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Summer reads for 8-12

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[Summer reads for 0-5, 5-8 and 12+]

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle, published by Bloomsbury

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet…

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

Read an extract here

Never Say Die, by Anthony Horowitz, published by Walker Books

In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

The Boy At the Back Of The Class, by Onjali Q. Rauf, published by Hachette

Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That’s where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we’ve come up with a plan…

Mr Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, by Chris Grabenstein, published by Puffin

Everyone’s favourite game maker, Mr Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! Kyle must compete in a great race – by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello’s corporate banana jet! – to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. But then a few surprising ‘facts’ surface about Mr Lemoncello . . . Could Kyle’s hero be a fraud? Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before it’s GAME OVER for Mr Lemoncello . . . !

The Frozen Telescope, by Jennifer Bell, published by Random House

After the thrilling events which concluded The Smoking Hourglass, Ivy, Seb and Valian think they’ve vanquished their enemies, and those of Lundinor, forever. It turns out their adventure was only just beginning…

Ivy and Seb can’t wait to join Valian for their first ever overseas uncommon adventure – they’re meeting in Nubrook, the completely astonishing and totally-different-to-Ludinor  trading market hidden underneath New York. But there’s no time to enjoy looking round all the incredible sights – they’re on a mission to find Valian’s long-lost sister, Rosie. But it seems they’re not the only ones looking for her. Once again the Dirge rear their terrifying heads, and it appears they’re after not only Rosie, but another enormously powerful Great Uncommon Good object. But what do they want it for? And can Ivy, Seb and Valian stop them from finding it?

The Accidental President, by Tom McLaughlin, published by Oxford University Press

Meet Ajay, the USA’s first kid president!

On a visit to the US things take a strange turn for 12-year-old Ajay when, completely at random and totally by accident, he is sworn in as the new president. Well, I guess he can’t be any worse than that guy who had the job before him, right?

Candy, by Lavie Tidhar, published by Scholastic

In a city where candy is a crime and biscuits have been banned, Nelle Faulkner is a 12-year-old private detective looking for her next client. So when a notorious candy gangster asks for her help, Nelle is on the case.

Swept into a secret world of sweet smugglers and chocolate crooks, can Nelle and her friends find a way to have their cake and eat it? Or will they come to a sticky end…Or will they come to a sticky end…

Beano Book of Mischief, Mayhem and Fun, Beano, published by Studio Press

Everyone has a little (or a lot) of mischief in them and The Beano Book of Mischief, Mayhem and Fun! was made with mischief in mind. Come rain or shine this book will bring out the enjoyment in every situation. Build your own catapult, periscope and miniature bow and arrow. Teach an old dog like Gnasher new tricks and learn about codes and ciphers. Filled with top-secret information, games and activities, this is the perfect book for any boy or girl wanting to have fun.

Enter our competition to win a copy (closes 30th July 2018)

This Book Thinks You’re an Artist, illustrated by Harriet Russell, published by Thames Hudson

Brimming with humorous and creative tasks to do on and off the page, this fill-in book will encourage children to think like an artist.

This Book Thinks You’re an Artist is one of the rare books on the market to combine art history with practical activities on the page. It asks the reader to imagine their eccentric-artist alter-ego before working through six key topics: painting, sculpture, illustration, decorative art, photography and contemporary art. Each spread centres on a different technique for producing a piece of art, and relates the activity back to a famous artist or movement in a light-hearted and playful tone.

Activities include making a Bruegel circus, playing a Surrealist game, selling a scribble for a million pounds and painting your face like a Russian Futurist. A section of paper-based crafts at the end of the book includes a kit to build a camera obscura.

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, by Matt Brown, published by Usborne

Eric Doomsday loves doing magic tricks, even though they always end up going very wrong, so he’s determined to get it right for the Dreary Inkling school talent show. But when the talent-show judges reveal themselves to be hideous aliens who want to destroy the world, the fate of the planet rests on one boy. Can Eric’s magic really save the day?

Enter our competition to win a copy (closes 31st July 2018)

Star Wars Maker Lab, published by DK

Ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or grow your own kyber crystal? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy, just like the Death Star? Now you can! With 20 amazing projects, Star Wars Maker Lab teaches your budding Padawan how to become a Master of science, in both the real world and the Star Wars galaxy.

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Sharks!, by Kevin Tsang and Katie Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by Egmont

The laugh-out-loud new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world.

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except when he is). And when a shark TOTALLY tries to eat him at the local aquarium, he decides he’s not going to take any more chances. So at his friend’s birthday party at the beach, Sam refuses to dip even a toe in the water. Nothing could go wrong now, could it?

The Treehouse Fun Book 2 by Andy Griffiths and Jill Griffiths, published by Macmillan Children’s Books (available from 26th July)

Stuff to write! Pictures to draw! Puzzles to solve! And so much more…

Grab your Treehouse passport and jump into the crazy world of the bestselling Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. In this activity book, join Andy, Terry and Jill for an adventure like no other as they combine animals, create magical kingdoms, time-travel, solve crosswords, search for words, colour and scribble, spot the difference, find the odd one out, crack codes and so much more!

So what are you waiting for?  Come on up!

EtchArt: Forgotten Jungle, by AJ Wood, Mike Jolley and Illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova, published by Wide Eyed Editions

Following the previous two in the series, Secret Sea and Hidden Forest, it’s now easier than ever to etch your own designs. Explore a mystical jungle as you etch your own folk-art in these activity books that take you on a journey through nature. Hiding beneath panels of scratchable ink, birds, beetles and other beasts lie, waiting to be uncovered using your wooden stylus.

Dinara Mirtalipova is a self- taught illustrator/designer. Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she eventually landed in snowy Ohio. Written by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley.

Also publishing this July, EtchArt Enchanted Garden.