Go on a journey with Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful as he reminisces about his life from his childhood in idyllic rural England right through to the horrors of the Front Line. In turn both beautiful and heartbreaking, this story is one that will stick with you long after the final page.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sent to live with her uncle in a mysterious mansion in Yorkshire, orphaned Mary is miserable and lonely until she finds out about a secret garden hidden somewhere in the grounds and sets out on a mission to find it!
This was one of my favourite books as a child, and it's still comforting today, even if the language and views are rather outdated!
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
The second in the His Dark Materials trilogy sees our heroine Lyra finding a new ally, Will, in her quest to find her father and uncover the truth of the mysterious substance known as Dust. But there are powerful forces that don't want Lyra and Will to succeed and will stop at nothing to prevent them. An excellent book but be sure to read The Northern Lights first or it won't make much sense!
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
Taken by his parents from his comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house next to a huge wire fence, 9-year-old German boy Bruno strikes up an unexpected friendship with a Jewish boy named Shmuel who lives on the other side of the fence... An excellent thought-provoking and at times haunting book. Highly recommended.
Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner
Set in an alternate reality version of 1950s Britain, schoolboy Standish Treadwell must struggle to stay alive in a dystopian society. When his best friend disappears overnight, Standish is set on a path which leads him to discover a dangerous secret which puts the fate of himself and those he loves at risk. I cannot state how good this book is, although it is not for the squeamish.
*Warning - This book contains some strong language. Please speak to a parent or guardian before you read it!*
Shadowmancer - GP Taylor
Follow the journey of three children - Kate, Thomas and Raphah - as they try to protect a sacred object from a sorcerer priest intent on ruling the world. It's got smugglers, it's got monsters, it's got miracles. It's... got a LOT!
Hurricane Gold - Charlie Higson
Stranded in the Mexican jungle after a fierce hurricane, James Bond and obnoxious brat Precious Stone must use every ounce of wit and cunning to outsmart a gang of ruthless bandits and prevent top secret documents from falling into the hands of a vicious criminal kingpin.
*Note - Apologies about some incredibly dodgy editing!*