My fave books

I'm crazy about books, I genuinely couldn't live without them. Strange for a girl who didn't start reading 'till she was nine! I have hundreds of favourites, but here are just a few that I think you may also enjoy if you like Boy Trouble.

Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy
This is my favourite Cathy Cassidy book. I was so engrossed in it that I once sailed past my train station and didn't even notice! It's about two best friends, Hannah and Joey. Joey has a new foster brother, Paul, who is being bullied in school. Anyway, it's fab; read it!

The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson
I love this book. It's short and skinny, so won't take you long to read. But it's sooo good. Verity has an old tabby cat called Mabel but it dies. So she mummifies the cat – so she can keep her forever. I know it all sounds a bit morbid, but it has a happy ending, honestly!

Other Jackie Wilson books I love are: The Suitcase Kid, The Illustrated Mum (another very sad one – especially for mums!), and of course, the Tracy Beaker books. Cookie, a recent one is great too.

Alice Next Door by Judi Curtin
I love this book, the first in the Alice and Megan series (six books so far). Alice and Megan are best friends. But when Alice's parents separate and she has to move away, the girls are very upset. But they have a plan! Don't miss this series – you may have to order it on Amazon, but it really is fabber than fab!

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
I met Judy when I was working as a children's bookseller in Waterstone's. She's amazing and I adore this book. It's about a girl called Margaret Simon who has just moved house and is going through lots of changes. It's funny and very realistic.

Utterly me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
Clarice is very funny!

The Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald
Judy is also hilarious.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Set in Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches – Mildred, the trainee witch gets up to all kinds of trouble.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet spies on all her friends and keeps notes in her special spy notebook. But one day her friends read her notebook and don't like what's in its pages. This is a great book for anyone who's ever had to rebuild a friendship. I love it!

The Alex Rider Books by Anthony Horowitz
I also love action adventure books, and these are some of the best.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
Brilliant – but very, very sad. About a girl who dies and how her best friend copes. Well worth reading, but it made me cry, a lot!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
A ballet classic. A good family story too.

Charlotte's Web by E B White
An oldie but a goodie. Again made me cry.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
'Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins.' Part teenage road trip, part family novel, a great read.

Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
One of my favourite books, ever! Two boys go on a husky safari with their mum and end up saving her life. Meanwhile their older sister is back at home, meeting the birth mum who abandoned her. Funny, sad, exciting – a brilliant book.

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Very funny and touching – about a boy who finds stolen money and tries to spend it all.