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6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Encourage your class to step into the wonderful world of stories with these brilliant titles

  • 6 Recommended Reads For KS2

1. Fly Me Home

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: Polly Ho-Yen
Publisher: Corgi Children’s
Price: £6.99

With her classy and memorable debut novel, Boy in the Tower, Polly Ho-Yen established herself as a genuinely distinctive voice in children’s fiction – and her next offering, Where Monsters Lie, was no less extraordinary.

Fly Me Home easily continues this streak of original brilliance, skillfully and credibly weaving magic realism into a moving story of family, friendship and finding your feet. Read the rest of the review here.

2. Kid Normal

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: Greg James & Chris Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Price: £6.99

You might expect the debut children’s book by a pair of radio personalities largely known for their work on BBC Radio 1 to be ‘zany’; for the narrative to be bold, irreverent and crammed with jokes, many of them deliberately daft.

And yes, Greg James and Chris Smith deliver on all these counts – but there’s a lot more to this tale of an ordinary boy who finds himself enrolled in a secret school for superheroes than mere joyful silliness. Read the rest of the review here.

3. Tilly and the Time Machine

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: Adrian Edmondson
Publisher: Puffin Books
Price: £6.99

Adrian Edmondson’s first novel for children starts with a massive explosion – precisely the kind of opening you might expect from the star of chaotic comedies The Young Ones and Bottom. Read the rest of the review here.

4. Alex Rider: Never Say Die

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Walker Books
Price: £7.99

Horowitz is a master of writing across a range of genres and whatever the intended target readership of his work, he never compromises his particular brand of intelligent storytelling. Read the rest of the review here.

5. Jacky Ha-Ha

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: £6.99

James Patterson’s books for young people are wildly popular for a reason – the author has an almost uncanny knack for understanding exactly what his readers want, and serving it up in a way that feels fresh and new every time. Read the rest of the review here.

6. Dark Lord: The Headmaster of Doom

6 Recommended Reads For KS2

Author: Jamie Thomson
Age Range: 7-11 Years
Price: £6.99

This is the fourth (and, it seems, final) book in the brilliant Dark Lord series – but readers who aren’t familiar with the previous three needn’t worry, as there is a succinct (if witheringly sarcastic) summary of the story so far in the first chapter. Read the rest of the review here.

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