Friday Reads- now with links to your local library catalogue!

It’s OCTOBER! How did that happen? Three weeks until half term and then…no, we won’t discuss Christmas just yet!

This week’s Friday Reads post is special for two reasons:

  1. There are double the usual suggestions (we didn’t post last week, so we’re in catch-up mode) and,
  2. Some of the books we recommend are now linked to the Norfolk Library and Information Service catalogue! This is particularly exciting because it means that if you see anything you like and there’s a link accompanying it, you can check whether your local branch has a copy for you to borrow. If they don’t, you can place a reservation!

Harriet: Harriet

Probes to the Planets and Looking Beyond by Steve Parker

Two new and very attractive books about space by our favourite non-fiction writer, Steve Parker (If you are interested in a visit by Steve to your school get in touch with us!).  They touch on our current interest in Pluto, by looking at probes which are exploring space, and the origins of the universe itself.  They are full of clear explanations, up-to-date illustrations and photographs, and – a nice touch – quotes from scientists at the top of every double spread; for example, ‘The WMAP result confirms that our Cosmos is much, much stranger than we ever imagined’. from Science Magazine 2003, ‘Breakthrough of the Year’.

(Watts, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781445140476) & (Watts, £12.99, ISBN 9781445140483, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Tales of Mystery and Magic by Hugh Lupton

With lovely illustrations by Agnese Baruzzi, this is a typically high quality product from Barefoot Books, and comes with a CD of the great storyteller himself reading these world folk tales aloud.  I actually found the Scottish tale veeery scary – but perhaps that’s because I’m not so far off the age when the visitor might come calling on me! All the tales beg to be read aloud.

(Barefoot Books, £9.99 paperback, ISBN 9781782852544)

Mandy: mandy

Max the Champion by Sean Stockdale

This very inclusive picture book would be a great support for PSHE and sport and likeable Max just happens to have one or two health problems that don’t seem to get in his way!

(Frances Lincoln, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781847805195, find it on the NLIS catalogue here)

Lucky by David Mackintosh

This book is a great warning not to let your imagination run away with you when someone promises a surprise- and haven’t we all done it?! Two brothers speculate on everything from crinkly chips to a free holiday with hilarious results. Exaggeration has it’s pitfalls but all is well in the end. This would read aloud well and has plenty of possibilities for creative writing and discussion.

(Harper Collins, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780007463046find it here on the NLIS catalogue)


Fair’s Fair by Leon Garfield

A heart-warming story about a homeless boy and his adventure with a black dog, ‘Fair’s fair’ is probably set in the Victorian period.

Jackson is freezing as he huddles on a doorstep, trying to shelter from the snow with a precious hot pie he has earned from some casual work. A huge black dog appears and, as Jackson’s motto is ‘Fair’s fair’, he shares the pie with the dog. This bargain leads to another and Jackson reaps an unexpected reward because he shared.

(Wayland, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9780750256513)

Mr Crookodile by John Bush, illustrated by Korky Paul

Mrs Crocodile is fed up of living in a dark, dank river bank so she suggests that Mr Crocodile gets a job so they can move. Mr Crocodile comes up with lots of ideas but they are all rejected by his wife. Finally he comes up with a brilliant scheme but it doesn’t go according to plan…

This is funny story for developing readers with fabulous illustrations by Korky Paul.

(Egmont Books, £4.99 paperback, ISBN 9781405222297find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Our previous Friday Read suggestions can be found here

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How to Train Your Dragon…in Norwich!

This week began with great excitement- Cressida Cowell came to visit Norwich! The author of the popular How to Train Your Dragon series was in our city to promote her newest book, ‘How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury’ and spoke to a full audience at the Open venue in the city on Monday night. It was lovely to meet Cressida, who took the time to speak to all of her keen fans who queued up to have their books signed after the event. We re-tweeted some photos from the evening over on our twitter page, so be sure to take a look. We hope she enjoyed her trip to Norwich- we’re big fans of dragons here, so I’m sure she felt right at home!

Now- some Friday Reads!

Gail: Mel Foster and the Demon Butler by Julia Golding

Mel Foster

Julia Golding’s new novel is an enjoyable gothic fantasy set in the Victorian period with reference to real historical and literary characters ( but with lots of artistic licence!)

