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Reading List

Summer Reading List 2017

Level 7.0

Ranger’s Apprentice Series

By John Flanagan

Beck, 9, says “This is one of the best series ever. I raced through every book to find out what happened next.” This is an epic fantasy adventure based on the journey of Will, a 15-year-old boy who discovers that he has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice and must be trained to be a protector of the kingdom. Fans of books like Lord of the Rings  or The Inheritance Cycle will love the dramatic battles and intertwined relationships in this story.

Level 5.7

Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen, illustrated by Drew Willis

Brian is in a small plane that crashes in the Canadian woods. He finds himself alone in the wilderness with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet his mother gave him. This is a modern-day classic tale of survival that mixes nonstop adventure with the kind of deep introspection that can only come when you’re truly alone. Mason, 12, recommends this book to his friends, “It’s an amazing adventure story that makes you feel like you’re in it as you read it.”

Level 5.4

Doll Bones

By Holly Black Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Level 5.1

Lockwood & Co

By Jonathan Stroud

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England.

Level 5

Caddy's World

By Hilary McKay

Cadmium Casson is twelve years old the summer that everything changes. Not only are her closest friendships in jeopardy, but her mom is expecting a baby. And when the baby arrives early, Caddy’s world turns upside down. Her mother spends all her time at the hospital, and her father takes over the household, which of course turns into one chaotic (though hilarious) crisis after the next. When her charmingly dense boyfriend dumps her, Caddy is at her wits’ end. Then she discovers that the fragile baby she is so afraid of losing is not an ending, but a beginning for her whole family. And that love and friendship don’t need to be destroyed by change—they can be strengthened.

Level 6

Princess Academy

By Shannon Hale

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and Are You My mother?family behind.

Level 5.3

Pax

By Sara Pennypacker

A beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

 

Level 4.4

Charlottes's Web

By E B White

Destined for the slaughterhouse, this runt of the litter was one fortunate pig. He was rescued first by Fern Arable, a little girl with a big heart, and then by Charlotte, a spider with a big vocabulary. These two compassionate souls actually did save Wilbur’s bacon.

Level 1.6

Are You My Mother?

By P.D. Eastman

This bird falls out of his nest (on an empty stomach, no less), encounters potentially dangerous animals and extremely large machines, yet still manages to make it back home in one piece, and in time for his first meal. He’s lucky that Snorts are so gentle.

Level 4.8

Hamish and the World Stoppers

By Danny Wallace

Hamish and the World Stoppers is the hilarious children's debut from presenter and bestselling adult author, Danny Wallace! Perfect for fans of David Walliams, Tom Gates and James Patterson.

What would YOU do... if the whole world just stopped? Yes the WHOLE WORLD.

Birds in the air. Planes in the sky. And every single person on the planet - except you! Because that's what keeps happening to ten-year-old Hamish Ellerby.

And it's being caused by The World Stoppers and their terrifying friends The Terribles! They have a PLAN! They want to take our world for their own . . . Oh, and they hate children. Especially if you're a child who knows about them. Hang on - You know now, don't you? Oh dear.

Can Hamish save us from the World Stoppers? Only time will tell!

Level 4.2

Flat Stanley

By Jeff Brown

Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find a notice-board has dropped on him in the night, leaving him happy and healthy, but only half an inch thick. It's a little unusual, but he finds he can fly like a kite, be sent on holiday through the post and can use his special skills to foil a burglary at the local art gallery. Still, he's glad when his brother Arthur has a bright idea to help bring him back to his normal shape.  This inventive story is full of wit and humour, and is sure to intrigue young readers. Originally published in 1964, Jeff Brown's ingenious tale has since become a well-established favourite both in the classroom and at home.

Level 3.2

Clarice Bean

By Lauren Child

In the chaotic Bean household, Clarice - an engaging and quirkily original heroine - has difficulty finding any peace. Certainly, there is none in her bedroom, which she has to share with her younger brother Minal (who likes to hang upside down until he turns purple), and where all her things are crammed into the tiniest of spaces. Meanwhile her boy-mad older sister and other brother Kurt (struggling with his perplexing adolescence), have rooms of their own to go to. Even the grown-ups have their bolt-holes: Dad gets to escape to the office, Granddad to his comfy chair and Mum to the bathroom. Only when Clarice openly rebels does she finally succeed in getting the peace and quiet she really wants.

Level 3.3

Horrid Henry

By Francesca Simon

The first in the hugely popular Horrid Henry series introduces us to Henry and his brother, Perfect Peter. The four stories it comprises are long enough to satisfy early readers, yet are short enough to be manageable, with plenty of laughs along the way. Tony Ross's mischievous illustrations are the perfect accompaniment - and children will have great fun comparing their own behaviour to Henry's, hopefully coming out on top!

Level 2.1

The Cat in the Hat

By Dr Seuss

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play...

So begins this favourite story from classic children's author Dr Seuss. When Sally and her brother are left alone on a rainy day, they think they are in for a dull time - but then the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, bringing with him madness and mayhem. Children will love the rhyming text, bold illustrations, and most of all the naughty Cat himself.