As half term and then the summer holidays approach, it is always good to be well prepared: sunhat, sunscreen and, of course, a supply of summer reading! Along with the flip-flops, we want to ensure our family get to enjoy a range of familiar books or to maybe try some new, unusual and different genres that will challenge and inspire over the summer.
Whatever age we are, we can all relish the thought of losing ourselves in a different world as we explore new places and unfamiliar characters through the art of reading and here are some recommendations you may wish to consider:
The New Neighbours, by Sarah Mcintyre, features a tower block whose tenants are all animals. Pigeons, pigs, polar bears and bunnies are none too pleased to hear rats are moving in! What will happen when they finally meet their new neighbours?
Juniper, Jupiter, by Lizzy Stewart, is a picture book that finds super-hero, Juniper, searching for her perfect side-kick. This book is cull of vivid images and is absorbing for younger readers as Juniper tries to decide who is strong and courageous enough to join her.
Ages 5 to 8
Teacup House – Meet the Twitches is the first in this new series by Pippa Curnick. Stevie is moving house and her grandmother gives her the Twitch rabbit family in their teacup house to ease the upset of moving. The rabbits prove to be magical as they appear to move by themselves but Daddy Twitch gets lost in the move! A perfect book to support children moving towards independent reading.
Fancy non-fiction? Be inspired by Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black heroes form Past and Present, by Andrea Pippins. This book is a showcase of heroes from sport, music and even heads of state through to award winning authors.
David Rudden completes his Borrowed Dark trilogy with The Endless King. The young knights have travelled to Daybreak, their remote ancestral home, and find themselves dealing with a full-scale invasion. Can they be strong? Will they survive?
Riding Lessons, by Jane Smiley, is a quiet book in which nothing, yet everything, seems to happen! Desperate to ride, Ellen struggles when she learns that her parents are adopting a new baby rather buying her a horse of her own!
Young adults (12+)
Fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series will love The 13th Reality series. Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is living a regular life until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials “M.G.,” the letter informs Tick that dangerous, perhaps even deadly, events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Join Tick as he embarks on a series of adventures that cross time and space!
Big Bones, by Laura Dockrill, is a glorious celebration of life as Bluebell, sixteen and overweight, chooses to love her body as much as she loves food and cooking. When Mum agrees she can leave college early, on condition she gets fitter, the nurse insists she keeps a food diary. This novel is a tribute to family, feasting and the fears teenage girls face as over food and fitness.
Ref: Guardian Review