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            Summer Reading List                                       transition@emrys            


A selection of books for you to read and enjoy this summer.

Terry Pratchett does it again, the second book in the ‘Bromeliad Trilogy' or ‘Book of the Nomes' is another confection of delight, wit and fantastical storytelling.


The things that have made Zoe Suggs's lifestyle vlog such a phenomenon with teenagers are exactly the things that will make her new novel such a hit with them.

In a Nutshell: Paranormal powers *High-octane action* Hunt for happy-endings. Step into the shadowy world of the Savants in this sixth installment of a series that oozes intrigue, action and romance.

June 2016 Debut of the Month.  Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place!

In 3 words:  Harriet hits Paris.  A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novel sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less.

In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming.  Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of Water is a sparkling comedy, with a great central character.

Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016.  Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France.


Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale.

A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents, The King's Revenge brings Philip Womack's much lauded Darkening Path...


The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. Holding the reader in suspense throughout it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man.

Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling, like Alice down the rabbit hole.

May 2016 Debut of the Month.  This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground.

 Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month,  May/June 2016.  Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a sterile world.


February 2016 Book of the Month.  The heroine of Ann M Martin's fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social rules.

Classic fantasy adventure of the sort that Lene Kaaberbøl has created here fulfils our deep-rooted need for stories of heroism and bravery, of the underdog finding the strength to defeat enemies apparently much stronger. A strange encounter with a huge...


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


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


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.


Ash Princess   by Laura Sebastian

If you loved Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, you won’t want to miss this young adult fantasy novel. With an evil tyrant, a captive queen, and a love triangle that’s oh-so-delicious, this book has everything you need in a riveting weekend read.


Children of Blood and Bone   by Tomi Adeyemi

Get ready for the instant bestseller that won over the hearts of readers everywhere. This West African-inspired fantasy is full of magic, vivid characters, and a star-crossed romance that will keep you glued to every intense page.

The Evolution of Claire   by Tess Sharpe

Claire Dearing is a young college intern at the not-yet-open Jurassic World theme park. In addition to dealing with deadly prehistoric beasts, Claire also tackles the rumours, romance, and mystery that prevail at the park. This prequel novel is a must-read for any “Jurassic World” fan!

The Smoke Thieves   by Sally Green

From the author of the Half Bad trilogy comes a new YA fantasy full of dark magic, forbidden romance, alliances, and betrayals. Perfect for a Song of Ice and Fire fans, this novel centres on five characters whose destinies intertwine in surprising and magical ways.

The Disappearance of Sloan Sullivan   by Gia Cribbs

If thrillers are your thing, snatch up this fast-paced mystery. A life on the run, secret identities, forbidden romance, and more twists than a bag of pretzels will have you checking over your shoulder as you read. This addictive novel will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Genuine Fraud   by E. Lockhart

If you’re in the mood for a summer read that will blow your mind, then look no further. Genuine Fraud is a gritty thrill ride that will have you questioning everything. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the story takes a turn that will leave you reeling.

Nyxia   by Scott Reintgen

Divergent meets Illuminae in this high-stakes science fiction thriller that’s quickly becoming a reader favourite. It’s about a group of teens competing for the chance to mine a substance called Nyxia on a newly discovered planet. The sequel, Nyxia Unleashed will be published this July.

Undead Girl Gang   by Lily Anderson

When three girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila decides to use her amateur witch skills to investigate. She accidentally brings all three girls back to life and launches an uproarious and creepy campaign to find their killer.

Always Never Yours   by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberly

Utterly binge-worthy, this is a story about the theatre, a girl, and her hilarious yet heart-breaking love life. Every boy she dates falls head-over-heels in love with someone else, but Megan is not giving up. Witty banter and endearing characters make this high school romance a delight to read.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotic   by David Arnold

A teenage boy’s life turns upside down after an incident with hypnosis in this strange and charming novel. You'll love this weird, geeky, remarkably funny tale with loads of pop culture references and enough twists to keep you guessing what might happen to Noah next.

The Beauty that Remains   by Ashley Woodfolk

Music, loss, and love collide in this heart-wrenching novel. For three teenagers suffering from heartache and grief, the things they love no longer provide the respite from life they long for. Keep a box of tissues handy when you read this debut.

The Book Thief   by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbours.

Clockwork Angel   by Cassandra Claire

Tessa Gray's search for her missing brother leads her into Victorian London's supernatural underworld, where she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadow hunters if she wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.