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Spring books for older readers

 

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker (HarperCollins £6.99) is an ode to introverts and dreamers. Two misfits find unlikely alliance whilst planting a garden in a rubble of an abandoned church. They are brought together when their refuge comes under attack.

Warring clans and deadly diseases spiral out of control in The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot (Walker Books £7.99) this full-on fantasy novel is a rip-roaring adventure with a wonderful central character who can talk to animals with extraordinary effect. For slightly older fans of How To Train Your Dragon.

The world has been turned in on itself when a deadly virus catches hold and in order to protect humans there has been a shut down on Nature in Where the World turns Wild by Nicola Penfold (Little Tiger Press £6.99) Apocalyptic and brilliant, page-turning and timely.

Prepare for some serious adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo in brand-new children’s series Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith (Bonnier £6.99) written with Chris Wakling. This sees a return of the Courtney family namely Jack, its youngest member. You won’t be able to put it down.

The Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (Puffin £7.99) delivers the requisite dose of fantasy when a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens of the City believe he is the enemy come to cause chaos, but Ellie, a fearless young inventor believes differently. Unusual, pulse-quickening and deeply satisfying.

More magic and mystery in The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon (Walker £6.99) about a very strange and potent talisman that seems to want to communicate with the unfortunate Pip who pickpocketed the wrong man.

Things are not as they should be in the extraordinarily imaginative world of Evernight by Ross MacKenzie (Andersen Press) the first in a spellbinding new middle grade fantasy series that is at turns terrifying and utterly compelling.

Lots of wolves, witches and wonders hide from Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things by Matilda Woods (Scholastic £6.99) an enchanting old-fashioned story of friendship and hope.

More old-fashioned mystery in The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell (Usborne £6.99) set in a wonderfully spooky old house in 1905 where brave Helena needs to come to terms not only with the loss of her mother, her grief-stricken father and utterly bizarre happenings while making sure that the one hundred clocks in the house don’t stop ticking.

Back to the real world with The Boy Who Fooled The World by Lisa Thompson (Scholastic £6.99) where Lisa Thompson so brilliantly tackles the very serious issues of anxiety and family problems with a perfect lightness, ultimately highlighting how making mistakes is often the only way to get to the right place in the end. Another triumph.

Things get intergalactic with The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford (Harpercollins £6.99) twelve-year-old Tammy disappears and only her twin brother knows where she is, but he has to keep quiet, or risk never seeing her again. A proper adventure.

Agatha Christie would have adored joining Hal and his uncle board the final journey of Britain's most famous steam train, The Highland Falcon Thief by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman (Macmillan £6.99). This is proper junior sleuthing and it's brilliant. 

Michael Rosen does his own sleuthing but this time it's a true story: The Missing. The True Story of My Family in World War II (Walker Books £8.99). Rosen is such a gifted storyteller and has a uniquely accessible way of communicating with children so his story of the missing Rosens makes compelling reading.

Lastly, we can't not mention the extraordinary White Bird by RJ Palacio (Puffin £20), her first graphic novel which tells the story of one family's struggle during occupied France, quite simply it makes sure we never forget the horror of the Holocaust.

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