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Grandpa Frank's Great Big Bucket List

This poignant and moving tale from author Jenny Pearson shows us the importance of family relationships and the virtue of perseverance. When Frank Davenport learns he is the sole beneficiary of his Grandma Nora’s vast inheritance, his mind is filled with the possibilities the cash might provide him with. However, upon learning that he must use this money to look after his estranged grandad (Frank Davenport Senior Senior) who lives in a nursing home, he quickly decides to carry out his Grandma Nora’s wish.

Book Cover - Ready to Fall

Ready to Fall

Following the death of his mother from cancer, sixteen-year-old Max Friedman comes to believe that he is sharing his brain with a tumour. As the terrified teenager tries to control the malignant tenant, he starts to lose touch with his friends and family, and with reality itself – so his father sends him off to the artsy Baldwin school to regain his footing.

Book Cover - A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A modern twist on ‘Beauty and the Beast’, this book is a slow burner that rewards the reader in its second half. Prince Rhen has been cursed by an evil sorceress after he breaks her heart. If he fails to get somebody to fall in love with him, he turns into a ferocious beast and the cycle begins again with a new girl. Rhen is a tortured character as he attempts to come to terms with everything he has done in the past. The author does not shy away from representing the hardships encountered by a young man learning to open up to those around him.

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The Ash House

Cardboard Cowboys tells the story of Lenny Lambert, a troubled but kind-hearted boy in his first year of secondary school in Scotland. Lenny is having a hard time in school: his classmates make fun of him because of his weight and he is struggling with the absence of his brother, Frankie. His parents refuse to speak about Frankie, and Lenny feels intense guilt over the situation (which we are not told about for the majority of the book) and finds himself feeling increasingly isolated – from his school, his parents and Frankie himself.

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The Crash

A terrible accident serves as a catalyst to change the lives of a group of young people. Best friends Sophie and Tye are hanging out in front of the TV when a car crashes through the window and into the room. The accident leaves Tye in a coma and Sophie struggles to find a way to bring her friend back.

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See What I Can Do!

In this upbeat, energetic tale drawn from real-life stories, schoolfriends talk about their dreams and talents and what they absolutely love to do. Molly enjoys playing cello, Jillian has won awards for dancing, Bryson loves travelling, and Cami writes and camps. See What I Can Do! lets us look through the eyes of children enjoying life alongside their challenges and differences.

Book Cover - The Way to Impossible Island

The Way to Impossible Island

Mothgirl and Dara have each set out on their own journey; Mothgirl to find her brother and Dara to get to Lathrin Island by himself, fed up with waiting for his Big Operation to help his serious heart condition. This is a timeslip novel – Dara and Mothgirl are from the same place, but eons apart. Despite Mothgirl coming from the Stone Age, the premise feels very believable, which is a testament to Kirtley’s strong characters.

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Short Reads

Are you a parent or guardian looking for books related to your child's interests, or recommendations to help them branch out into new genres? Are you a teacher looking for books on a particular theme or topic? Look no further than our themed reading lists for a huge variety of brilliant book recommendations for children of all ages!

Book Cover - The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl suffering from Stargardt disease, which causes gradual vision loss and eventual blindness. With the doctors estimating that she has only six months before her vision fails completely, Mafalda begins to write a list of all the things she loves and won’t be able to do any more.

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Difficult Changes

Are you a parent or guardian looking for books related to your child's interests, or recommendations to help them branch out into new genres? Are you a teacher looking for books on a particular theme or topic? Look no further than our themed reading lists for a huge variety of brilliant book recommendations for children of all ages!