There are weird and wonderful monsters, lots of action and rich imagery. Would suit good readers at top end of KS2/lower KS3.

(Egmont, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781405277341)

Harriet: Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Fire Colour One

A young arsonist meets her estranged father who is dying of cancer.  The author tries to look behind the reasons someone lights fires, and with flashbacks tells the poignant, tragic story of a dysfunctional family.  With a shocking discovery at the end,  no easy answers are offered, but young Iris’s mother is certainly punished.  She and her partner struck me as rather caricature characters with few if any redeeming features, but this is nevertheless a cracking good read.

(Harper Colins, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780007512362)

Zoë: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

ClockworkThis is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery set in a department, not unlike Selfridges and others in London, during Edwardian times.

Our heroine, Miss Sophie Taylor, is a determined young lady who finds herself in unfortunate circumstances yet does not allow herself to dwell on her misfortune. Instead she attains employment at the soon-to-open Sinclair’s Department Store, in the Millinery Department, where she stumbles right into a criminal plot. Over its several floors, Sinclair’s is bursting with a myriad of luxuries. It sounds a most marvellous place!

With the help of her new friends, Miss Lilian Rose (one of the Captain’s Girls and aspiring actress) and Billy Parker (apprentice porter), secret messages are decoded, a terrified lad is befriended, priceless jewels are recovered and the identity of The Baron is…, well, you’ll have to read the book to find out about him!

(Egmont, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 971405276177)

You can read our previous friday read recommendations here.

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Mobile Makeover and Friday Reads

Exciting news! Our Mobile Library van has had not one but TWO makeovers recently; first we had our David Melling decals revived AND we’ve replaced the display on the inside, ready for our first school visits this week.

As you can see below, this term’s theme was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday- Lewis Carroll’s book was published all the way back in1865! We’re also running a competition this term where schools we visit can be in with a chance of winning an Alice-themed print by local illustrator, James Barker. If we’re visiting you this Autumn term, be sure to ask our driver Tony for more details and an entry form!

Van September 2015

You’ll find some of our team’s Friday reads below- why not leave us a comment to let us know if you’ve read anything interesting lately?

Harriet: The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

9781447264101This is a wonderfully imagined, beautifully written novel for teens, full of dark mystery and atmosphere.  Set on one of the Channel Islands in Victorian times, it feels totally authentic, as the young heroine battles contemporary views on evolution, science and femininity.  The reader follows her development and growth through the novel, admiring her strength and determination, while also acknowledging her mistakes.  She and her family arrive on this small island with shattering results, and it is Faith who almost single-handedly eventually rescues the situation.  With an element of magic this could appeal to fans of Eva Ibbotson as well as anyone who enjoys a good Gothic mystery.

(Macmillan, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781447264101)

Mandy: Max by Marc Martin

9781783701964“A heartwarming story of enduring friendship…and chips”! What could be better? Beautifully illustrated by a new author/illustrator this is a real delight. The story is of Bob who owns the chip shop and Max the seagull. But times are hard and the shop has to shut. Max eventually finds Bob again, giving us a picture of the way settlements change, and redeeming the bad name of seagulls

(Templar Publishing, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783701964)

Zoe: Far From Home by Berlie Doherty

9780007578825I was thrilled to discover there was a sequel to ‘Street Child’! Now I would find out what happened to Jim’s sisters, Lizzie and Emily, after they were left with Rosie – cook at the Big House where their mother used to work.

Despite the best efforts of Rosie, the girls are discovered so Rosie has to make a difficult decision when she is sacked. She takes Lizzie from her bed in the middle of the night but Emily wakes up and follows them, eventually catching them up some hours later after several mishaps along the way.

Rosie is conned, with false promises, into putting the girls on a wagon travelling north. When the girls arrive at Bleakdale Mill, they discover how dangerous it is to work in a cotton mill.

(Harper Collins, £6.99 hardback, ISBN 9780007578825)

Our other friday reads can be found here.

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Back to School, Newsletters, INSET, Conference…Friday Reads too!

The phones are ringing, project boxes have left the building and our inbox is peppered with enquiries: Norfolk schools may only have been back in session for a few days, but we’re already thinking of the summer holidays as a distant memory…Christmas is on the horizon, though…!!

