Hello and happy Sunday! I really enjoyed doing today’s topic; I love talking about some of these books! What I’ve done is included their Amazon summary so it’s a completely unbiased summary of the books!
You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:
Favourite books people never seem to know about…
1. The Great Good Thing Roderick Townley
Sylvie had an amazing life, but she didn’t get to live it very often.
Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess for more than eighty years, ever since the book she lives in was first printed. She’s the heroine, and her story is exciting — but that’s the trouble. Her story is always exciting in the same way. Sylvie longs to get away and explore the world outside the confines of her book.
When she breaks the cardinal rule of all storybook characters and looks up at the Reader, Sylvie begins a journey that not even she could have anticipated. And what she accomplishes goes beyond any great good thing she could have imagined..
2. The Doomspell Cliff McNish
In a blaze of light, rush of wind and scrabble of claws, Rachel and Eric are ripped through a wall onto another world. Like thousands before them, they have been snatched by the Witch!
Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts – magical gifts similar to the Witch’s own. The Witch is excited to have found someone she thinks she can use for her own evil purposes. But, for the Witch’s victims, Rachel is the only hope…
3. The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding
‘I am Cat Royal – Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . .
‘Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters. I was brought up in Drury Lane, so I have become accustomed to a life less than ordinary. But this turn of events, I have to say, surprised even me. Follow me, and I will show you in The Diamond of Drury Lane.’
Exciting, funny and packed with adventure . . . Cat Royal never fails to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Julia Golding’s award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory book for readers aged 9 and up
4. Missing Judy Anne Cassidy
Kim Hockney has a secret. It’s to do with the terrible thing that happened eight years ago – the day when her five year old sister Judy went missing. Her parents have always been careful not to blame her but she knows they look at her and wonder what her little sister would have been like, if Kim hadn’t let her run off that dark afternoon. Then one day some new evidence turns up…
5. The Wind Singer William Nicholson
In Aramanth, exams are everything, deciding where people should live and what they should wear. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. In order to save them and to restore happiness to Aramanth, Kestrel knows she must restore the voice of the wind singer, an ancient statue standing in the city’s square. She embarks on this dangerous mission with Bowman, her twin, and along the way they encounter Mumpo, the silly, smelly school dunce who adores Kestrel. Their daring journey encompasses the Mudpeople, the malevolent Old Children and bloodthirsty desert tribes.
6. Midnight for Charlie Bone Jenny Nimmo
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out, and send him to Bloor’s Academy. Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor’s pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. When Charlie discovers that the child in the photograph is being held, hypnotised, against her will, he and his new friends with ‘gifts’ try to awaken her. But can they overcome Manfred’s sinister hypnotic gifts?
I may be a massive Cliff McNish fan…I just LOVE his books so much and they are so so underrated, so anything by him should be on this list! So I was good and just chose one! Also, there are so many more books that I could have chosen for this…narrowing it down to six was so difficult! There are books that, whilst I know they’re still in print, they really do deserve so much more recognition. Have you read any of these or would like to?