Evie and the Animals, Matt Haig
Matt Haig writes with such empathy. This is reflected beautifully in his stories for children. In this warm hearted novel, we meet Evie who has the ability to talk to animals. When animals mysteriously start going missing, she realises she must use her talent to solve the puzzle. A wonderful read.
Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens
If you haven't tried the Murder Most Unladylike books please do give them a try. We first meet schoolgirl detectives, Hazel and Daisy, when they are thirteen and have found a dead body in the gymnasium. Their hugely addictive cosy adventures have gained many followers over the years. The last book in the series, Death Sets Sail, has recently been published. Think Agatha Christie for children.
On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
A passionate, honest account of sixteen year old Bri, who wants to follow in the footsteps of her father and become a rapper. The novel charts her rise as she must tackle prejudice, racism and the consequences of fame to achieve her goal. An intense and gripping read. I couldn't put it down.