Peters Book of the Year 2016
Peters Books & Furniture have announced the shortlists for their annual book awards, Peters Book of the Year 2016. The shortlists, were compiled by Peters’ team of librarians (who read and review every book in stock) who picked their favourite books from the last 12 months.
They’ve done their bit – now it’s your chance to get involved! Vote now for your favourite book of the year…or if you haven’t read them yet give them a go and see which you like best! Just click on the links to check availability in our libraries. You won’t be disappointed!
We’d also love you to leave us a comment on what you think of the books on the list. Would you have picked something completely different?
Voting closes at 4pm on the 11th March 2016. You can place votes online here.
The winners will be announced on the 15th March.
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow) Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?
Space Dog by Mini Grey (Cape). Spacedog’s lonely mission is nearly over, and it’s nearly time for him to go home. But one perilous rescue attempt later, and he finds himself with an Astrocat aboard his ship. But everyone knows Spacedogs and Astrocats are sworn enemies. aren’t they? And then they encounter a Moustronaut in peril.
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang (Picture Corgi) Do you have two dads? Or one step mum? Or what about the world’s biggest grandpa? Discover a whole host of silly animal families in this hilarious celebration of the love found in families big and small!
Stay! by Alex Latimer (Picture Corgi) Buster is a very difficult dog! He’s messy, naughty and sometimes, well, just disgusting! But Ben thinks he’s the best dog ever. When Ben goes on holiday with Mum and Dad, he tries to write down everything to help Grampa look after Buster – but will Ben remember the most important thing? And will Grampa survive?
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury) Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn’t just dream about them, he wants to read them all the time. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime!
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif (Walker) This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can’t pounce, cats who won’t purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows: ‘bird basics’, ‘how not to fear the broom’, and how to ‘hold your tails high! Arch your backs! Think good thoughts!’ But under the bed hides nervous little crumb. Will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all.
A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton (Hodder) A little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who force-fed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences?
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien (Walker) Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl – oh no! – he’s a master of disguise! And he will use his expert camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey into succumbing to him! Tiny animals of the night … beware! But, somehow , Hoot Owl’s prey keeps escaping. Hmmm, perhaps he isn’t quite as masterful as he believes. Will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner?
Max at Night by Ed Vere (Puffin) Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can’t find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that’s not as easy as Max had hoped
Slug Needs a Hug! by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen) When it begins to bug slug that his mummy doesn’t hug him, he leaves home to find out why. Kitten suggests he should be furrier, so he puts on a woolly hat, while Bird suggests he needs a beak. Soon, Slug has a new look, will his mummy hug him now?
Not as We Know It by Tom Avery, illustrated by Kate Grove (Andersen) Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek. But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind. When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage. But Jamie begins to hope that the creature might bring some miracle, and stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow.
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell (Hodder) It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere. The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero’s End with nothing to show, but everything to fight for
Demolition Dad by Phil Earle, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Orion) This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He’s the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn’t be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don’t quite turn out the way he expected
How to Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson (Hodder) Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk – and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Bradley gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend? Touching on themes such as friendship and bullying, this is a charming tale about overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in unlikely places.
The Pirates of Pangaea by Daniel Hartwell, illustrated by Neill Cameron (David Fickling Books) Sophie has been sent south by boat to stay with her uncle in a strange new land: Pangaea. A continent lost in time, where dinosaurs still roam the vast plains, and pirates battle for hidden troves of glittering treasure. And where the treasures are great come the most cut-throat pirates of all
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) In ‘The Marvels’, Selznick crafts another remarkable artistic and bookmaking achievement that weaves together two seemingly unrelated stories – one in words, the other in pictures – with spellbinding synergy. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.
The Cake, the Wolf and the Witch by Maudie Smith, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion) Max doesn’t believe in happy endings. He doesn’t even like stories. So when he finds himself whisked away in a giant cake to the land of Ever After, Max is not impressed. But the people of Ever After are in trouble, and they need Max’s help. Will Max agree to go on a dangerous quest to save their world? And if he doesn’t, how will he and his brand new brother and sister ever get home?
My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (Nosy Crow) My brother is a superhero, and I could have been one too, except that I needed to go for a wee. My name is Luke Parker, I’m 11 years old and I live in a mild-mannered part of London with my mum, dad and big brother, Zack. He wasn’t always a superhero, but with a name like Zack you’ve got to wonder if my parents had a hunch that one day he’d end up wearing a mask and cape and saving orphans from buring buildings. I mean, come on! It’s what you get in a comic when a superhero punches a supervillain. Pow! Blam! Zack!
Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace, illustrated by Jamie Littler (Simon and Schuster) What would you do if the whole world just stopped? Yes, the whole world. Birds in the air, planes in the sky, and every single person on the planet – except you! Because that’s what keeps happening to ten-year-old Hamish Ellerby. And it’s being caused by the WorldStoppers and their terrifying friends the Terribles! They have a plan. They want to take our world for their own – oh, and they hate children. Especially if you’re a child who knows about them. Can Hamish save us from them? Only time will tell.
Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb (Scholastic) It’s 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall. Emmie is far from happy to have been separated from her cat and sent to a huge mansion. But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house – a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary and a garden. A very secret garden
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (Usborne) Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a ‘normal’ teen life in the grip of OCD
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis (Usborne) My name is Hanna. I am 15. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing, taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend and I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that is important any more. Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters. This is my story.
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Corgi) Quin has dedicated her life to becoming a Seeker. She has been training all these years so she is able to fight to protect the weak and the wronged. Or so she thinks . . .The night she takes her Oath, Quin finally learns the terrible truth about her mission. About what being a sworn Seeker truly means.From her family to the boy she loves, nothing is as she thought it was. And now it’s too late to walk away.
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Corgi) It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. The accident season has been part of 17-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew (Hot Key) Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Madel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?
Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestley (Hot Key) 17-year-old Frank Palp lives in a grim little apartment, in a grim little building, in an exceedingly grim (and rather large) city. Cobbled streets and near-destroyed bridges lead one through Old Town and Old New Town, and war-damaged houses stand alongside post-war, characterless, concrete hutches. Most people walk hunched over, a habit from avoiding snipers, but others are proud to stand tall and make the world take notice. This is a city full of contradictions, and Frank is no exception. He mostly hates his life, he definitely hates the ludicrous city he is forced to live in and he absolutely with complete certainty hates the idiots he’s surrounded by – and yet he is in love. A love so pure and sparkling and colourful, Frank feels sure it is ‘meant to be.’ His love is a reward for all the terrible grey that he is surrounded by – which would be great, if the girl in question knew he existed
Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin (Simon and Schuster) ‘Denton Little’s Deathdate’ takes place in a world exactly like our own – except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days – the day of his senior prom. Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life – but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s sister. Though he’s not totally sure – see, first hangover). His anxiety builds when he discovers a mysterious purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? Then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious characters
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Walker) Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty or art on a remote farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself – because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of – a woman with a future
Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury) In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen, and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (Hot Key) Zoe has moved to a new town – small and suburban and definitely not as classy as NYC. When Digby notices her, he decides he’s going to meet her and get her to help him solve a neighbourhood crime spree. Zoe isn’t sure how, but Digby – the odd and brilliant and somehow … attractive? – Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures