Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! by Gary Northfield. From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be ... gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive?
Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories by Terry Pratchett. Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur’s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It’s a disaster! Luckily, there’s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who’s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store . . .
Granny by Anthony Horowitz. Twelve-year-old Joe Warden isn’t happy. Sure, he’s rich, but his parents don’t care about him. His grandmother should make everything better, except that Joe’s granny is a nightmare. She’s not just physically repulsive, she’s horribly mean. Everyone thinks she’s just a dotty old woman, but Joe knows the truth. He’s seen behind her mask and glimpsed the wicked glimmer in her eyes—she is pure evil. And now she’s out to get Joe . . .
Five Kingdoms Bk1: Robe Of Skulls by Vivian French. All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. A very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she doesn't take into account the heroic Gracie Gillypot, a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a…
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day. Heidi has come up with the perfect solution to her popularity problems: a fake boyfriend. She's manufactured every detail about him, and even made him a real–life internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle–riding bad boy who reads poetry for fun. Swoon! Heidi's friends are impressed. So impressed that they start e–mailing Heidi's fake boyfriend for advice about their own problems. Including their problems with, um...Heidi.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies. Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel who has been diagnosed with leukemia. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made.
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy.
Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton. Adam Meltzer - pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam's family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door . . . three months after his funeral. Soon Adam's back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam's number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same…