August top ten books
Summer holiday reading for all ages
Some Surrey libraries have now re-opened, please see Surrey Matters article for details on what measures are now in place when you visit.
In the meantime, here's August's top ten books available for you to borrow from some libraries. From hilarious reads for children about silly mums and daft dads, to compelling autobiographies of women of colour, there's something for everyone this month. If you are still looking for some e-books or audiobooks all you need to do is register online, or download the app and register within the app to download your choice for free.
1. Are you ready to meet the worst parents ever? Sure, some parents are embarrassing - but they're nothing on this lot. David Walliams' epic book The World's Worst Parents which include ten tales of the world's most spectacularly silly mums and deliriously daft dads that will leave you rocking with laughter. Pinch your nose for Peter Pong, the man with the smelliest feet in the world, jump out of the way of Harriet Hurry, the fastest mum on two wheels and more.
2. The Unadoptables by Hannah Tooke follows children who are determined to stay together no matter what. Then a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home.
3. The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kitley is a great read for older children which explores hardships faced by children with a bit of magic. When Charlie's longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie's world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, he flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed.
4. The Bolds Go Wild by Julian Clary is all about the eccentric Granny Imamu who pays a visit the Bolds family. She's travelled all the way from Africa, and now she's here, she does not approve of what she finds. Hyenas, living as people - whatever next. Granny Imamu starts to stir up mischief with twins Bobby and Betty, encouraging them to get in touch with their beastly side at school. Then the twins' teacher comes to the Bolds with a rather unusual problem, her grown-up son Jeffrey just isn't like other people - he's furry.
5. Something a little darker for the young adults in the family; Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis. Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker - she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is attacked in their apartment, she's swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she's never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father's most iconic horror movie was shot. The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola's got secrets of her own. And if she can't find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her.
6. Lily Cole, author of Who Cares Wins has met with some of the millions of people around the world who are working on solutions to our biggest challenges and are committed to creating a more sustainable and peaceful future for humanity. Exploring issues from fast fashion to fast food and renewable energy to gender equality, this book is a rousing call to action that will leave you feeling hopeful we can make a difference.
7. Looking for a thrill-seeking read with nail biting plot twists? If so, All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson is for you. Verity is telling lies, which is why she's about to be arrested for attempted murder. Serena, Verity's mother has been lying for years and that may have driven her daughter to do something unthinkable. Everyone lies. But whose lies are going to end in tragedy?
8. A Pulitzer Prize winning pick this month is Memorial Drive by former US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. This harrowing autobiography documents Natasha's difficult childhood, and life growing up as a mixed race woman in America during the 60s. She was born in Mississippi in the 1960s to a black mother and a white father. When she was six, Natasha's parents divorced, and her mother met the man who would become her second husband, and Natasha's stepfather. While she was still a child, Natasha decided that she would not tell her mother about what her stepfather did when she was not there: the quiet bullying and control, the games of cat and mouse. Her mother kept her own secrets, secrets that grew harder to hide as Natasha came of age.
9. What happens when you have an accidental baby on your own in your mid-thirties, when you haven't worked out how to look after yourself, let alone a baby? The Hungover Games by Sophie Heawood is the true story of one woman's adventures in single motherhood. A "Best book of 2020" for the Evening Standard and the Observer, it already counts Caitlin Moran and Dolly Alderton among its fans.
10. What does it mean to lose your roots within your culture, within your family? And what happens when you find them? All You Can Ever Know is a thought-provoking biography of Nicole Chung, who was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, pre-packaged myth. But as Nicole grew up - facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer - she began to wonder if the story she'd been told was the whole truth.