I absolutely love Children’s books, and though many people have told me to ‘grow up’, I still sometimes prefer children’s books to adult books. There is just something about a children’s book that makes the reading so special. There is a level of creativity and imagination that is pure and honest. You don’t get that with adult books were the is almost always an unsavoury theme running through. I quite often pick up children’s books at Waterstone’s and my Mum always complains when I describe a book I loved which happens to be aimed at 9-12 year-olds. I stick to my guns, and despite everyone warning me off them, I still read what I enjoy and that is the main thing.
Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back – even if it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.
He’s got a big heart…and a nose to match! Mold’s a bit of a freak. His nose is as big as his body is puny and his mother abandoned him in a bin when he was a mere baby. Who else but the old healer Aggy, would have taken him in and raised him as her own? But when Aggy is accused of poisoning the King, Mold sets out to clear her name.
In a thrilling race against time to save Aggy from the hangman’s noose, Mold faces hideous, deadly monsters like the Yurg and the Purple Narlo Frog. He finds true friendship in the most unusual – and smelly – of places and must pit his wits and his clever nose against the evil witch Hexaba.
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible.
So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker.
Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.
David and Penny’s strange new home is surrounded by forest. It’s the childhood home of their mother, who recently died. But other creatures live here…magical creatures, like tiny, hairy Pog. He’s one of the First Folk, protecting the boundary between worlds. As the children explore, they discover monsters slipping through from the place Pog calls ‘downways’. Meanwhile, David is drawn into the woods by something darker, which insists there’s a way he can bring his mother back…
The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut…
Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted…Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.
Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost. Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets…
‘It’s time,’ I say. ‘For… It. Me. You. Us. The bench. The zoo. The question. Why?’
The only thing that Elvis Crampton Lucas knows about where he’s from is that he was found on a bench at a zoo. And that his now father took him home in a stetson hat, and named him after the first three vinyl he picked off his shelf. But now, on his twelfth ‘discovery day’, it’s time for Elvis to find out who left him at the zoo, and why?
On an epic adventure that takes Elvis to an island off the coast of Norway, he will finally discover the truth about his past…
Ok… So there are only these 6 titles that I absolutely will buy at some point and enjoy reading. I’m especially excited to read ‘ The Lost Tide Warriors’ by Catherine Doyle, as I read the first in the series earlier this year and LOVED IT! If you think this list is ambitious, wait till you see the others!!