The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell
I loved 'Rooftoppers' and 'The Girl Savage' and couldn’t wait to get my hands on an early copy of Katherine’s latest book 'The Wolf Wilder'. It’s a wonderful story set in Russia and, apart from being a thrilling adventure story with great characters, it’s full of wolves – what more could you want!
Fire Girl Matt Ralphs
This book had me at hello! What a great opening - thrown headlong into Hazel’s world. I knew this was a book to savour. The sequel 'Fire Witch' is out summer next year and my son and I can’t wait!
In Darkling Wood Emma Carroll
I’ve devoured every one of Emma’s books and when I heard she had written a story that involved woods, fairies and the First World War, I had a sneaky suspicion it would be right up my street. I wasn’t wrong. Definitely one to curl up with this Christmas.
The Dreamsnatcher Abi Elphinstone
If you haven’t come across ‘The Dreamsnatcher’ yet – well you must have been under a rock somewhere! The unstoppable Abi has done 97 (yup 97!) talks in schools and at literary events this year. As well as managing to fit in a trip to Mongolia to fly eagles! Sometimes I think she is actually a middle grade heroine who has jumped right off the page! Anyway, I love ‘The Dreamsnatcher’ and it’s not long now until ‘The Shadow Keeper’ is out – if you haven’t got round to reading her debut do go and grab a copy for Christmas. I guarantee you’ll love Moll and Gryff.
Stonebird Mike Revell
The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge
The Boy Who Sailed the World in an Armchair Lara Williamson
I’m running out of adjectives for all these great books! Vibrant writing, great story, heartfelt characters, and the ability to make you laugh and then weep in the course of a page – all that and more from the amazing Lara Williamson!
Olga da Polga Michael Bond illustrated by Catherine Rayner
I’m being a bit sneaky because I haven’t read this yet – because it’s wrapped and sitting under the tree for me! But I had a quick peak in the shop and know I’ll be over the moon with it on Christmas Day. Olga da Polga is a wonderful character. And Catherine Rayner is one of my all time favourite illustrators. So bringing them together is a marriage made in heaven. I mean just look at that cover!
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury Cressida Cowell
Ah Cressida – all I can say is thank you! I have two boys and thanks to your books we have had years of reading the stories to them, then watching them curled up with the books themselves, playing endless Hiccup/ dragon based games and listening over and over to the fantastic audio versions read by David Tennant. They were so genuinely excited at the long awaited release of the last book and even got to meet Cressida at an event.
The Porridge of Knowledge Archie Kimpton
At teatime, if we’re not all eating together, I have a book on the go for the boys. This was a little bit of a mistake with Archie Kimpton. While reading his first, ‘Jumble Cat’ and then with ‘Porridge of Knowledge’, smallest boy managed to snort broccoli out his nose at several points. Kimpton has such a brilliant way with words and we were all in hysterics.
There were so many I wanted on this list and many more I’m looking forward to in 2016!
Happy reading over the holidays everyone!