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Spot's Fun in the Sun by Eric Hill & read by David Oyelowo (2018)

Join Spot, the mischievous puppy, and all his friends as they play and explore outside. Spot's Fun in the Sun is a summer of fun with picnics, funfairs, and adventures in the garden.

For six to eight-year-olds

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & read by Indira Varma (2018)

When Mary Lennox moves into her uncle’s home in Yorkshire after the loss of her parents, she’s selfish, spoiled, and sickly. This soon changes as she makes friends, and begins her hunt for a secret walled garden that has been left overgrown and hidden on the estate. A classic tale of new starts and friendship for readers ages eight and up.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl & read by Julian Rhind-Tutt (2014)

Designed to make you feel like you’re in the very same room as the characters, this version of James and the Giant Peach is an immersive experience. Join James as he sets off on an adventure through mystical worlds, where peaches grow to the size of a house and you can battle sky pirates while travelling across the world in a most unusual way. Well-loved by readers eight and up, we recommend you close your eyes and listen with headphones.

Nine to twelve-year-olds

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1) by Jeff Kinney & read by Dan Russell (2018)

Greg Heffley is starting middle school where undersized weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. He’s never been particularly popular, and he’s happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride... until Rowley’s star begins to rise. Greg decides he can use Rowley’s newfound fame to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio & read by Diana Steele, Kate Rudd and Nick Podehl (2012)

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them underneath it all? Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut for eight to 12-year-olds.

Murder Most unladylike: A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens & read by Katie Leung (2018)

You don’t have to be an adult to solve a mystery! And that’s what Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong do best. When Hazel's beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel's family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. However, tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn't just the detective. She's been framed for murder! Join the super sleuths as they race to figure out whodunnit!

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