Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson, Independent Usborne Organiser


May Picks for Schools

20th April 2018

Fiction

Our diverse fiction list is full of incredible characters and unputdownable plots, ideal for engaging any reader. 

Middle Grade Fiction

Girls for the Vote

Polly longs to become an explorer. But in 1914, women's rights and choices are limited - something twelve-year-old Polly learns when she befriends her new neighbours: two suffragettes, fighting for women's right to vote. Polly's parents are appalled, but Polly is intrigued. And the more she thinks about their cause, the more determined she becomes to join the suffragettes' protest march. But will Polly dare to defy her parents and do what she thinks is right? Girls for the Vote, is the first in the 6 Chelsea Walk series exploring key moments in female history - perfect for inspiring young feminists to stand up for what they believe in.

Slay

When Milly arrives home to discover that her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the boys in the hottest band on the planet! Enter SLAY - playing killer gigs, and slaying killer demons. Suddenly, Milly's on the road with JD, Tom, Niv, Zek and Connor, helping save the world, one gig at a time... Ideal for more reluctant readers, Slay is a perfect choice for the youtube generation.

The House with Chicken Legs

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas... An enchanting debut novel, The House with Chicken Legs is a wonderful coming of age story inspired by the Slavic folk tale Baba Yaga. 

The Secret Ruby (The Rose Muddle Mysteries) 

When Rose Muddle and Rui Singh travel to India to return a precious ruby, they discover they're being followed by a sinister stranger... someone who wants to steal the gem. And as a dark curse falls across the land, Rose and Rui find themselves in mortal danger. There's evil magic in the air... Can they uncover the ruby's secrets before their shadowy enemies wreak their deadly chaos? The second novel in The Rose Muddle Mysteries series, The Secret Ruby is a fast-paced adventure novel full of twists and turns.

Subjects

History

What was it like to live in the Stone Age? Why did people build castles? When was toilet paper invented? Find out in this book, full of fascinating facts about life long ago. My Very First Long Ago Book is a fantastic introduction to history that will take children from the Stone Age to the Industrial Revolution, and would surely be a popular choice on any primary school bookshelf.

PSHE

We talk about our physical health - but not so much about how we're feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying, to divorce, depression and eating disorders, Looking After Your Mental Health is an essential book for young people.

 

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