Top reads for young people this summer

THE fun continues for young readers this summer.

Waterstones book store in Sanderson Arcade is offering various activities throughout the school holidays.

Tomorrow, the outlet will go Doodle-tastic, with lots of arty competitions and prizes, and on Monday it will be story time, where the shop’s own puppet provides some fun tales, as well as some yucky ones.

Wednesday is Mr Men Day when children can pick their favourite books of the series and read them together.

And there will be dressing-up outer space fun with light sabres on Thursday as the shop presents Star Wars Day.

Last week the Herald offered recommendations from Waterstones Children’s Book Seller Jonny Woollett on the best reads for young people over the summer.

Now we can present Mr Wollett’s top 10 list.

For five to eight-year-olds:

You’re A Bad Man Mr Gum, by Andy Stanton.

Great Hamster Massacre, by Katie Davies.

Horrid Henry’s Nightmare, by Francesca Simon.

The Great Dog Disaster, by Katie Davies.

A Cat Called Penguin, by Holly Webb.

The Chocolate Dog, by Holly Webb.

Dirty Bertie: Loo!, by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts.

Meerkat Madness, by Ian Whybrow.

Space Pirates! Stowaway, by Jim Ladd.

Beast Quest Viktor (The Deadly Archer), by Adam Blade.

For nine to 12-year-olds:

Dark Lord: The Teenage Years, by Jamie Thomson.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, by Jeff Kinney.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger.

Darth Paper Strikes Back, by Tom Angleberger.

This Book Is Not Good For You, by Pseudonymous Bosch.

Way Of The Wolf, by Bear Grylls.

My Sister The Vampire, by Sienna Mercer.

Kingdon Of The Wicked, by Derek Landy.

Mr Stink, by David Walliams.

For teens:

Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda.

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth.

Light, by Michael Grant.

Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver.

BZRK Reloaded, by Michael Grant.

The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green.

Hostage, by Chris Bradford.

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas.

The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson.

Mr Woollett 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 our young customers in Morpeth.”

For further information about summer activities at the shop call into the store. Details of events at Sanderson Arcade can be found online at