Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney’s world-famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is packed with side-splitting cartoon strips that have made kids LOL the world over (this is a scientifically proven fact). In book one, Greg Heffley is jolted into a new year in a new school, where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are bigger, meaner and already shaving (sigh). Diary of Wimpy Kid follows Greg’s day-to-day adventures along with his not-so-cool sidekick Rowley; join them as they navigate classroom woes in this hilarious comic-style diary. 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

From the pen of the world’s greatest storyteller comes Matilda, an extraordinary girl with the most incredible powers. But little Matilda’s life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, she has rather unpleasant parents and an EVEN WORSE headmistress – the terrifying Trunchbull! The pesky grownups take little Matilda’s talents for granted, but this feisty kid is definitely not your average little girl, as they’re all about to find out! Whether you’re meeting Matilda for the first time or reading an old fave, this book always casts a spell. 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a ten-year-old boy who feels ordinary. But Auggie was born with a facial abnormality that scares other kids and means he feels anything but. He’s been home-schooled his whole life, but now he’s off to a real school and all he wants is to be accepted by those around him and for people to see who he is on the inside. This modern, funny and frank book comes with a powerful, message – that each and every one of us is wonderful.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Prepare for a classic whodunit - budding detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are just dying to jump right in and prove themselves after setting up their own detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls. There’s just one problem – there’s not a mystery in sight. Then their Science Mistress is discovered dead in the gym and five minutes later the body vanishes - without a trace! How’s that for a mystery? Now Daisy and Hazel suddenly have an ALMIGHTY crime on their hands. Can they solve it? Let’s just hope their friendship can survive it…  

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and she’s, well… the absolute worst. She gets spells wrong and she’s constantly crashing broomsticks, which isn’t ideal when they’re more than just a hobby! Things go from bad to WORSE when Mildred turns Ethel – the teacher’s pet – into her arch enemy. Hopeless and hapless Mildred channels a little bit of all of us as she bumbles through school, and life, in this hilarious bout of magic and mayhem.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Aren’t myths and legends just that? Nope, not for Percy. Not anymore. In Rick Riordan’s legendary story, everyday teenager Percy Jackson learns he’s anything but when he discovers that he is actually the son of the Greek god Poseidon – the God of the Sea. Percy soon finds himself swapping basketballs and skateboards for swords and monsters. In the first book of the series, Zeus, God of the Sky, accuses his nephew of stealing his lightning bolt. Percy, with the help of his friends, must, quite literally, go to hell and back to clear his name - before it’s too late! 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

When young, insecure Meg goes looking for her lost father with her brother, she finds more than she bargained for. Much more. The pair soon find themselves on an unexpected expedition through a ‘wrinkle in time’. With cosmic evil forces threatening to swallow the universe, Meg must find her inner strength to save her family. This modern classic recently hit the silver screen, it’s a thrilling combination of adventure, fantasy and science-fiction – and excuse the pun, has really stood the test of time. Ahem.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

Fantasy doesn’t come much more fantastic than Terry Pratchett and this book is the perfect introduction to his brilliant, magical mind. Clever-cat Maurice is a pretty tough, smart cat who’s always thought that rats are pretty dumb. But Maurice soon discovers that there’s a new kind of rat in town – rats that have been munching on wizards’ trash; magical trash that allows them to read, talk and plot. Whoa! And so it is that the con-cat plots the perfect money-making scam. What happens next? You’ll have to read it to find out!  

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter tells the story of Lila, who doesn’t just want to be a Firework-Maker’s daughter; she wants to be a Firework-Maker herself. So she sets off on an adventurous journey in search of the final Firework-Making secret, so she can finally become a Firework-Maker herself. But there’s a reason this secret is a secret. Will she get through the most difficult and dangerous part of her apprenticeship? Get ready for an explosive adventure, full of danger and mystery from the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy.

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