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Pieface's summer reads

Pieface's summer reads

Pieface has come up with some great Summer Reading Challenge suggestions (his pet potato Paul may have helped him out a little bit!)

Take a look and you might find your next Mischief Makers book:

Knighthood for Beginners by Elys Dolan

Dave’s terrible (as in rubbish) at all dragony things. So when he finds a book called Knighthood for Beginners he decides to learn how to be a knight instead.

Dave sets out on a quest with his trusty steed, Albrecht the goat (all the best horses were taken), to be brave, chivalrous, and knightly in all ways.

GASP as he jousts with Sir Gnasty!
DUCK as he tries to pacify brawling peasants!
And CHEER as he finally wins his Special Knight’s Hat!

Kevin by Rob Biddulph

Uh-oh. Sid Gibbons is in trouble again. Time to think fast. When he makes yet another mess, and his mum has run out of patience, Sid does what every quick-thinking kid would do. He blames it on his big, furry, vanilla-and-pink, make-believe friend Kevin.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all. And while his friend might be make-believe, his feelings are very real.

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith

It has been weeks since Mr Penguin’s last adventure and he’s been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings!

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin’s silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects.

The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle…

Esquire Sketch Satellite said:I like this book because it’s funny but a bit scary at the same time. It’s a good adventure for younger children who want something like Indiana Jones. Probably for ages 7-9 years old. A brilliant adventure with a brilliant penguin and don’t forget Colin the spider.

The Uncanny Express by Kara LaReau & Jen Hill

Jaundice and Kale are back from their adventure on the high seas, and they are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it. The tea is tepid, the oatmeal is tasteless, and the socks are ripe for darning . . . until Aunt Shallot shows up and reveals herself to be anything but the dull relation they were expecting.

Instead, she tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants. As Magique and the Bland sisters board the Uncanny Express, they meet a cast of mystifying characters.

And when Magique goes missing, it’s up to Jaundice and Kale to solve the mystery―with the help of famous detective Hugo Fromage.

Did you know every book in the Book Sorter has been recommended by other kids?
Check it out for some more summer reading suggestions!

Information for adults


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