BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2017

By Lee Burkwood

We in the Content team have been enjoying quizzing many books featured on the BookTrust’s Great Books Guide. So far, over 20 books from this year’s guide have been quizzed – with more to come. The BookTrust chose titles they believe will “make children laugh and cry” as well as “inform and hopefully inspire and engage” them.

Our team of quiz writers certainly agree with this sentiment and have selected five titles they believe represent this. Read below to find out more about these titles. You’ll notice some familiar authors and a fascinating non-fiction book amongst our picks.


Quiz writers’ picks from the Great Books Guide 2017

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince

This autobiography introduces Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone, was adopted by an American family, and is one of the principal dancers in New York City. The co-author is Elaine DePrince. One quiz writer said “Whilst this book is really sad in parts, it is also really inspiring to see how Michaela has overcome such hardship to become the person she is today. An absolute must read.”

AR Quiz no. 232458| LY| BL 4.1

There’s a Werewolf in my Tent! by Pamela Butchart

Izzy and her friends are excited about their school trip. They’re going camping. But then weird things start happening! What keeps howling at night and who stole all the sausages?

AR Quiz no. 232403| MY| BL 5.6

Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson

With London preparing for war, ten-year-old Shirley is evacuated from London to a quiet country village. She ends up being taken in by a reclusive older lady in a half-empty mansion along with two troubled boys. And so the adventure begins…

AR Quiz no. 232238| MY| BL 4.6

Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pikey

Petey the Cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime? Book 2.

AR Quiz no. 232780| LY| BL 2.5

What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Twelve-year-old Ethel finds herself invisible while trying to cure herself of the spots she’s been plagued with. While struggling to conceal her invisibility, she uncovers the biggest secret of all – who she really is.

Our Managing Editor Cecelia said “This book tackles some quite serious subjects like bullying and coming to terms with the death of a parent in a very quirky, even humorous way. Although Ethel, the protagonist, literally becomes invisible, the moral of the story is that forming an unexpected friendship can stop you from feeling invisible. A great read.”

AR Quiz no. 231813| MY+| BL 5.3


AR Mini Quizzes

We have also teamed up with the BookTrust and produced three mini quizzes on Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird – all in the Great Books Guide. Mini quizzes can be found here takethequiz and here BookTrust Happy quizzing!

Which books are your students most excited to read? Share your Great Books Guide pictures and stories with us on Twitter @AccReader

Posted on 27 November 2017 at 5:10 pm
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