Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li and Amy Blackwell
We think: guaranteed to boost your mood!
Rise Up tells the stories of girls and boys from around the world and the challenges they have faced and overcome.
Featuring over 29 tales of amazing young people who have achieved the unimaginable – from surviving a plane crash in the jungle to striking against climate change, these empowering stories show that no matter who you are, how old you are, and what you do, you can rise to the challenge.
Each incredible story is narrated in an exciting and engaging style, combined with visually stunning illustrations by Amy Blackwell. Children can lose themselves in these remarkable true-life tales of ingenuity, courage and commitment.
From tots to teens, there's a free book for everyone this World Book Day.
Take a trip to the Amazon with Matt Haig's Evie in the Jungle, solve The Case of the Drowned Pearl' in a new Murder Most Unladylike mini mystery or go undercover with Alex Rider in four secret stories.
Dog Man is back with hilarious crime-fighting capers and the Evil Pea is terrorising the veggies in a new Supertato adventure.
Older readers can take a road trip on Route 66 set in the bestselling world of The Kissing Booth or try Muhammad Khan's Split, a powerful story of standing up and standing out.
For these and more, call into Barnett's this Thursday
Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India. Her father is away working in the city, and when the money he sends stops suddenly, a wicked debt collector arrives. She’s determined to seize the property – and the treasure rumoured to be hidden on the land. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, she and her best friend Jeevan embark on a journey to the city, across the Himalayas, to find her father and save her home …
Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home.
She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.
Fast-paced, thrilling and vivid - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong
The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
We think: does storytelling get any better than this?
Follow the next stage of Lyra's adventures...
Lyra Silvertongue is now a young woman in her second year at Oxford University. When her daemon, Pantalaimon, witnesses a murder, they are forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.
Also, look out for the upcoming BBC adaptation of Lyra's earlier adventures in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, airing on 3rd November.
We think: quirky illustrations and a powerful message
Discover a best-selling series for younger readers, exploring the lives of inspiring people from all walks of life, including Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Mahatma Gandhi. All of them began life as a child with a dream...
We think: perfect for all the family and for independent readers aged 6+
Snowflake is the school rabbit, and Snowflake is TROUBLE.
At least that’s what Tommy thinks, and when Snowflake is unexpectedly left for him to look after and EVERYTHING starts to go wrong, it looks like Tommy might be right.
In what turned out to be her final story, Judith Kerr confirms her status as one of our best loved children's writers with this funny and poignant tale of a rabbit which changes a family's fortunes.
We think: one of the best reads for 9-13 year olds - girls and boys alike
Four teenagers attempt the most dangerous sabotage mission of WWII in this gripping thriller based on real events. Featuring fold-out copies of original Special Operations Executive documents, this is a must-read. (Parents will enjoy it too!).
We think: David Walliams at his laugh-out-loud best.
Meet the Meeks. Librarians Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter, Myrtle Meek, happy. But Myrtle always wants more, more, more! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there's only one problem -
Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling's best-known characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. Approved by Kipling's estate, these tales will make you laugh and cry!
Award-winning novelist Gill Lewis switches between the experiences of Semira, an Eritrean refugee in London and Hen, a Victorian child whose diary inspires Semira. A powerful story exploring the plight of refugees in the UK and the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement. Age 9+