For younger children
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Dreadful Spell
By Kristina Stephenson
In his latest adventure, Charlie Stinky Socks is up against an evil wizard, foul-smelling bogs, an endless maze and a spiky tower. He is also up against time, as the evil wizard has turned all his friends to stone and Charlie has to be quick if he’s going to break the spell and save them.
The story has bags of humour, plenty of flaps and lots of adventure as Charlie does his best to overcome the wizard, armed only with his trusty sword – opps, he forgot that – armed only with his stinky socks.
But it is Charlie’s stout heart and true friendships that actually save the day and, like all good stories, this one ends with cake, chocolate and a party.
Published by Egmont Press
For older children
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
By Jeff Kinney
Star of the Wimpy Kid show Greg Heffley begins to discover that growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; the terror of eventually turning into a teenager looms large. And after falling out with his best mate Rowley, it looks like Greg will have to face the ‘ugly truth’ on his own.
There’s not much for Greg to look forward to either – just a ‘birds and bees’ talk from his 95 year old granny, a sleepover party at school with far too many girls, making his own sandwiches for school and being babysat by granddad.
Naturally Greg does his best to wriggle out of each of these in turn – and fails– and his ‘cool’ rating remains abysmal. Brilliant cartoons help tell the story and like each of the earlier books, you’ll laugh your way through this one.
Published by Puffin
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