“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell
Christian O’Connell’s debut novel explores the theme of identity. Spike is your average awkward 11 year old, funny and cheeky and with a mum to reckon with. Sacked from hospital radio, Spike disguises his voice and reinvents himself as Radio Boy, broadcasting secretly from his garden shed. As his popularity grows, Spike hides behind his Radio Boy identity and allows fame to go to his head.
This is a well-constructed story with touching moments and laugh out loud humour, plus illustrations by the wonderful Rob Biddulph. Paperback, HarperCollins, £6.99
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgess
This is a charming story with a traditional fairy tale feel about finding your passion in life and not letting one mistake hold you back.
Aventurine is a hot-tempered heroine, a dragon transformed into a human after being tricked into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, which also gives her a passion for chocolate. Aventurine leaves her mountain home and heads for the city, where she finds friendship with the ever dependable Silke and together they set out to save the town from the dragons and The Chocolate Heart from failure. A delightful adventure for readers of all ages. Paperback, Bloomsbury, £6.99
Pirate Pete and his Smelly Feet by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Mark Chambers
This spick and span crew of pirates have had enough of Pete’s pongy feet so he’s been ordered to walk the plank, but it turns out that hungry sharks don’t like the smell of cheese either. This is a fun, fast-paced story illustrated with vibrant colour and humour, and with cheesy scratch and sniff stickers included at the end. Paperback, Pan Macmillan, £6.99