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Top Summer Reads

Here comes the summer! What will you be putting in your holiday suitcase this year?

Here's a few recommendations from staff at Birmingham Libraries of fantastic reads to disappear into ...

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Cool Reads for Kids

Printer's Devil by Paul Bajoria
Mog Winter works for a printer in the Victorian East End of London and becomes mixed up with plots, thieves, docks and shady characters in this exciting saga. A long book to see you through the summer holidays.

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Two brothers become embroiled with a gang of bank robbers when they find a bag stuffed with stolen money. As if this weren't bad enough, they have only a few days in which to spend it. Touching, funny and nail-bitingly exciting, this book has it all.

Mindswap Menace by Steve Cole (Astrosaurs series)
If you like books that are easy to read, full of pictures and lots of fun, you'll love the Astrosaurs series. They tell what really happened to the dinosaurs. You mean you didn't know they were cast into space?.....

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
Librarians are all meek and mild and wouldn't say boo to a goose would they? If you think this is true you've never met Spud Murphy. Try this hilarious, easy to read tale of two boys who find out just what's lurking behind the desk.

Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend by Francesca Simon
Catch up with the latest from the worst boy in the world.

Hot Books for Teens

Walking with the Dead by Tim Bowler
A boy on holiday with his father and stepmother encounters a strange old man at the ancient Leechwell. He's thrown back into medieval times, where he becomes a leper and learns what it is to be outcast and brutally treated. Fast paced, easy to read and an unusual subject.

Ingo by Helen Dunmore
Sapphire and Conors happy life by the Cornish sea is destroyed when their father goes missing one night. Why was his boat wrecked on a calm sea? How is he connected to the mermaid carved in Zennor church? This highly exciting and enjoyably escapist book is based on the conflict between land dwellers and those who live under the sea. Don't read it if you're scared of the water.

The Defender by Alan Gibbons
Ian and his dad have always been on the move. Ian doesn't know why - it's just the way it is. One day his father's past breaks into their lives with shocking violence. Will they ever be safe again? Pick this up and you won't put it down till the last page.

White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Sym goes on a trip to the Antarctic accompanied only by her odd uncle Victor and the voice in her head of Captain Titus Oates, self sacrificing hero of Scott's doomed expedition. Nothing will prepare you for her nightmare trip through the blizzard. Read it on a hot, sunny day!

Malvolios Revenge by Sophie Masson
Toby is a seventeen year old orphan whose uncle owns an unsuccessful group of travelling players, performing Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in early twentieth century New Orleans. The atmosphere is thick with voodoo, flashy gamblers and decaying plantation houses and the plot has more twists and turns than a strand of Spanish moss.

The Whispering Road by Livi Michael
Joe and Annie are brother and sister, abandoned by their desperate mother in a Lancashire workhouse. Joe's resourcefulness leads them out of one terrible mess into a variety of others as they take the road to Manchester, in search of their mother and freedom. An unusual tale of Victorian poverty, based on historical facts. Prepare to cry buckets by the end.

Unrivalled Spangles by Karen Wallace
Lucy and Ellen are daughters of Victorian circus owner, Fred Spangle and perform a daring horse-riding act. Both have secrets: Lucy is in love with the son of her father's greatest rival and Ellen has been having lessons to help her escape the circus life. Romance, deception, fire and tragedy make this a thrilling holiday read.

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