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Chris Bradford, The Way of the Warrior

Chris Bradford

The Way of the Warrior
(Young Samurai)

Shipwrecked off the Japanese coast in 1611, his father killed by ninja pirates, 11-year-old Jack is rescued by a Samurai. As a guijin, or foreigner, Jack is absolutely on his own, unable to understand the culture or language and having to prove himself to both his new master and his classmates. Vividly detailed, hold-your-breath tense and action-packed this is a stunning evocation of Japan and an exciting martial arts adventure boys will be gripped by to the very full stop.

Puffin · 9780141324302


Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Libba Bray

The Sweet Far ThingSuitable for 13-14+

The stunning conclusion of the Gothic trilogy starring 16-year-old Gemma, shipped off to a strict boarding school from India after the death of her mother. Dark magic, mycticism, mystery and true love collide with straight-laced Victorian morality in this addictive and unusual story.

Simon & Schuster · 9781847383259

Kate Brian, Legacy

Kate Brian

Suitable for 13-14+ Mature content

The latest in the high-octane school series for girls. Secrets and lies, dramas and intrigue, gossip and glamour, murders and suicides, friendships and falling out, not to mention lots of regular retail therapy - it all happens at the exclusive Easton Academy!

Simon & Schuster · 9781847382627

Gennifer Choldenko, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Break

Gennifer Choldenko

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Break

Kirsten has just been abandoned by her best friend but refuses to join the cool clique. She teams up with new boy to the school, Walk, and despite the obvious differences in their backgrounds, discovers they have much in common and can help each other more than she'd dreamed. Although this is a serious story about bullying, family break up, fitting in and racism it is hopeful rather than depressing with the same light tone and magical feel as Jerry Spinelli.

Bloomsbury · 9780747589273

Eva Ibbotson, The Dragonfly Pool

Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly PoolAudio version available

When war breaks out the high-spirited, independent-minded Tally is sent off to boarding school in deepest Devon very much against her will. Far from being the dull, dreary place she imagines, Delderton Hall is extraordinary and completely unconventional place with eccentric staff and interesting pupils. On a trip to the kingdom of Bergania, Tally meets up with a prince who sweeps her off on an exciting, highly dangerous adventure which tests her to the limit. Storytelling at its very, very best.

Macmillan · 9780330456357

Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto v. 32

Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto v. 32

Naruto is an attention-seeking, mischief-making teenage ninja in training determined to be the greatest ninja in his village. While he's deadly serious in his ambition he has a highly developed sense of fun too. In the latest installment of the long-running series, team Kakashi do battle with a spy in their midst. Highly addictive reading for boys and girls, Naruto has fast become a whole industry of books, anime, films, games and trading cards.

Viz Media · 9781421519449

Sara Lawrence, High Jinx

Sara Lawrence

High JinxSuitable for 13-14+ Mature content

Prepare for all kinds of shenanigans at England's most exclusive boarding school for girls, a sort of 21st century Malory Towers, set on Brighton's cliff tops. School takes a back seat though for Jinx and Latiffe for whom the only subject on the curriculum is girls behaving badly, often very badly. Read this one yourself before putting it in your library, it's not for every school!

Faber · 9780571251377

Bali Rai, Are You Kidding?

Bali Rai

Are You Kidding?Suitable for 13-14+ Suitable for those with reading difficulties

Set in the same school as Two Timer and Revenge of the Number Two, this is the final part of the series in which the goat which previously wandered the school corridors, Flossie, mysteriously disappears. Her disappearance coincides with the appointment of a new caretaker who just happens to be Marcus' granddad. Will Marcus be able to save his gramps - or the goat? A very silly, very funny, slightly gross read to convert those who find reading a struggle.

Barrington Stoke · 9781842995402

Carmen Reid, New Girl

Carmen Reid

New Girl
(Secrets at St Jude's)
Suitable for 13-14+

LA 'It' girl Gina has overstepped the mark this time - too much clothes shopping, IM-ing and staying out late together with one pool party too many meant her mum packed her off to the boarding school she attended as a child in... Scotland. There the boring teachers, horrible showers, hockey matches and school dinners are as far removed from LA as you can possibly imagine. Somehow Gina has to survive. Lucky then she has her crazy new dorm friends and the boys from the school next door to help her through it.
Enid Blyton's Malory Towers for the new millennium and just as addictive.

Corgi · 9780552557061

Justin Somper, Blood Captain

Justin Somper

Blood Captain

Orphaned twins Conor and Grace took to a life of piracy after a shipwreck, Conor on a pirate ship and Grace with the vampirates. In this the third book in the series the pair continue on their separate paths but danger comes in new forms, more evil and more terrifying than ever before...
Set five hundred years in the future this is a breathtakingly original twist on the currently fashionable pirate theme with a swashbuckling start, an exciting finale and many deadly duels and bloody battles in between. Pacy action, short chapters and plenty of edge of the seat cliffhanger chapter endings make the whole series hugely readable. This third imaginative installment has more danger and more spectacular action than ever before, a new evil villain and a vampirate guru.

Simon & Schuster · 9781416901020


Ali Sparkes, Stirring the Storm

Ali Sparkes

Stirring the Storm
(The Shapeshifter)
Suitable for 11-13s

Just when he has become used to his new life as a shapeshifter Dax's life is thrown into chaos. He has reason to believe that those supposedly protecting him might actually be out to get him and all the other Children of Limitless Ability. Just what are their motives? Can he save his friends? How did they get such amazing shapeshifting powers?
Intrigue, conspiracy and excitement build to an unguessable conclusion to this thrilling set of adventures.

OUP · 9780192754691


Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict SocietySuitable for 11-13s

Four incredibly gifted children looking for special opportunities are all thrown together by chance after answering a mysterious newspaper ad. All are orphans and after a series of brain-boggling tests find themselves enrolled in The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, under the authority of the eccentric Mr Benedict on a dangerous secret mission to infiltrate The Institute for orphans run by the wickedly evil Mr Curtain.
Not for nothing did this cleverly crafted story about family, love, loyalty and the importance of working together take the US by storm with its twisty turny plot, plentiful humour, endearing and highly individual characters and plethora of mindbending logic puzzles and challenges which test the reader as much as the characters themselves. You'll be hooked!

Chicken House · 9781906427023


Cecily von Ziegesar, Unforgettable

Cecily von Ziegesar

(It Girl)
Suitable for 13-14+

Since her arrival at Waverly Academy, Jenny has always set out to make an impression and give everyone lots to talk about. This fourth in the series sees the girls start to overcome old enmities with the formation of the Women of Waverly club with some seriously exciting discussion topics on their agenda. It surely won't be long before the gossip starts flying again!
Featuring the most popular characters from the much talked about Gossip Girls series this is sure to be popular.

Headline · 9780755346684

Mark Walden, Escape Velocity

Mark Walden

Escape Velocity
(HIVE - Higher Institute of Villainous Education)

HIVE is a high-tech Hogwarts, a top secret school of advanced villainy where students are trained for six years to become criminal masterminds. In this episode the Headteacher, Nero, is kidnapped and Otto, HIVE's star super-villain student, must use all his criminal cunning to crack MI6 and locate the Head's whereabouts - once he has managed to escape HIVE itself of course.
A fast-paced and vividly drawn thriller with plenty of computer interfacing and a stunningly designed accompanying website which has a deservedly huge and growing fanbase.

Bloomsbury · 9780747594857


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