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KS3 (11 - 14 yrs) - Reluctant Readers

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Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2004

Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.

Cirque Du Freak

Cirque Du Freak

Author: Darren Shan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/11/2005

The first part of the chilling Saga of Darren Shan, the ordinary schoolboy plunged into the vampire world. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 1 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 tarantula 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. The spider bites Steve and Darren has to sell his soul to Mr Crepsley - a member of the vampire clan - to get the antidote. Something out of the ordinary is set against the background of children's normal lives to chilling effect. Atmospheric, funny, realistic, moving and... terrifying.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Author: Mark Haddon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2004

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family.

Animal Farm A Fairy Story

Animal Farm A Fairy Story

Author: George Orwell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/1998

Having got rid of their human master, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. But as a clever, ruthless elite among them takes control, the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared in the old ways. Orwell's chilling story of the betrayal of idealism through tyranny and corruption, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1945.

Young Bond: SilverFin

Young Bond: SilverFin

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2005

The first explosive book in Charlie Higson's bestselling Young Bond series. The dark waters around a remote Scottish castle hold a sinister secret. One man with a thirst for power will use it - whatever the cost. SilverFin is DANGEROUS SilverFin is the FUTURE SilverFin must be DESTROYED Bond. James Bond. The legend begins with SilverFin.

Skellig

Skellig

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/1998

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes forever . . .

Troy

Troy

Author: Adele Geras Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2006

Who can resist a goddess? The most famous war in history is brought to life through the eyes of two sisters. Marpessa is gifted with God-sight, Xanthe has the healing touch. But then Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, decides to play with their hearts...and contrives for them to fall in love with the same young warrior.

Noughts & Crosses Book 1

Noughts & Crosses Book 1

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2006

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger . . .

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

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

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2001

Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing...A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah

A Gathering Light

A Gathering Light

Author: Jennifer Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2002

Sold to a drunken farmer, Joey, a beautiful red-bay foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, finds a friend in the farmer's son, Albert. His father brutally demands Joey work or be sold, so Albert gently trains him to pull the plough. But it's not enough. When war breaks out, Albert's father, needy for money for his struggling farm, sells Joey to the army, where he, like the soldiers around him, must try to cope with the horrors of the First World War. Joey and another thoroughbred horse, Topthorn, lead in a terrible cavalry charge towards the machine guns of the enemy's lines. Joey is captured by the Germans and for while he is lovingly cared for by Emilie, a young French girl and her grandfather. But he and Topthorn must pull a heavy gun, battling through the mud until Topthorn dies of exhaustion. Joey wanders in no man's land, back towards the British trench, but despite a joyful reunion with Albert, Joey is not out of danger. First tetanus threatens his life, and even then Emilie's grandfather has to bid to save him from the butcher. The old man promised his granddaughter when she died he would find the horse she loved and buy him, but recognising Albert's love for Joey, he sells Joey back to Albert on condition he will love for him all his life - for the princely sum of one English penny.

Fat Boy Swim

Fat Boy Swim

Author: Catherine Forde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Kelly is Fat Boy Fat, the largest kid in his Scottish community, who' s made to feel useless at everything. Only his family knows he' s a whiz in the kitchen, and Jimmy is determined to keep it that way.So when GI Joe, the toughest coach at school, finds out his secret, Jimmy is sure he' s doomed. But Coach proposes a deal: If Jimmy helps him, Coach will help Jimmy to swim. He knows there' s more to Jimmy than meets the eye. Now it' s time for Jimmy to stop hiding and realize it himself.

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