Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

No one brings the past to life quite like the legendary Jacqueline Wilson and trust us, you’ll be dancing your way through her latest dazzling historical adventure. Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house – in a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate. When Lady Somerset passes away and a new member of the family inherits the house, things change overnight for Mona. Suddenly, she’s spun into a world of beautiful balls, decadence, dancing… and secrets.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

If you’re looking forward to catching the highly-anticipated Artemis Fowl film in cinemas in 2020, then why not dive into the explosive misadventure that inspired it? Artemis Fowl is not like other 12-year-olds. You see, Artemis is a criminal genius and he’s just discovered that fairies are real. Oh, but wipe images of cuddly, Peter-Pan-style, bedtime story fairies from your mind, cause this lot are anything but. They are armed. They are dangerous. And when Artemis captures Captain Holly Short for her fairy gold, he messes with the wrong elf. These fairies fight back… as Artemis is going to learn.

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad & Henry White

Think James Bond in an alternate rapping reality where almost everyone and everything is bonkers! Humza Khan is the greatest 11-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known. He has big plans for his future, but there’s just a teeny issue standing in the way between him and superstardom at the mo; all his teachers are disappearing and everyone’s aunties are taking over. Before he knows it, the aunties are taking over Humza’s music, too – which means now it’s OFFICIALLY personal! It’s up to Humza and his friends to dig deeper and hunt for the truth behind these killer aunties.

Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn

Our favourite pair of princesses are back in this sequel to Undercover Princess! Lottie and Ella return to Rosewood Hall after a dramatic first year, hoping for a more peaceful term, but are soon faced with anything but: someone is poisoning Rosewood pupils! Our dynamic duo is determined to solve this mystery and track down the culprit to protect their fellow pupils. It seems the threat of secret organisation Leviathan is growing closer and closer, but are the girls prepared for how close they’re actually getting to danger? Connie Glynn just turned her captivating series up a notch and we’re here for it.  

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Prepare for a classic whodunnit with a mighty modern twist in this anniversary edition of Murder Most Unladylike! 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. Not even a mild puzzle! Then their Science Mistress is discovered dead in the gym; THEN, five minutes later the body vanishes without a trace! How’s that for a mystery? Be careful what you wish for, girls. Daisy and Hazel suddenly have an ALMIGHTY mystery on their hands – let’s just hope their friendship can survive it… *Dun-dun-dun*

My Brother's Name is Jessica by John Boyne

Sam’s older brother Jason has always been there for him. You see, Sam’s a bit of a loner, doesn’t have many friends, and his busy parents often don’t have time for him. In Sam’s eyes, Jason has always been the opposite; he’s popular, amazing at football, and girls want to go out with him. But, one night, Jason gathers the family to reveal something – something that could change things for all of them. His parents don’t want to hear it and Sam just doesn’t understand. Because what do you do when your brother tells you that he thinks he’s actually your sister? This important and very real read is one that should be picked up by kids, teens and adults alike. It will move and it will teach.

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 a 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

The epic finale to Chris Bradford’s Bodyguard series is a must-have in your book arsenal. 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. 

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. 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 Bagheera 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 wanderer 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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