The Bookbuzz books 2020

Check out  the 17 exciting books for Bookbuzz 2020: 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.

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A Darkness of Dragons

Author: S.A. Patrick

When Patch agrees to help find a way to break the curse that’s turned his friend Wren into a rat, he has no idea it’ll land him in quite as much trouble as it does.

In Patch’s world, playing music has a magical effect: it can conjure courage or make you dance until exhausted, and everyone lives under the shadow of the actions of the evil Piper of Hamelyn. Te…

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And Then I Turned into a Mermaid

Author: Laura Kirkpatrick

Molly Seabrook really just wants to be normal. And popular if possible. But when, at midnight on her thirteenth birthday, her mum and older sisters take her on a mysterious trip to the beach and reveal that she’s half-mermaid, Molly knows with absolute certainty that normal is never going to happen.

Being a mermaid might sound pretty cool, but when you just …

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Animals Up Close

Author: DK

Did you know that you can count the ring patterns on a tortoise’s shell to find out how old they are? Or that seahorses are actually fish?

Animals Up Close showcases over thirty creatures with close-up photographic images and simple facts about how they live and the special adaptations they have that help them survive. From the tree-climbing Racer Snake and …

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Check Mates

Author: Stewart Foster

Felix feels like he’s permanently in trouble at school. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but it’s just not that simple. His mind is constantly changing direction, making it impossible to concentrate, and no-one gets how frustrating it is.

When his Granddad decides teaching Felix to play chess will help, Felix will do anything to get out of it. Aside…

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City of Ghosts

Author: Victoria Schwab

Instead of summer at the beach, Cassidy’s parents have dragged her on a trip to Edinburgh to film their new TV show. This wouldn’t be so bad, except that since her near-death experience last year, Cass has been able to see and feel ghosts whenever they’re near –and Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world.

Cassidy can cross the ‘veil’ into a …

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Crater Lake

Author: Jennifer Killick

Lance and his friends aren't looking forward to the school trip to Crater Lake - for one thing, school bully Trent hasn't forgiven Lance for the incident at the start of Year Six. For another, they've just seen a man covered in blood at the side of the road warning them to run. And there's definitely something weird about their teachers... Spooky, thrilling …

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Home Ground

Author: Alan Gibbons

Sam’s football team is second to last in their league and desperate not to be relegated. They try really hard but have barely won a game all season and Jordan, their captain, isn’t much of a team player, fighting his own team and blaming them for their poor record.

When Sam recruits skilled players Hasan and Faisal to join the team, it looks like their luck …

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Icarus Was Ridiculous

Author: Pamela Butchart

Izzy and her friends are on a class trip to the British Museum. When one classmate fails to pay attention to the teacher, holding everyone up, Izzy’s inspired to tell the story of Icarus who, after failing to listen to his dad’s instructions, flies too close to the sun with his wax wings, with catastrophic results.

This is Ancient Greece as you’ve never seen…

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Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Author: Humza Arshad and Henry White Illustrator: Aleksei Bitskoff

Humza Khan is an 11-year-old who devotes most of his energy into trying to be a cool rapper, AKA Little Badman. A perfect read for Tom Gates fans: prepare for big belly laughs and great advice on how to be yourself.

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Little Bird Flies

Author: Karen McCombie

Bridie loves the tiny Scottish island where she lives, but can’t help dreaming of what lies beyond the boundaries of this small world; she’s determined that one day she’ll fly free and cross the ocean to America. But for now she’s tied to Tornish by traditions and promises and family. Until Bridie’s island life is turned upside down by the arrival of a new L…

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Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It

Author: Susie Day

When Max meets Tal and his two dads, he learns that there are lots of different ways to be a man, and that his own dad’s expectations of him at such a young age aren't fair. An utterly remarkable book about families, being a boy and coping with loss. 

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Real-Life Mysteries

Author: Susan Martineau Illustrator: Vicky Barker

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.

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Some Places More Than Others

Author: Renée Watson

Amara desperately wants a trip to New York for her birthday, to meet her dad’s family and see where he grew up and she can’t understand why her parents are reticent about the trip. Until she discovers her dad hasn’t spoken to his dad, Grandpa Earl, for twelve years – not since the day she was born. What could make them so mad at each other?

For Amara, this m…

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Super Sidekicks: No Adults Allowed

Author: Gavin Aung Than

JJ and his friends Fly Girl and Dinomite are sick of being taken for granted by the adult superheroes they work for. It’s time to stage a revolution and prove that they’re not just sidekicks!

Can they get the adults to listen? When Goo arrives at their no-adults-allowed meeting things get even trickier. The misunderstood sidekick of the villain, Dr Enok, Goo…

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Talking to Alaska

Author: Anna Woltz Translator: Laura Watkinson

It only takes one day at their new school for Parker and Sven to become mortal enemies. Parker’s had a terrible summer and just wants to be invisible, while Sven is desperate to make an impression and be known as anything other than ‘that kid with epilepsy.’

When Parker discovers her beloved dog Alaska – who she had to give away last year – now belongs to Sv…

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The Haven

Author: Simon Lelic

When Ollie’s pulled from his bed by masked men in the middle of the night and his guardian, Nancy, is murdered, it’s only thanks to the help of street kid Dodge that he survives.

Dodge takes Ollie to The Haven: a secret refuge for kids with nowhere else to go. Run by the children themselves, The Haven helps get lost or homeless kids off the streets and give …

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The Switch-Up

Author: Katy Cannon

Willa and Alice meet for the first time in the unaccompanied minors lounge at LAX airport. They look so alike that they’re mistaken for sisters, but in reality they’re chalk and cheese: Willa is outgoing and precocious; Alice is quiet and serious.

They’re both being sent away for the summer: Willa to Italy to stay with an aunt she’s never met; Alice to Londo…

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