Diary of a Wimpey Kid

If you haven't had a good laugh lately, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is your source for timeless humour.

Greg has a few, simple needs to satisfy: Avoiding touching the cheese that's been on blacktop since the prior spring, not getting beaten up by bigger kids, playing his favourite video games (which his parents don't approve of), avoiding embarrassment, and getting credit for doing something right. Parents, teachers, fellow students, and fate conspire to thwart Greg.

But Greg has one ace in the hole . . . his friend Rowley is even more of a loser than Greg is. And Greg exploits Rowley for all he's worth. The gags are often based on the results not turning out as Greg anticipated.

The book has many funny parts that will have you laughing out loud.


Hand of Blood

Horror propels this dramatic but simply written story of what happens after Meg is given a hand transplant following an attack by a savage dog.

Meg’s hand is ripped apart by Jet but when she comes round from her operation she finds she has a new hand. It looks harmless enough soon the hand takes terrifying actions of its own and Meg knows she must find out more about its original owner.

Hand of Blood is a G8read from publisher Barrington Stoke. Like others in the G8read series it is perfect for teenagers who want a really great but short story.



It’s another normal Friday for Nicky - off to the park to pay the bully his usual fee.

Problem is it doesn't matter if he pays or not Nicky still gets a beating.

But this week Nicky is determined it will be different. He is determined it’s going to stop. But how?

Nicky finds a knife.

A bully is murdered.

Did Nicky do it?

The reader decides in this thought - provoking drama.



Dan and Kate are perfect together. The relationship is everything they ever wanted. But then the lies start and someone else wants in.

Who’s telling the lies and who is stirring trouble. What is it they want?

Sometimes it’s someone close, someone you trust who can cause all the problems.

A tense page turner.

Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant and dyslexic readers.


Artemis Fowl Collection

Young evil genius Artemis Fowl is a teenage criminal mastermind. Unfortunately a legion of deadly fairies with mega firepower are not happy with him.

Twelve-year-old Artemis is a brilliant criminal prodigy. But when he double-crosses a legion of rowdy, violent fairies, he's bitten off more than he can chew.

For a start, leprechaun weaponry is much more advanced than our own. And to make matters worse, he's kidnapped a hard-as-nails heroine from the Leprechaun Police Department, whose commanding officer will stop at nothing to get her back.

Even a ruthless genius like Artemis Fowl is going to have a riot on his hands. Stand back!

These fairies are dangerous.

Once you start these seven cracking bestsellers you won’t be able to put them down.


Lilly Alone

Lily isn't home ALONE - but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsibility.

When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her stepdad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But taking care of 6-year-old twins, her 3-year-old sister and the family's flat feels overwhelming and Lily is worried that school or social services might discover their situation and break up the family.

What could be better than to take all the little ones for a camping adventure in the park? Plenty of space to run about, no carpet to vacuum, and surely no chance anyone will guess they're there . . .


Skulduggery Pleasant

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).

Oh yeah. And dead.

Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's… well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…

“So you won't keep anything from me again?"

He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."

"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.

"I know."

"And technically, you've already died."

"I know that too."

"Just so we're clear."

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.

Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture… Will evil win the day?

Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.


32 C That’s Me

Jess seems to have it all. She has a gorgeous boyfriend, Muggs, landed the lead in the school play and her best friend Ali will always stick by her. She even gets on well with her older sister!

Then her mum is diagnosed with breast cancer and Jess's world is turned upside down. No one seems to understand what she's going through. Muggs is too busy with the play, her dad is never around to talk to and all of a sudden Ali is avoiding her. Jess soon starts to realise that maybe having it all isn't what really matters and maybe the people you thought you could depend on aren't the ones to trust.

A fantastic and touching debut from Chris Higgins, undoubtedly a new talent who identifies exactly where teenagers are coming from.


The Kingdom by the Sea

Harry's family are running to the shelter when the bomb hits. As the rescue team pull him alone out of the rubble, Harry realises he'll be sent off to live with moping, fussy Cousin Elsie - the last thing he needs on top of the shock of losing his family.

He runs away, meeting Don, a dog who's also lost his home, on the beach. In wartime every step is full of danger. Getting a meal, sleeping in a haystack - everywhere Harry goes he finds people full of suspicion, ready to turn in a boy on his own. But Harry encounters sudden kindnesses too. A family have left a caravan open, filled with tinned food for anyone who needs shelter. They all died when a bomb hit their home, but they help Harry when he needs it most.

Joining eccentric Joseph Keilty by the sea, Harry learns to scavenge along the beach and makes friends with some nearby soldiers, until once more he is driven on alone.

A favourite book of both Mr. Hurst and Mr. Forster.


The Spook’s Apprentice

Spook - usually it means a ghost, but in this book it means an exorcist - someone who searches out evil and binds it, so that the ordinary people can live in peace, unmolested.

Can you imagine being an apprentice exorcist? It's a lonely and frightening job.

Take Thomas Ward, for instance. He travels the county with his Master, in all weathers, with only a little to eat. When they reach their destination, there's a terrifying job waiting to be done.

A ghast perhaps, a boggart or a witch to silence. And when the task is finished, and Thomas can go back to the Spook's house to rest without having to look over his shoulder, he has no friends, because who will befriend a boy who mingles with evil every day?

WARNING : Not to be read after dark.


Billionaire Boy

A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe's rich. Really, really rich. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orang-utan. He's the wealthiest twelve-year-old in the land.

But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds… and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems.

The best things in life are free, they say – and if Joe's not careful, he's going to lose them all…


The Enemy

Charlie Higson's The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive.

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive.

Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait.

But can they make it there - alive?