The books

This is a list of all the books reviewed on this site, in alphabetical order.

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Abhorsen by Garth Nix ...

Lirael finds there is a task that needs to be done. It needs to be done by anAbhorsen, and only she can do it.

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn ...

Loyalty and treachery among warring Japanese clans.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel ...

Airships, hot-air balloons, pirates, desert islands, cloud cats, adventure and romance...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ...

Follow Alice into her Wonderland and meet the Cheshire Cat, the Hatter and the March Hare for yourself - and many more too.

Alpha Force 6: Hunted by Chris Ryan ...

Alpha Force team come up against a team of ruthless poachers in Zambia.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman ...

Lyra discovers her destiny. She is to bring an end to death itself. How does she do that? And what are the consequences? Concluding part of His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud ...

A weedy boy with magic powers gets in way over his head.

And The Stars Were Gold by Gaye Hicyilmaz ...

In 1940 a young Polish boy is dragged from his bed, given thirty minutes to pack, and transported with his mother and brother thousands of miles acrossEurope to Kazakhstan.

The Angel Factory by Terence Blacker ...

Normal young boy finds he is surrounded by aliens intent on saving mankind from its own worst excesses. But is the cure worse than the disease?

An Angel for May by Melvin Burgess ...

May is a difficult child and needs all the help she can get. When Tam Sams falls out of the future into her farmyard playground he is, indeed, an angel for May.

Apocalypse by Tim Bowler ...

Shipwrecked and alone amongst savages, Kit learns that the opposite of despair is hope.

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz ...

Alex Rider's back! 'The nearest thing the Brits have to a lethal weapon!'

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer ...

Dangerous fairies, might grant your wish, might blast you away with a biobomb. Depends how they feel . . .

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer ...

More improbable doings from Artemis Fowl and his fairy friend, Holly Short.

Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer ...

Fairies need Artemis. Artemis needs fairies. Fair exchange, no robbery. Tricky situation though.

Arthur and the Forbidden City by Luc Besson ...

Arthur goes in search of the Minimoys, and his Grandpa, and the family fortune, all in his own backgarden. But the garden is a big place when you're only three quarters of an inch tall.

Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson ...

Arthur goes in search of the Minimoys, and his Grandpa, and the family fortune, all in his own backgarden. But the garden is a big place when you're only three quarters of an inch tall.

Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland ...

It is 1199. Thirteen-year-old Arthur de Caldicot waits to hear whether his father will arrange for him to be a squire and a knight. And meanwhile, his father's old friend, Merlin, gives him a precious piece of stone - a seeingstone.

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Bag of Bones by Helen Cresswell ...

A funny little bit of magic leads Griselda Dogberry into another world. But baddies are after her.

Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ...

More adventures with Barnaby Grimes as he runs errands across the city, through the alleys and over the rooftops. But there are dark forces to match himself against.

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ...

Quick-witted tick-tock boy meets wolf on rooftops. Disposes of same. Solves wicked mystery. Unsung hero.

The Beguilers by Kate Thompson ...

Rilka sets out on a quest to catch a beguiler and to understand its nature. And in doing so she learns a lot about her own nature too.

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson ...

Can Gemma and Alice's friendship survive their separation? Another Jacqueline Wilson special.

The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey ...

A big bazoohley is a big prize, and Sam Kellow really needs to win one urgently, to help his parent's shaky finances. Can he spot his big chance when it comes?

Bird Boy by Alison Prince ...

Is the house haunted? Or is Conan himself haunted? Should he try to discover what happened in this house, in his own family all those years ago?

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell ...

Passed from owner to owner, horse Black Beauty meets good, cruel and foolish men.

Blind Beauty by K M Peyton ...

The horse is a winner. The girl is a loser. Can the horse make anything of her? All the excitement of the Winner's Enclosure at the Grand National.

Blood Hunters by Steve Voake ...

Ravening monsters predate mankind. Two boys save the situation.

Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess ...

Serious retelling of a Viking saga set in a London of the future. Bloodcurdling.

The Bold Enchanter by Weem Whitaker ...

Sensible princess has doolally mother who brings mayhem to the kingdom when she has one wish granted to her by a wood sprite. Princess and miller's son sort it all out.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton ...

Tiny people with big ideas. They don't want to move away from under the kitchen floorboards, but they will if they have to.

Boy in Darkness by Mervyn Peake ...

Most bizarre story of the lot. Compelling description of an evil lamb. How does he do that?

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci ...

Is Egg a loner or lonely? And does she even know the difference?

Boy Soldier by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby ...

Danny gets his military training the hard way - on the run with his ex-SAS grandfather.

The Brugan by Stephen Moore ...

If you move into an old cottage that is built on ancient fairy crossroads you must expect to get strange things knocking on your door.

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis ...

America in the Depression. Bud on the road, searching for his father.

Bullies at School by Theresa Breslin ...

Siobhan is being bullied, but she's also only a breath away from becoming a bully herself.

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The Candle House by Pauline Fisk ...

Bit of a cavort around a sparsely occupied valley whipping the locals up into a frenzy about a newly planned theme park and getting the local landowner (d. 1593) to help.

Candlefasts by William Mayne ...

The answer lies just on the other side of the Jingle Stones portal.

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden ...

Life as an evacuee with the difficult Mr Evans is bad enough. But did Carrie also bring down a curse on those she loved, living at Druid's Bottom?

Carried Away by Michael Harrison ...

Easily led boy follows mad girl into trouble.

Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones ...

In a divided kingdom Clennen the Singer travels from village to village carrying news. But when he agrees to take a passenger up to the north things begin to go wrong.

Caught on a Train by Carlo Gebler ...

A harmless competition to tell the best tale. But nobody would want to judge this competition with the vindictive Mr Cink determined to win at any cost.

The Cay by Theodore Taylor ...

Can a blind boy really survive alone on a desert island without a fresh water supply and without food save what can be fished from the sea?

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy ...

Well, the story is magic, but the romance is real.

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones ...

