In an alternative world the issues of racism are tackled in a (Trilogy) society which has only two types of people: “noughts” and “crosses”. This novel is about friendship that goes beyond these barriers. The sequel set a generation later is also an absolute knock out.
Basilisk - NM Browne
A wonderful blend of myths, history and archaeology are present in this great novel set in the caves of a dark world.
Outsiders - SE Hinton
Stunning study of hate, violence, loyalty and friendship set in the violent gang-lands of New York. One of the very best teenage novels ever written.
Bootleg - Alex Shearer
Great novel about chocolate being made illegal and the underground resistance movement that forms. Highly original.
The Wind on Fire Trilogy - William Nicholson
Breathtaking trilogy about a society governed by exams. But what happens when you rebel? Read to find out. A truly excellent book with two Outstanding sequels.
His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman
One of the most brilliant children’s trilogies of the last 20 years. Has more surprises, scares and twists that you can cope with!
Wolf Brother & Spirit Walker - Michael Paver
First in a challenging new series charting the lives and adventures of early man and their lives, fears, adventures and superstitions.
Mortal Engines (series) - Philip Reeves
Blinding fantasy novel where moving cities trawl the globe. Tom and Hester are thrown from their beloved “London” and try to get back on board. Highly original read.
Stunning new sequence from Canavan, of which the second book has just been published. Every bit as good as the Black Magician.
Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen - Garth Nix
Powerful and complex fantasy trilogy. Sabriel sets out on a quest to avenge the death of her father in the land of dark, dark magic. Absolutely superb from book one to three.
Missing Judy - Anne Cassidy
Gripping novel about the mystery surrounding the vanishing of a 6 year old and the guilt of the 16 year old sister who feels responsible.
The Boy in the Burning House - Tim Wynne-Jones
Beautifully crafted mystery novel of 2 friends trying to solve a mystery from a previous generation.
The Ruby in the Smoke - Phillip Pullman
Exceptional mystery yarn, about a girl trying to find out why her father was murdered. Has two sequels with the same characters, which are also excellent.
Case of the Missing Library Books - Ian Samson
I know it sounds boring, but it’s not... Tricky Irish thriller about dodgy goings on with the mobile library vans.
Eagle Strike - Anthony Horowitz
Another great book for this series. This book is about 14 years old spy named Alex Rider, who used to work for M16 (a secret government organization) who goes on vacation in France, but then gets caught up in an "accident" where he suspects Yassen (a famous assassin) trying to kill a journalist who is investigating a superstar Cray.
Martyn Pig - Kevin Brooks
Martyn’s life is turned on its head when he accidently kills someone very close to him in this sublime novel. Brilliant.
Imagine the scenario: Britain is about to join the Euro, you find 250K and have 10 days to spend it before it becomes obsolete.
The Angel Factory - Terrance Blacker
Dark and delicious tale of what happens when a curious boy hacks into his father’s computer. A really powerful read.
Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
First in the series of classic novels of 4 sisters growing up in 1860s America written from the point of view of Jo, who would dearly like to be a writer.
Treasure Island - R.L. Stevenson
Sea adventure and the search for lost treasure. The wonderful characters make this yarn as fun as ever.
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Stunning political parody, set in a farm yard with the animals playing the parts of people.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jane falls in love with her rich employer, only to find out he has a dark secret....Classic stuff that has thrilled generations.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis
A must read at each age range, allegory of Christian faith.
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The story revolves around the life of a young orphan boy named Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse and falls into the hands of Fagin and his gang of petty criminals. Dickens provides a powerful insight into the social injustices of England in the nineteenth century.
All American Girl - Meg Cabot
Entertaining teen rom-com about a girl who accidently saves the life of the President and life is never the same again!
The Garbage King - Elizabeth Laird
Original novels set in the slums and streets of Ethiopia.
Brilliant and brave novel about a teenager daring to be different in an American high school. Highly recommended.
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
Odd and dreamy novel set in the back-drop of an undisclosed war with an American teenage girl getting to know her family in England. Now regarded as a modern classic.
