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Spring Reading: Overview

Source: Digital montage by Black, S. (2019).

"Where did YA come from, and how did it get so big?... “Young Adult” fiction is a term whose meaning has varied wildly over the years. It can apply to coming of age tragedies or Serialized adventures of babysitters, or insert really dated twilight joke here. But where did this “young adult” genre come from? And why did it get so big?" (PBS, 2018)

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In text reference / citation: Ellis (2018) or (Ellis, 2018)
Bibliography / Reference list: Ellis, L. (2018). The Evolution of YA: Young Adult Fiction, Explained, [eVideo]. PBS, Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Mn3aKZ8ZVFo

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Great Spring Reads for Junior School

Are you looking for a good book to read this Spring? You've come to the right place!!! Click on the book cover to see if it is available from either the School's Kerferd Library or your closest public library. Alternatively, consider buying it from your local independent bookstore.

Kerferd Library Fiction collectionsCan't see the book your looking for on this page? The Kerferd Library's Junior School collections also offers a wide range of great reads. 

The Fowl twins

Criminal genius runs in the family... Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day! Prepare for an epic adventure in which The Fowl Twins and their new troll friend escape, get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily) . . . and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

A Christmas Carol

Geronimo retells the classic tale of the old cranky mouse, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge has no Christmas spirit, that is until he is visited by three ghosts on the night of Christmas Eve.

The 117-storey Treehouse

Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

The lords of melody

The Lord family live in the worst house on the best street. It might have been different if Suzi Lord's rock 'n' roll parents, Strum and Miss Katy, hadn't stumbled on their way to stardom but after one hit single in Finland. But life is about to get a lot more interesting at 92 Melody Street. Renting out their spare room on ZedBedZ seemed like a good idea but with the ghost of a grumpy drummer, a long-lost grandfather as their first guest, angry opposition from a residents action group, AND a broken leg in the first practice match of the soccer season, Suzi ain't havin' much of a rockin' good time.

The Land of Roar

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad's attic. Roar was filled with things they loved - dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure - as well as things that scared them. Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar... real?

Lenny's book of everything

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world and dream about a life of freedom and adventure.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

The bad guys

Mr Wolf. Mr Shark. Mr Snake. Mr Piranha. They're Bad Guys, everybody knows that. They're scary and dangerous an dwell ... just Bad. But these guys wan to be Heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ... whether you want them to or not. Buckle up for the funniest, naughtiest and coolest book you'll ever read - it's time to meet the Bad Guys.

Mission unpluckable

The Bad Guys are back with a daring plan to rescue 10,000 chickens from a high-security cage farm. But how do you rescue chickens when one of you is known as The Chicken Swallower?

The furball strikes back

The Bad Guys are about to have a VERY BAD DAY! Mr Wolf and his bad, bad buddies have messed with the wrong guinea pig. And this nasty little furball wants revenge! Will they survive? Will they be heroes? And will they just stop trying to eat each other? It's time to put on your baddest pair of chuckle-pants and find out!

Attack of the Zittens

It's a ZOMBIE KITTEN APOCALYPSE!Should you panic? Should you cry? Should you poop your pants?NO!Just sit back and watch the fur fly as the worlds baddest good guys take on Mad Marmalades meowing monsters!

Intergalactic gas

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The bad guys are back to save it! Sure, they might have to 'borrow' a rocket... And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits... And Mr Piranha miiiiight have eaten too many bean burritos... But seriously, how bad can it be? How bad?! Super bad.

Alien vs bad guys

One by one, the Bad Guys are vanishing. TAKEN by a creature with way too many teeth and far too many bottoms. Is this the end? Maybe. But will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!

Do-you-think-he-saurus?!

Nothing on Earth could rival the terrifying power of the DINOSAURS. Except maybe that Wolf over there...yeah, the one standing next to the Snake and the Shark and that other sardiney-looking thing. HUH?! This is ALL wrong. This is ALL bad. This is ALL awesome. It's time to get your Jurassic on, baby. It's time... for the BAD GUYS EPISODE 7!

9 from the nine worlds : Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard

An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase!How well do you know the nine Norse realms? Do you get all those heims mixed up?Well, this collection of rollicking short stories - each set in a different world and told by a different character from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series - will help straighten you out.And even if it doesn't, you'll enjoy reading about how Alex saves Amir's pants, Samirah plucks a giant's harp, Mallory teaches a dragon how to throw down insults, and much more.

The beast of Buckingham Palace

It is 2120 and London is in ruins. The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace - but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her, himself... and the entire city.

The Girlhoods

Girltopia is a city run by women and girls - and it's an amazing place. There's hardly any crime, transport is free, and lots of girls are getting a taste for change.Clara and her friends are now part of The Girlhoods, a rebel group who suspect that someone is behind the release of the virus that has effected the men and boys. As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, Clara's bravery is tested to its limits. Things are hotting up in Girltopia!

Greystone Secrets #1: the Strangers

Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.

The Girl in the Locked Room

A family moves into an old abandoned house. Jules's parents love the house, but Jules is frightened and feels a sense of foreboding. When she sees a pale face in an upstairs window, though, she can't stop wondering about the eerie presence on the top floor--in a room with a locked door. Could it be someone who lived in the house a century earlier? Her fear replaced by fascination, Jules is determined to make contact with the mysterious figure and help unlock the door. Pastand present intersect as she and her ghostly friend discover--and change--the fate of the family who lived in the house all those many years ago.

A Boy Called Bat

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises--some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat's mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he's got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. "This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat's experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story" (from the review by Brightly.com, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

Catwings

Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.

Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings

After being rescued by a flying cat, Alexander the cat decides to make good on a promise to do wonderful things.

Jane on Her Own

When Jane, a cat with wings, leaves the safety of her farm to explore the world, she falls into the hands of a man who keeps her prisoner and exploits her for money.

Catwings Return

Wishing to visit their mother, two winged cats leave their new country home to return to the city, where they discover a winged kitten in a building imminently to be demolished.

Piggy Handsome : Guinea Pig Destined for Stardom!

Piggy Handsome is a very confident Guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego - he hails from a long line of very famous Guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome hasn't yet achieved world renown. With the help of gruff talking Jeffry the budgie and the inadvertent efforts of two dastardly villains Dick and Dolly, Handsome might realise his dream, get in the papers and save the day - without even realising. All in one day trip to the seaside!

Piggy Hero

Piggy Handsome is a very confident Guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego. But sadly Handsome hasn't yet achieved world renown. After his last attempt Handsome realises that saving Jeff the budgie from falling off the roof would be just the thing to get on the front pages, but Jeff can't stop flapping his wings, because it's reflex. Piggy keeps pushing him off, Jeff keeps flying, much to Handsome's ire. Meanwhile the dastardly villains Dan and Dolly Dixon are seeking revenge for their time in prison. Can Handsome accidentally save the day once again?

Junior School Audiobooks
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Young Adult Spring Reads

Click on the book cover to see if it is available from either the School's Kerferd Library or your closest public library. Alternatively, consider buying it from your local independent bookstore.

Kerferd Library Fiction collectionsCan't see the book your looking for on this page? The Kerferd Library's Young Adult and Senior Fiction collections also offers a wide range of great reads. 

Young Adult Audio Books
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