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Graham Marksâ€™ novels are a terrific blend of contemporary life and magical realism. Heaven knows where he gets his ideas from but the important thing is that all his novels are fantastic adventures that hold the reader on the edge of the seat from beginning to end. Zoo is absolutely no exception. Family secrets, genetic engineering and kidnapping form the bedrock of this high octane thriller for teenagers.
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s power, an all-knowing voice that speaks through him, has torn the group apart. And that’s also what lands him in serious trouble when he finds himself in the throes of an armed robbery. After being taken in for police questioning, Ethan, aka Scam, is compelled to call on the Zeroes for help. While still angry about the insults his voice poured on them, the old gang comes to his rescue. Chizara uses her superpower to crash the police station's systems so Ethan can escape. But that’s not enough; the shockwaves are already out there and the Zeroes, a collection of six compellingly realised characters, are drawn into increasingly high-stake situations. The first in a trilogy, and the result of a collaboration between three esteemed writers, this is an exhilaratingly original take on superpower-themed fiction. And, as the extraordinary teenagers are forced to find a way to harness their powers, it’s also an allegory about stepping up and taking responsibility. - Joanne Owen
February 2018 Book of the Month | The story of a young man and the special relationship he forms with the lollipop man who once saved his life, Zebra Crossing Soul Song is an original and touching coming of age story, full of insight and set to a playlist of songs that will have all readers swaying in time to its music. Lenny is eighteen and resitting his psychology A level; revising episodic memory sets him thinking about his friend Otis, and how their conversations over the years at Otis’s zebra crossing have left ideas and music imprinted on his mind, more indelibly even than those black and white marks on the road. It’s a relationship strong enough to endure through the different pressures on both of them. Scattered with song lyrics, and seeded with truths, this memorable and absorbing story moved me to tears. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+
This is once again laugh-out-loud funny and boys in particular will love it. The action and adventures of the muckiest, yuckiest, naughtiest little boy are brilliantly told. Even the most reluctant reader will get stuck in but please don’t blame us if your kid gets the yuck bug in more ways than one! There are two stories in this collection: Yuck’s Pet Worm and Yuck’s Rotten Joke. For information regarding other titles in the Yuck series by Matt and Dave please click here.
Two great Yuck stories perfect for the festive fun. The first is Crazy Christmas and the second is Naughty New Year. In the first, Yuck and his sister, Polly Princess, have written to Father Christmas to tell him what presents they'd like. Yuck wants a Never-Ending Chocolate Maker, but Polly's been up to mischief that might mean Yuck gets no presents at all. Will Father Christmas fall for her tricks or will Yuck get the surprise he's hoping for? In the second it's the first day of the New Year and Yuck makes a New Year's resolution: 'I promise to have fun'. Mum and Polly tell him he must promise something sensible instead, like to wash more often or to do his homework, but Yuck has an idea for something that's so much fun his family will remember it all year long...
Boy heaven is the best way to describe the antics of Yuck, the boy who is always in trouble but even more importantly causes untold trouble for his sister Polly. Wonderfully zany and wickedly funny it’s sure to get even the most reluctant reader reading. For information regarding other titles in the Yuck series by Matt and Dave please click here.
Disgusting and irresistible, two horrible and revolting adventures in one as Yuck first invents a Burp Blaster which sets burps loose all around school and then creates an X-Treme Chaos Remote Control which more catastrophic results. For information regarding other titles in the Yuck series by Matt and Dave please click here.
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal—Penguin. Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck? And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon.
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens! As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted. If you're up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the order of the day when not at school, where meeting up off school grounds with the biggest heart-throb from the nearby boys school is seriously cool and where girls get together and 'B' about others particularly when an American beauty arrives at the school and threatens to ruin everything. It's page-turning stuff.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Matt was your average boy until a dangerous encounter awakens a wolf inside of him! This is a fun supernatural story from the internationally bestselling author of Inkheart. It will grip you from the very first page (why not read a taster right here by downloading the extract?) and being a slightly longer novel than the ones usually published by Barrington Stoke it offers readers a more substantial read and helps to begin to bridge the gap into enjoying longer stories. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+. If you enjoy Cornelia Funke's Young Werewolf you'll probably also love Hagurosan by Darren Shan and Zombie! by Tommy Donbavand.