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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Bookette's Guide To ... Popular Books This Term

The Bookette has been very quiet in February and March. There has been a lot in the calendar at work - Book Week, trips, a special History project, Open Day and Taster Visits.
I can't promise normal service is about to resume but I am going to try to post once a week. So I thought I'd start with the termly figures of which books are topping the school library chart!
#1 being the most popular book in my school library since January
Boys 8 - 12
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (the whole series... again)
  2. The Donut Diaries as told by Dermot Milligan
  3. The Gladiators from Capua (The Roman Mysteries #8) by Caroline Lawrence
  4. Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce
  5. The Ghost of Grania O'Malley by Michael Morpurgo
  6. The Kick Off by Dan Freedman
  7. Mr Stink by David Walliams
  8. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  9. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
  10. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Girls 8 - 12
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (the whole series... someone tell me what's so good about it?!)
  2. Pop Star (Dork Diaries #3) by Rachel Renee Russell
  3. The Brownies Series by Caroline Plaisted
  4. A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler
  5. Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson
  6. The Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
  7. Winter Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
  8. The Worst Thing about My Sister by Jacqueline Wilson
  9. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  10. The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson
The boys love series books but from this list you can tell that other than Jeff Kinney no one author dominates their choices. They like funny books.

The girls on the other hand are huge fans of Jacqueline Wilson and are more likely to read standalone novels. They have been asking for adventure stories like "Famous Five" but more "modern". Suggestions if you have them please.

For those with an interest in picture books - some of the boys have been asking for "scary books". Our topics next term are "the Seaside" and "minibeasts" so it is always good to have stories exploring those themes.


YA Yeah Yeah said...

Girls who like the Famous Five should take a look at Ellen Richardson's lovely Flip Flop Club series! Book 1, Charmed Summer, out tomorrow and well worth reading.

M said...

Hi Becky, Little M is a Famous Five fan and now loves Lauren St John's Laura Marlin mysteries. Also Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes.

I Want To Read That said...

Helen Moss does a very Blyton-esque but modern series - the first is called Adventure Island: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Mr Stink is great, I read it to my class and all of them loved it :)

Becky said...

YA Yeah Yeah, thanks for the suggestion. Flip Flop series sounds fun.

M, I have recommended Laura Marlin series but we could do with more fiction for the same audience. I will now suggest Look Into My Eyes too as we have that in the library.

Sammee, great idea. I will order those after the break.

Sam, David Walliams is really popular at the moment. Funny books are the in thing.

Thanks to everyone for their comments.