The Bookbuzz 2023 books are here

We are so excited to share this year's Bookbuzz book selection with you!

Each Bookbuzz student can choose their book to take home and keep, and all Bookbuzz schools will get two copies of every book to boost their bookshelves.

Behind the scenes choosing the Bookbuzz books

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We've selected a wide variety of titles, from non-fiction reads for curious minds to fast-paced page-turners to make sure that Bookbuzz has something for everyone.

Each Bookbuzz student can choose their book to take home and keep, and all Bookbuzz schools will get two copies of every book to boost their bookshelves.

Can You Feel the Noise

Author: Stewart Foster

Author Stewart Foster – who also experienced hearing loss as a teenager – explores the challenges around disability and deafness, the ups and downs of changing friendships, and rediscovering your confidence when things take an expected turn. Sophie is highly relatable and this is a sensitively told and emotionally engaging character-driven story.

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Dread Wood

Author: Jennifer Killick

As the fear and dread build up in this tense thriller, a group of misfits is forced to work as a team to defeat the most terrifying of hidden attackers. Not for the faint-hearted, this edge-of-seat horror is hard to put down, with many chapters ending on a cliff-hanger.

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Kay’s Marvellous Medicine

Author: Adam Kay Illustrator: Henry Paker

If your children aren’t already whizzes at medical facts and the history of medicine (and who is?), then they might like to brush up with Adam Kay’s completely marvellous and very funny book.

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Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good

Author: Louie Stowell

After playing one trick too many, Loki, Norse god of mischief, is sent by Odin to live on earth as an 11-year-old boy for one month to mend his ways. Furious that he must suffer indignities such as attending school and doing chores, Loki struggles to be good.

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My Own Lightning

Author: Lauren Wolk

Annabelle is walking home from school when she’s caught in a summer storm and struck by lightning. Somebody saves her life – she has a memory of them pounding their fist on her heart to restart it – but then leaves. Who was it, and why would they save her life and then disappear? And now, after the lightning, the world feels different to Annabelle: her norma…

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Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

Author: Tọlá Okogwu

Onyeka has always hated her hair so it’s ironic that it should turn out to be the source of a spectacular superpower.

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Our Sister, Again

Author: Sophie Cameron

Exploring a number of ethical questions, Our Sister, Again is simultaneously an intriguing mystery and a moving story of grief, family bonds, and what it means to be human.

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Rise of the School for Good and Evil

Author: Soman Chainani

When twins Rhian and Rafal assume their new positions as school masters, they feel confident in their ability to ensure balance between good and evil. However, the arrival of a new student sparks competition between the two brothers, leaving the balance skewed and the school in disarray.

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Striking Out

Author: Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga

This engaging and uplifting novel, which celebrates friendship and community, is based on Ian Wright’s own childhood experiences and will appeal to any aspiring sportsperson. 

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Super Sidekicks: Ocean’s Revenge

Author: Gavin Aung Than

When the world’s superheroes start disappearing one by one and a mysterious mass begins moving through the water towards the city, it’s clear that it’s up to the Super Sidekicks to save the day.

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Swan Song

Author: Gill Lewis

A young boy expelled for hurting a classmate is sent to stay with his Grandad in a tiny village, where he begins to find comfort in the peace and beauty of nature. This moving novel sensitively explores some of the pressures faced by teenagers and their potential impact on mental health. 

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Swarm Rising

Author: Tim Peake and Steve Cole

An absorbing, exciting, sci-fi adventure based on an ingenious concept, thoughtfully planned and with a strong environmental message.

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The Awesome Book of Animals

Author: Adam Frost

If you have ever wondered which animal moves slowest, is the most deadly, or even poos the most – then this is the book for you! Sure to be a hit with fact lovers and animal lovers alike.


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The Secret Sunshine Project

Author: Benjamin Dean Illustrator: Sandhya Prabhat

How will a sleepy village react when Bea attempts to bring the glitter and rainbows of Pride to their doorstep?

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Author: M. G. Leonard

Twitch is a kind, sensitive 12-year-old boy, who adores birds. He plans to spend the summer at his secret birdwatching hide, so is frustrated when his peaceful retreat is overrun with police officers on the hunt for an escaped prisoner. This engaging and uplifting tale about friendship, trust and the wonder of nature is seamlessly interwoven with an int…

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Xtinct!: T-Rex Terror

Author: Ash Stone

First instalment of a riotous, science fiction adventure series in which long-extinct creatures are brought back to life. 

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