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KS2 (7 - 11 yrs) - Reluctant Readers

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Cirque Du Freak

Cirque Du Freak

Author: Darren Shan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2000

The chilling Saga of Darren Shan, the ordinary schoolboy plunged into the vampire world. Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It's the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren - a spider freak - `falls in love' with Madam Octa - an enormous tarantala owned by Mr Crepsley. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong and Darren finds himself having to make a bargain with a creature of the night. Something out of the ordinary is set against the background of children's normal lives to chilling effect. Atmospheric, funny, realistic, moving and... terrifying.

War Boy A Country Childhood

War Boy A Country Childhood

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/1991

Michael Foreman woke up when an incendiary bomb dropped through the roof of his Lowestoft home. Luckily, it missed his bed by inches, bounced off the floor and exploded up the chimney. So begins Michael's fascinating, brilliantly illustrated tale of growing up on the Suffolk frontline during World War II. He tells how he and his friends and family coped with bombing raids and deadly doodlebugs, how gas masks were great for making rude noises, and how nothing could beat rabbit pie! ' ...vivid, humorous and touching' - Guardian .

Carrie's War

Carrie's War

Author: Nina Bawden, Julia Eccleshare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/1993

Albert, Carrie and young Nick are war-time evacuees whose lives get so tangled up with the people they've come to live among that the war and their real families seem to belong to another world. Carrie and Nick are billeted in Wales with old Mr Evans, who is so mean and cold, and his timid mouse of a sister, Lou, who suddenly starts having secrets. Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid's Bottom with warm-hearted Hepzibah Green and the strange Mister Johnny, who can talk to animals but not to human beings. Carrie and Nick visit him there whenever they can for Hepzibah makes life exciting and enticing with her stories and delicious cooking. Gradually they begin to feel more at ease in their war-time home, but then, in trying to heal the rift between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, and save Druid's Bottom, Carrie does a terrible thing which is to haunt her for years to come. Carrie revisits Wales as an adult and tells the story to her own children.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2001

Mr Wonka's inventions are out of this world. He's thought up every kind of sweet imaginable in his amazing chocolate factory, but no one has ever seen inside, or met Mr Wonka! Charlie can't believe his luck when he finds a golden ticket and wins the trip of a lifetime around the famous factory.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2004

Thirteen-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has constructed a supercomputer from stolen fairy technology. In the wrong hands it could be fatal for humans and fairies alike. But no need to worry, Artemis has a brilliant plan. He's not going to use the computer; he's just going to show it to a ruthless American businessman with Mafia connections. His bodyguard, Butler, will be with him. What could possibly go wrong...?

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

File Note: Strictly Confidential - Authorised Personnel Only. Subject: James Bond. Description: Age 13. Dark hair; blue eyes; tall for age; surprisingly strong; fluent French, good German. Essential components: A Mediterranean mystery. One kidnapped girl - feisty, blond, superfit Amy Goodenough, sister of James' best friend Mark. One villainous pirate - Zoltan Magyr. Mysterious Latin-speaking men lurking near Eton. One fast car.

My Brother's Famous Bottom

My Brother's Famous Bottom

Author: Jeremy Strong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

A fourth book about Nicholas and his family. Now that the twins (Cheese and Tomato) have been born, the family needs to earn more money. Dad starts to grow his own vegetables and keep a goat for milking - with disastrous results in exploding yoghurt. Then the twins audition for a nappy advert. They cause chaos, but when Cheese's bottom accidentally gets on the News programme, he's given the advertising job and the family's money problems are over.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/1998

When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn't exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden - his midnight garden. Tom's Midnight Garden won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958.

The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

Dinah moves in with the Hunter family and starts going to the same school as her foster-brothers Lloyd and Harvey. It's not easy, as they seem to hate her, and school is really strange. Pupils suddenly talk like robots and do weird things - even Dinah finds herself acting oddly. She's sure the headmaster has some kind of power over them, and is determined to find out more. But the Demon Headmaster is equally determined to stop her. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. Sales of her books exceed one million copies.

Millions Film Tie-in

Millions Film Tie-in

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2004

Two bothers, Damian and Anthony, are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to join the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma - how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. Torn between the vices of buying a million pizzas and the virtues of ending world poverty, the boys soon discover that being rich is a mug's game. For not only is the clock ticking - the bungling bank robbers are closing in. Pizzas or World Peace, what would you choose? Two bothers, Damian and Anthony, are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to join the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma - how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. Torn between the vices of buying a million pizzas and the virtues of ending world poverty, the boys soon discover that being rich is a mug's game. For not only is the clock ticking - the bungling bank robbers are closing in. Pizzas or World Peace, what would you choose?

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/1998

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Author: Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2002

Part novel, part game, this is an adventure set deep in the caverns beneath Firetop Mountain where a powerful Warlock lives. The prospects of losing your way in the maze, having your strength sapped at the hands of a hideous Wight, or facing a grisly end in battle with Orcs all loom large. Ages 8 +.

Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants

Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants

Author: Michael Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2000

Jiggy's new underpants won't come off. As if that wasn't enough, they seem to give him a peculiar sort of power over people. This is the second humourous adventure starring Jiggy McCue.

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