Ready for the start of term, both our Bookbites and HighLights newsletters are now online and can be viewed here and here. We’ve also updated our list of INSET for the Autumn term which you can find here, PLUS a flyer for our exciting Language is Power conference taking place next year (find that here). Keep your eyes peeled for a conference blog post soon, but we’re already very excited about it especially as this year’s Carnegie award-winner Tanya Landman will be appearing! How great is that?

Back to business: Friday reads anyone?

Gail: How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown

RapunzelA sweet fairytale twist with a pro library message. Rapunzel is bored and unhappy looking out of her window with nothing to do and none of the delivery people in the neighbourhood can be bothered to climb up to her. One day she’s offered a job at the local library which gives her a sense of purpose and improves her self esteem! Written in rhyme with lots of multicultural representations in the illustrations.

(Frances Lincoln, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781847806628)


Georgie: Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light

Have You Seen“Can you spot the friendly monster as well as twenty shapes – squares, triangles, trapezoids, ellipses, kites and more – hidden among iconic fair attractions from the fun house to the Ferris wheel. Maybe the monster is judging the pies? Or perhaps he’s at the monster truck rally?”

As someone who shivers at the thought of anything remotely maths related this book is an excellent way to engage with shapes. The quirky black and white illustrations help to highlight the different colourful shapes as well as the correct terminology. I would recommend to any teacher struggling to make learning shapes seem fun to students who are more on the arty side!

(Walker Books, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406359435)

Harriet: Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes

WhistlingThis may not be autobiographical, but it does feel as if it may be, at least in parts, and all the more authentic because of it.  Set in the Liverpool area during the Second World War, it provides a vivid illustration of what it must have felt like to be a child living through the Blitz, with a mix of fear, deprivation, excitement, boredom – and hunger.  The children also have to cope with adults’ failings, and there is no perfect resolution. This is a good read particularly if studying the Second World War in upper KS2.

(Walker Books, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406360295)

Zoe: Maisie Hitchins and the Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

MaisieI always enjoy a mystery; and the story being set in Victorian London was an added draw.

Maisie Hitchins longs to be a detective so, when the Butcher’s boy is falsely accused of stealing a sixpence, she knows what she has to do: find the real culprit!

We meet her strict Grandmother, who runs a boarding house, along with the servants and lodgers. Altogether, they are an eclectic mix of interesting characters.

This is a pleasant, easy-to-read mystery story and I’m looking forward to reading Maisie’s further adventures with her dog, Eddie.

(Stripes Publishing, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781847153715)

(For our previous Friday reads, look here)

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Autumn Term is Nearly Here and Friday Reads!

The summer has whizzed past us and by the end of next week Norfolk pupils will be back at school, ready to learn (and some might even be awaiting our project boxes!)

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will also be coming to an end shortly and whether you’ve been participating yourself or encouraging young readers to devour as many books as possible, we hope you had fun and found some great reads in the process! We’ve really enjoyed following the #SummerReadingChallenge hashtag on twitter over the break and it has been brilliant to see what other readers have been up to across the country- why not have a look yourselves?

The ImagiNation project has also been running over the holidays; a collaboration between multiple authorities in the East, 11-18 year olds have been creatively responding to the books they’ve been reading and the work they’ve been sharing on the blog has been great to see- visit the ImagiNation edublog to see what we’re talking about; we love this 3D reimagining of Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin, and this stop-motion animation inspired by the caped crusader himself, Batman!

Now- Friday Reads (and sorry we didn’t post last week!)

Apryl: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

all the bright places

Lots of chatter around this book has focused on how it has a similar tone to the work of John Green but I think it’s brilliant in its own right and a cut above much of the YA published in the wake of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ success. Violet Markey and Theodore Finch accidentally meet in their high school bell-tower and from there their friendship builds into something more complex as the pair travel across their native Indiana for a school project. The book deals with loss, survival, depression and overcoming your fears and by the time I finished it, I was in floods of tears because of how fond I’d grown of the protagonists. A must read for YA fans (and I now eagerly await the film adaptation in 2016!)

(Puffin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9780141357034)

Georgie: Eric, the Boy who Lost his Gravity by Jenni Desmond

EricThis story focuses on the relationship between a brother and sister. Eric, is so angry at his sister Alice that he loses his gravity and floats away! The powerful illustrations help to visualise not only the frustrations that exist between siblings, but how their affections for each other will continue to develop as they grow. Good for ‘Ourselves’ topic at EYFS and KS1.

