The Bookbuzz books for 2019
We're pleased to announce the 17 exciting books that will be on offer for this year's Bookbuzz: a school reading programme for ages 11-13. With 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.
This first book by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan offers a fascinating picture of his childhood. With a light touch and plenty of wit, he recalls the influences and events that helped to shape his life and career. Entertaining, accessible and inspiring.
A dark secret locked inside an ancient vault; three long-lost keys; an evil alien intent on destroying the universe. Oh, and a talking plant. This talking begonia’s cry for help reveals that the galaxy is in dire peril, and naturally only Doctor Who (Jodie Whitaker’s incarnation specifically), along with her friends Yaz, Ryan and Graham, can save the day.
Carson and his friends are into drone racing but the older kids always outclass them with more expensive tech. When they come across a faster drone, they think they're in luck – but then they discover the military want it back. Brilliantly filmic and unputdownable.
A new country, new home, and now a new school. Lucy misses her friends, her stammer is worse than ever, and now school bully Dakota has made an extremely embarrassing video of Lucy’s disastrous first day and posted it online for everyone to see.
Angelica – Jelly for short – is the ‘Funny One’ at school, known for her clever impressions and comedy sketches. But being funny is a fine line and behind all the humour, Jelly’s hiding anxieties about her weight. If they’re laughing with her, they’re not laughing at her, right? And she has another secret too, a secret hobby: writing poetry.
World War II is on the horizon and Rosie’s been evacuated to the countryside to be safe from the threat of bombs. However, the village where she’s staying isn’t as idyllic as it at first appears and Mary, the girl she’s staying with, is a terrible bully and determined to be as nasty as possible.
Josh and his twin brother JB are mad about basketball. They’re stars of their school team and being on the court is everything. Although different from each other, the two brothers have always been as close as can be. But things are changing. JB’s more interested in spending time with the new girl at school than with Josh, and as the fractures in their broth…
Pia lives on the last zoo: a floating armada that houses the strangest collection of creatures the world’s ever seen, from genies to mirror-orangutans to hummingdragons. Collectively called ‘voilas’, they each have a special ability, and everyone hopes these will help save the world from environmental catastrophe.
Ruby’s been uprooted from her home in Australia and moved to the mountains of India, where her dad’s got a new job managing a hotel. Australia was everything she knew and loved, and was full of memories of her mum, who died last year.
When he receives a mysterious letter written in blood asking, ‘Who Killed Darius Drake?’, Darius – who is very much alive – is determined to find out who sent it and why. Recruiting schoolmate Arthur’s help, the first clue leads them to a creepy old abandoned house across town. But what they find there is not what they expected.
Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam.
Hannah’s parents seem to have forgotten her, preoccupied by current quarrels with her older sister. School isn’t much better – Hannah’s noticing a rift with her two so-called best friends, who seem wholly concerned with boys and whether other people are wearing the 'right' jeans. Then she finds a journal in the park. Hannah is fascinated by its creator, Sami…
Red Monster is out and about, playing with his friends. Racing in the garden, jumping around the park and whooshing through town, they’re playing their favourite game: tickling! Red Monster thinks he’s the best at tickling, but what’ll happen when his friends catch up with him and tickle him too?