Summer reading ideas for kids and grown-ups


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Are you looking for great summer reading material? We’ve put together our reading list for the school holidays. Here’s some suggestions of summer reading ideas for kids as well as the grown-ups to enjoy.

Kids’ summer reading

Here are some of Toothy’s reading picks along with his comments:

Gangster Granny by David Walliams

“This book is about a kid whose Granny is a gangster. He finds out about it and they try to steal the crown jewels! It’s funny and it keeps you reading.”

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My Evil Twin is a Supervillain by David Solomons

“This book is one of a series of novels from the My Brother is a Superhero author. You must read My Brother is a Superhero and My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord first to understand this new book! It is about a kid whose name is Luke and his twin from an alternate dimension. The twin comes to Luke’s dimension claiming that an all-powerful supervillain is threatening his world and he came to Luke’s world to enlist the help of Star Lad aka Luke’s brother!”

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The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

“This book is about two siblings who practice the magic art of the Egyptian Gods. They must find the shadow of the chaos serpent Apophis and use it to destroy him!” This is the third book in Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series.

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The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox by Ali Sparkes

“It’s about a boy called Dax Jones who can turn into a fox. His evil Principal wants to kill him and a reporter. The Principal ends up falling 250 fathoms underneath a college! Dax almost falls too… You will have to read it to find out what happens.”

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Family reads

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

This book is a great family read for a rainy day if you are stuck inside. It’s fun to read out loud in a group and take different roles. I do a darn good Hermione voice surprisingly.

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Summer reading for the grown-ups

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I love David Mitchell’s books, especially The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas with their unusual and rewarding structures. At first The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet was unusually realistic for a Mitchell book but eventually it became as mysterious and intriguing as his other works.

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

A terrifying book, perfect if you like a challenging read during a relaxing holiday!

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Do you have any suggestions for unmissable books for adults and kids this summer? Are you looking out for new reads or looking back at old favourites? Let us know in the comments below…


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Angela is a Mum who has had plenty of experience of worrying about reading! When she is in the mood for serious reading she loves dystopian and speculative fiction including the works of David Mitchell and Margaret Atwood. But secretly Angela enjoys borrowing all her son's books and shares his love for middle grade fiction, especially fantasy. She has a background in education & publishing and believes all children - no matter what holds them back or where their interests lie - can enjoy wonderful story-telling. Angela has created this blog to provide a resource for families to find great books for the whole family - parents included!

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