Monday, 8 July 2019

Kicking off the long summer break with a selection of super sizzling summery school holiday reads from Penguin Random House

Oh no! The school holidays!! AAARGH!

Sorry, that was a parental reaction, for most kids it'll be a case of "YAY, HOORAY!" and whoops of glee at the prospect of 6 or 7 weeks off school. But fear not, books are here to save the day - particularly this stunning selection of corkingly good summer reads from Penguin Random House / Puffin.

Kicking off with the hilarious "Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal" by Jeff Kinney.

Rowley horns in on Greg Heffley's game with his own account of what life is like.

There may be the odd mention here and there of that aforementioned "Wimpy Kid" but Rowley has a way of putting things that might not sit well with his best friend!

Another truly superb slice of kid-friendly observational humour from Jeff, a book that had C literally hooting with laughter (no better recommendation could we possibly make!)

"Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal" by Jeff Kinney is out now, published by Puffin Books. 

A new Jacqueline Wilson book? Always cause for celebration and in "Dancing the Charleston" (with fab illustrations as ever from Nick Sharratt) we're off to a sprawling somerset estate for an under-stairs tale of young Mona who lives with her aunt, a seamstress to the lady of the house.

Mona never knew her mother, but has been raised by her Auntie to always see the best in others, and make the best of her own situation and abilities in this life-affirming tale.

But when the lady of the house unexpectedly dies, things take a different turn for Mona and the other members of the household. Suddenly Mona gets a taste of what life is like "upstairs" as she finds herself drawn to the energy and vibrance of society folk entertaining in a big house.

Another brilliant story to completely draw you in, gorgeously written and illustrated, and a real page turner.

"Dancing the Charleston" by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt is out now, published by Puffin Books.

This is where it all started, our next book celebrates the 10th anniversary of a book series that has utterly dominated middle grade mystery fiction, with a brilliant updated version of the very first book.

"Murder Most Unladylike" by Robin Stevens combines Mallory Towers-like boarding school adventures, with a deep Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery in a truly dazzling way.

When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't.)

Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place.

Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

A thoroughly gripping story and a series that C absolutely adores (and so do most of her class at school). "Murder Most Unladylike" by Robin Stevens is out now, published by Puffin. 

Filled with awesomeness, attitude and pride, "Free to be Me" is a fantastic LGBTQ+ journey for fabulous folk, written by effervescent uber-merman Dom & Ink. 

Every rainbow-coloured page is packed with LGBTQ+ activities, advice and awesomeness.

With spreads to colour, scribble, design and glitter, you'll meet dancing drag queens, rainbow donuts and the world's sassiest LGBTQ+ dinosaur: Brett the Sassysaurus!

Read quotes from real-life rainbow icons, find out how to throw your own Pride Party, and learn about the history of gay rights. Most importantly: celebrate being yourself and what makes YOU amazing!

Warm, hilarious, caring and insightful, Free To Be Me will fill every reader with self-esteem, confidence, colour and pride.

"Free to be Me" by Dom & Ink is out now, published by Penguin Random House. 

Find all of these awesome books and many more on the Penguin Random House Website

(Huge thanks to Penguin Random House for supplying this awesome selection of titles from their summer reading range)