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In Book People's hand-picked range of contemporary books for children, you'll find novels that have become modern favourites. With unforgettable storylines, incredible characters and so much more, these are new reads that belong on your bookshelf.

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Contemporary Books for Children

In Book People's hand-picked range of contemporary books for children, you'll find novels that have become modern favourites. With unforgettable storylines, incredible characters and so much more, these are new reads that belong on your bookshelf.

  • Wonder

    RJ Palacio

    Product Code: RJP2
    Paperback 11 years +
    (13)
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    A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

    August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.
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  • Holes

    Louis Sachar

    Product Code: HOZ2
    Paperback 11 years +
    (4)
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    Award-winning author Louis Sachar is a terrific storyteller who always has an original and interesting perspective.

    Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. Stanley's not too surprised when he's sent to a juvenile detention centre in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but even he can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do is dig holes all day.

    Before long, Stanley realises that what he must actually uncover is the truth... Readers from 11+ who love a good story will find this totally unputdownable.
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  • Jess Butterworth Collection - 3 Books

    Jess Butterworth

    Product Code: JESS
    Collection 10 years +
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    Three stand-alone novels from Jess Butterworth with warm, accessible text and strong, environmental messages about caring for the world we live in. We'd recommend them for fans of Ross Welford and David Baddiel's children's books.

    Running on the Roof of the World is a richly atmospheric story of survival and hope set in Tibet, India. It follows 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam as they travel across the mountains to save her parents - with the help of the Dalai Lama.

    In When the Mountains Roared, Ruby is sent to live in the middle of the wilderness in India and she's sure it will never truly feel like home. But when the last remaining leopards of the mountains are threatened, Ruby vows to do all she can do to protect them.

    And in Swimming Against the Storm, Eliza and her sister Avery are determined to save their home in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana. With sea levels rising, they go searching for the dangerous wolf-like loup-garou to encourage the government to save its habitat - and their community.
    Format: paperback
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  • Pig Heart Boy

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: PHB2
    Paperback 9 years +
    (2)
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    Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, well-known for her bestselling Noughts and Crosses series, has supreme storytelling skills and the brilliant and gripping Pig-Heart Boy showcases them perfectly.

    13-year-old Cameron longs to be normal but is thrust into the spotlight when a journalist writes about the pig-heart transplant he has received. This controversial book has plenty of suspense, a twisting plot and asks many questions, making it ideal for enticing readers from 11+.
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  • Penguin Originals Collection - 6 Books

    Product Code: PNGN
    Collection 14 years +
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    Featuring original and thought-provoking novels by the likes of John Steinbeck, Beverley Naidoo and Anne Fine, this collection celebrates the books that inspired generations.

    S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is the original teenage rebel story; Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War is a cult classic that tackles the issues schoolchildren face on a daily basis; and Steinbeck's The Pearl is a haunting novella about the perils of wealth.

    This collection also includes Carnegie Medal-winning author Naidoo's No Turning Back, a groundbreaking account of life in South Africa; Fine's The Tulip Touch asks what turns children to the criminal life; and Tamora Pierce's The Song of the Lioness is a fantasy classic with a feisty heroine at its heart.

    Format: paperback
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  • A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness

    Product Code: MCX2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.
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  • Kick

    Mitch Johnson

    Product Code: BCJ2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.

    Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2018.
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  • Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Collection - 3 Books

    Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    Product Code: SRHM
    Collection 12 years +
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    Three stunning and emotional family stories from Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week Winner, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. We'd recommend them for readers of Annabel Pitcher, Anne Cassidy and Sara Barnard.

    Cosmo keeps his promise to his granddad to return to Blackbrick, but he finds himself in the forgotten corner of a distant past. Here friendships come to life, there are new beginnings, a lifetime of memories and everything is still possible...

    Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing and presumed dead. His best friend Meg and his little brother Stevie set out to find out what happened and together learn about the importance of friendship.

    Set in Dublin and Siena, Minty follows the twisty-turny trees into Nettlebog. There she finds Ned Buckley - the mysterious boy from school - and she discovers he can ride wild horses. He also knows things about the human race that will save her!
    Format: paperback
    Please note that our current Schools catalogue has the incorrect jacket for The Apple Tart of Hope. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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  • The London Eye Mystery

    Siobhan Dowd

    Product Code: EYX2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but not Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

    Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

    The London Eye Mystery is an unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd.
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Seven-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF72
    Paperback 7 years +
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Seven-Year-Olds includes tales from best-loved authors such as Philippa Pearce, Rudyard Kipling and Francesca Simon.

