We Are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

Tracy Beaker has left her ex-boyfriend Sean behind, and she and Jess are making a new life for themselves by the sea! But it doesn't take long for Jess to run into trouble – she’s being picked on by a local kid who’s got it in for her. When Jess uncovers the truth about her new enemy, it means big changes for the Beaker Girls…

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

At the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Rules for Baby Abandonment must NEVER be broken. Until five babies are abandoned in a toolbox, a hamper, a coal bucket, a wheat sack and a coffin-shaped basket. For years, the children live in companionable neglect, until a sinister gentleman threatens to split them up. Will the orphans make it through a life on the run? A stunning debut about the power of friendship and the true meaning of family.

Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens

Daisy and Hazel are setting sail for Egypt. What is supposed to be a glorious holiday exploring pyramids and seeing mummies up close turns into something much more sinister when a murder occurs on their ship. Can the Detective Society solve their hardest case yet? Join the girls on their final mission – it's the perfect way to bid farewell to these two inseparable friends!

The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan

Life is tough when you're a Greek God forced to live life as a teenage boy called Lester. It's even tougher when you're constantly battling monsters, rescuing oracles and deciphering prophecies. But that's just everyday life for the former God Apollo. In the fourth book of The Trials of Apollo, Lester AKA Apollo and Meg must save Camp Jupiter from Caligula, who is on his way to destroy it...

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad and Henry White

Fresh from saving the world from aliens, Eggington's best ever 11-year-old rapper has to come to the rescue again. Humza Khan (AKA Little Badman) is being sent to summer school in Pakistan with his best mate Umer. Only, things aren't quite what he expected... mostly because someone is messing with TIME! Will Little Badman turn back the clocks and save humanity once more? Only time will tell...

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

E. B. White’s time-honoured story is about friendship and survival against the odds. Wilbur the piglet is a runt, but that doesn’t deter Fern, his human friend, from caring for him. Along with an array of farm animals, including Wilbur’s spidery friend Charlotte, the farmyard friends set about helping Wilbur become a prize-winning pig in order to avoid an untimely end.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Get ready to dive into the explosive misadventure that inspired the 2020 film. 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.

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 tale retold in a bold, graphic style. The first book in a stunning three-volume adaptation of Northern Lights.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

With the Second World War looming, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside and placed in the care of elderly widower Tom Oakley. Goodnight Mister Tom is a touching and thought-provoking portrait of how two people can find solace in each other in the midst of turmoil.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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*

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…  

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.

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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