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Middle Years Reading

Source: Black, S. (2019). Vector graphic courtesy of Vecteezy.

The young adult easy read books are located in the Short Stories, Essays and Poetry collection. This collection is located in the Kerferd Library Reading Lounge. Look for the books that have the 'Short stories' icon on the book's spine.

Click on the book cover or title in the gallery at the bottom of this page to borrow easy read fiction from the library, or use the following link to browse the Short Stories, Essays and Poetry collection in the library.

Easy Reads | Borrowing audiobooks

Your Kerferd Library has a growing collection of audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way to listen to a book and read it at the same time. Clink on the following Sora web link to start listening to audiobooks or read eBooks online. See also the Kerferd Library OverDrive Sora help or come and talk to one of the librarians.

Easy reads in the Kerferd Library | Click on the book cover to borrow via the catalogue.

Shadow girl [ER]

"A poignant story about foster care children with a supernatural twist, from the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Clare knows she's at least partly to blame for her problems at school, but she's learned that it hurts to make friends when you're a foster kid and you'll just be moved on again. It's a relief to meet Maddy, who knows exactly what it's like to be in the system. But then Maddy disappears. Clare has opened her heart at last, and she can't let it go - will she find her friend?

Billboard Express [ER]

Elle has come to Nashville to become a star. She has what it takes, but her agent and all the label executives want to change everything about her--her hair, her body, her clothes and, most important, her music. So Elle becomes a blond, sings about cookin' for her man and wears tiny shorts and revealing tank tops. Then a chance meeting with an established female songwriter makes Elle realize that she's paying too high a price for success.

Fox friend [ER]

Christine had lived her whole life on the farm without seeing a fox... until she finds a fox cub, separated from its mother. She looks after him, but has to keep it a secret from her father who thinks foxes are vermin. Will she be able to keep him safe?

Life of Pi [ER]

"What happens when a ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean, leaving one lifeboat of survivors? And what happens if those survivors are a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a Bengal tiger? Sixteen-year-old Pi Patel is about to find out ..."

The Mummy Returns [ER]

Ten years after their last battle with Imhotep, Evelyn and Rick O'Connell are back in Egypt. It is the Year of the Scorpion and people in Egypt are afraid. Somebody has to kill the Scorpion King, or the world will end.

Another Miserable Love Song [ER]

Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one--to be a rock star--and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. So when a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy). Can she find a new purpose in punk?

High Note [ER]

Hailey McEwan has many interests--soccer, field hockey, animation. She'd probably never have started singing if her best friend, Crissy, hadn't persuaded her to take singing lessons and join her choir. No one had any idea that Hailey would be such a natural, least of all Hailey herself. A shared love of music--from pop to opera--has been a big part of the girls' friendship, but when the two face off in a competition for a role in a production of The Marriage of Figaro, their closeness turns into a bitter rivalry. Hailey will have to make a tough decision. Is opera as important to her as it is to Crissy? And is landing a role worth losing her best friend?

The front room [ER]

The holiday was supposed to give them a break, a chance to get away and heal after the loss of the baby. But Hannah's parents are still listless and distracted, and her toddler brother doesn't understand what's going on. And worst of all, something feels wrong in Hannah's room. Her mum and dad don't understand what she's trying to tell them, so one stormy night Hannah sneaks out to find someone who can tell her the truth about the Front Room ...

Soul mates [ER]

"Why do I keep dreaming about this boy? He's been haunting me for years. Iris has always felt drawn to Los Angeles. When at last she gets there, she finds herself in front of an old house with a broken iron gate. Inside the house she meets Nate. He's the boy who has haunted her dreams -- and she has haunted his. They are soul mates. But by meeting, Iris and Nate have placed themselves in great danger. Are they going to be torn apart, just as they have found each other?"

Soul desire [ER]

Heart-stopping supernatural romance. Iris and Nate now know that Sibyl's malevolent interference has put a seemingly impossible obstacle in their way - can Iris travel to Nate's time, or he to hers? Or is there a third option? As the pair wrestle with this problem, it becomes clear that Sibyl's demise may not have been as final as they thought..

Soul song [ER]

Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy. Iris and Nate have spent a lifetime dreaming about each other. They have fought tooth and nail and defeated unimaginable odds to be together. Now, at last, they have found a way of existing in the same time. But Iris and Nate are not out of danger yet - real life could yet tear them apart.

Ring of roses [ER]

Intensely powerful novel set in London during the height of the Plague in the 1600s. Abby is delighted to be appointed to the position of nursemaid in the well-to-do Beauchurch household. But it's the summer of 1665, and soon whispers are spreading through London that the Plague is returning. Can Abby keep herself and her small charge Grace safe, or will the disaster engulf them?

Dark trade [ER]

Gina knows that Victorian London is no place for an orphaned girl - there are those that would literally steal the hair off her head. And so Gina finds work with Thread and Spider as 'George', selling burial outfits stripped off rich corpses. The work is dangerous and illegal, but it is better than starving. But then Thread and Spider's demands increase and friendship with blind beggar girl Annameans that Gina has something to lose.

