#45 Jack’s Secret Summer by Jack Ryder

Jack has been dreading the summer holidays – his dad works long hours, and so all he has to look forward to is an empty house. But when his boisterous neighbours, Bruno and Rocco, make it their mission to pull him into an adventure, his life will never be the same again. Together they decide…

#44 The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell

Wish and Xar are outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all by WITCHES … Can they find the ingredients for the spell to get rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on the Magic-that-Works-on-Iron? Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all … and someone…

#43. The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book; Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Together they can save the Wildwoods from the curse of the Witches but they are separated by the highest wall imaginable, and time…

#42. A Girl Called Justice: The Smugglers’ Lodge by Elly Griffiths

When Justice returns for spring term at Highbury House, it’s not long before murder is back on her mind. Assigned to look after the elderly Mr Arthur in Smugglers’ Lodge on the other side of the marshes from school, Justice is initially dismayed. But dismay quickly gives way to intrigue as she finds herself drawn…

#41. Evernight by Ross Mackenzie

Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. It was only defeated thanks to the skill and bravery of the Witches. But now the Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only spell that might stop it is lost,…

#40 Matilday by Roald Dahl

Matilda is the world’s most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents. Her father thinks she’s a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull? She’s the worst of all. She’s a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey….

#39 James and the Giant Peach

Paperback |150 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books) Read – Thursday 14th May, 2020. I’m pretty sure I read this as a kid, but I can’t be 100% certain. It’s definitely one of Roald Dahl’s stories that I know more. There’s a lovely poem in the…

#34 Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

“I do actually happen to know how to make tortoises grow faster, if that’s really what you want.” Paperback | 56 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books) Read: 29th April I have not read this Roald Dahl book before, but I did watch the BBC adaptation…

#33 George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The rule would be this: Whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, it went in.  Paperback | 104 pages Published: Penguin Random House (2016, part of 15 book set) Read: 29th April I did read this book as a kid. I have a vague memory of my Dad reading it to…

#29 Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

‘Did you hear that, Mr Fox! It’s not over yet! We’re not going home till we’ve strong you up dead as a dingbat!’ Paperback | 82 pages. Published: Originally published in 1970 by George Allen & Unwin This edition published in: 2016 by Penguin. Read – 23rd April 2020. I never read this particular story…