Great reads for kids and teens

Are they bored yet?  Are those rainy days proving a bit of a challenge in the whole ‘don’t just turn a screen on’ battle?  Sheryl Shurville, owner of the Chorleywood Bookshop, has just the thing — some cracking suggestions of great reads for kids, as well as for any awkward teens you might have lolling around complaining that life is just so unfair…


Harry Potter… all of ’em

harry potter

In preparation for the arrival of The Cursed Child — excited yet? — it’s the perfect time to re-visit the various volumes of the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione (who is definitely the coolest of the three).  Then they’ll (and you’ll) be ready for the new one.

The World’s Worst Children, David Wallliams

worlds worst children

Not a new novel, but a selection of cautionary tales full of frightfully fabulous characters — sure to make ’em laugh and get grossed out and the various other things the novels do so brilliantly.  And all in glorious technicolour.

Tom Gates, Super Good Skills, Liz Pichon

super good skills

Latest in the adventures of Tom Gates.  He’s heading off on holiday with his family — and yeah, that’s bound to go smoothly.   Comes with a free-to-download doodle thingie.

Dream Snatcher, Abi Elphinstone


Spooky choice, this one.  12-year-old Molly Pecksniff is lured to the forest by a recurring nightmare filled with drums and rattles and masks — where the Dreamsnatcher is waiting.  Goosebumps ahead!


The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge

 lie tree

A fantasy novel that won all sorts of awards last year.  Faith looks for clues about her father’s mysterious death, and finds a tree that only flourishes when people lie to it — and reveals the truth only when you eat its fruit.

New Guard, Robert Muchamore

new guard

If you’ve got teens you’ve enjoyed Muchamore’s other ‘Cherub’ books, then this latest — and last! — will be perfect.  The ‘old guard’ is working to rescue hostages deep in Islamic State territory, after a massive explosion ups the stakes.

Wonder, R. J. Palacio


This came out a few years ago now, but it’s gorgeous.  August Pullman starts school for the first time as a teen — having been schooled at home because of his facial deformity.  It’s told cleverly from different points of view, and surely even the hardest-hearted adolescent will be even just a little bit touched by his story.

Artichoke Hearts , Sita Bramachari

artichoke hearts

Another award-winner, this one.  Mira finds it hard to speak out in her chaotic, artistic family — and is dealing with the loss of her beloved Nana.  A new friend, Jide, has her exploring his mysterious story and the hardened layers, like an artichoke, he’s grown around his heart.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness

 the rest of us

Nominated for last year’s Carnegie Medal, this novel asks what if you’re just ordinary?  Not the ‘chosen one,’ not the one who has to fight zombies or soul-eating ghosts or whatever.  Just ordinary, with ordinary problems — and the only place to find the extraordinary is in everyday life.

One, Sarah Crossan


Conjoined twins Tippi and Grace are 16 — and everything is different.  They’ve survived against the odds, but now there are changes and challenges like nothing they’ve had to face before.   Sounds quite intense, but fascinating.


Or you can just pop into the store and have a good browse.  The staff will, for sure, be happy to help you find something guaranteed to keep the kids happy — and quiet — for hours.

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