The Bookbuzz books 2021

Check out  the 17 exciting books for Bookbuzz 2021: a wide variety of titles, from non-fiction reads for curious minds, to fast-paced page-turners, 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.

Behind the scenes choosing the Bookbuzz books

BookTrust Bookbuzz logo

Across the Risen Sea

Author: Bren MacDibble

Set in a future world where rising sea levels have collapsed the governments and everyday resources are precious commodities, Across the Risen Sea is a page-turning adventure starring a wild spark of a character who must save her home.

Read more about Across the Risen Sea

Animal Antics

Author: DK

Smile… you’re on camera! In these candid and hilarious photographs, lots of different animals have been caught in the act of making funny faces or doing the silliest looking of things. There’s a laughing leopard, polar bears having a boogie, and even a Komodo dragon practising kung-fu.

Each photo is accompanied by a short paragraph of text that reveals the s…

Read more about Animal Antics

D-Day Dog

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

Jack’s favourite things are his dog, Finn, and playing war-themed videogames with his dad, who’s an army reservist. He’s excited about the school trip to Normandy and the class project on World War II. War and being a soldier seem like really exciting things.

As the class begins the research for their project, though, Jack’s perceptions are questioned at eve…

Read more about D-Day Dog

Fire Boy

Author: J M Joseph Illustrator: Samuel Perrett

A hair-raising and hilarious tale of treachery, circus tricks and some most unusual superpowers.

Read more about Fire Boy

InvestiGators

Author: John Patrick Green

Mango and Brash, two alligator detectives, have an assignment to go undercover at Batter Down bakery when chef Gustavo Mustachio goes missing - and when a customer orders a person-sized birthday cake, the mystery deepens!

Read more about InvestiGators

Rat

Author: Patrice Lawrence

Al's mum is back in prison again - and Al thinks it's their neighbour's fault, so he plots revenge with his beloved pet rats, Venom and Vulture. A moving insight into the world of a young boy affected by poverty, neglect and crime, who eventually earns to trust. 

Read more about Rat

Slick

Author: M. M. Vaughan

Slick is an android – a robot that looks and behaves just like a human. But no one knows he’s an android, not even him. What Slick does know is that it’s important to have the coolest clothes and the best tech, and be friends with the popular kids. That’s what everyone’s always telling him, anyway – his parents, his teacher, his Uncle Martin.

Danny is defini…

Read more about Slick

Star Switch

Author: Alesha Dixon

Naomi may be a famous popstar at just fifteen years old, but every minute of her life is micromanaged by her manager-slash-mum. She’s tired, bored and acting out.

Ruby loves to sing and dance but is too shy to tell anyone other than her best friend about it. She’s also Naomi’s biggest fan and dreams of being her and being on stage.

But Naomi’s and Ruby’s liv…

Read more about Star Switch

Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission

Author: David Long Illustrator: Stefano Tambellini

Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were over 200,000 miles from Earth, in a rocket on the way to the moon, when a faulty wire caused a disastrous explosion. With compromised support systems and one oxygen tank completely destroyed, their survival was on the line.

This is the true story of the famous Apollo 13 mission, told in an accessible na…

Read more about Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission

The Funny Life of Teachers

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones

You shouldn’t believe everything you read in this imaginative and inventive ‘guide’ to anything and (almost) everything related to school and teachers!

Packed with cartoon-style illustrations, this highly interactive book mixes together real and made-up facts about school and teachers, with hilarious results. Topics include the different types of teachers an…

Read more about The Funny Life of Teachers

The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Author: Phil Hickes

The worst thing about seeing a ghost is that nobody believes you…

Aveline loves ghost stories. She’s staying with her aunt in a stormy seaside town for October half-term and has found a book of local ghost stories in the town’s second-hand bookstore. But as she reaches the end of the book she discovers the last story has been completely crossed out, making i…

Read more about The Haunting of Aveline Jones

The Infinite

Author: Patience Agbabi

Only a very few Leaplings (born on 29th February) have ‘The Gift’: the ability to leap backwards or forwards through time. Elle Bibi-Imbelé Ifiè - who loves her name, white food, and her Nigerian heritage - is one of them. The first book in Patience Agbabi's Leap Cycle series is fresh, exciting, bold and witty, with a thoughtful character-driven plot an…

Read more about The Infinite

The Middler

Author: Kirsty Applebaum

In the town of Fennis Wick, there are two rules: eldests go to military camp when they turn 14, and you don’t talk to wanderers, like Maggie. This dystopian novel, set in a seemingly idyllic town, will send a shiver down the spine. 

Read more about The Middler

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

Author: Jenny Pearson Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Do miracles really happen? Freddie Yates isn’t convinced. Until the summer he goes on an unexpected journey with his two best friends.

Read more about The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

Tiger Heart

Author: Penny Chrimes Illustrator: Levente Szabo

Left on the orphanage doorstep as a baby, Fly doesn’t know anything about her past. Working as a chimney sweep, she mostly lives on the streets and has to scrounge for food. But when she decides to run away and jumps down an unknown chimney to escape her employer, she’s surprised to find herself face-to-face with a tiger. She’s even more surprised when the t…

Read more about Tiger Heart

When Life Gives You Mangoes

Author: Kereen Getten

Twelve year-old Clara can’t remember what happened last summer, or understand why her best friend is so angry with her. What mysteries will she uncover this summer?

Read more about When Life Gives You Mangoes

Wonderscape

Author: Jennifer Bell Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly

Three friends slip through a time portal and find themselves thrown 400 years into the future, trapped in a complex virtual reality video game world called Wonderscape... but how will they find their way out?

Read more about Wonderscape