Easter Holiday Reading
With the Easter holidays fast approaching, it is a good time to draw up a list of good holiday reads. For some YA readers, the Eater holidays will see them tied up with studying for their GCSE's, AS levels and A levels - but whist this is a crucial time to study, teens need to take some breaks too.
The Recruit (CHERUB series) by Robert Muchamore - ideal for the reluctant reader, especially male reluctant readers. It is now - amazingly - ten years since this series was first published but they remain as exciting, adventurous and addictive as ever.
Rock Wars by Robert Muchamore - this is his latest series, newly published. It is fun, perhaps with a narrower appeal than the CHERUB series given its focus of teenagers in rock bands. The books have interesting, if flawed, characters, and the story touches on plenty of risky and exciting subjects.
The Everest Files by Matt Dickinson - if you know a teen who is interested in climbing or taking a gap year in Nepal, this is a good choice.
Trouble by Non Pratt - an honest look at teen's social lives which will grab the attention of teen readers.
The Hayling Island Cycle by Miriam Halahmy - strong female characters, realistic teens, good story lines and a straightforward read.
Spud by John van de Ruit - a good laugh and a good story and interesting facts thrown in too.
Dead Silent by Sharon Jones - a whodunit, plenty of blood, a bit of romance - a good holiday read
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell - the poetry of words, this book will appeal to those who love to read and will be an inspiration to those who struggle with writing
For those who are studying and only want a small break or need a little extra help, then don't forget magazines - The Week for economics and politics students (and even for the section in the English GCSE on analysing fact writing), All About History for history students,