Chrestomanci the great enchanter takes orphans Gwendolen and Cat under his wing, but living with a great enchanter isn't as enchanting for Gwendolen as she had supposed.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah ...

Agonizing childhood as an unloved and unwanted daughter.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming ...

Family adventures in a flying car.

The Chosen One by Mark Robson ...

Can the evil Selkor make himself the Chosen One simply by stealing the Keys of Power, or will the Keys choose for themselves?

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau ...

The City of Ember is built to last, but the once bulging store rooms are empty now. What will the people do to help themselves?

City of Time by Eoin McNamee ...

The Harsh are stealing time again and it's up to Owen the Navigator and Cati the Watcher to do what they can...

Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer by J T Petty ...

Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer - girl with a conscience.

Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman ...

Do you think you can sell your soul to the Devil, and get away with it?

Cloud World by David Cunningham ...

Young Prince Marcus inherits the kingdom from his father and then loses it when his airship is sabotaged. Can he make his way back to the Citadel and reclaim what is rightfully his?

Cold Tom by Sally Prue ...

He thinks he's an elf, but the Tribe don't want him. He's a liability. His fangs haven't grown. His voice is ugly. He's losing his sharp eyesight and hearing. Where can he go where he will be safe, and where does he belong?

The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne ...

What a dream! Boys' adventures on a shipwrecked island, complete with cannibals and pirates.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman ...

Gothic horror fantasy. Coraline's got a job on, saving her parents, and herself, from the witch.

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin ...

You need a lot of luck to survive the accident of birth in the eighteenth century, especially if you are born into poverty, or illegitimate, or if your path crosses that of Otis Gardiner, Coram man, trader in babies, blackmail and despair . . .

Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ...

Corby Flood solves mysteries, mends broken lives, and is loved by everyone, except the five unamusing clowns in bottle green bowler hats...

Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman ...

You would know better, wouldn't you, than to strike a bargain with Zamiel, the Demon Huntsman?

Cradlefasts by William Mayne ...

Has David's dead baby sister come back to him, somehow?

The Crew by Bali Rai ...

Local crew solve mystery on their own doorstep, but not in your averageFamous Five style. A tougher kind of world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ...

Autistic boy deals with life head-on when he solves a murder mystery in his own street.

The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ...

Times are difficult in the ancient and learned sky city of Sanctaphrax. But when Maris and Quint join forces to help her father with his important research, they unwittingly unleash the ancient curse of the gloamglozer . . .

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Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster ...

A trustee of the orphanage offers to send Judy Abbott to college. But he insists on anonymity. All he asks is that she write a letter to him once a month to let him know of her progress through college. She is to address him as JohnSmith, and she is to expect no reply. So, you see, it is a rather one-sided correspondence!

Daggers by Roger J Green ...

Could Caroline's great Aunt Clara really have killed a man once?

Daisy Chain War by Joan O'Neill ...

Growing up pains in Ireland during the Second World War.

Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher ...

There's no love lost between Rob and his sister. But Rob finds, rather to his surprise, that he'll go to a lot of trouble to get her back. Magic and mystery.

Dead Gorgeous by Malorie Blackman ...

The only person who takes any interest in Nova is the dishy Liam. Unfortunately, he's a ghost . . .

Dead Guilty by David Belbin ...

Disturbing story of false accusation and betrayal. Bewildered and isolated,Jon confesses to a crime that he did not commit.

Death and the Arrow by Chris Priestley ...

Gruesome murder in eighteenth century London needs investigation.

The Death Collector by Justin Richards ...

Frankenstein-flavour murder mystery in Victorian smog-bound London, with a touch of the mad scientist thrown in.

Deathscent by Robin Jarvis ...

Brindle is a space traveller marooned in Elizabethan England. But if you think something is a little adrift with Elizabethan England, just wait until you know Brindle better . . .

The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross ...

What lengths will this Headmaster go to to run an orderly school?

The Devil's Toenail by Sally Prue ...

It's that old conundrum - if the devil himself were to pop up and offer you a bit of help with your earthly problems, would you really want it?

The Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson ...

The Diamond Girls need someone with a heart of gold more than they realize...

Dimanche Diller by Henrietta Branford ...

Orphaned heiress Dimanche is in deadly danger from her evil guardian. Who can save her? Well, Polly Pugh, her super-nanny will help.

Divided City by Theresa Breslin ...

You can either adopt the bigotry of your culture, handed down through the generations. Or not.

The Dogs by Mark Morris ...

What could be worse than losing your dogs somewhere out on the moor? Finding them again nine years later . . .

Dosh by Robert Swindells ...

Bullying only works because the victims don't fight back - right? So, what happens if the victims join forces, and do fight back? Push and Pull, settle their differences.

The Double Axe by Philip Womack ...

Theseus and the Minotaur...what really happened?

Dreaming in Black and White by Reinhardt Jung ...

How it was to be a disabled child in the Third Reich.

The Dungeon by Lynne Reid Banks ...

'I am with you 'til you die'. Peony, the wretched slave girl, etches it into the dungeon wall, and finally, into McLennan's heart.

Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson ...

April has nothing to link herself with her real mother, not even her name. The only way she can feel she is close to her mother is to work her way back through her early memories to the point when they were separated. On her fourteenth birthday she finds herself standing in the dustbin alley, where it all began . . .

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Earthfasts by William Mayne ...

Marooned, the wrong side of two hundred and fifty years. Can David and Keith do anything to help the drummer boy? Part one of the Earthfasts trilogy.

The Eclipse of the Century by Jan Mark ...

Keith dreams about a strange place, Quantoum. But when he seeks out the place and visits, his dream becomes a nightmare.

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones ...

David meant to say the curse, but he never expected it to work! Now he's got a rather strange kind of friend who doesn't live by the same rules as everyone else . . .

Elementals: Water by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson ...

Six short stories about ancient, elemental spirits, and water. Not just for children.

Elephant Ben by Geoffrey Malone ...

Real-life safari adventure. Ben and his gamewarden father rescue a baby elephant from a swamp. One good deed deserves another . . .

Elidor by Alan Garner ...

