Contemporary Books for Children

  • Judy Blume Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509891214 - Judy Blume
    JDYB 12 years +
    12 years +
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    Judy Blume is an important author whose books have resonated with so many teens (and older readers!) over the years. Tackling important issues including bullying, peer pressure and prejudice, the five books in our collection are vital reads.

    Blubber follows Linda as she reads out her class project and unwittingly becomes the victim of a sustained and cruel campaign of humiliation. Eventually, her friend Jill stands up for Linda but by the time she does, the bullies are ready to move on to their next victim - and now Linda's on their side...

    Deenie is all about the pressures of looking perfect; Iggie's House tackles neighbourhood prejudice; Here's to You, Rachel Robinson covers family conflict; and Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret is a classic story about fitting in - both at home and at school.
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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.
  • Go Girl Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781760502553
    GGIR 8 years +
    8 years +
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    This refreshing, princess-free collection sees relatable female characters experiencing real-life situations including school, sports, friendship and family.

    In this series, Olivia worries about attending her very first sleepover, Annabelle is nervous about her birthday party, Sophie contends with juggling old and new friendships at camp and much, much more.

    With simple language and chapter structure, these are perfect for reluctant readers and deal with themes and scenarios that will be familiar to young readers.

    Format: paperback
  • Geek Girl Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780007968039 - Holly Smale
    GKGI 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Partly inspired by her own experiences growing up in the fashion industry, former model Holly Smale's Geek Girl is a bestselling and award-winning series that will appeal to any child who is a proud geek that also appreciates the glitzier side of life.

    Harriet Manners is the font of all knowledge when it comes to facts. She knows a cat has 32 muscles in each ear and that the average person laughs 15 times a day, but boys remain a mystery.

    When she's spotted by a top modelling agent, her world is turned upside down. She believes this could be the start of something special, but her eyes are opened by just how cruel the fashion industry can be... Will she be able to hold everything together and stay true to herself?

    Funny, feisty, smart and sassy, this collection of books has a strong message at its heart and is very entertaining.
    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 1-6 in Holly Smale's Geek Girl series.
  • Jean Ure's Dance Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007972029 - Jean Ure
    JUDT 9 years +
    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
  • EYX2 9 years +
    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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    Award-winning author, Jacqueline Wilson, writes with her trademark sensitivity and thoughtfulness about a young girl who tries to cope with looking after six-year-old twins and her three-year-old sister when her mum goes on holiday. The story tackles the enormous pressures faced by Lily as she covers for her mum and tries to keep the family together. With its gripping plot and resourceful heroine, Lily Alone will keep readers aged 9+ on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • RJP2 11 years +
    RJ Palacio
    11 years +
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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.
  • Storey Street Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781510104105 - Phil Earle
    PHLE 9 years +
    9 years +
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    With each book focusing on a different neighbour from the same street, Phil Earle's Storey Street series covers the important subjects of family, friends and wrestling with real heart and wit. Featuring illustrations by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie, we highly recommend them for children who enjoy Liz Pichon, Roald Dahl and David Walliams.

    Demolition Dad introduces Jake Biggs and his dad, George. Although he spends his weeks working on a building site, George is a weekend wrestler known as the Demolition Man and Jake couldn't be prouder. When Jake hears about a pro-wresting competition in the USA, he convinces his dad to apply - but things don't quite turn out as they expected...

    In Superhero Street, Mouse is absolutely desperate to be a superhero and needs to find that power that will make him stand out from the crowd. Mouse and his mum manage to foil a bank robbery while she is on duty as a lollipop lady and they're soon lauded as heroes. Soon, Mouse is joined by the Z List (a group of unlikely crime-fighters) and his dreams do come true. But is he super enough to spot the impending danger?

    The third novel in the series is The War Next Door and focuses on Masher, the bully of Storey Street. He loves the fact no one would dare stand up to him but then Jemima and her family move next door - and she's not afraid. In fact, she's making him look like a wimp. That can only mean one thing: Masher's going to war.
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    Anyone who plays a musical instrument is sure to find that Virtuosity will resonate with their own experiences. Carmen's life revolves around playing the violin, but when she meets talented Jeremy, she starts to wonder if there might be something more important than winning competitions. Torn between her love for music and her feelings for Jeremy, Carmen has some hard decisions to make in this very romantic novel.

  • AXZ2 11 years +
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    Joe has never been 'cool' or 'hot' - he'd rather slog over a brand new recipe than spend hours obsessing over an Instagram image. When dating app Mate Match is launched to connect with teens at other schools, suddenly Joe has got to learn the rules of the dating game and big sister Georgia and her boyfriend Aaron are on hand to teach him everything he needs to know. And it seems the trick to success is to lie - about being in a band, about his hobbies (no cooking to be mentioned!), even his name. But when Joe gets matched with self-obsessed stunner Tania, his lies look set to unravel fast. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
  • GSO2 11 years +
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    Going Solo is the third book in Zoe (known to millions of YouTube viewers as Zoella) Sugg's bestselling Girl Online series. It's just as captivating, compelling and unputdownable as those that have come before...

