2018 is fast approaching and it’s time to get excited for another year of reading! Below we have listed some great reads for children, teenagers and teen plus. You can reserve your copy online or in branch with help from a member of staff.
Make sure to check out our 2018 recommended reads for adults.
Blue monster wants it all, Jeanne Wills
Blue Monster loves brand new things. A fancy new hat . . . a shiny submarine . . . a fabulous funfair . . . and a paradise island, all of his own. But he’s still not happy! What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can’t buy? An original, humorous and unforgettable fable from the creators of the award-winning The First Slodge, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism and helping them realise the importance of family.
The bear who didn’t want to miss Christmas, Marie Tibi
little bear is worried that he won’t be able to celebrate Christmas with his woodland friends because he has to go into hibernation. In the festive spirit of friendship, the other animals decide to hold Christmas early so that the bear can join in. This heartwarming, festive picture book will enchant young readers.
The carnivorous crocodile, Jonnie Wild
The first in a series of original, humerous, animal tales featuring African wildlife – introducing themes of sharing, community, problem-solving and self-reliance. The jungle animals find that an extremely carnivorous crocodile has claimed their water hole for himself! Not even the elephant wants to tangle with those terrible teeth, until five flamingos show that by being cunning and brave the crocodile can be made to share his waterhole.
Charlie’s magical carnival, Marit Törnqvist.
Charlie can’t wait to go the carnival, but first his mum must find his party hat and red balloon. While she’s searching, Charlie imagines all the wonderful things they might see: lemonade rivers and lollipop trees, elephant taxis and a cake as big as a town square. When they finally arrive at the carnival, it’s even more amazing and magical than Charlie had hoped. This beautiful book, from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Marit Trnqvist, celebrates the intensity of children’s imaginations and their ability to see their imagined worlds as reality.
Horrid Henry’s school fair, Francesca Simon
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. Henry is sick of never winning ANYTHING, so when he gets the chance to cheat his way to an amazing prize at the school fair, he just can’t resist. But sometimes winning isn’t all it’s cracked up to be . .
The 1,000 year old boy, Ross Welford
The astonishing, beautiful new story for all readers of 10 and over from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author. This is a story about someone who wants to stop, Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live.. which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.
The day that aliens nearly ate our brains, Tom McLaighlin
Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan – a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours’ time. Soon the police, Nasa and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved – and Freddy is about to become the most famous kid on planet earth for all the wrong reasons. Wolverhampton, we have a problem.
Bee boy – the clash of the killer Queens, Tony Da Saulles
Half BEE. Half BOY. Melvin Meadly is . . . BEE BOY. As a bee, Mel is ready to defend his hive against all enemies taking on killer wasps, terrifying hawkmoths, and battling queen bees. But as a boy, has he got what it takes to protect his bees (and himself) against the greatest menace of all Nasty Norman Crudwell? The highly entertaining story of an unlikely superhero, full of fantastic facts, and illustrated in black and yellow!
Charlie and me: 421 miles from home, Mark Lowery
Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going? It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, Jeff Kinney
Get ready, Book 11 in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is coming! The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’. As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?
Teen Plus (14-19 years)
Sunflowers in February, Phyllida Shrimpton
This funny yet heart breaking teen and YA novel movingly explores what happens when Lily dies in a car accident. The trouble is, Lily is really not sure at all if she wants to ‘move on’ . . Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a death time opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time.
The walking land, Callie Bates
It’s been fourteen years since Elanna was taken hostage. Fourteen years spent being raised by the King who defeated her traitorous father. A man she’s come to love like family. But when the King is killed and Elanna framed for his murder, she must flee for her life. Her only hope is to reach her homeland, but her father wants to reignite his rebellion and use Elanna as a figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the goddess Wildegarde reborn, a warrior of legend who could make the very earth tremble. But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. And now she must decide whether she’ll use her powers to create peace… or to enact revenge.
Anassa, Josh Martin
Less than a year since their cities were joined, the people of Athenas and Metis are still arguing. When the island is invaded by Vulcan, whose resource-ravaged, overpopulated island wants to claim Chloris as its own, Etain’s new leadership is compromised. The only way she can restore her people’s confidence and save her island is to take up a sea quest to retrieve a magical item from a volcano. Alongside her brother Taurus, Etain sets sail for the volcano. But they soon discover there is more to the quest than they realised.It’s up to Etain to be the leader she is destined to be. Should she fight, or should she try to unite?
Final 7: the electric and heart stopping finale to Cell 7 and Day 7, Kerry Drewery
The newest high-octane addition to the thrilling Cell 7 series Martha and Isaac have escaped, but are now on the run – the government has branded them rebels and a danger to the public. Despite the rewards being offered for turning them in, Martha and her friends are safe in The Rises, the area of the city full of the poor and the powerless. But then the Prime Minister orders a wall to be built. Is it to keep those inside safe – or is it to imprison them? Martha needs to act, and to act fast, in a tale of breathtaking treachery that reaches right to the heart of those in charge…
We come apart, Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?