(Blue Apple Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781609053482)

 Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole

WallThis picture book begins with the sudden appearance of the Berlin wall, which divides a father from his young family.  Dark illustrations convey the totally devastating barrier the wall represented, but this particular family are reunited thanks to a compassionate soldier, and there is even humour at the end.  And of course we know now the story has an even happier ending, and this unusual setting can lead to lots of discussion.

(Templar, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783700776)

Mandy: The Dragon Path by Helen Moss

dragon pathHelen’s previous titles have been great Enid Blyton style adventures for y4/5. This new series (Secrets of the Tombs) is a real step up, great for Y5/6/7. The first is set in Egypt. This one, set in China, is a great adventure, set in a fascinating and unusual location with plenty of references to Qin Dynasty history. All the scrapes the children get into (and out of) are totally over the top…but that’s why it works so well! Puzzles, riddles, symbols and physical challenges keep the brain working through the adventure.

(Orion, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781444010411)

(Our Friday Reads archive can be found here)

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Fakenham KS2 Fiction Discussion Group- Summer Term

As you may have seen, we recently blogged about our Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure group’s summer term meeting- and if you didn’t, you can read about it here!

Our group based in the west of the county also met last term and here is Harriet’s recap of the discussions had at that meeting…

“Our dedicated adult readers from schools around Fakenham got together for an end of term discussion about the 6 titles they had been sharing with pupils. After some general book chat – as far removed from a Guided Reading session as it is possible to be, hopefully –  we got down to serious business, and some of the comments from pupils and staff are below:

 Fakenham R4P

The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Fritz Wegner

First published in 1990 this is a version of the traditional German folk tales, told in Rosen’s pleasant, easy style, and with lovely detailed illustrations by Wegner, who died in March this year aged 90.

  • ‘This read aloud well’
  • Children ‘enjoyed the stories’

Boy in Tights by Kate Scott

Also enjoyed by our other Reading for Pleasure Group, this is the first in a series of spy stories, involving our hero having to disguise himself in more and more embarrassing garb. Girls may respond with heartfelt sympathy…

  • ‘Great for Year 4’
  • ‘I liked it because it is different’
  • ‘Popular’ and ‘appealing’

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart

Winner of the Blue Peter Funny Prize 2015 this is indeed light and fairly silly. One of the main characters is so wimpy it seems unlikely she would be in a mainstream school let alone in a gang. However it looks attractive with varied size of fonts and cartoony illustrations.

  • ‘Enjoyed’
  • ‘Would like to read more in the series’

Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies

First of a pleasant series about a group of young friends setting up a city farm, and the tribulations they undergo to rescue some animals. The characters are sweet, and nothing too awful happens, and it would be a good series for younger KS2 children to enjoy.

  • ‘Good fun easy read’
  • ‘Really enjoyed, exciting and about animals’
  • ‘A dyslexic boy in my class really enjoyed this’

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Johnny Duddle

Great series of adventures for emerging readers, with excitement, fun and plenty of illustrations from this accomplished illustrator-author.

  • ‘Good step up from Duddle’s Pirates picture books, and Aardman’s animation film The Pirates for which he did illustrations’
  • ‘Good length for this age group’

Beware of Teachers by Tony Blundell

Peters Bookselling Services describe this as an excellent example of the ‘thwarted wolf genre’, and indeed along with a companion title ‘Beware of Girls’ it is a humorous story about a hungry wolf trying various wily tricks so that he can eat the pupils.

  • ‘A good read aloud’
  • ‘Children loved it and enjoyed the pictures’
  • ‘We used it in literacy for recipe writing: Girl Pie and Boy Pie!’
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Laureate Blog and Friday Reads!