    Penny's life is back to normal. She's not sure where Noah is so accepts Megan's invitation to visit her performing arts school in the hope of making some new friends. As she helps everyone around her, she starts to move on in her life. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever and knows just what to say to help Posey's stage fright.

    There's also love (or is it lust?) in the air with the charming Scottish boy, Callum - although Noah seems to be haunting her in so many ways...
  • Sophia Bennett Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910655900 - Sophia Bennett
    SBEN 13 years +
    13 years +
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    A girl meets one of the biggest boy bands in the world; a model has to make a bittersweet choice when her sister feels ill; and a TV talent show puts a huge strain on two best friends...

    Love Song finds Nina heading off on tour with the biggest band in the world, The Point. While there she realises there's far more to the pop band than just guitars and girls; The Look finds 15-year-old model Ted's sister falling ill and her having to decide what is more important - her modelling career or her family; and You Don't Know Me finds bandmates Sasha and Rose wowing the masses in a talent contest before being pitched against each other. Can their friendship survive?

    In a pre-teen friendly style, Sophia Bennett tackles social and topical issues that affect her readers in a cool and stylish way.
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    7 years +
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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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    Also the author of Love, Aubrey, Suzanne LaFleur tackles sadness, bullying and friendship in Eight Keys. Eleven-year-old Elise has just moved up to middle school and is struggling to cope with the change as old friendships start to crumble, homework mounts up and bullying becomes a daily occurrence.

    Suzanne LaFleur has created a sympathetic and reassuring story with the kind of wit and sensitivity that will strike a chord with her young readers. Suzanne LaFleur was shortlisted for the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award for Eight Keys.
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    The Peachey family is in crisis. No one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty washing and thekids are always late for school. All because Mum has resigned from being Mum and taken up yogainstead. She's in the tree pose; everyone else is in the doghouse. Except McTavish, a rescue dog witha difference, on a mission to sort his new family out...Filled to the brim with Meg's wry humour and beautiful prose, this is a story for the young and the young at heart.
  • SF72 7 years +
    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 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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    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+.
  • MLZ2 9 years +
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    Frank Cottrell Boyce's debut novel, Millions, was a Carnegie Medal winner and this beautiful new edition, packed with bonus material and new cover illustrations from Steven Lenton, is a great keepsake - or introduction - to the heart-warming story of brothers Damian and Anthony.

    The duo have a most unusual problem - they've found a sack of money which must be spent before the arrival of the Euro deems it all worthless... In their quest to spend the money, they come across strange saints, angry mobsters and much, much more...

    Suitable for children aged 9 and over, this is a touching, hilarious story with a riveting roller coaster of a plot. Highly recommended for anyone who loves adventure stories!
  • ISF2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    The sequel to Holly Smale's bestselling Geek Girl, Model Misfit finds Harriet Manners still a fish out of water in the modelling industry, but with her stepmother pregnant and not knowing where she'll fit in once the baby comes along, she has the perfect opportunity to get away from everything by taking a modelling trip in Japan.

    But how will Harriet cope with not only the craziness and cultural differences of Japan, but also her competitive model flatmates, her grandmother's 'chaperoning' and the fact she sees Nick wherever she goes?

    A feel-good book from talented author Holly Smale for those aged 11 and over.
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    "E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We were Liars is utterly unforgettable". (John Green, number 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars). "Irresistible." (The New York Times Book Review). "Haunting, sophisticated." (The Wall Street Journal). "Bowl-you-over." (Cosmopolitan). "So freaking good." (Sarah Dessen). "Such beautiful writing." (Libba Bray). "Beautiful and disturbing." (Justine Larbalestier). "Better than the hype." (Lauren Oliver). We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
  • PTX2 13 years +
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    In Paper Towns, Margo Roth Spiegelman's adventures have become the stuff of legend at her high school - and Quentin is delighted when she summons him to join her on an all-night road trip. He's always had a crush on her and can't help but follow as she vows to seek revenge.

    But then Margo disappears. She hasn't been seen for over a week when Quentin realises there are clues to her whereabouts, and they've all been left just for him... As he finds himself absorbed deeper into the mystery, Quentin has no choice but to take another road trip across America as he starts to evaluate just who and what it is he is looking for.

    A coming-of-age story mixed with a captivating mystery, this is another startling young adult read from Queen of Teen 2014 nominee John Green, the bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.
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    Amy May knows about webs of worries - so many people she meets are caught in them, from her own artist dad to newly arrived refugee Rima and her family. By being brave enough to open up her worry box, Amy May helps all those around her find a way forward. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+