Print page

School Library Pack Books 2020

High Rise Mystery

Here are the amazing free School Library Pack books for 2020.

Perfect for students in Years 7-9, the free pack includes fifteen titles, split across three categories – Future Classics, Reluctant Readers and Non-Fiction.

Find out more about the School Library Pack

  • The Dog Runner

    Author: Bren MacDibble
    Publisher: Old Barn Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    A perilous adventure with dystopian and environmental themes that cut unnervingly close to potential reality, The Dog Runner is a tense, thrilling adventure full of close calls, but also glowing with heart, whether it's the relationship between Ella and Emery or their love for the "doggos" helping them get to where they need to be.

  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    High-Rise Mystery is the perfect ‘whodunnit’. As the two girls sift through red herrings and reveal a series of tower block secrets, short snappy sentences and sparkling dialogue will keep readers turning the pages. A mystery as hot as the summer heatwave in which it’s set!

  • Inkling

    Author: Kenneth Oppel
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Ethan’s father is a famous graphic novelist, and everyone always assumes Ethan must be an amazing artist too – except he isn’t. So when Ethan discovers Inkling – an incredible, living ink blob who ‘eats’ the ink from books, posters and magazines, then creates brilliant pictures – Ethan figures all his struggles with drawing are over.

  • Lightning Mary

    Author: Anthea Simmons
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 10-12

    Lightning Mary tells the true story of Mary Anning, a Victorian fossil expert, whose discoveries of the ichthyosaur contributed to changes in scientific thinking about the history of the earth. A brilliant read.

  • The Island at the End of Everything

    Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Amihan lives on the secluded island of Culion with her sick mum, who has leprosy. But when the government decides the island must be quarantined, Ami and all the children who don’t have the disease are forced to leave – while her mum must stay behind, along with everything Ami has ever known.

  • Ghost

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Three years ago Ghost’s dad chased him and his mum down the road with a gun. His dad got ten years in prison, and Ghost learned how to run. Ghost has never thought of athletics as a sporting option – basketball is his thing. But now, after challenging a sprinter to a race at the local track, he’s won himself a place on an elite running team.

  • Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Penniless and shoeless, 11-year-old Matt leaves home and walks to Washington DC in search of a new life. Taken in by the kindly Janey, he helps in her café. But, entranced by a customer’s tales of adventure on the high seas, Matt starts to dream of sailing the world.

  • Run Wild

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Looking for somewhere secret to practice skateboarding, Izzy and Asha ignore the ‘Danger! Do Not Enter’ signs posted around the derelict gasworks. Sneaking inside along with Izzy’s little brother Connor, they discover an amazing hidden urban wilderness. The girls practice their board skills while Connor explores the scrubland, finding cormorants, beetles… an…

  • Crush

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova
    Publisher: Yen Press
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Welcome to Berrybrook School. Jorge has a pretty comfortable life here: a spot on the athletics team and two brilliant friends. Whenever he sees Jazmine, though, he gets totally tongue-tied. He definitely doesn’t have a crush – does he?

  • Mega Robo Bros 3: Mega Robo Revenge

    Author: Neill Cameron
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 8-13
    Reading age: 8+

    Third instalment of the graphic novel series about sentient robot brothers Alex and Freddy, in which we learn more about the boys’ origins and a monster from the past returns to get revenge on their mother. Funny and full of fabulous artwork. 

  • Looking at the Stars

    Author: Lewis Hine
    Publisher: Lagom
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Lewis Hine is the inspirational teen behind life-changing charity Friend Finder Official, and winner of the Radio 1 Teen Hero Award. He’s achieved amazing things, but Lewis’s everyday life is far from simple. This is his story.

  • This Book is Not Rubbish: 50 Ways to Ditch Plastic, Reduce Rubbish and Save the World

    Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Alex Paterson
    Publisher: Wren & Rook
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9-12

    There are some worrying realities in the world at the moment when it comes to the environment. Luckily, this readable gem is full of ideas for kids to take charge of their home’s impact on the environment. 

  • Football School: Star Players

    Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Featuring 50 outstanding football players, this is a who’s who guide to the footballing world, from Eniola Aluko to Zinédine Zidane. Players included come from all around the world and from across the last century.

  • Business for Beginners

    Author: Lara Bryan and Rose Hall Illustrator: Kellan Stover
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    There’s a lot more to business than power suits – businesses come in all shapes and sizes and are everywhere around us, from young people selling cookies at the school fair to the people who sold you your mobile phone.

  • 100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computing and Coding

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Did you know that scientists are developing ways to store data inside plant DNA? Or did you know that numbers are used to power the GPS on your smartphone? Have you ever wondered what a Googleplex is? Or piphilology? Or what the first computer game was?