From festive fun, touching tales and plenty of well-loved classics - these wonderful stories are Puffin’s bestselling books of 2017, for 6-12-year-olds.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1): Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Written in journal form with comic cartoons, the original story in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series follows Greg Heffley as he moves to a new school. He’s stuck with a ‘bunch of morons’ and has to navigate the trials and tribulations of tweenage years while he tries to fit in. This laugh-out-loud funny book is now a global bestseller and is a great break for readers that like to steer clear of more traditional novels.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
This moving book tells the story of ten-year-old Auggie, who is being sent to school for the first time after being taught at home. The usual school angst about making friends and being accepted is heightened for Auggie who was born with a facial deformity. Now a major film with Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, this is a witty and touching story that will inspire readers to always choose kind.
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, Shane Devries (illustrator)
The Christmasaurus is a heart-warming tale for the cold, winter nights, which combines festive cheer with dinosaurs. Now you may think that’s unconventional but this is a funny, enchanting story which wraps up everything that’s magical about Christmas into one, gorgeous book-sized present. There's friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic!
Matilda by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
Small but mighty Matilda is one of Roald Dahl’s best loved characters. Neglected by her parents and under the wicked rule of her horrible headmistress Miss Trunchbull, Matilda plots to find a way to save herself and her kindly teacher Miss Honey. Following this teeny girl as she turns the tables on the abominable adults in her life is a magical adventure for readers of all ages.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) by Rick Riordan
The first in Rick Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson stories introduces us to the boy demi-god who has to save the world (and placate an angry Zeus!). That’s some job. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is perfect combination of Greek myth with a relatable modern hero – it’s furiously funny and fast paced, and has the power to transform the most tentative readers into ferocious fans of fiction.
The Twits by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
Mr and Mrs Twit are the nastiest couple you could ever hope not to meet. They play horrible tricks on each other and, worse than that, they keep the Muggle-Wump monkeys locked up in their garden. GULP. But not for much longer, because the monkeys are planning to trick those terrible Twits, once and for all! This charming tale from the world’s greatest storyteller is phizz-whizzing tale of glass eyes, cornflakes and other filthy, rotten things.
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (illustrator)
Magnificent Opal Plumstead is one of Jacqueline Wilson’s newest heroes. Taken out of school after her father dies and stuck working in a sweet factory, Opal is swept up by world events – the suffragette movement and the First World War. Heart-breaking and inspiring, this book will have readers, and Jacqueline Wilson fans utterly gripped.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Enter the wild and wonderful world of Willy Wonka – the mysterious maker of chocolate and magnificent sweets. Poor, loyal Charlie Bucket lives with his parents and both sets of grandparents in a tiny house. He seems like the least likely person to win a coveted golden ticket and enter the enchanting chocolate factory, but by the end of the day it’s clear he’s the most deserving of the ultimate prize. Pleasseee don't wander off! Mr Wonka wouldn't like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings…
Emerald Star by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
This is the third in the series of Jacqueline Wilson’s popular books about orphan Hetty Feather. Brave, adventurous Hetty is searching for her father. Though as the story unfolds, it seems she is really looking for an identity that feels her own – a new life and a new name. This touching and gripping story by one of our best-loved authors gives a great insight into Victorian England and will ignite a real love and fascination of history in new readers.
Daisy and the Trouble with Jack by Kes Gray
When enemies Daisy and Jack are thrown together by their teacher, the two mischief-makers are furious. Told by the two characters in diary form, the reader learns that these two riotous rivals have more in common than they think. This funny, mischievous and totally troublesome tale for girls and boys will have readers laughing their socks off.