Out of this world holiday reads


The summer holidays are here at last, and what better way to escape to somewhere new and exciting than by opening a good book? Here are our top holiday reads, for all ages:


Welcome to Alien School by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves (Simon & Schuster, £5.99; ISBN: 9780857072573)When Mum calls Albie for school one morning, he really doesn’t want to go! He’s much too busy playing at space rescues with his toys. But once Albie steps into the playground, he quickly realises that this isn’t any old school. It’s Alien School – and a big, shaggy alien is heading his way! Join Albie as he makes some very odd intergalactic friends, munches on space-ghetti at the school canteen and rides on space scooters. School has never been so much fun! A colourful and imaginative caper from the duo behind the wildly popular How to Grow a Dinosaur and Supermarket Zoo.

Princess Evie’s Ponies: Indigo the Magic Rainbow Ponyby Sarah KilBride and Sophie Tilly (Simon and Schuster, £5.99; ISBN: 9780857072245)Princess Evie and her kitten, Sparkles, are whisked away to the rainbow’s end by Indigo the Magic Rainbow Pony. Can they help to put the colour back into a dreary grey garden? They might need the help of a few friends… The latest glorious adventure starring a pony-loving princess and her stable of very magical steeds. Delight little horse-lovers with this beautiful picture book, which includes a FREE cardboard model pony to assemble.The Kiss that Missedby David Melling(Hodder; £5.99; ISBN: 9781444908817)A king’s kiss goes amiss in this classic picture book, when he hurriedly blows his son a bedtime kiss and it flies out of the window! A brave knight must then undertake the important quest to bring it back. But is he brave and fearless enough to return the kiss to the little prince? This fairytale story is sure to enchant young children with its humour, charm and wonderfully witty illustrations. A magical fable and a captivating read!Tiddler (Early Reader) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler(Scholastic; £4.99; ISBN: 9781407130477)Now in a fantastic read-alone format, the magical rhyming story of a teeny-weeny fish with a passion for spinning tall tales. Tiddler’s just a little fish, but he has a very BIG imagination! Every day, he’s late for school… and every day he tells his teacher another tall tale! But did Tiddler really ride a seahorse? Did he truly meet a mermaid? What tale will Tiddler tell next? This wonderful Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and artwork, now with a clearer typeface and layout to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. As Tiddler’s quick tongue and wild imagination save him from all kinds of sticky situations, his adventures will captivate every little daydreamer!The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan, £10.99; ISBN: 9780230750449)Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer’s day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay. But disaster strikes for the Singing Mermaid when she is tempted away from her home to join the circus. The audiences love her – but the poor mermaid, kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape? With glitter throughout, this is a magical, lyrical new picture book from the creators of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard.5+The Abominablesby Eva Ibbotson(Macmillan, £6.99; ISBN: 9781407132976)A hundred years ago, in the Himalayan peaks of Nanvi Dar, the daughter of an English earl is kidnapped by a huge hairy monster. His motherless children need her help. Devoting her life to their upbringing, Agatha Farlingham raises a yeti family with upright morals and impeccable manners. But when their secret existence is discovered, the yetis must leave their idyllic valley. Two brave children hatch a daring plan to smuggle them across the globe to Agatha’s historic mansion. But when the yetis meet the outside world, chaos erupts! In the Sultan of Aslerfan’s kingdom, they release all the animals from his zoo. In the Alps, they rescue a lost child in a blizzard. But when they finally arrive in England, a terrible shock awaits them at Farley Towers… Discovered after her death, this is the very last novel from a greatly loved and bestselling writer.Goblins by Philip Reeve(Scholastic, £6.99; ISBN: 9781407115276)Always busy squabbling, the goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend all their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper realises that the dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers – and soon trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, swamp monsters, tree-warriors, humans and bloodthirsty goblins alike are swept up into a fabulous magical conflict! Enter a wild world of magical creatures and heroic deeds in this thrilling latest fantasy from the extraordinary imagination of Philip Reeve.The Mystery of the Whistling Cavesby Helen Moss(Orion, £4.99; ISBN: 9781444003284)When the famous whistling caves fall silent and treasure goes missing from a clifftop castle, three kids and one dog must solve the mystery! Scott and Jack Carter are far from impressed when they’re packed off to stay with their boring great aunt for the summer. But then they meet Emily Wild and her dog, Drift, who show them the lighthouse, the island castle and the amazing whistling caves. Legend has it that if the caves stop whistling, the castle will be attacked – and when priceless treasures are pinched from the castle, that’s exactly what happens! But how was the treasure smuggled out of the castle? Why did the caves stop whistling? And can the friends solve the mystery in time to catch the thief? A page-turning adventure in the grand tradition of Enid Blyton’sFamous Five.Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver(Scholastic, £5.99; ISBN: 9781407132280)Billy Broccoli is a boy full of questions: about his new school, his new step-family… his whole life, in fact. Meanwhile, Hoover Porterhouse is a ghost with all the answers! And when a trick of fate makes them roommates, Billy discovers that being haunted isn’t so bad after all. Hoover is funny and cool, a great baseball player and a real people-person (even if Billy is the only one who can see him). And though horrible bullies are out to get Billy, he might just have a chance to conquer the school, with Hoover by his side! A hilarious new series about a boy and the ghost in his bedroom, from the authors of the Hank Zipzerbooks.Seahorse Stars: The First Pearl by Zuzu Singer (Usborne, £4.99; ISBN: 9781409520245)Dive into the clear waters of Rainbow Reef! Little Cammie Sunbeam is thrilled to be joining the Pearlies – the most amazing club in Rainbow Reef. As Pearlies, young seahorses have a duty to do their best, help other ocean creatures and do a good turn every day. Now Cammie must earn her Proficiency Pearls by completing six special tasks. If she succeeds, she can become a Seahorse Star – a group only the best Pearlies can join! Her first task will be to earn her Coral Comping pearl. Has she paid enough attention to leader Miss Swish – or will she find herself in at the deep end?Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Puffin, £6.99; ISBN: 9780141321004)After the death of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself holding the key to a fortune. Hidden inside Captain Flint’s sea chest is a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island! But Jim isn’t the only one following the scent of gold, and soon he is doing battle with villains, wild beasts and deadly savages. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas: Long John Silver and his ruthless pirate gang! A truly classic novel which inspired a thousand others, this is the original pirate adventure.9+Flip-Flop Club: Charmed Summerby Ellen Richardson(Oxford University Press, £5.99; ISBN: 9780192756619)Three best friends and a summer of fun! When Elly is sent to stay with her aunt on Sunday Island for the summer, she is bored and lonely. But then she receives a mysterious invitation to a midnight feast in a tree house, and her summer suddenly gets much sunnier! She sneaks out of the house only to stumble into a girl called Sierra, who is just as lost as she is. Then a helpful little dog leads them into an overgrown maze, where a grinning girl called Tash welcomes them! “I thought a midnight feast would be a great start to our summer on Mystery Island!” Soon the girls are fast friends, exploring the island, swimming and eating ice creams. But an old mystery surrounding buried treasure links their pasts – and threatens their friendship. Can they solve the riddle and still remain friends?Everybody Jamby Ali Lewis(Andersen, £6.99, ISBN: 9781849392488)Danny Dawson lives in the middle of the Australian outback. His older brother Jonny was killed in an accident last year, but no one ever talks about it. And now it’s time for the annual muster. The biggest event on the cattle station; a time to sort the men from the boys. But this year things will be different. Jonny’s gone and Danny is determined to prove he can fill his brother’s shoes. His fourteen-year-old sister is pregnant. It’s getting hotter and hotter and the rains won’t come, and now the cracks are beginning to show… When Danny’s mum admits she can’t cope, the family hires a housegirl to help out – a wide-eyed English backpacker. She doesn’t have a clue what she’s let herself in for. And neither do they… A bittersweet story of family life, grief and growing up, set amid the harsh and vivid terrain of the Australian bush.Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson(Macmillan; £6.99; ISBN: 9780330538817)It’s 1910, and orphan Maia is off on the greatest adventure of her life! She is leaving her English boarding school and sailing up the faraway Amazon river, to start a new life with distant relatives there. Nothing can prepare Maia for the fabulous wilderness of the Amazon, or its border-town Manaus, surrounded by moist jungle greenery. But Maia’s relatives are not all they seem, and soon she and a mysterious Indian boy, Finn, are escaping up the Amazon on a journey of discovery and danger. Can they survive in the uncharted world of the river sea – a place of anacondas and insects, crocodiles and monkeys, poisonous trees and strange, impossible beasts? Stuffed with wonderful characters, exotic creatures and fantastical landscapes, Eva Ibbotson’s modern classic is a voyage into the exotic landscape that lies buried within every child’s imagination. Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award.Out of Shadowsby Jason Wallace(Andersen, £5.99; ISBN: 9781849390484)‘If I stood you in front of a man, pressed a gun into your palm and told you to squeeze the trigger, would you do it?’ ‘No, sir, no way!’ ‘What if I then told you we’d gone back in time and his name was Adolf Hitler? Would you do it then?’_ In 1980s Zimbabwe, the war is over, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power. He offers hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the end of the Old Way and the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it’s all new: new continent, new country, new school. But he very quickly learns that for some of his classmates, the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on. White boys who want their old country back, not this new black government. Boys like clever, cunning Ivan. For him, there is still one last battle to fight, and he’s taking it right to the top…Trash by Andy Mulligan (David Fickling Books, £5.99; ISBN: 9781849920568)Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days knee-deep in steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it. Then one day, a small leather bag falls into Raphael’s hands – a bag of clues. A bag of hope. A bag that will change his world… and leave him running for his life. Soon Raphael and his friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the police, being hunted without mercy. As they are chased from filthy gutters to wealthy avenues, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. But they can’t run forever. They need a miracle… Three street boys take on the world in this fast-paced and intensely moving story.  займ онлайн rusbankinfo.ru

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