Books of the Year


Books of the Year – Year 3 and 4 If you’re looking for a book to read, why not try one of these great books from 2019!

Book Cover for Funny Kid Stand Up by Matt Stanton


Funny kid stand up by Matt Stanton.

Being funny is a good gig and it's pretty much the only thing Max Walburt is good at. At least he thinks he's good at it . . . . . . Max takes being funny very seriously. At home, he is the Chief-Walburt-Entertainer (CWE) and at school, he's the funny kid. So when the Redhill Talent Quest comes to town, Max is confident that his jokes will make everyone laugh, win him the competition and a ten-million-pound book deal. That is until Tumbles the Clown auditions, who everyone thinks is hilarious. But who is the strange clown and why was he hiding in the bush on the day his granddad was kidnapped? With the help of his temporary best friend and life coach, Hugo, will Max solve the mystery of his grandfather's whereabouts and overcome the pressures of fame and entertaining?

Book Cover for Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets Book 2 by Alex T. Smith

Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T. Smith. 

Follow Mr Penguin and Colin as they crash-land on a snowy mountain. Will they be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What are the strange noises coming from the abandoned fortress? And will Mr Penguin conquer his fear of flying? Find out in the second Mr Penguin book with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design. 

Book Cover for The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer

The Dog who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer.

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember - and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever. In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of BAD PEOPLE. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an AWESOME BOY - his BOY. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to BARK again...



Books of the Year – Year 5 and 6

If you’re looking for a book to read, why not try one of these great books from 2019!

Book Cover for Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer

Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer

Lily is a keen fell runner, though she’s fed up of coming in as runner up in races.  A visit to her grandparents reveals a surprise: her great-grandfather ran on the fells too.  His experiences are recounted vividly in his diary, both his runs in his beloved Cumbria and his experiences as a soldier, recruited to run between positions on the front line, carrying crucial information to the allies. Their shared experiences form a powerful connection, and help Lily to understand herself better, and also to help her grandma when she needs it most. Today and yesterday are seamlessly woven together in a story that will move readers in lots of different ways.

Book Cover for The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.

Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn't return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him. But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places - a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past. Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future?

Book Cover for The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle.

Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this is an ebullient adventure story that compels its readers to believe just as the young hero Fionn begins to do. Sent to stay on the wild Arranmore Island with his reclusive grandfather, Fionn enters a world dominated by the forces of magic – and by water which has always terrified Fionn. Gradually, Fionn begins to understand his grandfather’s now fading power as to accept and embrace his own new destiny. Catherine Doyle has a lightness of touch as a story-teller that makes the impossible convincing.