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First News is putting together a BIG book special – and we want YOUR recommendations! 

Everyone knows that First News readers have a GREAT taste in books, which is exactly why we’re coming to you lot for summer reading recommendations.

We need you to write us a little recommendation of your favourite book to read in the sun.

It can be anything, as long as you feel like it’s a good book to read on the beach – or maybe while floating on a lilo (while being very careful not to get it wet!)

We’ll need one or two paragraphs from you, should you want to get your recommendation in the paper, and you’ve got to remember that First News is for a lot of ages, so make sure the book is suitable!

If you want to send us your recommendation and be mentioned in the paper with your real name, and a photo of yourself – send us around 100 words, a picture of yourself (possibly with the book you’re recommending) and your real name/school to:

[email protected]

Make sure you get your parent’s permission too!

Alternatively, just comment your recommendation below – but no real names or you won’t be chosen!

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oceangirl · 4 years ago

My book is Ruby Redfort by Lauren child please

oceangirl · 4 years ago

First to comment

liyah16 · 4 years ago

mind games by terri terry

sprinkle10 · 4 years ago

My favourite book to read in the sun is Hetty Feather books because I find she's very adventurous and kind, though I love how she says what's on her mind I sometimes wish she doesn't. Jacqueline Wilson is the author of this amazing book. I love all of her books because they give such vivid descriptions of the characters. Her description is the mostly fairly balanced and does not give to much detail about scenery, characters and emotions. I would love to write books for a living just like Jacqueline because I enjoy writing and drawing.

please pick me. I love first news and am pleased that the first news team is allowing us to be involved in such a tremendous chance to be noticed

bobfm · 4 years ago

I would love to review Percy Jackson

poo · 4 years ago

The Alex rider series

kawaiigirl · 4 years ago

I think we should do Wonder

fridayfun9 · 4 years ago

My book is splash

kitten26 · 4 years ago

My book is the maze runner. It grips you from the first page!?

kitten26 · 4 years ago

Poo's recommendation, Alex rider, is also great

kitten26 · 4 years ago

BOBFM, i agree, percy jackson is great

5honypony · 4 years ago

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani for children 9-12

castlestar · 4 years ago

A good book to read is the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I think it is a great book for people of all ages; it's fun, exciting and the plot is very clever. It gives all the fairy tale characters new personalities and all a role to play. There are 6 books in the series and it just continues to get better the whole way through, with so many brilliant tie ins at the end. (Can't wait to see the film... A few years yet but still!)

Another good book to read is Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. I would recommend this book for 9+. This story is exciting and intense all the way through and the plot fits together beautifully at the end, with all the events leading up to one point. I think it was written very cleverly and fluently and is worth a read.

my_life · 4 years ago

My favourite book is “Scarlet & Ivy”.

dogsrock16 · 4 years ago

Anne of green gables
Jaqueline Wilson

hpcrazy101 · 4 years ago

I recommend the harry potter to imaginative people

con-con · 4 years ago

My favourite book to read is called ‘the boy at the back of the class’it’s about a refuge from Syria called Ahmet who makes friends with a two girls and two boys and together they try to find Ahmets mum and dad. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good adventure

rufie3457 · 4 years ago

my favourite book is tom gates :biscuits, bands and very big plans

Teddyowner · 4 years ago

I agree with castlestar and would recommend the murder most unladylike series by Robin Stevens ?

mimpi123 · 4 years ago

Murder most unladylike please.

ti-10 · 4 years ago

The house with chicken legs. By Sophie Anderson. Also, I love 'The Girl of ink and stars'. By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

caramac4 · 4 years ago

My favourite book to read is Theodore Boone: The abducted. It is a very gripping and interesting story about a young boy called Theo who knows the law very well due to both of his parents being lawyers. One night his best friend goes missing. There is one suspect who won't say anything. the police do everything but Theo suspects they are chasing the wrong man and goes on his own search.

caramac4 · 4 years ago

by Alice Potter Age 12

ananyaa21 · 4 years ago

Nevermoor is an amazing book about believing in your self, and heart warming friendship. It is by far the best book I have read so far

poppet2000 · 4 years ago

A seven letter word by Kim Slater is amazing

chico123 · 4 years ago

Mine is Ella on the outside please!!!