The enchanted kingdom of Elidor is under threat from the forces of evil. Where better to hide the treasures of Elidor than in a back garden in Manchester?

The Empty Hand by Catherine Fisher ...

Gudrun has left the Jarlshold and returned to the land of the Snow-Walkers in the far north, beyond all natural knowledge. But she cannot leave Kari alone. She sends a rune-beast to fetch him, and doesn't care how many of the Jarl's people perish in the encounter.

Epic by Conor Kostick ...

In Erik's world, if you want to challenge authority, you do it in a computer game. So that's what Erik does...

Eragon by Christopher Paolini ...

Evil times bring forth great leaders, but Eragon never expected to be a great leader. Nobody can plan to be a Dragon Rider. It just happens...

Evil Star by Anthony Horowitz ...

If Matt really is the first of the five, how can he find the others? And what are they supposed to do? There's a tight deadline here, to save the world.

Exodus by Julie Bertagna ...

Desperate refugees from the last flooded places on earth are locked out of the New World Cities that tower above the ocean on massive stilts.

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Face by Benjamin Zephaniah ...

Martin suffers terrible facial injuries in an accident. Can he still be his old self when he goes back to school afterwards?

Facing the Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross ...

Dinah and SPLAT face their old adversary, the Headmaster.

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan ...

Wayward Crown Prince Pyrgus of the faerie realm, up against the evil fairies of the night, finds himself suddenly whisked off to the Analogue World, where he's supposed to lie low for a while . . . But he doesn't.

Fearless by Tim Lott ...

Locked away for no reason. Stripped of name, shaved of hair, dressed in grey. Little Fearless fights against the injustice for herself and all the other girls who aren't so brave.

Feather Boy by Nicky Singer ...

Bully victim learns that courage in one particular matter can have a big effect on other difficult relationships in life.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien ...

Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged a Ring of Power, by which he could enslave all the free peoples of the world. Read how the Ring came to be lost and found again, and fell into the unlikely hands of Frodo Baggins, hobbit of the Shire. What will he do with it?

The Fire-Eaters by David Almond ...

Another beautiful hymn to humanity from David Almond.

Firewing by Kenneth Oppel ...

Adventures in the Underworld. Superhero bats, unlikely hero bats, deadly enemy bats. Fluffy beasties, human emotions.

First Sword by Mark Robson ...

Part of the Darkweaver Legacy series. Powerful mixture of fantasy magic and mortal combat.

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit ...

The psammead (pronounced sammyadd) grants the children anything they wish for. But is he deliberately trying to make things go wrong?

Flash Flood by Chris Ryan ...

Ben finds himself in dangerous waters when London floods.

Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan ...

Edinburgh 1822. To overcome the loss of his mother Robbie must face up to some hard truths about medical research.

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick ...

Global warming floods East Anglia, and quite a lot of the rest of the world, and society disintegrates into primitive bands.

Flour Babies by Anne Fine ...

Actually it's a 3 kg bag of flour. Simon loves his flour baby, but it is a real strain looking after it. How much worse is the real thing?

Fly, Cherokee, Fly by Chris d'Lacey ...

Darryl finds an injured racing pigeon hiding under a bush in the local park, and takes it home. As he cherishes the damaged bird, he learns a lot about life, bullies, pigeon fanciers and pigeons.

The Forging of the Sword by Mark Robson ...

Calvyn puts all his knowledge of magic into the forging of a powerful sword which he wields in a mighty battle of good against evil.

Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates ...

Something's going on in Franky's family, and Franky is in denial.

Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter ...

A tale of two boys in Hitler's Germany - one boy is German, the other is a German Jew.

The Friends by Rosa Guy ...

Two girls from different class and culture grow slowly to understand what true friendship is.

Futuretrack 5 by Robert Westall ...

It's bound to stir things up if you fight your way to a position of power in a computer-controlled world, and then develop a social conscience . . .

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The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch ...

Peter finds out what it was really like to live in a medieval castle.

Genesis by Bernard Beckett ...

Anaximander learns that there is nothing more human than to commit a sin.

Georgie by Malachy Doyle ...

Georgie desperately needs help to overcome his terrible past and start living a normal life again, but who is brave enough to help him?

The Ghost Behind the Wall by Melvin Burgess ...

David roots around in the old service shafts of the flats where he lives, and disturbs something that would have been much better left alone.

Girl in Red by Gaye Hicyilmaz ...

Frankie is captivated by the Romanian gypsy girl who comes to live in his council block, but his mother leads the opposition fight to get them evicted.

The Girl Who Knew by Sandra Glover ...

Injured in a hit-and-run accident, Kits learns more about her best friend than she ever knew before. She learns that her friend is in danger, and she knows that she is the only one who can help.

The Giver by Lois Lowry ...

Society has opted not to bother to learn history so that it doesn't have to face up to all those uncomfortable memories. But there's still a memory bank and someone has to be in charge of it.

Glint by Ann Coburn ...

Ellie has to be brave to search for her missing brother, so she does what Argent would do, their favourite fantasy character from childhood games.... Two stories in one.

Going For Stone by Philip Gross ...

Star-struck, young, on the streets: they're all desperate to get to the Academy. But who, exactly, runs the Academy? And why?

The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud ...

Nathaniel is junior in the government now, but he still needs his djinni, Bartimaeus, to help him out of a tight corner. Pity then that Bartimaeus is less than willing...

Gone by Michael Grant ...

A world with no adults...just children, some with superpowers. How long will they last?

Gone Wild by Robert Muchamore ...

Reality TV teenage stars grow up in the spotlight. Antics and anguish.

Goodbye Marianne by Irene N Watts ...

Marianne escapes from Germany to Britain as a refugee just before the outbreak of the Second World War, but has to leave her parents behind.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian ...

Away from his deprived and brutal background in London, Willie Beech is thrown a lifeline when he is evacuated to the country.

The Grave by James Heneghan ...

He didn't intend to stumble into the great Irish potato famine of 1847, butTom can help the Monaghan family survive. What the Monaghan family can do for him, though, is far more precious . . .

