The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo Book 3) by Rick Riordan

Adventures don’t come much more legendary than this. Lester is your classic awkward mortal teenager, who was once anything but! He used to be a god, until he was cast out by his father, Zeus. Awks. So, what’s his way out of all of this? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course! In the third instalment of The Trials of Apollo, Lester must journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle, who only speaks in puzzles and defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor. So much for just worrying about school and spots.

Northern Lights – The Graphic Novel Volume 1 by  Philip Pullman

The world-famous, bewitching novel is given new life in this fabulous graphic novel. Lyra Belacqua lives carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, but her life takes a troublesome turn with the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel who draws Lyra to the heart of a terrible struggle – one born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and even armoured bears. A huge, fantastical journey awaits Lyra in this famous, fantasy tale retold in bold, graphic style. The first book in a stunning three-volume adaptation of Northern Lights.

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers is set in the enchanting world of Hetty Feather and written by the awesome Jacqueline Wilson. Take a trip back in time with Rose, a young Victorian girl who lives in a beautiful house with her artist father, her fragile mother, lots of brothers and sisters and even more staff. She has everything money can buy, and yet, she’s not happy. But when Rose strikes an unlikely friendship with her baby sister’s new nurse, Clover Moon, things begin to change. A stunning, classic Wilson tale for all the dreamers out there.

Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Like many young girls her age, Lottie Pumpkin dreams of being a princess. Ellie Wolf, on the other hand is a princess… and she hates it; in fact, she’ll do just about anything to ditch her royal duties. So, when these two 14-year-olds end up in the same room at Rosewood Hall, the solution seems obvious, doesn’t it? Swap identities! What could possibly go wrong? Well, someone at Rosewood is on to them for starters. Good luck girls.

Bodyguard: Fugitive (Book 6) by Chris Bradford

Step aside, Mr Bond. The epic finale to Chris Bradford’s Bodyguard series is a must-have in your book arsenal this summer. Join Connor on an explosive thrill-ride through China. After discovering that Buddyguard HQ has been attacked and his fellow recruits have been abducted, Connor is summoned to Shanghai. In a foreign country on his own, he soon learns (the hard way!) that Equilibrium, the organisation that plagued his life as a bodyguard, want him taken out. It’s all been leading to this and anything can happen. If you like a little more BANG from your book, this is the reading mission for you.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

A summer adventure is right at your fingertips when you’re flipping through the pages of this timeless tale of family, discovery and battle – and you won’t even have to leave the house for it! The loveable Walker children embark on an experience like no other when they sail their boat, Swallow, to an island for a camping trip. But their adventure takes a turn when they find themselves under attack from the pirates of the Amazon, Nancy and Peggy Blackett. This classic has been captivating the imaginations of both children and adults ever since it was first published in 1930.

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens, Siobhan Dowd

Ted Spark has another epic mystery to solve during his holiday to New York. Three months after solving the mystery of how his cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye, Ted must now solve the mystery of who stole a rare painting, worth millions, from New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Normally, Ted wouldn’t care about a silly old missing painting, but his Aunt Gloria is being blamed for the theft so it looks like Ted’s back on the case again – after all, family’s family. The unique, whodunit sequel to The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd is packed full of mystery, intrigue and humour. If you meet one character this summer, make sure it’s Ted Spark.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

You might not know this but the hit Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time (starring Oprah, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon) is actually based on a famous science-fiction book; one everyone should find time for this summer. When young, insecure Meg goes looking for her lost father with her brother, she finds more than she bargained for. The pair soon find themselves on an unexpected adventure 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 story is the perfect combination of adventure, fantasy and science-fiction.

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

Fantasy doesn’t come much more fantastic than 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. Or, he did. Maurice soon discovers that there’s a new kind of rat in town – rats that have been munching on wizards’ rubbish; magical rubbish that allows them to read, talk and plot! With this new kind of rat on the block and a stupid-looking kid playing the flute in his sites, this con-cat plots the perfect money-making plan – well, at least until he brings his con to the rundown town of Bad Blintz. This is a brilliantly bonkers adaptation of the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book depicts the classic relationship between man and beast and has captivated readers young and old for well over a century. After being saved from the fierce clutches of the evil tiger Shere Khan, little “man-cub” Mowgli is brought up by a pack of wolves and soon learns to make a jungle in India his home – thanks to a few tips from his animal friends Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther. But as fun as the jungle is, danger could be lurking just around any corner.

Peter Pan  by J M Barrie

If you can imagine it, you’ll find it in Neverland. Some stories really allow imaginations to take flight – in Peter Pan’s case, that’s quite literally! Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and far, far away to Neverland in this incredible coming-of-age adventure. Meet pirates, fairies, mermaids and everything in between as you journey through Neverland alongside the Darling children on an unforgettable trip.

Sami’s Silver Lining (The Lost and Found Book Two) by Cathy Cassidy

Sami’s Silver Lining is just as touching and unforgettable as the first book in Cathy Cassidy’s Lost and Found series. This incredible story will put readers in the shoes of a young refugee, forced to flee his home in Syria in search of a better, safer life in England. Although Sami tries hard to move on from his past, he struggles to forget his torturous journey to England. But, perhaps a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams and some new friends in the Lost and Found band can help…  

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

12-year-old Crew has always been a wonderer and is constantly curious about the world around her – and living on a tiny, isolated spot in the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts, it’s no wonder she is the way she is. Abandoned as a baby, Crew’s only companions are Osh, the man that found her and raised her and their neighbour, Miss Maggie. One night, Crew spots a strange fire across the water – a sight that sparks the beginnings of a unique adventure; one full of mystery, lost identity and even buried treasure.

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