Real life books
This section covers a huge range of material. It covers children behaving badly, bullying etc, or quite ordinary children caught up in real events which are too big to handle.
Books for older readers
Feeling a bit invisible? Acne and loss of confidence? Well you could try doing what Ethel Leatherhead does. But it won't help.
Missing person hunt bumps into much bigger, sinister, deadly epidemic, end-of-the-world scenario. Seriously disturbing.
Reality TV teenage stars grow up in the spotlight. Antics and anguish.
Child intelligence agents operating in an adult world of crime and terrorism. Dangerous work.
Is there a mole in the Young Detective Agency? Are Kate and Nathan on the same side? And can they find the answers?
A world with no adults...just children, some with superpowers. How long will they last?
Ben finds himself in dangerous waters when London floods.
Sandor Harker crashes round the Winchester family like a loose cannon on a rolling pitching deck.
Jake Patmore discovers some uncomfortable truths about scientific research when he delves into the past in search of the real story of his father's untimely death.
Lee needs to build up his self-confidence so that he can deal with the bullies in his life.
Graham Sinclair, BOY HERO, hits the headlines and needs a support team to help him cope. Unfortunately he's not very good at choosing, perhaps because nobody's ever treated him properly, on account of his deformed hands.
Glint by Ann Coburn
Ellie has to be brave to search for her missing brother, so she does what Argent would do, their favourite fantasy character from childhood games.... Two stories in one.
Marcus King, Noodle Head,takes on the establishment.
You can either adopt the bigotry of your culture, handed down through the generations. Or not.
Is Egg a loner or lonely? And does she even know the difference?
Danny gets his military training the hard way - on the run with his ex-SAS grandfather.
The Diamond Girls need someone with a heart of gold more than they realize...
Something's going on in Franky's family, and Franky is in denial.
Work as a team with your own worst enemy? Would you? Could you? If your life depended on it?
Ronnie's on his own. He lives in a kind of No Man's Land of fear and bewilderment.
Autistic boy deals with life head-on when he solves a murder mystery in his own street.
Siobhan is being bullied, but she's also only a breath away from becoming a bully herself.
Compelling sequel to Mortal Engines. Love, jealousy, betrayal, anger, loyalty and bravery. Brilliant!
Is Ryland bound to follow in his father's footsteps, or is there another way?
It's a place to go, when you need some space and time to sort yourself out. No questions asked.
Well, the story is magic, but the romance is real.
The bitter-sweet end of family life, seen through the eyes of Jayni.
Julian quietly collapses under the burden of looking after his sisters after his father walks out.
Local crew solve mystery on their own doorstep, but not in your averageFamous Five style. A tougher kind of world.
America in the Depression. Bud on the road, searching for his father.
Easily led boy follows mad girl into trouble.
Happy by Keith Gray
Will dreams of success as a performer/songwriter, but what makes anyone decide to pursue their dreams?
There's no point settling a township in the middle of the desert if the train won't stop at your station . . .
Star-struck, young, on the streets: they're all desperate to get to the Academy. But who, exactly, runs the Academy? And why?
It's that old conundrum - if the devil himself were to pop up and offer you a bit of help with your earthly problems, would you really want it?
Luke is in trouble. His father's dead, his mother would like to remarry, and he's in with the wrong sort at school. And that's just what's going on outside his head. Inside, there's a lot to master before his musical genius can really take off. Brilliant book!
Luke, weak and confused by his recent illness, is almost consumed by his own determination to survive and recover.
Growing up pains in Ireland during the Second World War.
Denny lives with guilt. But it isn't his own guilt, it's his father's. Every year the phone calls come, seeking to remind Denny's father of the tragedy which triggered the calls. This year, Denny wants it to be different . . .
David's a killer, by accident. He's nervous now. Nervous of ghosts, nervous of his strange cousin and the limits that she might push him to. But most of all, he's nervous of himself. A terrifying read.
Darryl finds an injured racing pigeon hiding under a bush in the local park, and takes it home. As he cherishes the damaged bird, he learns a lot about life, bullies, pigeon fanciers and pigeons.
A love story and a horror story, beautifully told, about life and death during the Great War.
Bully victim learns that courage in one particular matter can have a big effect on other difficult relationships in life.
John's mind games help him to survive the brutal treatment he receives from the man who is not his father.
On holiday on a Greek island, Cassie becomes pre-occupied by the mythical harpies. Have they really come back to seduce the boys away, including her own brother, or is she just feeling left out of the action? And where is Ben anyway?
