As the summer stretches before us, what could be better than lazing away a few days with new books? It’s certainly how I used to spend my summers as a child, still do in fact! Which is why today I wanted to share with you these five books, from the team at Puffin, Ladybird and Penguin, that we have been reading and enjoying here, along with the chance to win them all!
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Now it’s Rowley’s turn to give his side of the story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg’s story along the way, too. (After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it). But Rowley’s stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind . . .
Age range: 8+ years
The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding
Charlie’s racehorse has certainly earned the name Noble Warrior: he won the Derby against all odds and bested a bunch of nasty kidnappers.
But now Noddy is facing his greatest challenge yet . . . Charlie’s best friend Polly is still recovering from an accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a real talent with horses – and she and Charlie are determined not to let it go to waste. Can the two best friends find a way to make Polly’s equestrian dreams come true?
Age range: 7+ years
Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from…
Age range: 9+ years
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Just twelve years old and already he’s a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family’s fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.
Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous – and extremely high-tech – fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin.
Age range: 9+ years
Charlie Turns into a T-Rex by Sam Copeland
When dad’s business takes a sudden turn for the worse, the McGuffin family face the terrible prospect of having to sell their house and move in with Aunt Brenda and her seventeen cats. Only Charlie and best friends Flora, Mohsen and Wogan can save the day.
Trouble is, the pressure is getting to Charlie, making it harder for him to control when he changes into an animal – and harder still to change back. Can Charlie’s friends help him master his powers once and for all, or will he end up stuck as a pigeon forever?
Age range: 7+ years
The children and I are loving reading these books. Some are new authors to us and some are familiar favourites.
Boo read Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid first, and she devoured it within a few hours. She’s read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and tells me that this one is just as brilliant as those. She flew through and enjoyed The Racehorse Who Learned To Dance and she’s currently reading Dancing the Charleston, which is her fourth Jacqueline Wilson book. She likes these as she has read several of her books set in different times and she is learning about the social history as much as she is enjoying the characters and the story-line.
We are reading Artemis Fowl together, after school each afternoon. I have to say, I am loving it! What a great character he is, and the kids are both alternating between laughing and gasping at his antics! We have Charlie Turns into a T-Rex on the list next.
Now it’s your chance to win books! One of my readers will win these five books, and all you need to do to enter is use the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to over 18s, UK only, and it closes at 12am 9th August 2019. Good luck!
Which of these books appeals to you the most and why?