A very quiet week indeed with nothing much to report other than (you guessed it!) PROJECT BOXES, though we would like to drawn your attention to Chris Riddell’s laureate’s log, which he’s been posting online since his appointment as Children’s Laureate was announced. We absolutely love his illustrations in our office so getting to see inside his sketch book on a daily basis is very exciting indeed! If you haven’t had a look, do so now- it can be viewed online here and if you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, then you can even follow Chris on Instagram: chris_riddell

Now- let’s get to today’s Friday Reads:

HarrietThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

boundlessAlthough terrified I might meet a sasquatch, how I would love to have been a – first class, naturally – passenger on the Boundless, a 7 mile long steam train that crossed Canada during the pioneering years of the last century.  Complete with carriages for all class of travellers, post van, travelling circus including dangerous animals, luxurious apartments – and a coffin with valuable treasures in a special funeral car, this is the perfect setting for a thrilling adventure for the son of one of the rail company’s employees.  Suspend belief a little, but this does not take away from the grand scope of the novel or our sympathies with the young hero and his circus friends. Confession: I had to look up the definition of a ‘sasquatch’, and I advise that you do too, because you need to know when you meet one or you will suffer a very nasty end…

(David Fickling Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910200193)

Gail: Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue by Angie Morgan


Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue is a fun read which would suit Y3/4. It’s set in the Dark Ages, just after the Romans have left Britain, although the facts are only vaguely historical with a Medieval castle and lots of modern colloquialisms. Written by Sedric the story is full of amusing illustrations and doodles. Good for fans of Mr Gum (Andy Stanton) and the Grunts series (Philip Ardagh).

(Egmont Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781405275286)
You can see our previous Friday Reads here.

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Reading Group Recap and (Friday) Reads!

A few weeks into the summer holidays and we’ve finally unpacked all of the project boxes returned by schools at the end of last term- yippee!

In this quiet period when schools aren’t calling or emailing us (because they’re on their hols!), we’ve had the time to look back at the last academic year- in particular, the work produced by pupils attending our two Methwold Cluster Reading Groups, who meet termly to discuss books selected for them by one of our SLS Librarians. The group has their own blog and we’ve updated it this week with a recap of the Summer term’s meetings- pupils produced lots of reviews and responses to the books they read, so why not take a look here to see what they thought?

Meanwhile- here are this week’s Friday Reads!

Georgie: EDGE – I HERO Immortals: Wizard by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

iHeroThis Hi-Lo book is a choose-your-own destiny tale set deep in the Nine Kingdoms. King Oswald and Queen Lana wake to discover their son, Price Bron, has been abducted. They ask you, the reader,  to undertake the perilous quest into the mountains to rescue him, and you really can decide!

If you read this on our eBook Lending platform ( then it works interactively and you can press to skip to the next page! What’s more, this book cleverly encourages deep critical thinking and the options require careful consideration. I would recommend this book for struggling readers who enjoy life in the digital world. Definitely one for engaging KS2 boys who would rather be gaming than reading.

(Hachette Children’s Group\Franklin Watt, eBook, ISBN 9781445139623)

Harriet: Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin

joe all aloneA younger teen novel with an appealing hero.  Joe’s mum and her boyfriend leave him for a week while they go abroad on holiday, with strict instructions not to tell anyone he has been left alone.  Joe’s narration is in diary form, and we feel his moods as he becomes more and more anxious and lonely.  Apart from his weak absent mum and abusive partner, there are warm characters in this book, and plenty of humour and adolescent ardour.  However, the resolution is inevitably somewhat sad, as Joe has to go into foster care, but the end is optimistic as he still sees his mum, and the – now former – boyfriend is in prison.

(Little Brown Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9780349124551)

Mandy: Not As We Know It by Tom Avery

not as we know itThis engaging story is about twins living on the island of Portland on the south coast. It is a real celebration of family life through the illness and death of a child. Kate Grove’s charming illustrations enhance the text which tells the story of brothers Jamie and Ned, both home educated due to Ned’s terminal condition – Cystic Fibrosis. Regular beach combing is part of their lives and when they find a strange creature they conclude, with help from sailor Grandad’s stories, that it is a merman. Keeping the creature hidden, Ned develops a real bond with ‘Len’, named after their Star Trek hero. As his condition worsens and Jamie feels excluded from the family there are some real adventures as they all try to keep Ned safe. Beware- the ultimate end is slightly disturbing (and a real tear jerker) to an adult reader but is well written and would read in a positive way to most children.  Great for Y5, 6 & 7

(Anderson Press, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783442263)

Zoë: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

london eyeThis is a thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters and an intriguing puzzle to solve. Ted, the main character, has an unexplained syndrome which causes him to think outside the box and conjour up a huge list of theories to solve the mystery, along with his older sister, Kat.