Georgie desperately needs help to overcome his terrible past and start living a normal life again, but who is brave enough to help him?
Verna La Vaughn, still sees college as her way out of the poverty trap, but finds it's easy to slip on a banana skin if you keep your eyes too firmly fixed on the horizon.
Excluded from a school trip, where best to hide out for a week than in the middle of a huge crowd of people, all busy going somewhere? But a week gives plenty of time for reflection on what's gone wrong . . .
You need a lot of luck to survive the accident of birth in the eighteenth century, especially if you are born into poverty, or illegitimate, or if your path crosses that of Otis Gardiner, Coram man, trader in babies, blackmail and despair . . .
Laura doesn't believe that Gwendal is her long-lost brother. But what else could he be? He seems to have enemies, but he seems to have powerful friends too . . .
Short story about the choices which Joe faces when his family is threatened by illness, and worse.
How could the loyalty of a childhood friendship withstand the onslaught of adult hypocrisy and racism?
Stranded in the Australian desert after a plane crash, Mary and Peter go on a reluctant walkabout with an Aboriginal boy.
Charlie has lost her best friend Max. He drowned at the mill pond. Or was he bewitched? And can she really fetch him back?
Two girls from different class and culture grow slowly to understand what true friendship is.
The otter is many things to many people. To Charlie it is a challenge, to photograph in its natural habitat. To Peter it is wild and free, something whichPeter isn't. And to Peter's father it is vermin, and must be exterminated.
Actually it's a 3 kg bag of flour. Simon loves his flour baby, but it is a real strain looking after it. How much worse is the real thing?
Martin suffers terrible facial injuries in an accident. Can he still be his old self when he goes back to school afterwards?
Keith dreams about a strange place, Quantoum. But when he seeks out the place and visits, his dream becomes a nightmare.
How it was to be a disabled child in the Third Reich.
Disturbing story of false accusation and betrayal. Bewildered and isolated,Jon confesses to a crime that he did not commit.
Away from his deprived and brutal background in London, Willie Beech is thrown a lifeline when he is evacuated to the country.
The memoir of Elli Friedman, who recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage inmates of Auschwitz.
Greg wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a gigantic caterpillar!
A tale of two boys in Hitler's Germany - one boy is German, the other is a German Jew.
Gus, dumped on grandparents he didn't know he had, in a travelling circus that he's never heard of, finds to his surprise, that it's where he belongs.
Children capture a German machine-gun, but their dream of defending their fortress against the German invasion turns into a nightmare.
Could Caroline's great Aunt Clara really have killed a man once?
Bullying only works because the victims don't fight back - right? So, what happens if the victims join forces, and do fight back? Push and Pull, settle their differences.
Frankie is captivated by the Romanian gypsy girl who comes to live in his council block, but his mother leads the opposition fight to get them evicted.
Can a blind boy really survive alone on a desert island without a fresh water supply and without food save what can be fished from the sea?
A true story about a young American Indian girl left behind by her people when they move from their remote island home to the mainland.
The receding water level in the reservoir reveals a submerged village. But long-submerged emotions also reappear . . .
Working together on a school project, Maddy and Flora discover the truth about a forty-year-old lie, and some truths about each other.
Chingwe, the Missing Link, (maybe), rescued from a freak show, becomes an object of interest to scientists and fundamental Christians. Both sides feel they have a point to make. But Nemo, flea handler extraordinaire at his parent's flea circus, just wants Chingwe to enjoy a quiet old age . . .
A family bust-up fifty years ago. What was it all about? Did uncle Tom really see aliens at the bottom of the garden?
Two boys. One calls up the sharks intentionally to hunt them, one calls them up unintentionally, and finds himself hunted.
Two young girls caught in the poverty trap both realize that life has handed them a lemon.
Motto looks after Pete. Pete looks after Motto. Except neither of them is very good at the job. And tagging really isn't the answer to anything.
One day Tara is an ordinary schoolgirl, next day she is fleeing for her life to an Iranian refugee camp as an enemy alien. And where next?
Gemma really likes Mike and wants to be his friend, so why does she bully him?
An eleven year old's life in Sarajevo during the civil war.
It's bad enough, losing your family in a civil war. How can you put all your memories to one side and start a new life, in a different country?
Leave home at fourteen. Life over at twenty. Not dead though, still having to live it. Heroin addiction.
Agonizing childhood as an unloved and unwanted daughter.
The horse is a winner. The girl is a loser. Can the horse make anything of her? All the excitement of the Winner's Enclosure at the Grand National.