Books to beat the boredom

A BOOK shop is hoping to beat the boredom over the school holidays.

The Morpeth branch of Waterstones in Sanderson Arcade will hold a series of activities this summer, with three events a week themed and tailored for young readers. All activities are free and will take place between 11am and 3pm, with window displays advertising each session.

They will include superheroes, Star Wars, storytimes and puppets.

Today is Pirate Day, with stories involving funny pirates, dressing-up and pirate games. There will even be a pirate parrot called Nigel.

Tomorrow the store will come under Dinosaur Attacks when children can find out the facts about the creatures. There may be a special dinosaur invited along.

Children’s book seller Jonny Woollett has also drawn up a list of his top holiday reads for youngsters.

For five to eight-year-olds he recommends You’re A Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davis and Horrid Henry’s Nightmare! by Francesca Simon, among others.

Included in the list for nine to 12-year-olds is Dark Lord — The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson, Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon and Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney.

For teenage readers he recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda and Light by Michael Grant.

He said: “It’s really important to me that I read all the books that come into the store and hopefully I’ve come up with something in my holiday reading list that will appeal to all our young customers in Morpeth.”