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We have listed below a few of the story books which we recommend as good reading material for older children who are able to read alone, and we will add to the list on a regular basis. They are available to purchase, or alternatively check with your local library to see if they are available to borrow.

 

 

 

Angels in Training

Angels in Training
Karen McCombie
This is the second book in this brilliant paperback series for girls, and continues the story of Riley and her relationship with her exciting new friends-with-a-difference! This story sees the girls trying to seek out who needs their help after some strange things start happening at school, but is it who they think it is, and can Riley find out what's wrong with Pearl? The story again does an excellent job of tackling some very sensitive issues.

 

£6.99 (www.puffin.co.uk)

 Angels Next Door

 

Angels Next Door
Karen McCombie
This is the first in a really lovely series of paperback books for older girls (5-8yrs) which focuses on shy-girl Riley and her little stepsister Dot! When Riley's neighbour and best mate Tia moves away, some very intriguing new neighbours move in - sisters Sunshine, Pearl and Kitt Angelo - who mark the beginning of some wierd, wonderful and very glittery goings-on around Chestnut Crescent! A well written book which tackles some delicate issues in a sensitive way.

 

£6.99 (www.puffin.co.uk)

 

 Screaming Sands

 

Screaming Sands: The Day the Donkey Dropped Dead
Sam Hay
A ghoolishly funny story for older children who like things that go bump in the night! A small rainy holiday town is doomed following the passing of its only attraction, Doris the donkey, but Davie and his new friend Ruby come across a way to bring the town back to life...or should that be death!! Will they be prepared for the new tourists that await them...most importantly, will Davie's ice-cream sundaes still be a hit?!

 

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

The Case of the Hidden City

The Case of the Hidden City
Joan Lennon
A fourth book in the really fun adventure series focusing on
 Slightly Jones, a wannabe Sherlock Holmes who, in this story, finds herself in Paris in the hunt for The Hidden City, a secret organisation who are behind a wave of stolen paintings. She soon finds herself embroiled in not one but two cases, but has she bitten off more than she can chew?

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 Edwin Spencer Spirit World

 

Edwin Spencer: Spirit World
J. D. Irwin
The third and final book in the Edwin Spencer fantasy series, in which Edwin Spencer and his side-kick Perpetua return to the parallel world of Hysteria where they soon become entangled in an adventure to find a missing Hysterian relic. Complete with skeletons, spirits and spells, it's a brilliant read full of humour and fantasty...if you dare!

 

£6.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Fabulous Four Fish Fingers

 

The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers
Jason Beresford
A delightfully funny illustrated story book about four friends who get the chance to become superheros! Their new identities aren't quite what they wished for however, and in their bid to save their home town from the evil and very hairy villains Jumper Jack Flash and The Panteater, not everything quite goes to plan...wille the sweets (and pants) of Tumchester ever be safe?

 

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

 Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Hilda and the Midnight Giant
Luke Pearson
Another in a series of delightfully illustrated and written books about a little girl called Hilda and her mysterious and wild adventures. Written in a comic book style fashion, this story focuses on her mission to find out why her house is being targetted by tiny hidden elves, and why a strange giant keeps appearing each night at midnight! But will she manage to do it in time? A great book for stimulating young imaginations.

£12.95 (www.flyingeyebooks.com)

 Hilda and the Troll

Hilda and the Troll
Luke Pearson
A very intriguing and delightfully illustrated comic strip style book, which follows Hilda and her magical adventures around the mountains, leading her to discover midnight giants, weird woodmen and trolls! A book with a difference that will certainly stretch your child's imagination and curiosity.

£12.95 (www.flyingeyebooks.com)

Captain Valiant Revenge of the Black Phantom

 

Captain Valiant: Revenge of the Black Phantom
Adam Britten & Arthur Hamer
A good fun illustrated story about a superhero family, which follows their son Mark Taylor (aka Dynamic Boy!) as he learns to make the most of his superpowers to save the Earth...despite help from his embarassing Dad (aka Captain Valiant) and rubbish costume! How will he fair against the nefarious 'Abaddon'? A well written book sure to entertain all superhero fans!

£5.99 (www.piccadillypress.co.uk)

 

The Odds

 

The Odds
Adam Perrott & Tom McLaughlin 
A very amusing illustrated storybook for older children (8yrs+) about the Odds, a fun-filled family of professional pranksters who cause meddling, mischief and mayhem wherever they go...after all, that's their job! The joke is on them though when the apparently unprankable Plopwells move into nearby Snootypants Manor with all sorts of plans for the neighbourhood - but will the Odds be able to save their road in time! Definitely a book to appeal to the boys!

