Bookbuzz is an amazing scheme run by the reading charity BookTrust. Every year, schools that sign up to Bookbuzz are sent a package of books chosen by a panel of experts. Teachers and librarians then share the books with their students, who can choose one book to take home and keep – for free!
The books cover a wide range of genres and are designed to appeal to all students aged 11 to 13, regardless of their level of reading. I think this is a brilliant idea, because that's an age when people often stop reading for pleasure. There are so many demands on your time in secondary school, but the pleasure of reading a book you love is something that should never be lost. So I love the idea of a scheme specifically designed to create a buzz around books at that age.
This year's list includes books by some of my own favourite authors, like Wonder by RJ Palacio, The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel, Murder In Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock, Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen... there really is something for everyone! You can find the full list and more information on the BookTrust website. And for anyone who's already trying to choose a book – here's Dave McKean's amazing Phoenix book trailer: