World Book Day

4 March 2021 is World Book Day! We’re celebrating by bring you some recommended reads from the children’s authors we’ve booked for online events to support schools in lockdown this Spring term.


Sita Brahmachari

Kite Spirit

During the summer of her GCSEs Kite’s world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite’s dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the countryside she feels vulnerable and disorientated. Kite senses Dawn’s spirit around her and is consumed by powerful, confusing emotions – anger, guilt, sadness and frustration, all of which are locked inside. It’s not until she meets local boy, Garth, that Kite begins to open up – talking to a stranger is easier somehow. Kite deeply misses her friend and would do anything to speak to Dawn just once more, to understand why . . . Otherwise how can she ever say goodbye? A potent story about grief, friendship, acceptance and making your heart whole again.

Borrow as an e-book or e-audio book.


Tender Earth

Laila Levenson has always been the baby of the family, but now with her older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home just as she starts secondary school, everything feels like it’s changing… can the reappearance of Nana Josie’s Protest Book and the spirit it releases in Laila, her friends and her local community, help her find her own voice and discover what she truly believes in? A powerful chime rings through Laila’s mind, guiding her to walk the footsteps of the past on her way to discover her own future.

Borrow as an e-book.


Artichoke Hearts

As her beloved Nana Josie’s health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past and has grown hardened layers – like those of an artichoke – around his heart. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her. The winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2011, ‘Artichoke Hearts’ explores the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death and celebrates friendship, culture and life.

Borrow as an e-book or e-audio book.


Christopher Edge

The Longest Night of Charlie Moon

Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal The Times Children’s Book of the Week “If you go into the woods, Old Crony will get you.” Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster… What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost in the woods, strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows. As time plays tricks, can Charlie solve this mystery and find a way out of the woods? But what if this night never ends…?A timeless novel for anyone who’s ever felt lost.

Borrow as an e-book.


The Infinite Lives of Masie Day

Winner of the 2019 STEAM Children’s Book Prize Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlisted for the 2019 Leeds Book Awards. How do you know you really exist? It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough… A mind-bending mystery for anyone who’s ever asked questions. F rom the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation. Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.

Borrow as an e-book.


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie’s mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum’s computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her…Quality commercial fiction, well written with real heart and adventure.

Borrow as an e-book.


Jasbinder Bilan

Asha and the Spirit Bird

‘I was swept along by Asha’s story from the first page.’ –Sarah Driver, author of The Huntress trilogyAsha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving.From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world’s highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness—even snow leopards.And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother—her nanijee—will be watching over her.

Borrow as an e-book.


Bali Rai

Soccer Squad #1: Starting Eleven

The local youth club are putting an under-elevens squad together – and Dal, Chris, Abs and Jason are determined to be picked. They know they’re the best players in their school – but what if that isn’t good enough and they don’t make the team?

Borrow as an e-book.


Soccer Squad #2: Missing

Dal, Chris, Abs and Jason have made the squad for the local youth club under-lls football team. And after their first match (not as successful as they’d have liked), they are determined to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be winners.

The Rushton Reds have lost their first two matches. Missed chances, missed goals – even missed penalties! Their coaches say they need to play more as a team – and they have an idea for a great team-building day. But will it help the Reds hit the back of the net?

Borrow as an e-book.

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