Thursday, 19 December 2019

Recommended Christmas Books

A selection of exciting reads for Christmas as
    recommended by Ms. Nicolas, Villiers School Librarian


Kid Got Shot, by Simon Mason

During the dreaded revision week, Garvie finds the perfect excuse to turn away from his school duties: a mysterious murder. The school boy turns detective and looks for the clues that only he can discover.

The Deepest Breath, by Meg Grehan

11-year-old Sevie has a best friend, Andrew. Some people say they’ll end up married. But there’s someone else Sevie prefers, a girl in her class, and Sevie will have to try and understand these feelings no one talks about.

Earth Swarm, by Tim Hall

A swarm of lethal drones is let loose in London and the only person who can stop them is their creator’s son. He and his sister embark on a quest to save London… and the rest of the world.

Call Down the Hawk, by Maggie Stiefvater

In this world, some people can turn their dreams into reality while others will do anything to destroy them. When people with different powers collide, destruction ensues.


Crossfire, by Malory Blackman

Book 5 in the Noughts and Crosses series. The world has changed since the end of the last book but, just as in the real world, nothing is ever easy. Tobey and his oldest friend Collie-Rose can testify to that when they are kidnapped and everything they hold dear is in danger.

 Wayward Son, by Rainbow Rowell

The sequel to Carry On and the answer to the question, ‘What happens to the Chosen One after he saved the day?’ We follow Simon and his friends through the American West where adventure awaits them.    

D.O.G.S., by M.A. Bennett

The sequel to S.T.A.G.S. Greer Macdonald stresses about her drama exam when she stumbles upon an old manuscript, The Isle of Dogs, a play once considered so dangerous that all copies were burned. As the play starts taking shape, strange and dark events happen around the school and will take Greer back to familiar territories.

In the Key of Code, by Aimee Lucido

When Emmy, who perceives the world through music, starts in a new school, she doesn’t expect to find comfort in the IT club. Yet, the language of coding soon speaks to her and allows to express herself and open up to new friends. A book about friendship that reads like a song.


Unstoppable, by Dan Freedman

Kaine and Roxy and twins who used to be inseparable but now can’t stand each other. The only thing they have in common is their obsession for sports and their hopes of brilliant future careers, but they both hold dark and dangerous secrets which could threaten all they have worked for.

I Love You So Mochi, by Sarah Kuhn

A young girl escapes the pressure her mother puts on her to enter a prestigious Art college. She visits her grandmother in Kyoto, where she loses herself in wonders and finds more than she expected about her mother, love, and herself.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths, by Deirdre Sullivan

Two sisters move to a strange, isolated town and are faced with questions about who they are, who they want to be, and what they are willing to sacrifice for the people they care about.
A story that blends reality and myth in a beautiful, believable poetic voice.

The M Word, by Brian Conaghan

We follow Maggie, a 16-year-old teenager trying to come to grips with the struggles of adolescence, a crying mother and losing her best friend. A vividly portrayed, realistic story of friendship and grief.

The Secret Commonwealth, by Philip Pullman

The second volume in the Book of Dust trilogy. Lyra is now 20 and embarks on another adventure, exploring new parts of the world to try uncover mysteries. A book about understanding oneself, growing up and making sense of one’s world.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

The incredible true story and Lale and Gita Sokolov, who fell in love in Auschwitz and survived it. A life-affirming read, a story of hope and courage.

Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Linppicott

Stella and Will can’t be less than six feet apart without risking their lives. But sometimes the one thing that keeps you alive can seem like the one thing that tears you apart. A compulsory read for all fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Full Disclosure, by Camryn Garrett

For Simone, who is HIV- positive, celibacy is the only policy if wants to stay safe. Nobody in her class knows her secret. Keeping her life under control was not a problem until irresistible Miles Austin showed up, and the truth fell into the wrong hands.