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School Library Pack Books 2019

An image of the cover of What is Gender by Juno Dawson

Check out the amazing books available in The School Library Pack 2019.

With a range of genres there is everything from future classics, astounding non-fiction and engaging books for reluctant readers.

  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans
    Publisher: Rock the Boat

    Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to prevent it from being cut down by developers. This is the perfect feel-good book from one of South Africa’s top children’s authors.

  • Star by Star

    Author: Sheena Wilkinson
    Publisher: Little Island

    When her mum dies in the 1918 flu epidemic, 15-year-old Stella returns to Northern Ireland to live with an aunt she has never met. The war has ended and women (over the age of 30 with property) are about to vote for the first time. Fascinating and inspiring. 

  • The House With Chicken Legs

    Author: Sophie Anderson
    Publisher: Usborne

    A story of death, magic and the afterlife told by Marinka, who is desperate not to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and wants to find her own destiny. Loosely based on the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga, this story is delightfully macabre and utterly engrossing.

  • Ghost Boys

    Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Publisher: Orion

    In Chicago, a white police officer shoots and kills black 12-year-old Jerome, mistaking his toy gun for a real one. As a ghost, young Jerome witnesses the aftermath of his death. A beautiful and tragic book that unfortunately feels very necessary.

  • Boy 87

    Author: Ele Fountain
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s

    This is a timely and important book which illuminates the realities of life as a refugee. The horrors that 14-year-old Shif is escaping are all too real, but this is ultimately a story about the power of kindness and the strength of the human spirit.

  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson
    Publisher: Puffin

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic full-colour graphic novel about friendship and awesome, strong girls, this a genuine joy to read. 

  • Flesh and Blood

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Bill thinks his wish for a brother has come true when his family takes in a boy injured during a World War Two air raid - but is he about to discover that wishes can go horribly wrong? A spine-chilling story from the master of spookiness, Chris Priestley.

  • Mind Writer

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Nelson Evergreen
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Luke has a secret, a hidden skill: he can read minds. But when Luke meets Samira, he can't read her mind at all. A gripping thriller where fantasy meets horror - perfect for fearless older children or reluctant and dyslexic readers.

  • The Last Kids on Earth

    Author: Max Brallier
    Publisher: Egmont

    Jack Sullivan is 42 days into the monster zombie apocalypse and doing pretty well, but that's all thrown into jeopardy when a monster called Blarg becomes intent on killing him off... A fast-paced, funny story that's a mix between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Shaun of the Dead.

  • A Different Dog

    Author: Paul Jennings
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    A boy taking part in a running competition stops to help a van which has crashed - but the only survivor is a dog. This emotional novella follows his quest to get his new friend to safety and is perfect for reluctant or struggling readers.

  • The Children of Willesden Lane

    Author: Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
    Publisher: Hachette

    Aspiring concert pianist Lisa Jura is just 14 when she is forced to leave Germany behind and travel to England on the Kindertransport. Told by her daughter Mona, it's an eye-opening insight into life as a young refugee during World War Two.

  • Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    A fun and funky graphic exploration of some of the greatest scientists you’ve ever heard of – and maybe a few you haven’t!

  • What is Gender?

    Author: Juno Dawson
    Publisher: Hachette

    An informative, no-nonsense guide looking at the concept of gender and the different issues surrounding it, featuring personal stories to bring it all to life.

  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover
    Publisher: Usborne

    It's increasingly important for young people to learn about politics and how they can get involved. This engaging book introduces different political systems, ideologies and big questions - and explains how its readers can make a difference.

  • Real-Life Mysteries

    Author: Susan Martineau Illustrator: Vicky Barker
    Publisher: b small

    An ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, crop circles, ghosts etc. A chance to examine the evidence and maybe solve a mystery.