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Top summer reads

Children taking part in the Reading Voyage
What are you reading this Summer?

Here's a list of the books and authors loads of you are reading during the summer holidays.

Have you read any of them? Do you fancy any of the other titles below?

The list has put together by The Reading Agency who are challenging children to:

  • read at least six books this summer
  • record their opinions about them
  • chat to staff at their local library.
It's called the Reading Voyage.

You can vote for your favourite author on the Reading Voyage website by clicking on the link in the right hand green box.

The authors in the list below are the ones who currently have the most votes.

Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Lemony Snicket are battling it out for the top slot and your vote could make the difference!

Top summer reads

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey - This super hero's identity is so secret even he doesn't know who he is.

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo - The story of a farm cat set in World War 2, just before D Day.

Angry Animals by Nick Arnold - Real and fantastic facts about snakes, sharks, wolves in this book from the Horrible Science series.

Ark Angel, book six by Anthony Horowitz - 14-year-old MI6 spy Alex Rider meets with eco-warrior terrorists and a Russian billionaire.

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer - The fourth in the series about the boy-genius-criminal who is once again needed to save the fairy world.

Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine - Bill wakes up as a girl and finds out what life is like when you go to school in a pink frilly dress.

Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami - The third in the series about three fun-loving sisters; Amber, Jazz and Geena by the author of Bend it Like Beckham.

The BFG by Roald Dahl - The Big Friendly Giant blows happy dreams through children's windows.

Burglar Bill by Janet & Allan Ahlberg - The story of a burglar who mends his ways.

Calf in the Cottage by Lucy Daniels - The latest in the Animal Ark series.

Chicken in a Basket by Jonathan Allen - A funny story about a chicken, a duck and a sheep launched in the basket of a hot air balloon.

Clean Break by Jacqueline Wilson - A sad but hopeful story about Em and her family and how they cope when her mother's partner leaves them for someone else.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and other classic titles set in the magical land of Narnia.

Dangerous Reality by Malory Blackman - A thought-provoking adventure story about inventors spying on one another. Dominic's mother's creation, the Virtual Interactive Mobile System, is under threat.

The Fall of Fergal by Philip Ardagh - Dark and funny, the fortunes of Fergal McNally and his family.

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket - Number 11 in the Series of Unfortunate Events. The Baudelaire children go underwater in a desperate search for something lost.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling - The sixth part of the Potter series sees Harry and Dumbledore trying to recover a very dark object.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien - The classic tale of Bilbo Baggins who lives in a very comfortable Hobbit hole until Gandalf the Wizard takes him off on an adventure to steal treasure from a dragon.

Holes by Louis Sachar - Stanley is sent to a correction camp for something he did not do and made to dig holes.

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon - There are now 13 books about the absorbingly awful Henry with pictures by Tony Ross.

Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume - The story of a young American teenager, friendship and growing up .

Lenny the Lazy Puppy by Jenny Dale - A recent title from the author of the Puppy Tales and Best Friends series.

Little Wolf, Forest Detective by Ian Whybrow - Little Wolf's fourth adventure. Sees him tracking down Uncle Bigbad's ghost.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - A year in the life of the four March sisters whose father is away in the American Civil War. Many of your parents will have read this.

Martin's Mice by Dick King-Smith - A book about a cat who makes friends with mice from the author of Babe.

The Mum Detective by Gwyneth Rees - The story of Esmie, who wants to be a detective like her dad, and is looking for a mum.

The Poltergoose by Michael Lawrence - This first story in the Jiggy McCue series in which Jiggy is haunted by the ghost of a goose.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot - A series into its sixth title about Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia. Enjoyed by young teenagers.

Rotten Rulers by Terry Deary - A recent Horrible Histories book about awful kings and queens, mad emperors and presidents.

The Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons - Where Greek mythology meets computer games and fantasy becomes scary reality.

Skellig by David Almond - Is the creature in Michael's garage an angel? A story about love and families.

Stuff by Jeremy Strong - The story of Simon (nicknamed Stuff) and the ups and downs of his family and love life. A book for teenagers.

Sugar and Spice by Jean Ure - The story of two girls starting at secondary school and making friends.

Summer, the Holiday Fairy by Daisy Meadows - From the author of the Rainbow Magic stories about fairies of music, mist, sunshine and snow.

Vernon Bright and the Magnetic Banana by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore - Vernon's scientific experiment turns him into a magnet.

Whoop an' Shout! by Valerie Bloom - Lively, magical poems about feelings and life.





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