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Bookbuzz 2016

Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden

Here are the Bookbuzz titles for 2016! Year 7 and 8 students in Bookbuzz schools were able to choose their own book to keep from this list - with something for every reader.

This list is a great illustration of what BookBuzz can provide for your school, with something for everyone, including books fro veracious readers, reluctant readers amd SEND pupils.

  • The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    When Mike swaps his dad for his friend Nathan’s two goldfish his mum is not pleased. But when Mike tries to get his dad back, he finds he's already been traded for an electric guitar.

  • Gigantosaurus

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 7+

    Wonderfully characterised and atmospheric illustrations complement humorous rhyming text in a story that will appeal to young dinosaur-lovers. Ideal for reading to groups as plenty of repetition will encourage youngsters to join in.

  • Arrowhead

    Author: Ruth Eastham
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    With its complex, well-defined characters and vivid setting, Arrowhead's narrative shares much of the same dark driving power that drives Viking mythology, in this thrilling time-slip novel.

  • The Lie Tree

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    This dark, exciting novel delves into the world of religion versus science in the late 1800s, and twists towards a thrilling climax.

  • My Brother is a Superhero

    Author: David Solomons
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Fast-moving, very funny, and gleefully mining the comic potential of the superhero genre, this is an inventive story about Luke: superhero expert and comic-lover.

  • Gorilla Dawn

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    This book tells the story of Imara, taken as a small child from her village when rebels raid it, and brainwashed into thinking that she has magical powers.

  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

    Author: Lara Williamson
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

    Becket Rumsey decides to investigate the reasons behind the strange actions of some of the adults in his life. With the help of his brother Billy and his pet snail Brian, he uncovers some difficult truths - and some beautiful ones.

  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Stuck on a train, a boy listens to a stranger’s story about one moment that could have stopped World War II. A thought-provoking story that young history enthusiasts will especially welcome.

  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    A son of two scientists, it's only natural that Albie uses quantum theory when his mum dies, to find a parallel universe where she's still alive. Considering the topics covered, it's a light read that even reluctant readers might be tempted to try.

  • The Bear and the Piano

    Author: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 5+

    A bear's piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator.

  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Petunia Perry is writing her memoir to fully explain why she's no longer friends with Cammy - and why, therefore, she and Cammy's band are unlikely to be the Next Big Thing.

  • Leopard's Snore!

    Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 3+

    A sturdy book with an appealing puppet that pokes her head through a hole in each page of the book, this is one of a series featuring different puppet characters, based loosely on the natural and spontaneous noises our bodies can make.

  • Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom Publishing
    Interest age: 8-14
    Reading age: 7+

    Both loyal Boffin Boy fans, and those discovering the series for the first time, will enjoy this outlandish adventure about a famous female scientist who is planting trees that look disturbingly like people and animals.

  • You Killed Me!

    Author: Keith Gray
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 8+

    Toby wakes in the middle of the night and there's a ghost at the end of his bed. It's the ghost of a man with a hole in his head - a ghost claiming that Toby killed him.

  • 13 Hours

    Author: Narinder Dhami
    Publisher: Tamarind (Random House)
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9-13

    Twelve-year-old Anni never really questions why her frightened, ill mother won't leave their once grand but now dilapidated house - until, one day, her mum's worst fears are realised. An exciting, page-turning story.

  • River of Ink: Genesis

    Author: Helen Dennis
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    River Boy is washed up on the banks of the River Thames, unable to find his voice or memory. The only things he can draw on are his visions and mysterious symbols. An exciting first book in a trilogy.

  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    This is the real life story of one of the most incredible and inspirational young people in the world. Reading this book might just change the way you think and feel.