12 books all Silly Squadders should read before they turn 12!

Simply sign-up online and read six books over the summer. If you’re not already a member of Hampshire Libraries, you can join the library today to take part – we’ve got a special video to show you how to join.

You’ll find thousands of children’s ebooks and eAudiobooks to download using the BorrowBox app with your Hampshire Library card, if you’re unsure where to start, here some great eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can download for you and your child to enjoy right away!

This year’s Silly Squad theme gives families the chance to have fun, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, or from what they already have at home.

Marge and the Pirate Baby
by Isla Fisher

Marge is back and exploring the neighbourhood with the kids! With some help from Jemima and Jake, can she stay in charge and keep ‘pirate’ baby Zara under control? And can the children make sure Marge behaves at Uncle Desmond and Annie’s wedding?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Isla Fisher
Suitable for ages 5+

The Great Cycle Challenge
by Sir Chris Hoy

Fergus is a boy with a big imagination and a very special bike. He is also the first member of the Hercules Hopefuls cycling team, set up by Grandpa Herc to fight off their arch rivals, Wallace’s Wheels. Fergus’s friend Daisy would love to join the team too, but she doesn’t have a bike – her mum thinks everything fun is dangerous. Maybe Grandpa Herc and Fergus can do up a bike from scratch for Daisy, with parts from Grandpa’s junk shop? Now it is just Daisy’s mum they need to persuade… Meanwhile Fergus takes a magical trip to Nevermore, where he and Princess Lily discover a magical compass bell once owned by Fergus’s dad. Can the bell provide a clue to the whereabouts of Fergus’s long-lost Dad?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Sir Chris Hoy
Suitable for ages 5+

Hotel Flamingo
by Alex Milway

When young Anna inherits a dilapidated once-grand hotel from her Great Aunt Mathilde, she’s determined to restore it to its former glory. But this is no ordinary hotel – all of her staff and guests are animals! Anna soon rises to the challenge. Whether it’s a flamingo, a penguin or a hippo knocking at the door, Anna is ready to welcome them all – with the help of her trusty sidekicks T Bear the doorman, Squeak the friendly elevator mouse, and Lemmy the lemur receptionist … As she soon finds out, though, running an animal hotel is no easy task. Can Anna make Hotel Flamingo a success once more?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Sarah Ovens
Suitable for ages 5+

Martha Mayhem and the Barmy Birthday
by Joanne Owen

It’s Martha’s birthday and the village has planned a surprise party for her – but grumpy witch Griselda Gritch ruins the surprise!

Not to worry – Martha’s biggest birthday wish comes true when her mum and dad return from their tropical trip especially for her party. Everyone is delighted (apart from grumpy Griselda) and excited to have fun with Martha’s present: the Mysterious Mask of Truth, brought back from her parents’ far-flung travels. Fun, that is, until the truth starts causing everyone quite a lot of embarrassment …

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Amy Enticknap
Suitable for ages 5+

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka’s enormous chocolate factory!

Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Douglas Hodge
Suitable for ages 7+

Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World
by Konnie Huq

Cookie’s life is basically over.
Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.

But Cookie has never been a fan of the word ‘no’ so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she’s ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn’t bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!

But it’s not all bad . . . Cookie gets the chance to go on her favourite TV show, Brainbusters. It’s only a chance though – she’ll have to win the school science competition first. It shouldn’t be too hard . . . all she has to do is keep her head down, and not get too over-excited. Unfortunately that’s not Cookie’s strong point…

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Konnie Huq
Suitable for ages 7+

Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy

Hold on to your broom for magical mayhem! Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. Yet she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher’s pet, into her deadly enemy and chaos ensues…

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Gemma Arterton
Suitable for ages 7+

The Lost Puppy
by Holly Webb

Ruby’s parents have a wonderful surprise – she is going to have a puppy for her very own! Ruby chooses the cheekiest, most adventurous puppy, Toby, and the two have fun playing together. But Toby’s inquisitive nature gets him into serious trouble on a woodland walk, when he slips his collar and goes off to investigate the woods by himself. Soon he is lost and very frightened, especially as night falls. Will Ruby and Toby ever be reunited?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Phyllida Nash
Suitable for ages 7+

The Unforgotten Coat
by Frank Boyce

Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and his family were forced to return to Mongolia. Told with the humour, warmth and brilliance of detail which characterizes Frank Cottrell Boyce’s writing, this magical and compelling story is enriched by stunning and atmospheric Polaroid photos.

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Katy Sobey
Suitable for ages 10+

The Great Caravan Catastrophe
by Mark Lowery

Incredibly, unbelievably, Roman’s cousin is marrying the cousin of Rosie Taylor (AKA The Worst Person Who Ever Lived). Roman can’t believe this (as Rosie says: ‘How can we be in the same family, we’re barely in the same species’).

Rosie’s parents decide they should go along together and ‘make a weekend of it’. Roman’s plus one is his best friend Gamble (probably the naughtiest kid in Europe) – and it’s the beginning of another big, messy, catastrophic and uproarious adventure for Roman – with Winnebagos, illegal thrash metal festivals and campsite beauty contests all thrown into the mix …

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rupert Degas
Suitable for ages 8+

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson has had a quiet year. Not a single monster has set foot in his New York school. But when a game of dodgeball turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly.

And then Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned, and the only safe haven for young demigods is under threat.

To save their camp, Percy and his friends must embark on a quest that will take them into the treacherous Sea of Monsters and a desperate fight for their lives . . .

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Jesse Bernstein
Suitable for ages 10+

Murder Most Unladylike
by Robin Stevens

When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t.)

Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place.

Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

Available as an eBook and an eAudiobook
Narrated by Gemma Chan
Suitable for ages 10+

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