This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding.
Enter the Goddens – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there's a serpent in this paradise – and the consequences will be devastating.
From bestselling, award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that's heady, timeless and irresistible.
We think: a great introduction to the world of Jane Austen
Would she ever find a real-life husband? Would she even find a partner to dance with at tonight's ball? She just didn't know. Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it.
While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor. But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married.
In fact, she's perfectly happy, so surely being single can't be such a bad thing? The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane's footsteps? In this witty, sparkling novel of choices, popular historian Lucy Worsley brings alive the delightful life of Jane Austen as you've never seen it before.
Fans of Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother series are in for a real treat with her latest novel Viper's Daughter. Return to a richly imagined stone age world and reacquaint yourself with much loved characters. Viper's Daughter is the seventh book in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother: like them it can be read as a standalone story.
For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger - and she's the threat. When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World.
There they must face an enemy more evil than any they've encountered. Viper's Daughter plunges you into a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure - perfect escapism.
Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in this explosive, brand new Alex Rider mission by bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.
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+
pitch perfect writing
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+