Greg by Dirk Walbrecker ...

Greg wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a gigantic caterpillar!

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Hamish and the Fairy Gifts by Moira Miller ...

Hamish doesn't really believe in the Wee Folk, but he still has to deal with them on a daily basis. Magic, Scottish variety.

A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz ...

Kit the magician and his friend, Prince Henry, sneak out at night on Kit's flying carpet in search of adventure . . . and find it!

Happy by Keith Gray ...

Will dreams of success as a performer/songwriter, but what makes anyone decide to pursue their dreams?

Harpies by David Belbin ...

On holiday on a Greek island, Cassie becomes pre-occupied by the mythical harpies. Have they really come back to seduce the boys away, including her own brother, or is she just feeling left out of the action? And where is Ben anyway?

Harry and the Wrinklies by Alan Temperley ...

Suddenly orphaned, rich little Harry shrugs off his horrible nanny and goes to have larks with his old aunties. But his aunties have quite a hobby . . .

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ...

The power of the Dark Lord increases, but somehow, Harry seems to be a match for him.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ...

Harry gets closer to his deadly enemy, Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ...

Another difficult year for Harry.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling ...

Boarding school romps, magic and adventure.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding ...

Wych-hunter Thaniel Fox is not sure what to make of the beautiful Alaizabel Cray when he finds her lost among the ghouls and ghasts of the Old Quarter.

Hazel Green by Odo Hirsch ...

Hazel Green, born leader, organizes a float for the carnival, with curiosity, flair, indignation, humour, intelligence and sensitivity (among other qualities).

Hazel's Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeny ...

Hazel stays in the country with her Aunt and cousin. Oh, and they are both seriously weird and the place is scary.

Heathrow Nights by Jan Mark ...

Excluded from a school trip, where best to hide out for a week than in the middle of a huge crowd of people, all busy going somewhere? But a week gives plenty of time for reflection on what's gone wrong . . .

Heaven Eyes by David Almond ...

'Damaged' children escaping from the council home are cast ashore after a rough raft ride onto the oozing mud of The Middens. But who on earth is that living in the abandoned warehouse, and do they really dig up a saint out of the mud?

Highway Robbery by Kate Thompson ...

A tale of highway robbery, but not necessarily the obvious kind.

Hite by K Saksena ...

Lee needs to build up his self-confidence so that he can deal with the bullies in his life.

Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French ...

If Hitler had really had a daughter, how could she have loved him? And how could she live a normal life after his death at the end of the war?

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien ...

Bilbo Baggins, timid hobbit of The Shire, finds that he can indeed bring about the prophecies of the old songs, as he riddles with Smaug the Great Worm in the halls of the old King Under the Mountain.

Holes by Louis Sachar ...

How Stanley Yelnats manages to redeem the curse which has dogged the fortunes of his family for four generations.

Home is a Place Called Nowhere by Leon Rosselson ...

Amina doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real family or where she comes from. She needs to find out . . .

The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea ...

Pidge and Bridget set out to save the world from destruction, with all the hounds of the evil Morrigan on their trail.

The House of Rats by Stephen Elboz ...

When the master disappears, there are plenty of others who would like to take his place as head of the huge, old house. What can the children do about it?

The House of Windjammer by V A Richardson ...

Seventeenth century Dutch trading family face ruin - unless Adam can take up the burden of leadership.

Humanzee by Susan Gates ...

Chingwe, the Missing Link, (maybe), rescued from a freak show, becomes an object of interest to scientists and fundamental Christians. Both sides feel they have a point to make. But Nemo, flea handler extraordinaire at his parent's flea circus, just wants Chingwe to enjoy a quiet old age . . .

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ...

Can Katniss survive the appalling Hunger Games and unite the Districts against the Capitol?

Huntress of the Sea by Alan Temperley ...

Eerie tale of evil enchantments in a Scottish glen.

Hurricane Force by Malcolm Rose ...

Jake Patmore discovers some uncomfortable truths about scientific research when he delves into the past in search of the real story of his father's untimely death.

Hybrids by David Thorpe ...

Beware the Creep. A sickness affecting the nation's teenagers. Favourite technology becomes embedded in the flesh. Part boy part computer, outside of society.

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I Am David by Anne Holm ...

Escaping from a concentration camp, David learns to live life as he tramps across Europe.

I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson ...

The memoir of Elli Friedman, who recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage inmates of Auschwitz.

I was a Rat by Philip Pullman ...

Humorous story about boy with identity crisis.

In the Middle of the Night by Robert Cormier ...

Denny lives with guilt. But it isn't his own guilt, it's his father's. Every year the phone calls come, seeking to remind Denny's father of the tragedy which triggered the calls. This year, Denny wants it to be different . . .

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke ...

Characters slip out from between the pages of a book.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell ...

A true story about a young American Indian girl left behind by her people when they move from their remote island home to the mainland.

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Jack Holborn by Leon Garfield ...

Jack Holborn stows away aboard the Charming Molly and falls into the hands of a pirate crew.

Joe's Story by Rachel Anderson ...

Short story about the choices which Joe faces when his family is threatened by illness, and worse.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson ...

Exotic adventure deep in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.

Junk by Melvin Burgess ...

Leave home at fourteen. Life over at twenty. Not dead though, still having to live it. Heroin addiction.

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Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo ...

Michael is washed up onto a lonely desert island, only to find it is already occupied . . .

The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin ...

David's a killer, by accident. He's nervous now. Nervous of ghosts, nervous of his strange cousin and the limits that she might push him to. But most of all, he's nervous of himself. A terrifying read.

The Kin by Peter Dickinson ...

Clever creatures, homo sapiens. Will they make a go of it? They are on the knife edge of survival.

A Kind of Wild Justice by Bernard Ashley ...

Ronnie's on his own. He lives in a kind of No Man's Land of fear and bewilderment.

Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird ...

One day Tara is an ordinary schoolgirl, next day she is fleeing for her life to an Iranian refugee camp as an enemy alien. And where next?

