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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ A touching teen romance develops across a time slip in this cleverly plotted story. When Dory finds a message left in a bottle in the middle of the moors she is transported back in time into the heart of a desperate attempt by the gorgeous Eli to be reunited with his sister Charlotte. Separated by their cruel father, Eli and Charlotte are determined to get back together. Can Dory help them? And will she ever meet Eli again? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
August 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Jodi Lynn Anderson tells a mesmerising story of the complications of teen romance against a chilling back drop of multiple murders. Newly arrived to live in a ramshackle house on the shore of Lake Michigan, seventeen year Maggie soon makes friends with her two closest neighbours, Pauline, the beautiful only daughter of a wealthy widow and Liam, a silent loner who can fix anything. Maggie soon finds herself caught up in the complicated relationship between the two with unexpected and disastrous results for herself.
A brilliant addition to this original series which sprinkles fairy stories with a new kind of fairy dust that turns them upside down and inside out. Familiar stories such as The Emperor’s New Clothes which is one of the funniest stories of all – and the one which invests children with the real power – are given a fresh new twist. Although sometimes re-imagined, no punches are pulled in how the stories unfold but Adam Gidwitz adds humour and meaning in a thoroughly delightful way.
Best-selling teen author James Dawson turns his hand to horror in this chilling school story. Summoning up an old school ghost in front of a mirror in a room full of candles as part of a Halloween dare seems like a harmless prank. Bobbie is sure that it is just an old and harmless legend. But when girls begin to go missing and terrifying messages appear in unlikely places, it becomes clear that this is much, much more than just a story. The sinister reason why old-girl Mary haunts the past adds a contemporary twist to a blood curdling tale. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large I am a real scaredy cat when it comes to watching scary films. So when I started reading the script for Say Her Name, touted as being an incredibly scary ghostly horror, set in a girls' boarding school, I was nervous. But I had seen and very much admired James Dawson's Hollow Pike, and so I was intrigued. And, boy, is Say Her Name scary! It is also funny, and very, very clever. James has been nominated for the UK Queen of Teen - and for good reason. He just 'gets' what's important for teenage readers. And how teenagers think, speak, bitch about each other, make up and break up. James's very funny writing, spiced with a ghostly chill is really quite unique. Read it and see what you think. But do beware of Bloody Mary. Oh, and have you got a dripping shower? Do get it checked out. Just in case...
This is a collection that brings together folk tales, legends and ghost stories that grew up around the First World War. Fascinating, moving, sometimes scary, these are the stories told by soldiers and the people they left behind, on both sides of the conflict from the haunted U-boat to the ghosts of the trenches. The author has also written a superb novel set during World War Two called One Day in Oradour which tells the story of a young boy whose village is wiped out by the Germans and only he survives.
April 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Higson continues his gripping zombie series which began with The Enemy. The Holloway Crew, weakened but still functioning, have now travelled across London and reached the Natural History Museum. Despite their failing powers, they are determined to fight for as long as it takes to hunt down the Enemy. But the kids in the museum are looking for a completely different answer. Will they find it in time?
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ On the day before their sister’s thirteenth birthday strangely magical things start to happen around twins Brin and Arlo. Where has the magic come from and why? After some hilarious adventures, Brin and Arlo discover a family secret that has been kept very well hidden by their parents! Who knows what they will grow up to be? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Count Dracula’s heir should have the best life in the world! Set to inherit a huge castle, a grand title and the fame of being the greatest vampire in the world, Wilfred should have had a great future ahead of him. But there is nothing about being a vampire that Wilfred likes. Above all, he hates blood! He’d far rather drink some nice fresh milk from a cow. Something seems to have gone very badly wrong. Luckily, Wilfred meets Smirk and the twists in this entertaining mystery are unravelled. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A school story in which strange and often hilarious things happen. Lon is sent away to his father’s old boarding school with a view to stop him being quite such a monster. Dr Ffelix Ffurter’s School for Young Monsters has had great experience of changing boys like Lon around…But how will Lon like it? This topsy- turvy school story will make ordinary school days seem very dull! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
All those who love to be scared will relish the dark humour of these blood-curdling tales. Everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, a tragic tale of children and witches and a great big cauldron. This is a witty and vigorous version of the original with some background to it, too. And it is all told with a delicious wit carefully spelt out by the author who speaks of sorcerers with dark spells, hunters with deadly aim and a baker with an oven big enough to cook children in. It’s a brilliant and terrifying whole...
Joseph Delaney’s Spook’s series has a huge following amongst young teen readers, and no wonder. This kind of storytelling has real appeal – the books are action-packed, with the threat of dark and dreadful deeds, but always bound by the ties of friendship and the security that things will come right in the end. Tom Ward, played by Ben Barnes in the new film of the book, is the seventh son of a seventh son, and therefore apprenticed to the Spook, a kind of policeman for the supernatural. It’s a difficult and lonely life being a Spook, and beneath the action and excitement there’s a human story too. Word is that the film is something of a letdown, but there’s no denying it looks fantastic and should send new readers to the books – they won’t be disappointed! ~ Andrea Reece
Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired readers for more than twenty five years. Now they are interpreted afresh in fourteen vivid stories by award winning US authors including Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Each uses a different illustration as a starting point and between them they create an extraordinary whole that offers new interpretations of the pictures while still leaving room to wonder. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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