£4.99 (www.stripespublishing.co.uk)

 

 

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Gym Stars: Summertime & Summersaults

Jane Lawes
One in a series of paperback stories about a young girl called Tara and her quest to be a professional gymnast. This story sees Tara joining the Silverdale Gym Club where she gets to perform at the Silverdale Summer Display and finds out that with practise and determination she can be every bit as good as her talented teammates! 

£4.99 (www.usborne.co.uk)

 

Edwin Spencer Shadow Magic

 

Edwin Spencer: Shadow Magic
J. D. Irwin
The fantastic second book in the Edwin Spencer series, where school loser Edwin finds himself returning to the peculia kingdom of Hysteria to help his doppelganger Prince Auvlin win a triathlon! Accompanied by his school swot sidekick, Perpetua Allbright, Edwin soon realises that not everything, or everyone, is what they seem!

£6.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Usborne Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe

 

Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin & Jess Mikhail
She's back...another three hilariously written and illustrated stories for older children about Penelope 'Penny Dreadful' Jones, and her 'brilliant ideas' that always seem to backfire! From looking after the school rat, to finding the perfect show-and-tell, to visiting Gran in hospital, there is never a dull moment when Penny Dreadful and her best friend Cosmo Moon Webster are around! Simply wonderful!
...highly recommend

£4.99 (www.usborne.com)

 

 

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster

 

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin & Jess Mikhail
A brilliantly written and illustrated laugh-out-loud book recommended for children aged 7+ years. The book contains three hilarious stories about a little girl called Penelope Jones (aka Penny Dreadful to her family) and her 'brilliant ideas' that never quite go according to plan. From hairdressing to abandoned dogs to huge swarms of locusts...mayhem, drama and disaster are all part of a day's work for Penny Dreadful and her best friend Cosmo the Jedi!
...highly recommend

£4.99 (www.usborne.com)

 

Swarf

Swarf: The Day the World Stood Still
L.P. Howarth
A moving story about 14 year-old Ant Hart who is desperate to get his granny to hospital when she becomes critically ill. The only problem is, the Swarf has arrived, where all the petrol in the world has turned to a green gel, making Ant's travel options somewhat difficult. They must continue their journey by whatever means possible, but will they make it in time?

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Badlands Range Wars

Badlands Range Wars
Eldridge James
The second of a new adventure series, this is a heart-warming and action-packed story about a small gang of orphan boys living in the old West. After losing their shack, they go on the hunt for work and new lodgings. However out in the open range, their boldness and bravery get them into some sticky situations as they vow to catch a group of dangerous cattle rustlers.

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Company of Angels

Company of Angels
Lili Wilkinson
A wonderfully written and very moving historical story about a young boy called Gabriel and his life-changing encounter with Stephan who claims to be a Holy prophet. Together they form an army of children and begin a gruelling adventure to save the Holy Land from the monstrous Saracen....but all is not what it seems!

£6.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Slightly Jones London Dragonfish

The Case of the London Dragonfish
Joan Lennon
A well-written first story in a series about Slightly Jones, whose ambitions to become the next Sherlock Holmes get her into a sticky situation when she tries to rescue back a valuable exhibit which has been stolen from the Natural History Museum. But who will rescue her? 

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

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Invisible Brother
Pete Johnson & Mike Gordon
Following his adventures in Bug Brother, Jamie and his annoying little brother Harry are up to more mischief! Harry steals Jamie's magic cape to try and impress his new gang, but unfortunately things don't quite go to plan, and Jamie and his best friend Reema must save the day...and his cape! 

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

Sharp Returns

Sharp Returns
Dominic Barker
One in a series of books about Mickey Sharp - a 14 year old private eye for teenagers - this story focuses on Mickey's latest case to investigate a possible Head Boy election scam at his school...a lot is at stake for Mickey, but will he find out what's going on in time? This is a really funny book which touches on some sensitive teenage issues in a lighthearted but effective way!

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

The Muckers Tale

The Mucker's Tale
Joan Lennon & Scoular Anderson
A hero's story about a stable boy who saves the day against the vile Prince Franck, with a little help from his flying horses and the 'magical' Princess Emmeline! 

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

The Worry Tree

The Worry tree
Marianne Musgrove
A lovely story about Juliet and the secret painting she uncovers in her new room which helps her to deal with the anxieties she faces at home and school.  