Chinese Cinderella - Yen Mah Adeline
Chinese Cinderella is an A riveting memoir of a girl growing up in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.
Taylor 5 - Ann Halam
Fascinating novel about human cloning.
Winged Chariot - Ben Jeapes
The world goes dark after the stranger speaks in the language of the Home Time. A great book.
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Each year, the districts of Panem are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games. Only the winner survives.
Hacker - Malorie Blackman
When Vicky's father is arrested on a charge of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, she is determined to prove his innocence. Helped by her brother and his best friend, Vicky decides to try to find the real thief by hacking into the bank's computer system.
Hydra - Robert Swindells
When Ben and Midge sneak out at night to investigate mysterious corn-circles which have begun to appear in the fields around Cansfield Farm, they discover that a dilapidated barn conceals a terrifying secret. By the award-winning author of "Room 13", "Dracula's Castle" and "Inside the Worm".
1984 - George Orwell In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions.
Twilight - Stephanie Meyers
‘Twilight combines suspense, desire, love and friendship with an awesome twist on the vampire genre.’
Vampire Blood Trilogy, starts with Cirque Du Freak - Darren Shan Cirque Du Freak “…fast-paced and compelling book which leaves the reader hungry for more.” JK Rowling
The Scarecrows - Robert Westall
A powerful and haunting story about a boy’s pain and jealousy after the death of his father.
50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know - Tony Crilly
Just the mention of mathematics is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many, yet without it, the human race couldn't be where it is today. By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights - from the simple (the number one) and the subtle (the invention of zero) to the sophisticated (proving Fermat's last theorem) - this book shows how mathematics has changed the way we look at the world around us
Codes and Cyphers - Jenkins and Bear
Make this collection of seven ingenious paper gadgets which introduce and explain many of the concepts used in cipher machines. Decode the secret messages and then start to understand how cryptographers try to protect information from prying eyes. See also how cryptoanalysts set about breaking such codes and ciphers. A substantial minibook explains the principles of codebreaking, and includes the story of the Enigma machine and Bletchley Park.
Minds Eye Geometry - Ivan Moscovich
Each of the diagrams in this extensive collection poses an ingenious geometrical puzzle that has to be solved simply by looking, thinking and imagining. There is a novel way to check if your solution or ideas about the puzzle are correct. By making a model or a simple cut-out from the back of the book you may place it one the page and convince yourself or others that you are right!
1000 Playthinks - Ivan Moscovich
Announcing the most compulsive, head-scratching, and - at 5.08 pounds - gargantuan puzzle book ever. An obsessive collection of 1,000 challenges, puzzles, riddles, and illusions - both original as well as must-do classics - it's like salted peanuts for the brain. Jam-packed on the page and illustrated throughout in full-colour, with a visual for each entry, the book, opened anywhere, is like a call to action. And once started it's hard to stop, because at the end of every successfully completed game the puzzle-solver feels smart, successful, and at one with the beauty of mathematics. PLAYTHINKS is the first and only book where science, math, and art puzzles all come together. Broken down by chapter, PLAYTHINKS challenges with 12 basic categories, including games of Geometry; Patterns; Numbers; Logic and Probability; and Perception.
Who Tells the truth? - Adam Case
All the characters in these puzzles make clear statements about themselves and others, but it is not clear whether or not they are telling the truth. The problem is to decide which to believe.
Tarquin Sudoku - Gerald Jenkins
Sudoku is all the rage among readers and publishers. So why another book? Gerald Jenkins' lifetime of experience as a teacher and as a publisher has led him to produce something unique. Key features of this book that are unique: save teacher or puzzle-setter time through specially prepared self-explanatory photocopiables; succinct explanations provide information on the mathematics behind Sudoku puzzles - making that simple to explain; templates and explanations are provided to enable teachers, and puzzle-setters in maths clubs and other groups, with all that is required to set your own Sudoku puzzles; 32 photocopiable master puzzles of varying difficulty are provided, plus a blank for setting your own puzzles; and 2 further puzzles of greater difficulty are also provided.
