I’ll be Home for Christmas

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I’ll be Home for Christmas

Is there such a thing as a happy home at Christmas? Well, it depends on which of these fourteen stories you read, all written by the UK’s top authors for young adults and compiled in aid of the homelessness charity Crisis. I’ll Be Home for Christmas has stories of varying lengths and styles, written by both women and men, .

Winter Magic

    This collection of short stories by eleven acclaimed children’s writers is a beautiful physical object. Reminiscent of classic book covers, it would make an excellent gift for any young reader. Even the end pages, featuring the authors’ signatures amid snowflakes, is a clever touch, and makes the collection seem more personal. Inside, the pages feature all the .

My Book of Stories: Write your own Adventures

This and its companion volume Write your own Shakespearean Tale are the first of a series of children’s books commissioned by British Library Publishing. The concept is to encourage children to write their own adventure stories using inspiration from the canon, and Patterson has assembled a treasure trove of material from classics by Lewis Carroll, Michael Morpurgo, Jules Verne, .

White Lies, Black Dare

Like many young protagonists, Asha Wright has a book that is very special to her. In Asha’s case, it is S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, a gift from her creative-writing teacher. Unfortunately, she can’t decide whether she wants to follow her ambitions and emulate the 17-year-old author Hinton, or succumb to peer pressure and abide by gang rules like the .

Who’s in Charge?

‘Jaw jaw is better than WAR WAR.’ Churchill’s words sum up the aims of this book. Who’s in Charge? challenges children to think about what politics is all about. It encourages the reader to ask questions like, ‘who really runs the world?’, and to argue back. It is structured around four main ideas. These ideas include notions of government .

Dancing in the Dark

We’ve all experienced the death of a loved one, whether it be a parent, a grandparent, an uncle, or an aunt. What most people don’t have to experience until they’re much older is the death of a sibling. Jessie was doing okay until James died. Sure, she was always in his shadow, him being the school sports star and .

Alice & Megan’s Cookbook

In the great tradition of so many children’s books, Judi Curtin writes vividly about the wonders of food – but this time readers can bring these treats to life. Despite Alice’s notorious Home Ec disasters, she’s managed to talk Megan into writing a recipe book – or rather, Megan’s stepped in to ensure Alice doesn’t inadvertently poison someone! The .

The Spook’s Nightmare

The Spook’s Nightmare, the seventh book in the ever-popular Spooks series, is a deliciously dark novel set in an England where daemons, witches and all sorts of malevolent creatures run free. This adventure finds the apprentice Tom, his slightly untrustworthy friend Alice, and Mr Gregory, the eponymous spook (a man who has spent his life warding off the forces .

The Twilight Circus (Wolven, Book 2)

Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Wolven series, I was looking forward to the second and was not by any means let down by The Twilight Circus. From start to finish this gripping, suspense-filled sequel captivated my imagination and I found myself unable to put it down. Through the use of an action-packed storyline adventure and heartwarming .

‘Black Bones’ and ‘Out’

Two terrific new titles from this innovative and important publisher, which specialises in short books for older children who are reluctant readers, dyslexic or struggling to read. Because the content has been stripped of superfluous words, complex plots and expressive language, these books may seem to be suitable for younger readers, but don’t be fooled – these genuinely great .