Julia Donaldson – The Giants and the Joneses

Julia Donaldson - The Giants and the Joneses book cover

The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson Jumbeelia the young giantess loves to hear the old story about the iggly plop who climbed up the bimplestonk to the giants’ land of Groil. Then, one day, she throws a bimple over the edge of Groil. Down, down, down Jumbeelia climbs—right down into the land of […]

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock book cover

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock Sherlock Holmes, just 13, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition, makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and son Sherlock bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at […]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling book cover

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old orphan, discovers that he is a wizard and is invited to study at Hogwarts. Even as he escapes a dreary life and enters a world of magic, he finds trouble awaiting him. Genre: friendship, family, adventure Themes: bullying, life and death, magic […]

Julia Donaldson – The Giants and the Joneses

The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson book cover

The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson Jumbeelia the young giantess loves to hear the old story about the iggly plop who climbed up the bimplestonk to the giants’ land of Groil. Then, one day, she throws a bimple over the edge of Groil. Down, down, down Jumbeelia climbs—right down into the land of […]

Star Dust – Neil Gaiman

Star Dust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman Stardust is the story of Tristran Thorn, a young man who promises the woman he loves that he will bring her back a fallen star. But there are others who seek the star, for their own reasons. And then there’s the star herself . . . A beloved fairy tale infused […]

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief – Resource

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by […]

Megan McDonald – Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party – Resource

Megan McDonald’s novel is ‘Jolly smashing!’ Could the Moodys really have royal blood? Judy brings her new look to a comical episode about the ups and downs of exploring a family tree.

Megan McDonald – Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party Megan McDonald’s novel is ‘Jolly smashing!’ Could the Moodys really have royal blood? Judy brings her new look to a comical episode about the ups and downs of exploring a family tree. Genre: funny, adventure, family Themes: Royal family, history, family, belonging Age: 7 […]

David Walliams – The Beast of Buckingham Palace – Resource

The Beast of Buckingham Palace: It is 2120 and London is in ruins. The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. A book packed with fun and excitement by David Walliams!

David Walliams – The Beast of Buckingham Palace It is 2120 and London is in ruins. The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. […]

Jenny Offill – While You Were Napping – Resource

While you were napping by Jenny Offill book cover and description

Jenny Offill – While You Were Napping In this hilarious read-aloud featuring robots, fire trucks, and pirates, meet an older sister who’s more than happy to fill her little brother in on all he missed while he was napping. Since none of the other neighborhood kids had to nap, they came over. Then came the […]

Adam Blade – Cephalox the Cyber Squid – Resource

Cephalox the Cyber Squid by Adam Blade book cover and description

Adam Blade – Cephalox the Cyber Squid Max’s home, the floating city of Aquora, is attacked by Cephalox the Cyber Squid and his father is carried away by the Robobeast. Max and his robodog, Rivet, set off on a rescue mission. Along the way, they meet Lia, a princess of an ancient race of Merryns […]

Roddy Doyle – The Star Dogs – Resource

The Star Dogs by Roddy Doyle book cover and description

Roddy Doyle – The Star Dogs Roddy Doyle tells this novel from the perspective of the Russian dog Tsygan, this is the story of the first living creatures to be sent into space – the ‘star dogs’ of the title. Genre: space, animals, adventure  Themes: loyalty, friendship, perseverance, team work, overcoming fear, good vs. evil, […]

Ross MacKenzie – The Nowhere Emporium – Resource

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie book cover and description

Ross MacKenzie – The Nowhere Emporium Orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon the mysterious Nowhere Emporium in Glasgow by accident. The ‘shop from nowhere’ and its owner, Mr. Silver, draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. This action-packed story by Ross MacKenzie is an excited and imaginative read! Genre: mystery, fantasy, action  Themes: […]