artymartin · 4 years ago

I am going to recommend three single books and one series the single books are Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl,The person controller by David Baddiel and In the deep dark wood by Marita conlon McKenna The series of books is for children aged 7+ and it is the series of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.

hotdog07 · 4 years ago

I recommend Auggie and me by R.J.Palacio for the fans of Wonder o. August Pullman has been through a lot in his first year at school, but he made lots of friends along the way. Some people, though insignificant in the original story, have their own version just as interesting. You find out Charlotte's secret obsession, the new life of Auggie's oldest friend and the how Julian felt about Auggie and why he disliked him. I would recommend it to anyone who likes drama, school stories or authors like Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo.

dog26 · 4 years ago

The Girl Who Drank The Moon By Kelly Barnhill was an amazing adventure about love, friendship and mystery. It grabbed me from the start and was a really great read.

sammyseal7 · 4 years ago

My fav book to read in the sun is swallows and amazons by Arthur Ransome. It is about 4 children who set of on a summer adventure too the island opposite there house. When they land there they are disturbed by another party also trying to too enjoy the summer hols on the island the two become 1 and decide too wage war too choose there flag ship so creating. A summer of unforgettable summer of discovery sand explorations.

When the war is over they are disturbed by caption Flint...

sammyseal7 · 4 years ago

My favorite book to read in the sun is swallows and amazons by Arthur Ransome. It is about 4 children who set of on a summer adventure too the island opposite there house. When they land there they are disturbed by another party also trying to too enjoy the summer hols on the island the two become 1 and decide too wage war too choose there flag ship so creating. A summer of unforgettable summer of discovery sand explorations.

When the war is over they are disturbed by caption Flint...

radishes10 · 4 years ago

I am miss nobody by Tamsin winters- anyone else read it?

radishes10 · 4 years ago

My_life I love that too

big_mouse · 4 years ago

I really enjoyed Undercover Princess by Connie Glyn and I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the Rosewood Chronicles to come out.

zummingzie · 4 years ago

One of my favourite books is The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy!
Another really good book is Carve the Mark and its sequel The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth!!!

gabby07 · 4 years ago

My favourite books are by Sophie McKenzie who managed to create two breathtakingly compelling novels called Split Second and Every Second Counts. They’re about two young teens who were affected by a bomb attack in central London, Charlie lost her mother and Nats brother was put in a coma.They join a force to create peace but find themselves working with those who caused the fatal bomb. After learning combat,facing death,Charlie and Nats bond grows into passionate love.I love the many twists and turns which occur in these books, making them impossible to put down.

Please pick these books as I’m sure everyone will enjoy them as much as I have.

rollersk8t · 4 years ago

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.

Nate is a 11 year old boy who has to live with his Mum and Gary a horrid man. One night, Nate's Mum takes him to a tumbledown cottage far away from Gary! At night he gets scared from the dark and the coldness and desperately wishes for his light jar. When Nate's Mum goes out looking for food and doesn't come back, he finds a little girl and a boy from his past. I loved this book and would give it a five out of five. I recommend it to 7-14 year olds.

snowball32 · 4 years ago

My favourite book to read in the sun is geek girl (forever geek) it is the last book in the series and it gripped me from start to finish. It has lots of funny parts and made me cry at one point . I would recommend this book to children aged 9+. The main character is called Harriet and she is taken away on a whirlwind modelling trip to Australia.

The author of this book is called Holly Smale. There are loads more books in this series series .They are all amazing!!

hayne · 4 years ago

The storey-treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton

streettt · 4 years ago

Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox is really good. Its by Ali sparks

caly2008 · 4 years ago

my book is birthday boy

unigoat · 4 years ago

I recommend The Ice Monster by David Walliams because it is very funny and it is a unique story. I rate it 6 out of 5 stars!

ragup205 · 4 years ago

my book is treason by Berlie Doherty

madmillie · 4 years ago

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

7diamond07 · 3 years ago

My book is the last wild by piers torday. It is about animals who are in danger and it is really thrilling and has a lot of adventure.

sprinkle10 · 3 years ago

bubble boy by stewart foster
joe is stuck in a bubble. if he goes outside and if one germ touches him he could die. he has super scid and eventhough he may feel sad at times he always finds a positive to overtake a negative. this book is about hardship and sadness. its emtional and thats wht makes it an mazing book. :)

nebbo13 · 3 years ago

Skuldugery Pleasant. Please.

