What I recommend
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin
This is the book that we will be reading when we go back to school. It is the first in a series of adventures featuring the same character.
In this leftfield comic fantasy novel, 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods of Olympus are alive and living in modern-day New York, and that his true father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.
At Half Blood Hill, a summer camp dedicated to training demigods, Percy learns that his fate is to undertake a dangerous quest across the United States to retrieve Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and avert a War of the Gods.
Along the way Percy must face a host of mythological enemies determined to get in his way.
The BBC have just serialised an adult story Black Narcissus which reminded me of this brilliant children’s book by the same author. I read it when I was your age - but I think it is still worth reading today.
Rumer Godden's The Diddakoi won the 1972 Whitbread Children's Book Award.
Everyone in Kizzy's town hates her because she's half-gypsy - a diddakoi. But Kizzy doesn't care. All she needs is Gran and her horse, Joe. But when Gran dies and their wagon burns down, Kizzy is all alone. No one wants to look after her and her beloved Joe might get sent to the knacker's yard. Can Kizzy survive in a hostile world - and save Joe?
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 19 mm