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Tom Fletcher and the Three Wise Men

Tom Fletcher and the Three Wise Men
Sarah Matthias
A fantastically gripping medieval story for older children (9+ years), about a novice monk who becomes embroiled in a murderous adventure that lures him to the sinister streets of London, where he must try to save his friend Bessie and solve the mystery.

£6.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

The Wainscott Weasel

The Wainscott Weasel
Tor Seidler & Fred Marcellino
A wonderfully written story with nice illustrations, aimed at children aged 9+ years, about a Wainscott Weasel called Bagley Brown who falls in love with Bridget,
a beautiful bass, and risks his own life to help her when danger strikes. With a little help from his friends he saves the day...but is it too late for Bridget?

£8.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Sir Quinton Quest

Sir Quinton Quest - The Yetis Hunt for Sir Quinton!
Kaye Umansky
One in a series of humerous books for children aged 7+ years about the adventures of Sir Quinton Quest. Complete with amusing pictures, this is the story of Sir Quinton's hunt for the vandal who defaced his photo at the Explorers Club, unaware meanwhile that he is being tracked down by a rather unusual fanclub!

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

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Jake Our Hero
Annette & Nick Butterworth
One in a series of storybooks for older children about The Adventures of Jake, with wonderful full-colour illustrations throughout. This story follows Jake in his attempts to save his friends from being kidnapped by dog thieves, even though he ends up putting himself in danger. But will they all be able to get home in time for Christmas?

£9.99 hardback (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

What to do about Holly

What to do About Holly
Joan Linguard
A compelling read about a young girl Holly, who's life take an unexpected turn when her Mum puts her on a train to visit her Dad, in the care of a children's author who ends up looking after Holly for a little longer than she was expecting!

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

TaleS from the Sick Bed

Tales from the Sick bed - Fever Dreams
L.P. Howarth
One in a series of cleverly written books containing a collection of seriously wierd and wonderful short stories that will stretch your child's imagination to the limit! 

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Tales from the Sick Bed

Tales from the Sick bed - The Medicine Chest
L.P. Howarth

One in a series of cleverly written books containing a collection of seriously wierd and wonderful short stories that will stretch your child's imagination to the limit!

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Tales from the Sick Bed

Tales from the Sick bed - Brainstorms
L.P. Howarth

One in a series of cleverly written books containing a collection of seriously wierd and wonderful short stories that will stretch your child's imagination to the limit!

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Thunder The White Horse

Thunder The White Horse
Ursula Dubosarsky
A gentle story about a girl's love for an old horse, and how she copes with the emotion of losing something special.

£3.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Fibby Libby - A Shark Ate My Socks

Fibby Libby - A Shark Ate My Socks
Ros Asquith
Another in the Fibby Libby series, this is an amusing story of Libby's quest to be anything but normal, and her imagination takes over when she is asked to describe her summer holiday to her class at school. But will the truth emerge?

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Bug Brother

Bug Brother
Pete Johnson & Mike Gordon
You can’t turn your annoying little brother into a bluebottle, can you? Jamie does, with the help of his magic cape. But will he be able to change him back before his Mum and Dad return home!

£4.99
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www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Roodica The Rude and the Famous Flea Trick

Roodica The Rude and the Famous Flea Trick
Margaret Ryan
A fun storybook for older children set in Roman times, with colourful characters and great illustrations to depict one Celtic girl's fight back against the Romans. Roodica the Rude sets a cunning plan to get her sister's favourite chair back from Fatius Guttus and his son Copius Mucus, with help from her friend Gideon and pet dog Fleabag, complete with fleas!

£4.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Jake in Danger

Jake in Danger
Annette & Nick Butterworth
One in a series of storybooks for older children about The Adventures of Jake, with wonderful full-colour illustrations throughout. In this story, Jake turns detective when the birds in the local park are found injured, and ends up teaming up with Boris the Afghan Hound (initially his prime suspect!) to solve the mystery and clear his own name.

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Jake a Friend Indeed

Jake a Friend Indeed
Annette & Nick Butterworth
One in a series of storybooks for older children about The Adventures of Jake, with wonderful full-colour illustrations throughout. The story centres around Jake's visit to a farm and his aspirations of hearding sheep. Life in the country turns out to be rather more dangerous than he first imagines, but he manages to save the day in the end!

£5.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

Fibby Libby

Fibby Libby - A Ghost Ate My Toast
Ros Asquith
A lovely storybook for older children about Libby Normal who longs not to be ordinary, and whose vivid imagination goes wild when she stays with her Aunt in the country for the week.

£3.99 (www.catnippublishing.co.uk)

 

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