Our team of librarians at Peters read and review every children’s and young adult book we stock in our showroom, and we’re always on the lookout for the best and most exciting new titles. Here are some of our June favourites, from non-fiction to YA!
Get me out of here!
A good story with characters you get to know and love, fabulous illustrations bring them both to life, and laugh out loud moments!! What more could you ask for? Well worth having.
A gripping story that draws on the facts of the suffragettes plight told from a young girl’s perspective. Suitable for top juniors, the ending is perhaps a little too easily sorted out.
The butterfly circus
An exciting story with characters that are easy to relate to. It has a message about finding inner strength in adversity. Good. Worth having.
Magic at midnight
Entertaining take on various fairy tale tropes, with a lively cast of characters and interesting twists. Ending is open for a sequel. Good fun.
Pie in the sky
Heartwarming tale with engaging characters, perfectly complemented by expressive illustrations. Ticks boxes for PSHE as well as being an enjoyable read.
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Alex in Wonderland
Relatable and painfully funny characters are really appealing, and the sweet romance combined with mystery plot is really lovely. Great addition to shelves.
Perfectly preventable deaths
Richly dark and menacing with a tension that is built up expertly to a heart-racing horrific crescendo. An original and gripping older teen read. Great.
The rest of the story
Highly readable coming of age story with a likeable protagonist, a heart-warming romance & some larger than life supporting characters. Although some tough themes are touched on, it’s still an ideal beach read for teens. Very enjoyable.
The unexpected find
Unusual, well written & compelling adventure with interesting mythological links. Characters are intriguing, there is a vivid sense of place & some important topical themes are tackled. Lacks wide appeal but it’s ideal for quiet, thoughtful readers.
There’s something about Sweetie
A light, frothy fun read which also engages with issues of body image. Predictable and lightweight but it’s really nicely done and works without any knowledge of the previous volume.
A dog’s tale
What a delightful story with a message about life! Dogs are a good subject matter so should appeal to lots of children. Another hit from this pairing!! Great for sharing and discussion.
Don’t go there!
Cute little martian and enough toilet humour to get kids laughing. Could help with toilet training, though mostly a leisure read and would read aloud well. Well worth having.
How to be on the moon
Sweet, imaginative story that does something new with the familiar “going to the moon” idea and illustrations are full of character.
Tooth fairy in training
Delightful, amusing story with detailed but muted illustrations. The rhythmic lines help to keep the reader engaged. A lovely read.
The princess and the shoe
It is a bit overlong but it neatly turns the fairytale conventions on their head, making for a very amusing story and the illustrations are lovely.
No plot to speak of, but the bouncy rhyme has great potential for reading aloud, and the energetic, adorable illustrations are delightful. Lovely!
Joke book jamboree
More a series of skits than actual jokes but no less funny for it. Needs no prior knowledge of the characters and the silly humour has bags of appeal. Great stuff for leisure collections.
Science you can eat
A great guide with clear explanations and an engagingly enthusiastic tone. Good photos and clever layouts tie it together well. Very useful and interesting.
Show me cool magic
Gives a good mix of actual tricks and background info on how to perform and structure a show etc. Presentations should date well too. Great stuff for leisure collections
Beautifully produced, thorough and well set out, this is lovely to browse through for enthusiastic science fans, and also handy for topic collections.
The funny life of teachers
An amusing look at the lives of teachers that will be enjoyed by children immensely.