Prize-winners and best-selling authors fill the list of titles for 2013's Bookbuzz programme.
We are pleased to announce the selection of titles to be offered to secondary school children by Bookbuzz for 2013. Including prize winners and best-selling authors, it offers a brilliant array for 11-year-old students to choose from. Bookbuzz offers secondary schools the chance to give Year 7 students the choice of a book from this carefully selected list of 17 titles including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Bookbuzz aims to support reading for pleasure and independent choice at the important transition stage from primary to secondary education. It also works to encourage a whole school reading culture.
The element of choice has proven to be vital to Bookbuzz's success, with the report on the 2012 programme showing that although encouraging motivation for reading is a complex challenge, it is one that Bookbuzz successfully meets.
This year's list includes a plethora of prize winning authors including a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner and a Carnegie Medal winner.
The 12 'core' titles are:
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (Macmillan)
Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway (Usborne)
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)
Dear Scarlett by Fleur Hitchcock (Nosy Crow)
Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane (Macmillan)
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
Payback by Graham Marks (Franklin Watts)
Space: The Whole Whizz Bang Story by Glenn Murphy (Macmillan)
Gods and Warriors: The Outsiders by Michelle Paver (Penguin)
Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things by Michael Rosen (Penguin)
Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (Orchard Books)
My Best Friend and Other Enemies by Catherine Wilkins (Nosy Crow)
The five accessible titles are:
Killer Animals: The Wimp's Guide by Tracey Turner (Franklin Watts)
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul (Penguin)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
Oh Dear Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill (Templar)
Giggle Giggle What's So Funny? by Ben Mantle (Macmillan)
Booktrust CEO Viv Bird said:
'Booktrust is pleased to announced the new titles in the 2013 Bookbuzz programme which, together, offer 11-year-olds a brilliant choice of 17 carefully chosen books, including books that make children laugh out loud or are simply cracking good reads. We are very grateful to children's publishers for their generous support of Bookbuzz.'
Schools that register to participate in the programme by Friday 7 June qualify for the Early Bird promotion, meaning they receive an extra selection of titles for the library. All schools taking part will also receive free additional resources, including two sample sets of the titles to aid students' choices and allow teachers to read along with their classes.
The final deadline for registration is Wednesday 24 July.