Bookbuzz 2015

By Chris Jarosh

Last year, over 200,000 students in approximately 1,500 schools received books as part of the Bookbuzz scheme. Bookbuzz is back once again this autumn with a brand new set of books. Run by Booktrust, Bookbuzz aims to get great books into the hands of Year 7 and 8 students. The initiative enables schools to give their students books from among list of 17 fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles.

The deadline for registering for the scheme is Thursday 23 July. Browse the Bookbuzz website and register at

Many of the titles are already available to quiz with Accelerated Reader; this page will be updated with details of the quizzes for this year’s list as more are made available.

The books

Book covers for the Bookbuzz 2015 list

Jinx: The Wizard’s Apprentice by Sage Blackwood. An orphaned boy named Jinz encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond and within the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine. Quiz #228697 | MY | BL 4.5.

The Last Wild by Piers Torday. Kester is visited by a flock of talking pigeons who take him on a journey to help other animals. Quiz #226556 | MY | BL 5.6.

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge. Triss wakes up one day with a hazy memory, an insatiable appetite and a sister who seems to hate her. To uncover the truth, Triss must travel into the Underbelly and face-off against a twisted architect with a grudge. Quiz #227991 | UY | BL 6.0.

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett. Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure. Quiz #228699 | MY | BL 5.6.

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan. Bea Hogg is in deep trouble. She entered a TV dance competition with a mystery partner and it turned out to be the unbelievably hot Ollie Matthews, boyfriend of the school’s meanest girl. Now she has to face Pearl Harris at school. Quiz #227693 | MY | BL 4.9.

Book covers for the Bookbuzz 2015 list

Infinity Drake: The Sons of Scarlatti by John McNally. Finn and his Uncle Al have been summoned to a crisis meeting, where it is revealed that a killer wasp has been released. Suddenly Finn is shrunk, and is teamed with three soldiers who go on a hunt for the creature. Quiz #228708 | UY | BL 6.1.

The Tornado Chasers by Ross Montgomery. Owen’s parents are safety freaks who are afraid of everything. But Owen is sick of being frightened and decides that he and his friends should face their fears and become tornado chasers. Quiz #228091 | MY | BL 4.2.

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø. New friends Nilly and Lisa help eccentric professor Doctor Proctor develop his latest invention, a powder that makes one fart, but someone is planning to steal the industrial-strength formula for evil purposes. Quiz #218484 | MY | BL 5.2.

What Are We Fighting For? by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens. Unfortunately, due to the number of short poems in this volume our content team has deemed it unsuitable for quizzing. Find out what makes a book non-quizzable.

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook by Louis Stowell. Unfortunately this title is non-quizzable.

Book covers for the Bookbuzz 2015 list

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott. Liv’s mum has suddenly started giving her life’s vital lessons. Is there something she’s not telling her? Quiz #227156 | MY | BL 5.5.

Pale by Chris Wooding. The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead. Only thing is, it turns you into a Pale. Jed can’t imagine anything worse, but then the choice is taken out of his hands. Quiz #221403 | MY | BL 2.9.

The Snowman and the Snowdog by Raymond Briggs. AR Quiz coming soon.

My Name is Bob by James Bowen. Bob the street cat tells the story of his life before he found James. The co-author is Garry Jenkins. Quiz #228698 | LY | BL 2.8.

Book covers for the Bookbuzz 2015 list

See You Later, Alligator! by Annie Kubler. Crocodile wants some help around the home, but Alligator keeps telling him, “In a while…” Quiz #228704 | LY | BL 1.4.

The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino. Everybody knows that crocodiles love water, but not this little crocodile. He doesn’t like water AT ALL. In fact, he prefers climbing trees! Could it be that he isn’t a crocodile at all? Quiz #227988 | LY | BL 2.0.

Boffin Boy and the Emperor’s Tomb by David Orme. While in China, looking for the secrets of an ancient Emperor’s tomb, Wu Pee vanishes! Boffin Boy, Katt his dog and his friend Chiko travel to China to find him? Quiz #225675 | MY | BL 2.1.

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