It's SO funny and well written and you'll end up loving the characters. The book series is such great fun to read and so gripping i love this book sooooooo much.

oolaboola · 3 years ago

privet peaceful
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drduck · 3 years ago

My book is the greenwoods garden

meindahuzz · 3 years ago

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

gamercat82 · 3 years ago

Dinosaur atlas

unigoat · 3 years ago

My favourite book is Harry Potter & the Philosopher Stone, because it is funny and very descriptive. I rate it to anyone who hasn't read the books! 10 out of 10! ??!

asullivan · 3 years ago

I recommend a boy called Christmas by Matt Haig

hogwarts12 · 3 years ago

Alex Rider and Harry Potter. · 3 years ago

My favourite book is Katy by Jacqueline Wilson. I like this book because Katy has an excellent personality and the book appeals to young and slightly older children. I can't think of a better writer for this book, and Jacqueline Wilson did a spectacular job of writing it!

jejzjj · 3 years ago

I would like to do the miraculous journey 9f Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo

jejzjj · 3 years ago

Please I always wished to be in the first news newspaper

iknow · 3 years ago

I reccomend Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

plane · 3 years ago

The Boy at the back of the class by Onjali . Q. Rauf

camerong · 3 years ago

Treasure Island although I've never read it.


hector7 · 3 years ago

My book is Usborne Book of British History if you love History!

puppy123 · 3 years ago

Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

news54321 · 2 years ago

The 'Alex Rider' series by Anthony Horowitz

chocmuffin · 2 years ago

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
This is a childrens fantasy book which I really enjoyed.

unigoat · 2 years ago

I enjoy re-reading 'Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire' cos it is very funny at points but also quite serious. 😊

wireskid · 2 years ago

Diary of a wimpy kid dog days by Jeff Kinney for me. I love the diary of a wimpy kid books. They are the best.😃

wireskid · 2 years ago

I love Harry Potter too Unigoat

cathercat · 2 years ago

I'd like to recommend the book 'Wildspark: A Ghost Machine Adventure' by Vashti Hardy. I think it is a brilliant book plus, it won the Blue Peter Book Award.

cathercat · 2 years ago

Wildspark: A Ghost Machine Adventure is by Vashti Hardy and is about a girl called Prue who is on a mission to save her brother Francis. When Prue was young, Francis died rarely because of a disease and Prue's mission is to bring Francis back to life but it all goes wrong when she finds out what machine he's been harnessed into. When Craftsman Primrose appears on her doorstep, looking for Francis, she pretends to have the name Frances and goes to the city of Medlock to learn about ghost, animal-like machines and how to Harness them, there she meets Edward Snow-Moon the stoat machine and Agapanther. Her mission is to get the ghost-machine's of Medlock to remember who they were in their first life. For the actual blurb of the book, see below.

A year after the death of her older brother, Prue Haywood's family is still shattered by grief. But everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm. A new, incredible technology has been discovered in the city of Medlock, where a secretive guild of inventors have developed a way to capture spirits of the dead in animal-like machines, bringing them back to life. Prue knows that the "Ghost Guild" might hold the key to bringing her brother back, so she seizes the stranger's offer to join as an apprentice. But to find her brother, she needs to find a way to get the ghost machines to remember the people they used to be. Yet if Prue succeeds, all of society could come apart...

mahooha123 · 2 years ago

One by Sarah Crossan. It's about female conjoined twins.

mahooha123 · 2 years ago

Scarlet and Ivy series by Sophie Cleverly

cloudfloat · 2 years ago

My book is the Ice Monster
The book that I am reviewing is purely fantabulous. It is an absolute must-read book because not only it is hilarious, it is also very interesting. It is all about a 10-year-old girl called Elsie, and a cleaning lady called Dotty, who brings a 10,000-year-old mammoth back to life! Elsie and Dotty join the Royal Navy and take Woolly [aka the mammoth] to the Arctic. I thought it sounded great as it was a Victorian themed story. Some parts were just hilarious [that obviously makes it better] and it was so nice. David Walliams’ writing is pure joy and his language and terms are brilliant. I will 100% suggest this book to anyone looking for anything to read.

