Titles from Cressida Cowell, Sita Brahmachari and Jon Mayhew have been selected for Booktrust"s “Booked Up” programme, which sees 17 titles on offer to all year seven pupils in England.
Over 650,000 free books will be delivered to children in their first year of secondary school from September 2011. Booked Up enables each pupil to make their own choice from the 17 titles, which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Michelle Pauli, Guardian children"s books website editor and chair of the 2011 selection panel said: "Selecting the books for this year's Booked Up programme has been a tremendously enjoyable and inspiring process . . . We are sure that among the Booked Up list there will be something to spark the interest of every reader, and we can't wait to hear their feedback!"
The scheme, now in its fifth year, was almost cut late last year when the government announced it was to cease all funding to administrator Booktrust's bookgifting schemes. The government later u-turned on the decision after a public outcry.
The list in full:
Pumpkin Grumpkin by John Agard & Grace Nichols (Walker Books)
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Usborne)
Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan)
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Hachette Children"s Books)
The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher (Barrington Stoke)
The Kick Off by Dan Freedman (Scholastic)
Mortlock by Jon Mayhew (Bloomsbury)
Why is Snot Green? by Glenn Murphy (Macmillan)
Big Nate – The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John (Orion)
Frankie Foster: Fizzy Pop by Jean Ure (HarperCollins)
The Truth About Leo by David Yelland (Penguin Children"s Books)
Boffin Boy and the Wizard of Edo by David Orme & Peter Richardson (Ransom)
Little Bo Peep has Knickers That Bleep by Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Hachette Children's Books)
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson (Templar)
You Choose by Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt (Random House Children's Books)
Don't You Dare, Dragon! by Annie Kubler (Child's Play)