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Top ten children’s books to read this summer

Published: 31 July 2019

Top 10 August

This summer we have animals, a rabbit called Snowflake and magical worlds

Here are August's top ten books and DVDs, available in Surrey libraries. The summer holidays have begun and the annual library Summer Reading Challenge for children has begun. From pre-schoolers to teenagers, here's a selection of new children's books to inspire holiday reading.

1) Do you have a little mermaid who would rather do anything other than sleep? Little Mermaid co-written by Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton is the perfect bedtime tale for them. Written specifically for bedtime, join Splash, the littlest mermaid as she dives and leaps through the underwater kingdom.

2) This hilarious book for children by Kes Gray, Oi Duck-billed Platypus! is the hilarious follow-up to 'Oi Frog!', 'Oi Dog!' and 'Oi Cat!' which features a rhyming, read-aloud text, jam-packed with animals and silliness - perfect for parents too. Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit? And Kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible to rhyme with names.

3) The curse of the school rabbit by Judith Kerr follows Snowflake the school rabbit and Tommy. Snowflake is trouble. At least that's what Tommy thinks, and when Snowflake is unexpectedly left for him to look after, everything starts to go wrong. Are Tommy and his family doomed by the curse of the school rabbit?

4) Lord of the fleas by Dave Pilkey follows the return of Dog Man in a new action packed adventure. There's a new bunch of baddies in town, and they have something sinister in store for Petey the Cat. Once again, Dog Man is called into action. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, the Supa Buddies must join forces with the most unlikely of heroes to save the day.

5) Author Nicki Thornton is back with a sequel to the Last Chance Hotel, The bad luck lighthouse. Seth discovered a bewildering new world of magic. But the truth about his mother's fate remains, stolen away with the firefly cage by his nemesis, the wicked Tiffany Bunn. Determined to chase her down and prove himself, Seth and his cat are quickly embroiled in a murder investigation at a deserted lighthouse.

6) You won't believe this by Adam Baron features an exciting mystery involving Cymbeline's favourite teacher Mrs Martin and his friend's grandmother. Cymbeline must find the culprit who is doing terrible things to Mrs Martin, and on top of that he's got to help his friend Veronique whose grandma is dangerously ill. Can Cymbeline figure out the mystery in time?

7) The lost tide warriors by Catherine Doyle is the perfect read for thrill seekers with a love for mysterious islands. Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The battle to save Arranmore has begun.

8) Sometimes it feels like you're alone in the world, but Jemima Small versus the universe by Tasmin Winter shows that you don't have to fit in to be someone. Jemima Small finds it hard to measure up. Especially because she's the very opposite of her name. But if there's one big thing she has going for her it's her attitude - and she's determined to prove that Jemima Small is a big deal.

9) In this DVD, Brie Larson stars as the Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel a sci-fi action adventure co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Vers (Larson) is a powerful Kree warrior, eager to fight in the ongoing war against her home planet's arch-enemy, the shape-shifting Skrulls. In pursuit of the enemy leader, she travels to Earth in the year 1995 and begins to be plagued by visions of her forgotten past as a pilot in the US Air Force.

10) One for the young adults, The million pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton is a raw and heart-warming story that many young people can relate to. Neena's always been a good girl - great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. Ever since her brother Akash left her, she's been slowly falling apart. When her parents announce two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point. But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

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