Well done Year 6!!!!!

Today the children received their SATs results. I am so proud of each and every one of them and they should all be proud of themselves. There were a few disappointments within the celebrations but the children must remember that SATS don’t test everything. The short clip is a reminder Read more…

River Boy

Tim Bowler Fifteen-year-old Jess’s grandfather has just had a major heart attack, but he insists he finish his painting, River Boy. At first, Jess cannot understand why this painting is so important to her grandfather, especially since there doesn’t seem to be any boy in it at all. But while Read more…

Fireweed

Jill Paton Walsh Bill is a fifteen-year-old runaway evacuee, and he’s finding that surviving on the streets of London is pretty easy, thank you very much. He’s fed by a local cafe owner, he earns some cash as a barrow-boy in Covent Garden, and sleeping in the Underground air-raid shelters Read more…

Skellig

David Almond Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel…

The Boy in the Tower

Polly Ho-Yen When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way. Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out Read more…

Becky Bananas

Jean Ure Becky Bananas is eleven years, nine months, three days and fourteen hours old and her great ambitions are: •To visit the world-famous Wonderland theme park •To star on the TV programme This Is Your Life •To become a famous dancer •And to be twelve…

Foul Play

Tom Palmer Danny is obsessed with two things: football – especially City Football Club – and investigating crimes. So when England and City footballing hero Sam Roberts is reported missing the day after Danny saw him being taken, blindfolded, into the bowels of the City FC stadium late at night, Read more…

Running for Gold

Owen Slot Everyone knows Danny Powell was born to run. But no one knows Danny dreams of beating the fastest man on the planet. Until one day Danny accidentally lets it slip, and that’s it. His ambition is out there – and everyone’s laughing at him. Except, what if Danny Read more…

The Midnight Zoo

Sonya Hartnett World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and Read more…

The Star of Kazan

Eva Ibbotson In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants’ quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams Read more…

Trash

Andy Mulligan Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s Read more…

My Name is Mina

David Almond There’s an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It’s been there for an age. I keep on saying that I’ll write a journal. So I’ll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and Read more…

Framed

Frank Cottrell Boyce Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage – and when he’s not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he Read more…

Aquila

Andrew Norriss It’s a spaceship from the past – can it change the future? Aquila has been found by boys bunking off a geography field trip. They have no idea where it came from or what it does. But Geoff’s discovered that when you sit in it these little coloured Read more…

The Boy Who Lost His Face

Louis Sachar CURSED! David was only trying to be cool when he helped some other boys steal an old lady’s cane. But when the plan backfires, he is the one whom she ‘curses’. Now David can’t seem to do anything right. The cool kids taunt him and his only friends Read more…

The Donut Diaries

Anthony McGowan Dermot Milligan’s got problems. He’s overweight and hooked on donuts. He has a pushy, over-achieving mother, and a father who spends all his time hiding in the loo. His sisters, Ruby and Ella (known as Rubella) attack him relentlessly from the opposite directions of Chav and Goth. And Read more…

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank Anne Frank kept a diary from 1942 to 1944. Initially she wrote it strictly for herself. Then, one day in 1944, a member of the Dutch government in exile announced in a radio broadcast from London that after the war he hoped to collect eyewitness accounts of the Read more…

What Are We Fighting For?

Brian Moses & Roger Stevens What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Read more…