    From fables and myths to contemporary tales, these stories are lovely to read aloud as well as ideal for encouraging young independent readers to get stuck into to a book.
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF52
    Paperback 5 years +
    (2)
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-Year-Olds is a brilliant collection of sixteen tales designed to appeal to all sorts of interests.

    Best-loved authors such as Malorie Blackman, Margaret Mahy and Ted Hughes, among others, have contributed to this collection. This would make a lovely gift for children aged 5+.
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  • Sleepovers

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: JAC2
    Paperback 7 years +
    (1)
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    In Jacqueline Wilson's book, Sleepovers, five friends plan out themed sleepover parties for their birthdays. The only problem is that Daisy is new to the school and the gang of girls, and she's unsure about how the others will react when they meet her sister who has special needs. With her trademark tact and sensitivity, Jacqueline Wilson tackles the issue of disability and friendship with humour and warmth. This is a wonderful book that will strike a chord with a lot of girls and boys aged 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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  • Susin Nielsen Collection - 3 Books

    Susin Nielsen

    Product Code: NIEL
    Collection 12 years +
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    Susin Nielsen writes fresh and contemporary teen tales that are warm-hearted and cover tricky subjects with wit and candour. Perfect for fans of Wonder and Annabel Pitcher, these heartfelt stand-alone stories cover themes of families, inclusivity and fitting in.

    My Messed-up Life finds Violet's dad leaving her and her mum for a 'new' and improved family. She's not impressed with her mum's new boyfriend so sets her sights on a man who will be the perfect partner and stepdad: George Clooney.

    We Are All Made of Molecules finds Stewart missing his late mum. His loneliness is even more apparent now he's moved in with the popular Ashley and her mum. Stewart can't quite fit in at school and Ashley can't get used to her awkward new home. And then they both attract the attention of the school hunk, Jared...

    Word Nerd is about a friendless nerd called Ambrose Bukowski and what happens when bullies try to kill him by putting a peanut in his sandwich...
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Eight-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF82
    Paperback 8 years +
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    This entertaining assortment of stories from well-known children's authors will appeal to youngsters wanting to read independently and those who like to be read to.

    The collection includes contributions from Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, Anita Desai, Geraldine McCaughrean and Ursula Moray Williams. Combining magic, mystery and tales both old and new, this book is an ideal gift for children aged 7+.
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF62
    Paperback 6 years +
    (1)
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-Year-Olds is a fabulous collection with stories from favourite children's authors including Geraldine McCaughrean, Philippa Pearce, Penelope Lively and Catherine Storr.

    With an assortment that includes folk tales and ranges from Pandora's Box to How Trouble Made the Monkey Eat Pepper, there's something for everyone in this book.
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    Jean Ure's Dance Trilogy Collection - 3 Books

    Jean Ure

    Product Code: JUDT
    Collection 9 years +
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    Jean Ure's fantastic Dance Trilogy is a funny and heart-warming collection of books about dancing, friendship and following your dreams.

    In this series Maddy reaches out to the mysterious new girl at her school; gets accepted to a prestigious ballet school; and prepares for the biggest performance of her life.

    Jacqueline Wilson described this charming trilogy as 'funny, funky, feisty and fantastic reads!'

    Format: paperback
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  • Kaspar

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: KPA2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Kaspar Prince of Cats is written by the best-loved author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. This story is a gripping read, focusing on the touching relationship between a boy and an aristocratic cat as they set off for a fateful journey on the Titanic. Michael Foreman's stunning illustrations make this a lovely book to share and read aloud.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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  • Holly Bourne's Spinster Club Collection - 3 Books

    Holly Bourne

    Product Code: HBSC
    Collection 14 years +
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    Evie wants nothing more than to be considered 'normal'. But what does that actually mean?

    She's nearly off her meds and just started at a new college where no one knows her as the 'girl who went nuts'. She's determined to enjoy a fresh start, but soon her secrets start to spill...

