“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book” Dr Seuss

Reading for pleasure is very important, for fun and to improve your literacy. This is a list of popular books, come and visit Aquinas Library to discover more.                         

Ms Morroi (Library Coordinator)                                 

 

Boyne, John

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a young adult novel about the Holocaust. By focusing on Bruno’s innocent and puzzled view of his father’s job, Boyne offers a previously unseen perspective on the everyday Germans who took part in the Nazis’ ultimate solution.
Bruno is definitely naive by today’s standards, but this novel takes place in 1943, when a sheltered child might well have been unaware of Auschwitz and the fate of the Jews who were sent there.

                                    

 

 

Clarke, Cat

The Lost and Found    LOST. When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
FOUND. Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

 

 

Collins, Suzanne

The Hunger Games   Sometime in the future, a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen lives with her little sister and mother in North America in a place called District 12. People in District 12 are poor, and since her father’s death in a coal-mining accident, Katniss has had to hunt game with a bow and arrow to supplement her family’s meager supplies. District 12 is far from the Capitol city, Panem, a place Katniss never expects to visit. But then comes the day of “reaping,” when her beloved sister Prim is randomly chosen to represent District 12 in the annual Hunger Games. Immediately Katniss steps forward and volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Games, which are held each year in the Capitol. The Hunger Games have elements in common with the Olympics and with reality TV shows but purpose of these games is far more gruesome and terrifying. Of the 24 young people who compete, only one will survive. To win at the Hunger Games you must kill all your opponents, even if they have become your friends.

 

 

Dowswell,  Paul

Sektion 20

Alex lives in East Berlin. The cold war is raging and he and his family are forbidden to leave. But the longer he stays the more danger he is in. Alex is no longer pretending to be a model East German, and the Stasi has noticed. They are watching him. Alex is told that further education will be   blocked to him. His summer job is mysteriously cancelled, and friends begin avoiding him. His parents start to realise that leaving the East may be the only option left to them, but getting across the Wall is practically impossible. And even if Alex and his family make it to the other side, will they be able to escape the reach of the Stasi? One false move will change everything for Alex and his family, for ever.

 

Hardinge, Frances

Cuckoo Song  The first things to shift were the doll’s eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss’s face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. ‘What are you doing here?’ It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. ‘Who do you think you are? This is my family. ‘When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family – before it’s too late…  

 

Horowitz, Anthony

Point Blanc

MI6 assigns Alex Rider, 14, undercover at an elite prep school for teen rebels after two fathers are assassinated. Principal Dr Grief and vicious cigar-smoking Mrs Stellenbosch are the only teachers. All the students act studious, perfect – and identical. When Alex finds the plot, the villains find him, and the mountain peak has only a black ski run escape.

 

 

 

Kinney, Jeff

The Wimpy kid series

‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books are all about a kid called Greg who fills in his journal (not a diary!!) of all the misadventures in his life. Everything Greg seems to do has hilarious consequences and his family are very funny

Old School has a proper story .The story is about a character called Silas Scratch and the problems he causes everyone. It is a sort of mystery story with unexpected twists and turns and the ending is a real surprise.

 

 

 

Magorrian, Michelle

Goodnight Mister Tom

London is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech — the abused child of a single mother — is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place. Then a telegram comes. Willie must return to his mother in London. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Tom sets out for London to look for the young boy he has come to love as a son.

 

Morpurgo, Michael

Listen to the moon

May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost…and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve…

 

Conlon-McKenna, Marita

Under the Hawthorn Tree

This is the first book in the Children of the Famine trilogy. Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of ending up in the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great-aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.

 

 

 

Palacio, R.J.

Wonder

 August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters.

 

 

Russel, Rachel Renee

Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Nikki Maxwell’s worst nightmare comes true in book nine of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!
A certain member of the CCP girls Dork fans know all about has gotten her hands on Nikki’s diary and has decided to share some thoughts of her own…Find out what happens when Nikki’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. Welcome to Mackenzie’s world!!

                                                      

 

 

 

Thorne, Jack

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter presented on stage.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

 

 

Wallace, Danny

Hamish and the Never people

Nobody knows it yet, but the people of Earth are in big, big trouble.
Like – HUGE trouble. Oh, come on, where’s your imagination? Double what you’re thinking!
And it’s all got to do with a shadowy figure, an enormous tower, some sinister monsters, huge clanking and thundering metal oddballs, and people who are just like you… but not like you at all. Luckily Hamish and the PDF are around to help save the day! Aren’t they??

 

 

Walliams, David

Gangsta Granny

A hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words. Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.
1) She was once an international jewel thief.
2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…

 

 

 

Wilson,  Jacqueline

Rent a bridesmaid

  Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s wearing the most beautiful bridesmaid dress and walking down the aisle behind a bride. The one wedding she’d really love to attend is her own mum and dad’s – but it seems like that’s never going to happen. So Tilly decides to make her own dream come true, and puts a notice in the local shop, advertising her services as a bridesmaid. And to her amazement, she gets a reply . . . A fabulous, funny and moving story about finding family and friendship.

 

 

 

Wooding, Chris

Pale

In an eerie futuristic world, society has figured out a way to bring people back from the dead, provided they have the right blood type. However the ‘Returned’ as they are officially known look different – with their white hair, translucent skin and pale eyes. They are alienated and despised by much of society. At school, the ‘pales’ are bullied, beaten up and ostracized. So what happens when one of the bullies becomes a ‘pale’ himself?  This is a gripping and hard-hitting fantasy with much to say about the way we treat others.

    

  

Zusak, Marcus

The Book Thief    

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Set during World War II in Germany, this novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.  This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.