Kit's Wilderness by David Almond ...

Haunting, introspective book about a local community's roots and the effect of past events on the present inhabitants. Do they all see ghosts or are they just in tune with each other?

The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean ...

Haoyou rides his magnificent kite into the skies for the travelling JadeCircus.

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Lady Daisy by Dick King-Smith ...

Victorian talking doll is found by young boy.

Last Chance by Patrick Cave ...

Julian quietly collapses under the burden of looking after his sisters after his father walks out.

The Last of the Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ...

Lowly, insignificant under-librarian dreams of becoming great Librarian Knight . . .

The Last Wolf by Michael Morpurgo ...

Boy and wolf, befriended, escape the murderous English redcoats after the Jacobite Rebellion.

The Lastling by Philip Gross ...

A yeti hunt, but who wants to catch it and who wants to save it?

The Leap by Jonathan Stroud ...

Charlie has lost her best friend Max. He drowned at the mill pond. Or was he bewitched? And can she really fetch him back?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis ...

Visit the fantastic kingdom of Narnia, where the wicked White Witch's icy grip is about to be challenged by the mighty Lion King, Aslan.

Lirael by Garth Nix ...

'Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?' Lirael's destiny is not what she wanted, or expected.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ...

The little prince and the airman form a special kind of friendship and a special kind of understanding.

Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley ...

It's bad enough, losing your family in a civil war. How can you put all your memories to one side and start a new life, in a different country?

Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell ...

Lizzie Dripping always has her head in the clouds. Short stories.

Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson ...

The bitter-sweet end of family life, seen through the eyes of Jayni.

The Lost Grandad by Geoff Steward ...

You can have a go at mind-travelling in this book along with Joseph and his Lost Grandad, who turns up just in time to help Joseph find his imagination. A lot of laughs.

Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman ...

Another chance to visit Lyra in Oxford. A short story.

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The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall ...

Children capture a German machine-gun, but their dream of defending their fortress against the German invasion turns into a nightmare.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff ...

Two young girls caught in the poverty trap both realize that life has handed them a lemon.

The Malifex by Steve Alton ...

Merlin lies under a stone enchanted, waiting for another great hero to rise up and fight the powers of darkness with him. But when he awakes from the enchantment, it isn't Merlin at all, just Merlin's apprentice, and nor is there a great hero to fight the powers of darkness - just Sam, and his friend Charly.

The Man Who Was Hate by Paul Shipton ...

Hope and Danny, locked in a block of flats, with a monster who only has to breathe on you to paralyze you. Destiny awaits . . .

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson ...

Six bird kids on the run from the science lab/prison/school where they were created as an experiment.

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson ...

Six bird kids on the run from the science lab/prison/school where they were created as an experiment. Oh yes, and this time they save the world too...

Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever by James Patterson ...

Six bird kids on the run from the science lab/prison/school where they were created as an experiment.

Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson ...

The world needs saving, but humans aren't up to the job...maybe mutant bird kids are?

Measle and the Wrathmonk by Ian Ogilvy ...

Measle, thin, hungry and scruffy, takes on Basil, all-powerful wrathmonk.

The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones ...

High Treason at Court. A plot to bespell the King. The Merlin is implicated. Who can Roddy and Grundo turn to for help? A magician from another world, of course.

Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson ...

Violet learns how to stand up for herself.

The Midnight Folk by John Masefield ...

Kay Harker sets out to discover the long-lost family treasure, with his friends, the Midnight folk to help him - they are Kay's toys which were locked away with the arrival of his new governess.

Midwinter Lucie by Alan Porter ...

Martin Lewis, next in line of a long line of Martin Lewis's, who have all perished in the bell tower of the church at Midwinter Lucie. Can our Martin find out why...and prevent his own death?

Milo's Wolves by Jenny Nimmo ...

Laura doesn't believe that Gwendal is her long-lost brother. But what else could he be? He seems to have enemies, but he seems to have powerful friends too . . .

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper ...

Kids who converse with ghosts on a regular basis need Professional Help, right? But will Milrose Munce survive to tell the tale?

Mister Monday by Garth Nix ...

Arthur's come by a key, by mistake. But now he's got it, he might as well have a go with it. It belongs to the House. A very magical place.

Mondays Are Red by Nicola Morgan ...

Luke, weak and confused by his recent illness, is almost consumed by his own determination to survive and recover.

Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D M Cornish ...

Rossamund, fresh out of the foundlingery, makes his way in a world where monsters roam.

Monster Blood Tattoo: Lamplighter by D M Cornish ...

Rossamund, fresh out of the foundlingery, makes his way in a world where monsters roam.

Moondial by Helen Cresswell ...

Minty finds that the sundial in the grounds of the old house holds the key to time travel, but can she do any good deeds while she's hovering about in time and space?

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve ...

It's a town eat town world. The great traction city of London is prowling round the Great Hunting Ground looking for prey. But, if London hopes to use re-created weapons of mass destruction in its bid for superiority, then London must expect to have enemies - Tom, Third Class Apprentice of the Guild of Historians, and the dreadfully disfigured Hester Shaw, for a start . . .

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O'Brien ...

Why should this tribe of super-rats help ordinary mousewife, Mrs Frisby? And how did the rats become super-rats?

Music on the Bamboo Radio by Martin Booth ...

Hiding out with Chinese friends for the duration of the war after Hong Kong surrenders to the Japanese Army, Nicholas Holford becomes useful both to the Chinese Communist guerrillas and the British Army, who are working together against the Japanese.

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The Navigator by Eoin McNamee ...

It's literally a battle against time, where the Resistors fight to keep time ticking, and the terrible Harsh fight to turn the clock back to primal solitude. Owen discovers he has a role to play in the fight, like his father before him...

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende ...

It's easy to be carried away by a good book! Bastian Balthazar Bux is drawn into the amazing world of Fantastica, and finds it hard to escape.

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson ...

One problem. Two people trying to solve it. Faery and Ploddy. Course, you'll have to believe in faeries to get on with this one.

Nicholas by Renee Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempe ...

