Over the summer Moontrug bought a bed – the biggest bed she could find in the shop (essential if you plan to bounce on it regularly like an over-excited 5-year-old). The bed is awesome – a nice puffy blue headboard and so massive it could probably fit all of the Von Trapp Family Singers inside it. But more importantly, it is the best place EVER to read. And so, to celebrate its wonderfulness, and National Young Readers Day today, Moontrug thought she’d dig out a few of her favourite bedtime stories for 8-12-year-olds…
If you’re tired and want an easy read with some humour thrown in: Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Joe Spud is an 11 year old billionaire. He has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and numerous plasma screen TVs – but he doesn’t have a single friend. Joe forces his Dad to send him to the local comprehensive and a serious of fabulously funny events unfold. No wonder David Walliams is tipped to be the next Roald Dahl – he’ll have you in stitches from page 1.
If you’re stressed and want to relax with a book full of gorgeousness: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.
If you’re up for a bit of magic: One Wish by Michelle Harrison
Having the ability to see fairies means that Tanya Fairchild’s life has never been easy. After all, real fairies are nothing like the ones in books; ones that grant wishes or leave money for teeth. Real fairies don’t like to be talked about, and they cast spells if Tanya steps out of line. The most she’s ever received in exchange for one of her teeth is a chewed up toffee. Of course, it would help if Tanya knew someone – anyone – else who could see them, too. When Tanya meets Ratty, she discovers that can he see fairies, but only after he goes missing does Tanya learn that her new friend has another extraordinary ability; an ability that has the potential to destroy them both…
If you want to stay up all night having adventures & not bother with sleep at all: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother carries you back thousands of years to the ancient darkness of the forest: to a world steeped in natural magic and elemental terror, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. An outcast from the Clans, Torak must battle his way past the terrifying Soul Eaters and their demon bear – with only a young wolf cub by his side. A gripping, action-packed plot coupled with a wonderfully compelling world.
If you fancy a sob into your pillow: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
‘The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting, the one from the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother had the treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something different, something ancient, something wild. And it wants the truth.’ A heart-wrenching story – impossible to read without crying. A lot.
If you can’t stop thinking about the stars outside your window: Phoenix by SF Said
Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing – and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him. Now he’s on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew – and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair. Together, they must find a way to save the galaxy. For Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way…