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Summer Reading

 

FICTION

reservoir 13RESERVOIR 13 by JON McGREGOR

Midwinter in the early years of this century, a teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.
Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life.

 

tinmanTIN MAN by SARAH WINMAN

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael,who are inseparable.

The boys become men and then Annie walks into their lives and it changes nothing and everything.

 

history beesHISTORY OF BEES by MAJA LUNDE

Follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees.

England, 1851 - William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive-one that will give both him and his children honour and fame.  United States, 2007 - George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.  China, 2098 Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared.

When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident-and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition-she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

 

home fireHOME FIRE by KAMILA SHAMSIE

WINNER of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, Isma is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives - handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

 

manhattan beachMANHATTAN BEACH by JENNIFER EGAN

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.  Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.  Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

 

beartownBEARTOWN by FREDRIK BACKMAN

In a large Swedish forest Beartown hides a dark secret . . .
Cut-off from everywhere else it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart. And each year more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest. Then the town is offered a bright new future. But it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk the future to see justice done. 


NON-FICTION

sun does shineTHE SUN DOES SHINE by ANTHONY RAY HINTON

Anthony Ray Hinton was poor and black when he was convicted of two murders he hadn't committed. For the next three decades he was trapped in solitary confinement in a tiny cell on death row, having to watch as - one by one - his fellow prisoners were taken past him to the execution room. Eventually his case was taken up by the award-winning lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, who managed to have him exonerated, though it took 15 years for this to happen.

 

mythosMYTHOS by STEPHEN FRY

Discover Stephen Fry's magnificent retelling of the greatest myths and legends ever told... Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeus's great head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments.

 

educatedEDUCATED by TARA WESTOVER

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.  She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.  As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

shoe dogSHOE DOG by PHIL KNIGHT

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan.  Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion.  Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, he tells his story.


CRIME

slow horsesJACKSON LAMB SERIES by MICK HERRON

Book 1: Slow Horses

You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game. Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper. But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'.  A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net. And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch.

Books in the series - Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules

 

red sparrowRED SPARROW SERIES by JASON MATTHEWS

Book 1: Red Sparrow

Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, as the twists and turns of a betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

Books in the series - Red Sparrow, Palace of Treason, The Kremlin’s Candidate

 

007 - FOREVER AND A DAY by ANTHONY HOROWITZ

The sea keeps its secrets... but not this time - One body, three bullets... 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand.It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime.It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.


cook off good book

TEEN

orphan monsterORPHAN MONSTER SPY by MATT KILLEEN

Sarah has played many roles - but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there's only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that's to become a monster like them.  They think she is just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming... with a mission to destroy them all.

 

white rabbitWHITE RABBIT, RED WOLF by TOM POLLOCK

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend.  However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine.

scytheSCYTHE by NEAL SHUSTERMAN

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes.  Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

moonriseMOONRISE by SARAH CROSSAN

Joe’s elder brother Ed is on death row. Now Ed's execution date has been set and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think .


9-12

kat wolfe 1KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES by LAUREN St JOHN

Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets .

 

maisie dayTHE INFINITE LIVES OF MAISIE DAY by CHRISTOPHER EDGE

How do you know you really exist?

It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness.  Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive.

 

children castle rockTHE CHILDREN OF CASTLE ROCK by NATASHA FARRANT

When Alice Mistlethwaite is shipped off to boarding school in Scotland it's nothing like she imagines. Run by the mysterious Major, there are no punishments and the students are more likely to be taught about body painting or extreme survival than maths or English!Then Alice's dad goes missing and she must run away to find him.

So begins an epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn.

 

looking at the starsLOOKING AT THE STARS by JO COTTERILL

What if the only thing you had left were the stories in your head?

Amina's homeland has been ravaged by war, and her family is devastated.  The women of the family - Amina, her two sisters and their mother - have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp. But there are even more challenges ahead.


 

CHILDREN 5+

teacup houseTEACUP HOUSE by HAYLEY SCOTT

Meet the Twitches, four tiny rabbits who live inside a Teacup House. They belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them.

But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret - they come alive when Stevie isn't looking!

princess blackPRINCESS IN BLACK by SHANNON HALE

Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. This is the first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia, but luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her!

4 in series - ‘...And the perfect princess party’, ‘...takes a holiday’, ‘...and the hungry bunny horde’

GIRLS F.C. by HELENA PIELICHATY

Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play "like a girl"!"  

Do GoalKeepers Wear Tiaras?

Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her (even wearing a tiara!), but nothing seems to do the trick.  Then Megan has her big brainwave: she could start her own team. An all-girls team! Now she just needs a pitch, a coach - oh, and ten other players...

4 in series - Can ponies take penalties, are all brothers foul, is an own goal bad

dinosaur detectivesTHE DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by STEPHANIE BAUDET

The Dinosaur Detectives is a fun filled adventure series following the story of Matt Sharp and his family as they hunt for dinosaur eggs. This fact meets fiction series is great for inspiring the young explorer and particularly popular amongst young readers aged 7+.

In the Amazon Rainforest

Matt Sharp has a secret talent: if he touches dinosaur eggs, he experiences mysterious visions of the prehistoric world. This is lucky because Matt wants to be a palaeontologist just like his dad. Now that he's twelve, he's allowed to join his father on an exciting search for dinosaur eggs in the Amazon rainforest - too bad his annoying eleven-year-old cousin, Jo, is tagging along.  Even worse, it looks like Matt's dad's rival is following them! Who will win the race and find the fossils first?

6 in series

ultimate football heroesULTIMATE FOOTBALL HEROES by MATT & TOM OLDFIELD

The biographies of the world’s best footballers, from Messi to Ronaldo, Sterling to Kane and everyone in between, aimed at readers of 8+

Meet Messi - Ultimate Football Hero. . .

Lionel Messi is a legend - Barcelona's star player and the world's best footballer. But when was young, he was so small that his friends called him 'Little Leo' and coaches worried he wasn't big enough. Yet through bravery, talent and hard work, he proved them wrong.

Messi tells the magical story of how the tiniest boy in South America grew up to become the greatest player on earth.

JACK STALWARTJACK STALWART by ELIZABETH SINGER HUNT

Follow the adventures of Secret Agent Jack Stalwart as travels around the world solving crimes and mysteries. Each book features a different country and a different problem to be solved: from France and the mystery of the Mona Lisa to China and the puzzle of the missing Panda

Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur

An eager young scientist has brought to life a dangerous flesh-eating dinosaur by crossing its DNA with that of his pet dog, Freddie. Can Secret Agent Jack Stalwart capture the dinosaur before it destroys New York City?


PICTURE BOOKS

ELEPHANT DIGGERYOU CAN'T LET AN ELEPHANT DRIVE A DIGGER by PATRICIA CLEVELAND-PECK

The brilliant follow-up to the bestselling 'You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus'

Elephants driving diggers? Gorillas on scooters? A shark in the bath? A kangaroo ... on the loo? Join in with the fun as an array of improbable creatures tries to be helpful (with hilarious consequences) in this laugh-out-loud picture book.

 

COOK KINGTHE COOK AND THE KING by JULIA DONALDSON

(illustrated by David Roberts)

'There once was a very hungry king, Who needed a cook like anything...'

but the king is very fussy, and none of the cooks he tries can make a dish that tastes just right. Then the most unlikely of chefs comes along: the shuffling, shaking Wobbly Bob. He's scared of everything, from catching fish to digging for potatoes, but can he convince the hungry king to give him the job?


 


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