Short stories. Small boy. Big adventures. Real life. Happy Smile.

Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz ...

The Old Ones have escaped from their prison and are bringing great evil and destruction to the world. Only the Five can stop them, but the Five are lost and in disarray.

Noodle Head by Jonathan Kebbe ...

Marcus King, Noodle Head,takes on the establishment.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman ...

Lyra's friend Roger is abducted by the Gobblers and Lyra sets out on a determined rescue mission across the frozen wastes. But the Gobblers are much more terrifying than anyone could imagine. The first part of His Dark Materials trilogy.

Not Just Rescuing by Helen Flint ...

How to make the most of life if you find yourself spending a summer holiday in an animal rescue station.

Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean ...

Noah's Ark - what it was really like on board.

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Off the Road by Nina Bawden ...

There are the urban communities where life is protected and safe and the barbaric Outside, with a fence down the middle. But does the fence keep you in or them out?

Ordinary Jack by Helen Cresswell ...

Surrounded by a brilliant family Ordinary Jack would like to feel a little less ordinary, just for once. A scheme is laid for a brilliant practical joke...

Other Echoes by Adele Geras ...

Flora, living in Borneo, finds there is more to life than being frightened of spiders and snakes . . . and some things you just needn't fear at all.

The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo ...

After their mother is shot by terrorists, Sade and Femi are hastily sent out of the country in utmost secrecy. They enter England illegally and find themselves refugees, alone in a strange country, while they wait to see if their father can also escape to safety.

The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin ...

The dead are seeking to free themselves and invade Earthsea.

Otto and the Flying Twins by Charlotte Haptie ...

In the beautiful City of Trees, in the divided world of magicos and normals,Otto learns, to his surprise, that he might actually belong to the other side. . .

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper ...

Exciting battle of good against evil. The hunt for King Arthur's Holy Grail is on. Is Merlin really there, helping them all out?

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The Pack by Tom Pow ...

The Pack look after their own, no matter how much effort it takes.

The Palace of Laughter by Jon Berkeley ...

Miles Wednesday, orphaned, unwashed and living in a barrel - sneaks into the circus, helps a little someone, gets into a big adventure, and ends up very much happier...

Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis ...

Alone in a world at war, Parvana crosses Afghanistan in search of her family.

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau ...

Can the people from the City of Ember find a place to settle and live at peace with their neighbours?

Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome ...

Two schooners race across the Atlantic in search of buried treasure. Can the children from the Wild Cat beat Black Jake to it?

Pictures in the Dark by Gillian Cross ...

The otter is many things to many people. To Charlie it is a challenge, to photograph in its natural habitat. To Peter it is wild and free, something whichPeter isn't. And to Peter's father it is vermin, and must be exterminated.

Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones ...

Gair's father is a hero and a chief, and his brother and sister have astonishing powers, but Gair is just Gair - ordinary. But ordinary Gair finds that he is the one who might just be able to save his people from the warring Dorig, and the Giants.

Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve ...

Compelling sequel to Mortal Engines. Love, jealousy, betrayal, anger, loyalty and bravery. Brilliant!

Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud ...

Brilliant conclusion to a brilliant trilogy. What is to become of John Mandrake? Has he got a conscience after all? All will be revealed...

Pure Dead Brilliant by Debi Gliori ...

Rampant magic in a haphazard household.

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Ragboy, Rats and the Surging Sea by Alan Temperley ...

Life is not easy for Silas the ragboy. But his luck changes when he meets a distressed mermaid on the beach after a storm and decides to protect her.

Raider by Susan Gates ...

Working together on a school project, Maddy and Flora discover the truth about a forty-year-old lie, and some truths about each other.

Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz ...

Matt is the first of The Five to be found. He has to find the other four. He's in a battle against the Old Ones. It's a race against time. And he doesn't even know it yet.

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore ...

Child intelligence agents operating in an adult world of crime and terrorism. Dangerous work.

Red Shift by Alan Garner ...

One place, three points in time.

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin ...

A love story and a horror story, beautifully told, about life and death during the Great War.

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp ...

Well, if a human needs rescuing from the deepest, darkest dungeon in the infamous Black Castle, who else is up to the job, if it isn't The Prisoners' Aid Society of Mice?

The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson ...

Tilja and Tahl set out, with their grandparents and a bad-tempered horse, on a great quest to find the mysterious magician who alone has the power to renew the magic barrier which surrounds their valley and keeps the occupants safe from attack by invading armies.

Ryland's Footsteps by Sally Prue ...

Is Ryland bound to follow in his father's footsteps, or is there another way?

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Sabriel by Garth Nix ...

Sabriel must cross into Death to find her father. She can do it with the protection of Charter Magic and the tools of the necromancer, but it is dangerous . . .

Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay ...

Saffron recovers her inheritance, with a little help from her mad, artistic family and friends.

Sam and the Griswalds by Emma Barnes ...

Sam's life gets rearranged when the Griswalds move in next door.

Scabbit Isle by Tom Pow ...

Sam thinks he's helping the strange young girl, but he's helping himself too.

The Scarecrow and his Servant by Philip Pullman ...

A scarecrow needs a servant if he's really going to get out and see a bit of the world.

The Scavenger's Tale by Rachel Anderson ...

It's not enough that these fostered children are low-caste, abnormal, dysfunctional, living in unapproved temporary dwelling places and scavenge in skips for a living - someone wants their body parts too.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud ...

Lockwood & Co prove themselves to be the best psychic investigations agency in London...eventually, maybe.

Sebastian Darke, Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney ...

Sebastian Darke, Prince of Fools. Not a prince. Not much of a fool. Seeks employment. Finds adventure...and a princess.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ...

Lonely and neglected Mary Lennox makes friends, with a little bit of magic and a secret garden.

Secret Heart by David Almond ...

When the last tiger left the circus his spirit stayed behind. Now, on the last day, when the very canvas of the tent is thin and frayed and starting to tear, who is strong and brave enough to lead the tiger back to the forest?

The Secret of the Black Moon Moth by John Fardell ...

