Top 10 Fiction Books

1. Riley, James – Half upon a Time

Jack lives in a fantasy world. Really. He’s the son of the infamous Jack who stole the magic beans from the giant, and he’s working hard to restore his family’s reputation. He finds the perfect opportunity when a “princess” lands in front of him, apparently from the land of Punk, as her Punk Princess t-shirt implies. May is from our world, and she’s utterly confused to find herself in the midst of the fairy tale characters she has read about. But Jack and May have more in common than they realize and together, they embark on a hilarious and wild adventure in this highly accessible, modern middle-grade fantasy novel. Half Upon a Time is the first book in the Half Upon a Time series.

2. Cabot, Meg – Princess Diaries: Give Me Five

Mia is about to turn fifteen and can’t wait to dance the night away with Michael at the biggest, most romantic event of her life so far: the senior prom! But nothing’s going according to plan. Not only does Mia face a snoozefest summer of sceptre-wielding in Genovia, even worse is the fact that Michael hasn’t even invited Mia to the prom at all. Hello, what is going on here? Just as Mia comes up with a perfect plan to change her man’s mind, disaster strikes. A disaster that only a genius like Grandmere can overcome…

3. Grisham, John – Theodore Boone: The Activist

Theodore Boone is back in action! As all of Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself right in the thick of it. The county commission is fighting hard to change the landscape of the town, and Theo is strongly opposed to the plans. But when he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, no one—not even Theo—is prepared for the risks—and potential harm—at stake. Torn between his conscience and the law, Theo will do whatever it takes to stand up for what is right.

4. Benton, Jim – The Super-Nice Are Super-Annoying

Dear Dumb Diary is a hilarious hit! Now after 12 books (each covering a month of her life), Jamie Kelly’s upcoming diaries have a fresh look and a fun twist. It’s Dear Dumb Diary: Year Two! The diary entries are still laugh-out-loud funny – but this is a whole new beginning. Everything is another year dumber! As Jamie grapples with school, grades, and middle school’s Big Questions, don’t miss even more of her words of wisdom like, “If someone is really, really intelligent, it would be polite if they would ugly it up a bit before they left the house.”

(Jamie STILL has no idea that anybody is reading her diary. So please, please, please don’t tell her.)

5. Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented mansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town’s golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

6. Myracle, Lauren – Shine

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice. Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

7. McCall Smith, Alexander – The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life gives her little time for relaxation (apart from the drinking of tea, of course, which is another matter altogether). Nonetheless, she is persuaded to take a holiday from the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to follow the cases taken on by her business partner, Mma Makutsi, and to interfere in them. This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question. Meanwhile, Violet Sephotho, Mma Makutsi’s arch-enemy, has had the temerity to set up a new secretarial college – one that aims to rival that great institution, the Botswana Secretarial College. Will she get her comeuppance? It will be a close-run thing.

8. Riordan, Rick – Percy Jackson & the Titans Curse

It’s not every day you find yourself in hand to claw combat with a half-lion, half-human. But when you’re the son of a Greek god, these things happen. All I was trying to do was bring two new demigods back to camp. But the arrival of the manticore changed everything. Now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and the general of Titans wants to unleash a tribe of skeleton warriors on the world.

9. Caldecott, Elen – Crowns and Codebreakers

When Minnie’s gran comes all the way from Nigeria to visit, Minnie is very excited. But – CATASTOPHE! – Gran’s picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport and this one is full of boy’s clothes. And then their house is burgled – OH NO – and the only thing taken is the case. Minnie realizes there’s a mystery to be solved. It’s time to get the gang together! The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery!

 

10. Y’Barbo, Kathleen et Al – Forever Yours Five Couples Are Given a Second Chance at Romance

Enjoy the rollercoaster ride five modern couples take on the road that leads them back into a love that was meant to be. The ex-wife reads his work of fiction for an eye-opening revelation. The missing fiancée is returned to her home. A desperate wife gets one last Christmas with her husband before their divorce. The busy housewife wakes up to the drift occurring in her marriage. The low-key mom suddenly encounters her son’s high-profile dad.