lifelong Hampshire resident - even went to University there, i.e. Southampton.)

    ETA: See also Cheshire and Merseyside examples above.
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    Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher is set in Avebury, Wiltshire.
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    Jaclyn Moriarty's A CORNER OF WHITE (to be released) is set in Cambridgeshire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyA View Post
    I've just discovered the brilliant United States of YA on Epic Reads, where they have listed a YA book for every single one of the US states. It's really cool, and it got me thinking...what about a British version? One (or more) book for every county? Representing UKYA (woot woot!).

    I'm a bit hazy with geography so I'm just going to start with the English ones, but please, add in Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland if you can think of any in particular.
    Fixed that for you.


    I found this on goodreads (not all YA unfortunately):
    http://www.goodreads.com/places/853-...attempted=true


    And this:

    http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...set-in-england

    It has loads! And I don't know most of them. GAH!


    If we're saying that his Dark Materials are from Oxford than I offer up Diana Wynne Jones and the Howl's books for Wales.

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    Ok, for Northern Ireland there's always the good old ACROSS THE BARRICADES by Joan Lingard.

    and Siobhan Dowd's BOG CHILD is set in one of the border counties in NI.
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    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma takes place in London.

    Before I Die and You Against Me by Jenny Downham are both set in England to my knowledge. Does anyone know exactly where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowling View Post
    Before I Die and You Against Me by Jenny Downham are both set in England to my knowledge. Does anyone know exactly where?
    The film version of Before I Die (retitled Now is Good) was set and filmed in Brighton. I can't remember if the novel specifies where it's set, though certainly in England.

    Julie Bertagna is a Scottish YA writer. Some of hers are set in a post-global-warming-inundated future, but the only one I've read is a contemporary, The Opposite of Chocolate. That's set in Scotland, but I don't think it specifies where - I imagined somewhere in greater Glasgow since Bertagna is a Glaswegian. The one time I saw her in person was at the Glasgow SF Worldcon in 2005.
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    Malorie Blackman has a lot of teen fiction set in the UK.

    Ditto for Keith Gray.

    THE GOLDEN COMPASS is set partially in Oxford.

    Google Maps has a tool where you can have a map marked with certain notable things. I'm happy to set up a page on my blog for a UK YA map if that would be useful.
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