Archaeology adventure on tropical island with deadly enemy lurking within.

The Secret of the Crocodiles by Karen Wallace ...

Lady Violet, good at being in the right place at the right time. Edwardian sleuth with modern day attitude.

Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson ...

You need a friend, to tell all your secrets to. And to help you keep a big secret . . .

The Shark Callers by Eric Campbell ...

Two boys. One calls up the sharks intentionally to hunt them, one calls them up unintentionally, and finds himself hunted.

Sharp Shot by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards ...

Action adventure with the Chance twins and their secret agent father.

The Sighting by Jan Mark ...

A family bust-up fifty years ago. What was it all about? Did uncle Tom really see aliens at the bottom of the garden?

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier ...

The silver sword, a little paper-knife, is a symbol of hope to four children as they make their way across the wastes of post-war Europe from Warsaw to Switzerland in search of their parents.

Skellig by David Almond ...

What is this thing in the garage? It's the weirdest angel I've ever come across. But can it work miracles?

The Skin I'm In by Sharon G Flake ...

Maleeka's life at school is a misery. She's even taunted by the black kids for being black. Here's a story about finding the strength to rise above it, and learning how to make the right friends.

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel ...

The race is on to salvage the ghost ship Hyperion sailing at a dangerously high altitude...Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries back in action.

Slaves of the Mastery by William Nicholson ...

The Manth people are overwhelmed by the forces of the Mastery and enslaved. Only Kestrel Hath is left behind, and she vows revenge.

Small-Minded Giants by Oisin McGann ...

Sol's father goes missing, accused of murder. And in the hunt for his father, Sol learns exactly how rotten is the world that he lives in. Rotten to the core.

The Smugglers by Iain Lawrence ...

The pretty little Dragon harbours many secrets . . .

Snatchers by Helen Cresswell ...

A none-too-successful guardian angel does his best to protect Ellie from The Boss.

The Snow-Walker's Son by Catherine Fisher ...

A Viking mix of magic and superstition, courage and loyalty. A battle between Gudrun the sorceress, and Kari, the son who she disowned. Can Kari's powers possibly match those of his mother? And does he have to follow her evil path?

Something's Fishy, Hazel Green by Odo Hirsch ...

Two lobsters are stolen, but it takes a girl like Hazel Green and her friend the Yak to discover the truth of this mystery!

The Soul Thieves by Catherine Fisher ...

The final conflict between the sorceress Gudrun and her son Kari. Can he develop his skills and match her power and still stay off the road to evil?

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi ...

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You is a problem for Jared Grace when he finds it in his uncle's study. There are plenty of creatures out there that don't want Jared to read it. But the Guide is also the best help Jared could have in his battle with the creatures...

The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney ...

To be an apprenticespook Thomas Ward has to leave his old life behind him. And he has to sharpen up his wits too. But he's already well-equipped, being the seventh son of a seventh son...

The Starlight Conspiracy by Steve Voake ...

It's magical. Out of this world in fact. And Berry's got it. She can't use it and she can't hide it. So she'll just have to try and give it back...

Starseeker by Tim Bowler ...

Luke is in trouble. His father's dead, his mother would like to remarry, and he's in with the wrong sort at school. And that's just what's going on outside his head. Inside, there's a lot to master before his musical genius can really take off. Brilliant book!

The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price ...

It's one thing to live and love on the other side of the time tube, but if a bloody battle develops between the two sides where will Andrea's loyalties lie?

Stig of the Dump by Clive King ...

Stig is a caveman and he lives in a den at the bottom of the old quarry. He's Barney's secret friend. But where does Stig really come from?

Stop the Train by Geraldine McCaughrean ...

There's no point settling a township in the middle of the desert if the train won't stop at your station . . .

Storlax by Robert Jackson and Bubbi Morthens ...

Swim with the Hofsin as they make the Great Journey from their feeding grounds in the North Atlantic all the way upriver to the Home Pool.

Storm by Suzanne Fisher Staples ...

How could the loyalty of a childhood friendship withstand the onslaught of adult hypocrisy and racism?

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz ...

Reluctant teenage spy, Alex Rider, meets arch-villain, Herod Sayle.

Stravaganza: City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman ...

Sky joins the Brotherhood of Stravaganti and they must all work together to save the city of Giglia, stronghold of the great di Chimici family.

Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman ...

Lucien travels to sixteenth century Belleza and becomes deeply involved in political intrigue.

Stravaganza: City of Stars by Mary Hoffman ...

Georgia follows Lucien but she finds herself in sixteenth century Remora. There she meets other stravaganti, including Lucien, but her role turns out to be quite different.

Stung by Joss Stirling ...

Is there a mole in the Young Detective Agency? Are Kate and Nathan on the same side? And can they find the answers?

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman ...

A knife so powerful it can resolve the battle between good and evil for all time. Everyone wants it, but Will is the bearer. The second part of His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer ...

'We, Cosmo Hill, are the world's only Supernaturalists.'
Cosmo grinned weakly. 'What? You don't like clothes?'
'That's naturists, Cosmo. And nobody does that any more, not with the ozone layer spread thinner than cling film. We call ourselves Supernaturalists because we hunt supernatural creatures.'

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards ...

Twins, Jade and Rich Chance, 15, move in with their estranged father, and discover quite quickly that life is never going to be safe and quiet.

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Tag by Michael Coleman ...

Motto looks after Pete. Pete looks after Motto. Except neither of them is very good at the job. And tagging really isn't the answer to anything.

Takedown by Graham Marks ...

Time traveller has one week to save the world. Unfortunately , he doesn't have his body with him. So he has to use someone else's...

Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman ...

Gemma really likes Mike and wants to be his friend, so why does she bully him?

Temmi and the Flying Bears by Stephen Elboz ...

Cuddly flying bear is kidnapped by the wicked Witch-Queen's men and taken back to her Ice Castle. Temmi follows on behind determined to rescue.

Temmi and the Frost Dragon by Stephen Elboz ...

Well, yes, that cuddly flying bear does cause some of the problems, but he helps solve them too . . .

