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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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When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
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. 

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 Blue Cat

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English, ' the children whispered ... Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat ...

Mr Bambuckle's remarkables fight back

I wish Mr Bambuckle would come back. Who will cook us breakfast now?Miss Frost gave me detention just for answering a question. Mr Bambuckle said I'm about to discover magic - but how?There are some pretty strange things going on. It's almost as if Mr Bambuckle could hear us . . .Replacement teacher Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has something to do with it ...

The poison jungle

Some secrets are deadly. It's no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It's her life's mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala. Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war -hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives.

The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter

In 1210 Scotland, twelve-year-old Drest is on the run with a price on her head after rescuing her brothers and father, the Mad Wolf of the North, from captivity.

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage.

Emily Windsnap and the siren's secret

When Neptune tells Emily and her merman father and human mother to return to Brightport to try to make merpeople and humans work more closely together, Emily faces problems with old enemies, her new, half-merfolk friend Aaron, and a mystery related to a group of legendary lost sirens.

The Journey to Atlantis

At the beach by Mouseford Academy, one of the Thea Sisters discovers a mysterious boy with blue skin washed up on the shore. He speaks an unfamiliar language, so the Thea Sisters call Thea Stilton to help figure out how to communicate with him. She sets the mouselings on an exciting journey across the world to hunt for clues to the boy's origins. Could he be prince of the underwater world of Atlantis? It's up to the Thea Sisters to get him home!

The Secret of the Fairies

Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are on an expedition to the fantastical Land of Erin. While they are searching for a missing friend they learn that the land itself is in peril! The mouselets are ready to help. On their journey, they encounter fairies, pixies and other magical creatures - some helpful, but some out to trick them! Can the Thea Sisters save the Land of Erin before it's too late? It's an adventure full of mystery and friendship!

The Midsummer Tomte and the Little Rabbits

It's summer in the big forest and the rabbit children are looking forward to their first Midsummer party. Owl, who knows everything, says Midsummer is a time for dancing, love and magic. What a fun time they will have! Then a terrible storm sweeps through the forest and the woodland animals must find shelter at Grump the tomte's cottage. Will the magic of Midsummer help restore harmony to the forest in time for the party?

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus

Being able to detect black magic isn't all tea and crumpets--and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.....

Vote WeirDo

It's time to vote! Weir Dos in the running for class captain... but will an Epic hair disaster destroy his chances of winning?! It wont be easy... but it will be funny!.

Planet Weird!

Happy birthday to me! Not only is it Planet Day, its also Weir Dos birthday! And his partys going to be so huge youll see it from space! It wont be easy but it will be funny!

Harriet the spy

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she' s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring's top agent.

Dragon mountain

When 12-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a summer camp in middle-of-nowhere China he doesn't know what to expect. There he meets fellow campers Dylan, Charlotte and Ling-Fei and together they stumble upon an age-old secret: four powerful warrior dragons, hidden deep within the mountain behind the camp. They have been trapped since an epic battle with the Dragon of Death and need the children's help to set them free before terrible evil is unleashed on the earth.

How to write the soundtrack to your life

Murphy Parker is going to be a songwriter. If she can summon up the nerve to play in front of anyone other than her dad, that is. When an unplanned keyboard performance at school goes well, Murphy wonders if maybe her dreams have a chance after all. Until her entire grade accuses her of plagiarism. Someone out there is playing Murphy's songs. But why, and how did they hear her play?

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one--other than Celie, that is--takes the time to map out the new additions.

The Secret Janara

The exciting adventures of the Benevento cousins continue, as Primo discovers the identity of the secret Janara.

Runaway Rosa: a twins story

The Benevento children are excitedly preparing for the annual Boar Hunt, where the prize of the Golden Tusk is given to the ten-year old who catches the boar. No girl has ever competed, but Rosa is determined to take part -and win! She refuses to stay home and help take care of the new baby and cook and clean. She will just have to run away.

The First Rule of Punk

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

A chase in time

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex's aunt's house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It's the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they're caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup - but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

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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