Bookbuzz 2014

By Chris Jarosh

Over 200,000 students in approximately 1500 schools will be receiving books as part of the Bookbuzz scheme this autumn. Run by Booktrust, Bookbuzz aims to get great books into the hands of Year 7 students. Each participating student will receive one of a shortlist of books as well as a bookmark, while each school will gain two copies of the books for their library and staff room.

There are 17 books on the list. Many of the titles are already available to quiz with Accelerated Reader; this page will be updated with details as more are made available. One book has been deemed non-quizzable due to a format unsuitable for AR quizzing.

The books

Book covers for five of the Bookbuzz 2014 titles

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson. Dan has big hopes and dreams, complicated by the fact that his dad isn’t on the scene and his mum’s boyfriend is. Might his view of family change as he seeks to win his father’s favour? Quiz #226514.

Boffin Boy Goes to Hollywood by David Orme. Superheroes from across the world are meeting in Hollywood for the Celebrity Superhero Awards. Boffin Boy hasn’t been invited, but when the proceedings are interrupted by an evil plot from the Wizard of Edo, it’s up to Boffin Boy to save the day. Quiz #225680.

Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon. Side by side on the sand sat two eggs. With a crack and a rip, the brothers hatch, and out comes a bird and a … crocodile! But they can’t be brothers – can they? Quiz #226514.

Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman. 13-year-old Matt is given the chance of a lifetime – a try-out at one of Europe’s biggest and most glamorous football clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells their story – warts, goals and all. Quiz #227356.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale. Harriet Manners knows a lot of things, but she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when she’s offered the chance to reinvent herself, she grabs the chance. Can she transform from geek to chic? Quiz #224960.

Book covers for five of the Bookbuzz 2014 titles

Ghost Stadium by Tom Palmer. Lucas, Irfan and Jack spend the night at the disused football stadium and uncover its dark secret. Quiz #224877.

Operation Ouch! Your Brilliant Body by Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken. Surprising facts about the human body, spinning off from the CBBC series with Dr Chris and Xand Tulleken. Quiz #226815.

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child. Skilled code-cracker and detective Ruby and her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-fighting organisation called Spectrum, and Ruby remains calm as they face evil villains. Quiz #224595.

Stories of WWI by Tony Bradman. Compiled by Tony Bradman, this collection of short stories chronicles the events of World War One – imagining the conflicts and emotions of those people caught up in the war and its aftermath. Contains stories from Malorie Blackman, Geraldine McCaughrean and Oisin McGann, among others. Quiz #226510.

Super Animals by Anne Rooney. This book is filled with facts about some of the world’s most amazing animals. Quiz #223252.

Book covers for five of the Bookbuzz 2014 titles

The Great Ice-Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott. Jamie is a McIntyre, and Eva’s dad says the McIntyres are a problem family. But Eva is curious about Jamie, who is trying to escape from his family’s chaos. When he is accused of vandalising the local park, Eva must find a way to speak up for him. Quiz #224747.

Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall. On the run from the Clan, a clandestine organisation that hires teen renegades, Saker joins forces with a girl called Sinter on a quest to set free the most majestic, lethal and valuable of all the predators – the tiger. Quiz #225852.

Whale Boy by Nicola Davies. Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a terrible storm wrecks his home, Michael is forced to take a job working for a rich, mysterious newcomer named Spargo. Quiz #226814.

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd-Jones. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy, a boy with a unique appearance and unique gifts, is hastily accused. He must use his powers of deduction to save himself. Quiz #225330.

Winnie’s Dinosaur Day by Valerie Thomas. Winnie whizzes back in time to the land of the dinosaurs and brings back a winning specimen. Quiz #223319.

Non-quizzable books

Unfortunately, two books have been deemed unsuitable for quizzing: A Laureate’s Choice: 101 Poems for Children by Carol Ann Duffy and Off to the Park! by Stephen Cheetham. For more information about why a book may be deemed non-quizzable, please see our Books and Quizzes FAQs.

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