The Third-Class Genie by Robert Leeson ...

A genie from the days of Aladdin pops out of an old beer can to help Alec with his school bully problem. But Alec ends up having to help the genie out.

Tom Fletcher and the Angel of Death by Sarah Matthias ...

Year 1220, Tom Fletcher, reluctant chief novice at Saint Wilfred's monastery, turns detective and solves horrifying murder mystery.

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce ...

When the old grandfather clock strikes thirteen Tom knows it is time to go and play with his new friends in the garden.

Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo ...

Antonio and his little bull calf caught up in the dreadful events of the Spanish Civil War.

The Tower at Moonville by Stephen Elboz ...

It's difficult to be a Good Boy if you are under the thumb of your really wicked uncle. Nathan Wheatear prefers not to spend his life as a rat catcher.

Trail of the Huntress by Mark Robson ...

Jenna must use all her strength and skill as a trained soldier, and she must put her trust in Perdimmon the magician in order to save Calvyn from the Lords of the Inner Eye.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ...

Classic tale of treasure and treachery as Jim Hawkins sets sail in the Hispaniola. But what use is a treasure map and an honest heart if your adversary is the cunning Long John Silver?

Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish ...

Down, but not out, Peer Ulfsson survives his ghastly uncles, cold, hunger and loneliness, only to face the Troll King. He could save himself, but goes back for his friend...

Troll Mill by Katherine Langrish ...

Peer Ulfsson, fighting to find his own place in the world, learns that everything actually has to come second to loyalty and love for friends and family. Plenty of trolls and strong magic.

Troy by Adele Geras ...

I would never have thought that old story of the wooden horse could be so nerve-wracking.

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff ...

Verna La Vaughn, still sees college as her way out of the poverty trap, but finds it's easy to slip on a banana skin if you keep your eyes too firmly fixed on the horizon.

Turbulence by Jan Mark ...

Sandor Harker crashes round the Winchester family like a loose cannon on a rolling pitching deck.

The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien ...

The Fellowship of the Ring is broken and the nine companions scatter. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas follow the trail of Merry and Pippin, who are carried off by orcs, and they play their part in the battle against the Dark Shadow. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam must find a way into Mordor . . .

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Undercurrents by June Oldham ...

The receding water level in the reservoir reveals a submerged village. But long-submerged emotions also reappear . . .

Underworld by Catherine MacPhail ...

Work as a team with your own worst enemy? Would you? Could you? If your life depended on it?

Up On Cloud Nine by Anne Fine ...

Stolly lives his life up on cloud nine. Most of the time, it's just funny, but when he goes too far and thoughtlessly injures himself, it is time to stop and think about who is hurting most - Stolly, or his friends and family.

Useful Idiots by Jan Mark ...

A dystopia of political correctness, surveillance cameras and the European superstate.

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Viaduct Child by Patrick Wood ...

Dushma is unregistered, and so she is an outlaw, seeking refuge in the tunnels underneath London.

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Walkabout by James Vance Marshall ...

Stranded in the Australian desert after a plane crash, Mary and Peter go on a reluctant walkabout with an Aboriginal boy.

War Dog by Martin Booth ...

Jet, the poacher's dog, is taken into the army when her owner is sent to prison. She is trained as an infantry patrol dog and sent to France on active service.

Warehouse by Keith Gray ...

It's a place to go, when you need some space and time to sort yourself out. No questions asked.

The Weathermonger by Peter Dickinson ...

England goes primitive after falling under a strange enchantment which turns everyone against technology. Who can find the source of the spell?

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr ...

Anna and her family try to make a new life for themselves as refugees in Europe in 1933.

When Marnie Was There by Joan G Robinson ...

Is Marnie an imaginary friend? Or is she real? Perhaps it doesn't really matter. Anna and Marnie share a wonderful friendship, but when Marnie has to leave, Anna finds she is better able to make new friends . . .

Where Were You, Robert? by Hans Magnus Enzensberger ...

Robert drifts helplessly backwards in time. How can he get himself back to his own time and place?

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo ...

Not so much why the whales came as what happened when they did come. Old Birdman of Bryher turns out to be not so much a mad old coot, but a stalwart of the community.

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson ...

Thrilling battle of good against evil set in the weirdest landscape you could imagine.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin ...

Arrogant young wizard summons up a spell too powerful to control and a great evil is released into the land. Humbled, he must do what he can to avert the evil.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell ...

Epic fairytale set in the grim starving forests of Russia. Feo and her wolves set out to rescue her mother from prison.

The Wolf-Sisters by Susan Price ...

Kenelm is sent on a quest for help from the Wood-People and when he meets the terrifying and beautiful Wolf-Sisters he is faced with the choice between obedience to his King and the liberty that he yearns for.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken ...

A fast-moving story about how two cousins, Bonnie and Sylvia, have their home stolen away from them by their greedy guardian.

Worm in the Blood by Thomas Bloor ...

A transformation tale of separation, isolation and despair. Bit more than your average teenage angst.

The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo ...

Every day is a struggle for survival on the tiny island of Bryher in the Scilly Isles, but storms and wrecks can bring bounty as well as hardship.

The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence ...

Surviving the shipwreck but still at the mercy of the wreckers in the village, John Spencer must rescue his father who is being held captive somewhere.

The Wrong Hands by Nigel Richardson ...

Graham Sinclair, BOY HERO, hits the headlines and needs a support team to help him cope. Unfortunately he's not very good at choosing, perhaps because nobody's ever treated him properly, on account of his deformed hands.

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Yoss by Odo Hirsch ...

Yoss leaves his remote mountain village and goes off in search of adventure in the world outside. But he has a lot to learn about human nature.

You Don't Know Me by David Klass ...

John's mind games help him to survive the brutal treatment he receives from the man who is not his father.

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Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish by Kirsty Murray ...

Gus, dumped on grandparents he didn't know he had, in a travelling circus that he's never heard of, finds to his surprise, that it's where he belongs.

Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic ...

An eleven year old's life in Sarajevo during the civil war.