(Corgi Yearling, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780552572316)

(Our previous Friday Reads can be found here)

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Summer Reading Challenging, ImagiNation, and some Friday Reads!

The first week of summer holidays is over and we’re still preoccupied with projects- at least it’s keeping us from dwelling upon this sudden run of bad weather…!

The Reading Agency‘s Record Breakers-themed Summer Reading Challenge is now underway and we hope you’re all encouraging young people to read lots of books and collect stickers already. If you’re in Norfolk, why not visit your local library to sign up- details of locations and opening times can be found here, and why not keep an eye on the events listings here as lots of locations will be holding events over the summer. Similarly, be sure to check out the official Norfolk Libraries twitter page, @NorfolkLibs as well as their Facebook page for additional information.

For 11-18 year olds, the ImagiNation project has returned for a second year, and young people are encouraged to read and creatively respond to books in any way, shape, or form. The work produced then has the opportunity to be shared on the project’s official blog– take a look here to see what other young people have submitted already this year. You can also sign up to this in libraries, so make sure you pop along to pick up your ImagiNation pack, especially if you want to keep busy over the summer!

Phew! Shall we have some Friday Reads? We promise the similarities in their covers is completely unintentional…

Georgie: Hate by Alan Gibbons

HateA powerful and poignant tale that opened my eyes to the terrible discrimination young people faced on a daily basis. After Rosie’s sister Sophie was brutally murdered her family fell to pieces. Rosie’s mother was fighting for justice and her father was just trying to get through the day. Rosie’s life is thrown into further turmoil when one of the witnesses to Sophie’s murder joined her school. This novel is a raw and powerful depiction of the senselessness of Hate Crime.

This book is based on the true story of Sophie Lancaster, a teenage girl who was kicked to death in a park just because she looked different. I really enjoyed this book and found the different perspectives and experiences very moving. A must read!

(Indigo Books, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781780621784)

ZoëItch by Simon Mayo

ItchI thoroughly enjoyed the exploits of Itchingham ‘Itch’ Lofte along with his sister, Chloe, and cousin, Jack.

Itch’s hobby of collecting the elements from the periodic table causes all sorts of unexpected and awkward predicaments, especially the final rock he acquires from his supplier, ‘Cake’…

This book is a great read whether you are interested in the science behind the story or not, as it is fast-paced with plenty of action, twists and turns.

(Corgi Books, £6.99, ISBN 9780552565509)

Mandy:  Now You See Me… by Emma Haughton 

Now you see me

This teen book is a real page turning thriller. It has pace and suspension right to the last page. Hannah’s best friend Danny disappears without trace. As everyone hangs on to the hope he is still alive, miraculously he reappears three years later, but Hannah has to uncover the truth.

(£6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781409563693)

(Our previous Friday Reads can be found here)

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Seasides and Swimming Pools

Norfolk schools finished for summer this week which means the calm before the storm has descended in our office….the storm being the return of this term’s project boxes and the collating and packing of new ones ready to be sent out for September!

Though we’re gearing up for a busy summer, we’re still finding time to read books- here are this week’s water-themed Friday Reads.

Apryl: Lorali by Laura Dockrill 

LoraliI am a self-confessed Laura Dockrill fangirl, so to say I was looking forward to ‘Lorali’- her first YA novel- is an understatement. The novel focuses on a Mermaid who is discovered by a teenage boy called Rory when she is washed up on a beach in Hastings and while it’s not ordinarily the type of book I would read, I loved it SO much-it’s just SO clever! I really enjoyed the way that the chapters shifted between the perspectives of three narrators (Rory, Lorali, and The Sea) and as always, Laura has such an creative and poetic way of describing her book’s characters; I loved the stylish Ablegare boys and of course, Lorali herself.

(Hot Key Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781471404221)

Harriet: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

poolThis is a lovely and very funny wordless picture book by a Korean artist.  A lone swimmer dives into a swimming pool well below a riotous gang of splashy, noisy people playing with water toys on the surface. Along with another diver they explore the silent depths which magically fill with fish. Simple but with lots to enjoy.

(Chronicle Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781452142944)

(Our previous Friday Read recommendations can be found here).

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