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Love the new CBBC series? Read the original books! TV tie-in edition of the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. In this story, Hank is the star in the school play, but a costume disaster on opening night threatens the whole show. Twelve-year-old Hank is a likeable, struggling hero that readers will adore. He is a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia, and when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no one else would - putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents.
Love the new CBBC series? Read the original books! TV tie-in edition of the New York Times bestselling series about the hilarious adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Twelve-year-old Henry Hank Zipzer is a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia, and when problems arise, he deals with them in a way no one else would - putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents, who don't seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would. In Who Ordered the Baby? Definitely Not Me, Hank finds out that his mother is pregnant! How could she do this to him? One annoying sibling is enough. Hank definitely did not order this baby!
November 2014 Book of the Month Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read. So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That's when she comes up with the Manifesto on How to Be Interesting. It works but at what cost and will it end up being the biggest mistake of her life. Very much in tune with her audience this second novel from Holly has characters readers will relate to and remember long after reading the last page. Check out the reviews from teenagers below of Holly's debut novel Soulmates. _________________________ A small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review Soulmates, Holly Bourne's debut novel. Read their reviews below. Amy Knight - 'Seventeen year-old Poppy doesn't believe in love until she meets Noah. Sparks fly as soon as they set eyes on each other and they both have to watch their feelings spin out of control.' Click here to read the full review. Sarah Murray - 'I could not but this book down it was amazing! Everything you think about love and soulmates gets completely re-written. It is one of my favourite books this year it is a must read!' Click here to read the full review. Molly Hudson - 'If you love a good romance book, but are into science-fiction too, this is perfect as it has a bit of each thrown in...we definitely need a sequel please Holly!! Definitely 5 stars!' Click here to read the full review. Ayesha Afghan - 'Soulmates is probably one of the sweetest yet saddest romances ever...Holly Bourne did a really good job on writing this novel and I am looking forward to reading more of her novels in future.' Click here to read the full review. Delilah Acworth - 'It was amazing, especially for a teenage girl like myself, because I could truly connect with the young characters. A stunning read, I highly recommend.' Click here to read the full review. Jhaneel Green - 'This book is Amazing! 5*s! It’s a breathtaking adventure that brings you both joy and sadness.' Click here to read the full review. Joe Wilkes - 'Soulmates follows panic-attack-stricken Lizzie...Unfortunate circumstances lead to her meeting the love of her life, and all sorts of things go wrong from there.' Click here to read the full review.
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Feminism | Friendship | Fighting back |Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not to mention a powerful wake-up call for detractors of feminism. When two men subject Lottie to threatening sexual harassment, she feels embarrassed, afraid and, most of all, outrage at the male entitlement that led them to believe “my body was theirs to comment on”. With the backing of her college FemSoc and Spinster Club friends, she decides to (literally) call-out every single instance of sexism for an entire month by honking on a clown’s horn, and so the Vagilante Project is born. To help the Project gain ground, and to document her experiences, Lottie reluctantly recruits aspiring filmmaker Will. While he might be a “cocky jerk”, Will’s talent (and hipster good looks) can’t be denied and the campaign soon attracts major media attention. But the Project’s stresses take their toll on both her mental health and grades as her Cambridge University entrance interview looms. If that wasn’t enough, national coverage of the Vagilante Project brings out the trolls, and Lottie has to dig deep to stay sane and keep all her goals in her grasp. For me, one of this novel’s highpoints is its incisive exploration of cognitive dissonance. For example, Lottie knows the social norm of having hair-free legs is a patriarchal imposition, but it takes great guts to ditch the razor and go au naturel. That such issues are handled with both insight and humour makes this novel all the more authentic, and Lottie’s story is full of madly funny moments, such as when she mimics a man-spreader on the tube, or when she staggers from Will “like some pissed-up feminist gingerbread man” because she doesn’t need a male companion to walk her home. Packed with wit, warmth, honesty and passion, this novel will surely forge a path of empowerment for legions of young women (we could do with a real-life Lottie realising her ambition to become Prime Minister), while eliciting more than a few belly laughs along the way. ~ Joanne Owen
In a nutshell: auld lang syne with the Spinster Club The end of What’s A Girl Gotta Do saw the three members of the Spinster Club heading off their different ways, now in this special short novel, Holly Bourne reunites them in the pressure cooker of a New Year’s Eve party: how have they coped? We discover that Lottie is planning to move to America, that Amber isn’t enjoying uni life as much as she’s been making out, and that Evie is struggling to support her boyfriend with his anxiety disorder. After an awkward start, they finally have one of those conversations that characterise their friendship, helping each other realise what is best for them, and giving themselves the confidence to go after it. Bourne understands her readership perfectly and writes for them with huge insight and affection, and this is a typically authentic, funny, and inspiring read. Readers will also enjoy Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. ~ Andrea Reece