At the world's end [ER]

Caz has been living in the department store since the day the Blue Star came and killed everyone who breathed in its toxic snow. She can't do so much as look outside. But life in the store is getting dangerous and so Caz decides to take her chances in the world outside, with only Will for company. What will she find in the bleak landscape? And is there even anything to find?

The crystal stair [ER]

"Life in the Settlement is not as perfect as Caz and Will had hoped - they live apart in the Boys' and Girls' Towers and rarely see each other. Searching for her father, Caz is told that he never arrived at the Settlement. But then she finds his name on a secret list of a missing Search and Rescue team that set out to investigate a mysterious signal and never came back. She can't rest until she finds out what's happened to him. Even though Will is convinced it's too dangerous. Even though it means leaving and heading back out onto the endless ice.

Glee Club [ER]

An exciting light romance read. Mel and her friends love the high school Glee Club. They can't wait to take on their rivals in the tournament finals! But when the director falls ill and has to pull out, is that the end of their chances at the trophy? Or can Mel pick up the role and lead her team to glory? It could be tricky, especially if romance rears its head and gets in the way. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Bad Business [ER]

Lindy has been working hard cleaning and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood to earn money for a trip to the Arctic. When Mrs. Naulty, an elderly client, mistakenly pays her a huge amount of money, Lindy keeps it to pay the early-bird rate for her trip. It's only when a schoolmate learns what she did and starts blackmailing her that Lindy starts to suffer for her actions.

Bull's Eye [ER]

After Emily's aunt dies, Emily learns that everything she has always believed is a lie, and her world crumbles. Forced to face the fact that her mother is not who she thought she was, Emily tries to find the truth about her past and make sense of her future. Turning to graffiti and vandalism as a way to deal with her anger, she comes to realize that there is more to a family than shared DNA. Also available in Spanish.

Dead-End Job [ER]

Frances works the night shift at a local convenience store, dividing her time between restocking shelves and working on her art. Her routine is broken one night when Devin comes into the store. He claims to be the son of a famous local artist and offers her advice on her drawings. Although he seems to know way too much about her, Frances decides, against the advice of her boyfriend, that he is odd but harmless. By the time she realizes the danger she is in, Devin is completely obsessed with her and convinced that if he can't have her, no one will. Frances will be forced to use all her strength to escape from Devin.

Deadly [ER]

Amy has disappeared and her boyfriend Eric is the number one suspect, so while Amy is locked away somewhere following bizarre instructions from her kidnapper, Eric is doing everything he can to find her.

Gunpoint [ER]

Alex and her dad are working a routine plumbing job in the Town Hall when it is suddenly taken over by terrorists. Their leader Mr Blue demands the release of a high-profile prisoner, or he'll start killing hostages - and one of them is Alex's dad! Hidden in the attic's pipes, Alex must rely on her wits to ensure they all stay alive. And she only has precious minutes before time runs out.

Persist [ER]

A girl in a coma. A desperate mother. Marianne has been absent from her own life for so long that even her mother's unwavering faith is starting to tremble. But Marianne, floating in her own world, is starting to remember who she is - and the sad woman that visits every day. Can they both persist long enough to find a way back to one another?

Grave matter [ER]

Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can't find a way to go on. His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo. Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control...A chilling tale of love that reaches beyond the grave.

Classic easy reads in the Kerferd Library | Click on the book cover to borrow via the catalogue.

Moby Dick [ER]

Moby Dick is the most dangerous whale in the oceans. Captain Ahab fought him and lost a leg. Now he hates Moby Dick. He wants to kill him. But can Captain Ahab and his men find the great white whale? A young sailor, Ishmael, tells the story of their exciting and dangerous trip.

Tales from Hans Andersen [ER]

Hans Andersen wrote many stories, and these are some of the best. We meet a very, very small child, a bird with a beautiful voice, a mermaid with legs, an ugly duckling with no friends - and an emperor with some very strange new clothes. These stories teach us lessons for life.

Christmas Carol [ER]

Scrooge is a cold, hard man. He loves money, and he doesn't like people. He really doesn't like Christmas. But when some ghosts visit him, they show him his past life, his life now, and a possible future. Will Scrooge learn from the ghosts? Can he change?

Animal farm [ER]

When the animals take over the farm, they think it is the start of a better life. Their dream is of a world where all animals are equal and all property is shared. A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

Black Beauty [ER]

"'Always be good, so people will love you. Always work hard and do your best.' These were the words of Black Beauty's mother to her son when the two horses lived with Farmer Grey. But when Black Beauty got older, this was sometimes very difficult for him. Not everybody was as kind as Farmer Grey."

Robinson Crusoe [ER]

Robinson Crusoe is at sea when there is a great storm. His ship goes down, and his friends die. The sea throws Crusoe onto a beach. He is on an island. But which island? Are there other people on it? And are they friendly? What will Crusoe do now?

Murder on the Orient Express [ER]

A train journey from Turkey to France is dalayed by thick snow. So when a passenger on the train is found murdered in his bed, it is the perfect opportunity for Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to prove his ability and solve the crime using the power of his brain.

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