    Amber is hoping to reconnect with her mother over a long summer break and finds herself falling for the prom king; and Lottie is determined to call out every instance of sexism she sees - but this comes at a price.

    Three fresh and contemporary young adult novels by Holly Bourne with important and timely messages about mental health, relationships and cyber bullying.

    For fans of authors like John Green, Jenny McLachlan and Sophia Bennett.
    Please note these books contain mature themes (e.g. sexual content) and language that may not be suitable for readers aged under 14.
    Format: paperback
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  • Running Wild

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: RWI2
    Paperback 9 years +
    (2)
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    Running Wild, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, tackles some big, contemporary issues including the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest and illegal animal trafficking.

    At the centre of the story is a boy's heart-warming friendship with an elephant who saves his life and a group of orphaned baby orang-utans who see him as a surrogate mother. Readers aged 9 and over will love this adventure story, although there are some sad themes.
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  • Best Friends

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: BFQ2
    Paperback 9 years +
    (3)
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    In Best Friends, Jacqueline Wilson brings her amazing insight and sensitivity to bear on a subject that is close to her readers' hearts - friendship.

    Gemma and Alice have been friends practically since they were born on the same day in the same hospital, but their friendship faces a huge set-back when Alice and her family move to live hundreds of miles away. How can their friendship survive?

    Readers from 9+ will identify with this funny but sad tale.
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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    Mark Haddon

    Product Code: URI2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    The narrator of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is 15-year-old Christopher who has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.

    His obsessive and unusual take on life creates lots of hilarious situations but also brings incredible poignancy to the story. Christopher finds it hard to relate to people, particularly their emotions and feelings, so when he finds a dead dog and decides to solve the mystery of its death, his quest leads him into a difficult and unfamiliar territory that threatens to upset his carefully ordered existence.

    This is an intriguing and insightful novel that will appeal to readers from 13+.
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  • See You in the Cosmos

    Jack Cheng

    Product Code: AVP2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    'I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder' Jennifer Niven An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy's quest for family and home. All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. Where do I come from? Who's out there? And, above all, How can I be brave? Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down . . . For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.
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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    John Green

    Product Code: FUL2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    John Green, the author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, is one of the most popular voices in contemporary young adult fiction and The Fault in Our Stars became an instant classic.

    You will probably have been in tears watching the big-screen adaptation that starred Shailene Woodley and Ansel Engort as the devoted teenage lovers Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters and the book is just as heart-wrenching and poignant, but keeps a fine line in self-depreciating humour - especially from the wise-beyond-her-years Hazel.

    After meeting at a cancer support group, the cynical sufferer Hazel unexpectedly finds herself falling for the charms of Augustus and the novel follows the two as their relationship develops - taking in a romantic trip to Amsterdam in the process.

    Full of wit, sensitivity and observations about life and illness, this profound book will make readers of any age (especially teens) laugh and cry in equal measure.
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  • The Story of Tracy Beaker

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: EAK2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The Story of Tracy Beaker introduces Jacqueline Wilson's most popular character ever!

    10-year-old Tracy lives in a care home but frequently escapes from her annoying surroundings with the help of a vivid imagination.

    Accompanied by brilliant illustrations from Nick Sharratt, The Story of Tracy Beaker is essential reading for children from 9+.
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Our wide range of contemporary books features treasured modern favourites, poignant coming-of-age tales, exciting books by YouTube stars, gripping novels by highly-acclaimed authors, and contemporary classics for kids of all ages.

Modern must-haves

Many of our contemporary titles are hugely popular and mustn’t be missed. Check out some of our best-loved books, including Noughts and Crosses, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Fault in Our Stars and many more.

Inspirational authors and thrilling books

Our range features titles from celebrated authors including Jacqueline Wilson, James Patterson and Louise Rennison, as well as exciting modern books from YouTube stars including Zoe Sugg and John Green. Kids are guaranteed to love these brilliant authors’ funny, poignant and captivating books.

Contemporary themes, perfect for modern kids

Contemporary books often highlight important issues in modern society, introducing children to tricky topics with sensitivity and humour. Children will learn about loss, love, bereavement, mental health difficulties, growing up and the increasingly pervasive online world in these illuminating titles.