Magic carpets don't usually turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three’s new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump.Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but sometimes magic is the best way to sort out little problems in class – but problems arise when he forgets how to reverse some of his spells. This funny book is perfect for readers from 5 – 8. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Best-selling teen author James Dawson turns his hand to horror in this chilling school story. Summoning up an old school ghost in front of a mirror in a room full of candles as part of a Halloween dare seems like a harmless prank. Bobbie is sure that it is just an old and harmless legend. But when girls begin to go missing and terrifying messages appear in unlikely places, it becomes clear that this is much, much more than just a story. The sinister reason why old-girl Mary haunts the past adds a contemporary twist to a blood curdling tale. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large I am a real scaredy cat when it comes to watching scary films. So when I started reading the script for Say Her Name, touted as being an incredibly scary ghostly horror, set in a girls' boarding school, I was nervous. But I had seen and very much admired James Dawson's Hollow Pike, and so I was intrigued. And, boy, is Say Her Name scary! It is also funny, and very, very clever. James has been nominated for the UK Queen of Teen - and for good reason. He just 'gets' what's important for teenage readers. And how teenagers think, speak, bitch about each other, make up and break up. James's very funny writing, spiced with a ghostly chill is really quite unique. Read it and see what you think. But do beware of Bloody Mary. Oh, and have you got a dripping shower? Do get it checked out. Just in case...
March 2015 Book of the Month A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes your attention from the very first page and refuses to let go until the last. 17 year old Sally, quiet and careful good girl meets Molly Sue, who is perceptive, boisterous and extremely powerful. The author has written satisfyingly convincing characters, the friendship between Sally, Stan and Jennie feels very realistic, with squabbling skipping hand in hand with trust and love. Molly Sue is a wonderfully seductive character, she is fascinating and bewitching, just a teensy bit likeable and as you get to her know her, extremely intimidating. The suspense builds slowly, then like a wildfire it snaps and crackles out of control through to the brilliantly surprising ending. This is a fabulously gripping tale, proving that you can find strength in the most unlikely places... you just have to know where to look. ~ Liz Robinson A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large Wow, James Dawson, Queen of Teen, has done it again. With Under My Skin he has written a chilling, thrilling horror story about a tattoo that comes alive, in fact, a tattoo that decides to take over Sally, the girl she is tattooed onto... brrr ... she really does get under Sally's skin in more ways than one... Anybody who loved Say Her Name (if you don't know it, take a look!) will love this. Maybe read it in daylight? Depends how strong you are feeling, I suppose ... And of course it depends on whether you have a tattoo yourself. That would change how you read this book. Yes, it would. Definitely. James Dawson was awarded the accolade of “Queen of Teen” – voted for by the public and awarded by The Book People.
Find out The Truth about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia - a girl who's ready to speak her mind!
I Even Funnier is a welcome return for Jamie, wheel-chair-using wannabe comedian and star of James Patterson’s new series. Once again, Jamie’s preparations for a comedy competition give the plot an impetus that will get and keep kids turning the pages, while sub-plots concerning Jamie’s family and friends – much-loved uncle Frankie, far less likeable bully of a cousin Stevie, and friend Gaynor – provide new storylines and the chance for a bit of reflection on what’s really important in life. I Even Funnier is as funny as I Funny and as involving and touching too, which is real praise. There’s a guest appearance by Rafe Khatchadorian too in cartoon strip form that I very much enjoyed! ~ Andrea Reece
Jamie Grimm, he funny. He very funny in fact. Book one in this new series by James Patterson follows his progress as he enters a local comedy competition for kids. The plotline allows for jokes a-plenty, while Jamie’s comical observations on life add to the humour. But it’s not all laughs. As Jamie himself puts it, he’s a stand-up comic who doesn’t fit the job description: an accident has put him in a wheelchair. The urge to find out what happened to Jamie will keep readers turning the pages just as much as the laughs and beneath the surface there’s a tender and affecting story, very skilfully told. ~ Andrea Reece
March 2015 Book of the Month Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into Hills Village Middle School – the pressure is on because if things don’t go well he’ll be held back a year. Rafe is a great character, funny, bright, full of good intentions, and lots of readers will identify with him. James Patterson knows all about constructing satisfying, page-turning stories and even the most reluctant reader will be gripped and entertained by Rafe’s travails in this story. Once again, there are plentiful black and white illustrations by Laura Park which complement Rafe’s adventures perfectly. ~ Andrea Reece