A Slice of Pi - Liz Strachan
A new look at maths without the Boring Bits. How many trillions are there in a googol? Which fractions are vulgar? What famous mathematician refused to eat beans? And which one never travelled without his pet spider in an ivory box? Mathematical theorems and equations are inextricably entangled with the great and often eccentric thinkers who made breakthrough discoveries. Teacher and numbers expert Liz Strachan takes readers beyond the classroom, combining anecdotes, proofs and party tricks to reveal the foundations of algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a clear and entertaining style. From the Difference Engine to magic squares and from the Fibonacci rabbits to Fermat’s Last Theorem, this fascinating tour of the weird world of numbers, imaginary, real or infinite, will appeal to anyone with an enquiring mind.
Basic Mathematics. Practical Real life Examples (Teach Yourself series) - Alan Graham
Do you shy away from using numbers? Basic Mathematics can help. An easy-to-follow guide, it will ensure you gain the confidence you need to tackle maths and overcome your fears. It offers simple explanations of all the key areas, including decimals, percentages, measurements and graphs, and applies them to everyday situations, games and puzzles to give you understanding quickly and enjoyably.
Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonnacci Tale - Ann Mccallum.
Rabbits are crunching the cabbages. And munching the beans. Some people blame the wizard on the hill, but what does he have to do with their problem? The town simply has too many rabbits and there are more each day! Can the town hero, the Pied Piper, whisk away the bothersome bunnies? Or is a clear-thinking girl the only one who can help? The power of the Fibonacci pattern proves that sometimes you don’t have to pay the piper!
Frozen Planet – Alistair Fothergill
Take a journey to the last truly great wilderness regions. From the Great Melt in Spring to the 24-hour summer, the beginning of the Big Freeze and long dark winter, this epic series will follow the dramatic landscapes and the emotional life stories of the animals that live there.
Horrible Science (collection of books) – Nick Arnold
A series of books which cover Angry Animals Blood, Bones and Body Bits Bulging Brains Chemical Chaos Deadly Diseases Disgusting Digestion Evolve or Die Fatal Forces Frightening Light Killer Energy Microscopic Monsters Nasty Nature Painful Poison Shocking Electricity Sounds Dreadful and many more.
Longitude – Dava Sobel Anyone alive in the 18th century would have known that ‘the longitude problem’ was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day – and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.
Nightwatch - Terence Dickinson
Nightwatch is the standard reference guide to stargazers around the world. It all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern-city dweller expects.
Planet Earth – Alistair Fothergill
Prepare yourself for a spectacular tour of the world's many habitats, each possessing its own unique mood. From the claustrophobic darkness of the Deep Ocean to the big skies of the Open Plains; the merciless, ever-expanding Deserts to the diminishing Jungles, teeming with violent life.
The Planets - Dava Sobel Dava Sobel tells the human story of the nine planets of our solar system. This book traces the ‘lives’ of each member of our solar family, from myth and history, astrology and science fiction, to the latest data from the modern era's robotic space probes.
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide – Adam Hart Davis (Dorling Kingsley)
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide reveals the story of scientific progress from the invention of the wheel to 21st-century climate solutions, including everything from ancient Greek geometry and quantum physics to the worldwide web.
Wonders of the Universe - Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox shows us our universe as we've never seen it before.
WOW: The Visual Encyclopaedia – Dorling Kingsley
WOW: The Visual Encyclopaedia of Everything is a spectacular show-and-tell experience. Every spread in this incredible book explores an encyclopaedic subject in a unique way, through a thought-provoking collection of stunning photographic images.
Oxygen – Nick Lane Recommended for Gifted and Talented students
Oxygen offers fresh perspectives on our own lives and deaths, explaining modern killer diseases, why we age, and what we can do about it. Advancing revelatory new ideas, following chains of evidence, the book ranges through many disciplines, from environmental sciences to molecular medicine.