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.

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Armistice Runner

Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

Lily loves fell running. She’s good, but never quite good enough: she gets anxious and loses her focus and then that’s it. Out. Plus she’s worried about her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s and is growing distant and confused.

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Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang

Author: Ade Adepitan

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.

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Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13

Author: David Solomons Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson and George Ermos

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.

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Drone Racer

Author: Andy Briggs

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.

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Football School Season 3

Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton

Have you ever wondered how your height and your foot size affect how you play football? What about who the first ever football club was? Or exactly how league tables are calculated?

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Girls Can Vlog: Lucy Locket Online Disaster

Author: Emma Moss

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.

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Jelly

Author: Jo Cotterill

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.

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Still Water

Author: Chris Priestley

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.

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The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander

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…

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The Last Zoo

Author: Sam Gayton

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.

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When the Mountains Roared

Author: Jess Butterworth

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.

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Who Killed Darius Drake?

Author: Rodman Philbrick

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.

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Animal Records

Author: National Geographic Kids

What’s the biggest animal? The fastest? What about the grossest, the tiniest, the smelliest, the deadliest…

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Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed

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.

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The Lost Diary of Sami Star

Author: Karen McCombie

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…

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Superbat

Author: Matt Carr

Pat the bat is bored. Everyone else is asleep, but Pat doesn’t want to be like everyone else, he wants to stand out. He dreams of being as special as the superheroes in his favourite comics. He dreams of being… Superbat!

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Tickle Time

Author: Igloo Books

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?

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