lucas10 · 2 years ago

Percy Jackson series

updatedme · 2 years ago

I’m going for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ By Lemony Snicket

pacybits20 · 2 years ago

If your into horror and you like surprises i recommend you should read Darren Shan. It's my favourite series I've ever read.

pacybits20 · 2 years ago

I would also recommend reading a series called Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan or you could read all of his books and still be hungry for more. Magnus Chase is about a boy who is actually a son of the Norse god Frey but lived on the streets because two years before three of Fenris Wolf's children went to hunt down Magnus but his mom risked his life for him to have a hasty escape. When he was scavenging in his uncle's house for food and he went out he bumped into his uncle and his uncle told him to come with him even though his mom told him to stay away from Uncle Randolph. Randolph used Magnus to get the Sword of Summer but when he retrieved it a fire giant fought him and killed him. He fell off the bridge and arrived in a place called Valhalla.If you die bravely fighting then you'll end up here.To be continued...

aprilpanda · 2 years ago

i reccomend 30 nature stories by enid blyton

mdob · 2 years ago

Scarlet and Ivy

pumpkin135 · 2 years ago

Hunger Games by Susanne Collins

pumpkin135 · 2 years ago

Artemis Fowl series

pumpkin135 · 2 years ago

Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Prattchett

pumpkin135 · 2 years ago

Skulduggery Pleasant
absolutely hilarious and gripping

rainbow8 · 2 years ago

I recommend St.Clares by Enid Blyton.
It is about a boarding school and tells the tale from two students there.
At first they absolutely HATE the school!
They start to like it but what other adventures will St.Clares bring?

opalstar · 2 years ago

I think THE HOBBIT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dog.lover · 2 years ago

I think the Twilight Saga by stephanie Meyer is a great book (12+)
I would also recommend Girl Online by Zoe Sugg for a slightly younger audience (10+)

grookster · 2 years ago

The last dragon chronicles by Chris d'Lacey.

arya · 2 years ago

My top book list:
5. Explorer by Katherine Rundell
4 Rooftoppers (also by Katherine Rundell!)
3 Pegasus series by Kate O'Hearn
2 The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
1 ALL of Cressida Cowell's books! How to Train Your Dragon series and The Wizards of Once
These are a some of my FAV😍URITE books!

Also some other people said the same as me and I definitely agree with 5honypony
Also for cat lovers 😸 'To Be a Cat' by Matt Haig

nelle · 2 years ago

My favourite is Eddie, Ellie and Robot Rob.

I love it as it is so cool. It’s a science fiction and I can imagine it’s going to happen in the future. I wish I could do the same trick as Eddie, to turn my wishes true with the help of a robot!

My favourite part was when Rob climbed up the neighbour's wall and waved to the burglars with his eyes recording them. I also liked it when Rob tripped over a suspect at London Bridge, and when Ellie hid Rob then Eddie couldn't win the prizes anymore and started losing to Ellie. 

It was great fun when Rob sneaked out of Eddie’s rucksack and went to the robot section in the museum, pretending to be one of them, though one of the class saw him.

I also love all the games and the fun they had at Christmas time.

Five stars!

gurlgmzhi7 · 2 years ago

I am a HUGE FAN OF Harry Potter and I would love to read Harry Potter!!!!!.

gurlgmzhi7 · 2 years ago

I would recommend the Harry Potter series!!! It is really epic and it's about a boy called Harry who finds out that he is a wizard on his 11th birthda birthday,and goes to Hogwarts. I would probably epic for readers who like epic series and interesting books mainly, I would say 8+ would be perfect.

gurlgmzhi7 · 2 years ago

Of course, it is 5 stars from meh.

merul · 7 months ago

My favourite book would be Percy Jackson as it is a kind of diary in which he explains his life in 1st person. Also, Rick Riordan chose a great merge of modern and mythic!!

vale · 5 months ago

My book is Harry Potter by J.K Rowling please.