- Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.
- This is a fabulous mix of genres to engage particularly those young girls who enjoy reading romantic boarding school set books. It is crossed with a detective story – very original! It does have a reference to talking to the dead (they pretend to do this to spread rumours in order to help spot the killer) and may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to this kind of activity. Obviously it is about a murder as well, so if that floats your boat, go for it! If it doesn’t, just leave it on the shelf… I picked it out as we do a topic called ‘Elementary’ revolving around Sherlock Holmes and this is a more ‘girl friendly’ to engage them in the topic. (I hate using gender stereotypes for books as I don’t feel children should label themselves, but anything to engage children in reading!)
- A Monster Calls by Partick Ness
- See blog post from 25.07.15 or What I like to read page.
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
- A gripping and addictive series which is perfect if you liked the Hunger Games Series (which I did!!). It is violent and does have some bad language in, but many of the children in my class have watched the film (rated 12A). Fine to share it with them, but always check with the parents first. Great for a holiday read – a real page turner!
- The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
- This series was recommended to me by my pupils and boy am I glad they did! Everyone loves a bit of Greek mythology, mix that with modern day life with kids who are a bit different (mainly they one of their parents is a Greek god!). Definitely recommend it to primary school children if they have not read it yet. The films are no where near as good as the books – isn’t that always the way? But pairing the film and the books together for a reluctant reader or if you generally find it hard to remember names, it could be a way to get into reading.
- The Greek who Stole Christmas by Anthony Horowitz
- I simply love everything Anthony Horowitz does. His diamond brother series of which this is a part of are some shorter but hilarious books about two brothers who despite being pretty hopeless, manage to solve some crimes.
For older readers (13+)
- The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brook.
- This is very much a teen book. There is strong language throughout a some quite sinister themes. I have been looking for some more challenging books for year 6 children and saw that it was the winner of the 2014 CILIP carnegie medal. I would not recommend this for primary readers at all, but for those of you teens or anyone older interested, it is well written. 16+
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
- Written by the same author of Spilled Water, the audience for this book is 13+ due to the language and the alternative and complex setting of the book. Think 1984 for younger readers. A Carnegie Award winner.