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Zephyr Readers' NotesEnjoy fun, free downloadable resources for our books!
The Tindims of Rubbish Island
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon
Invisible in a Bright Light
The Mystery of the Colour Thief
Girl 38: Finding a Friend
Viper's Daughter
The Snow Angel
The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid
Circus Maximus: Race to the Death
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me

The Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Lydia Corry, for ages 5+

The tiny Tindims are like the Borrowers-on-Sea, who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure. Mother-and-daughter duo, prizewinning Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry, create a fun new world of characters and adventures in their empowering new series. Printed in a dyslexia-friendly font with pictures on every page, the Tindims show keen young ecologists how to help protect our planet for the future.  Download readers' notes here.

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Nick Maland, for ages 7+

The first book in an enchanting new series about Mr Tiger, his troupe of acrobats, and a little girl called Betsy K Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice cream maker. A modern fairytale, full of whimsy and delight, this series is printed in blue ink and Dyslexie font, to make reading easier and more fun! Download readers' notes here.

Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner, for ages 9+

A pitch perfect, haunting middle grade novel from Sally Gardner which soars with the imagination of a master storyteller. About a crystal chandelier shaped like a galleon that splinters into a thousand pieces, a girl abandoned as a baby on the steps of an opera house and a dangerous game called the Reckoning. Download readers' notes here.

The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz, for ages 9+

First the accident, then the nightmares and the thief who steals the colour from Izzy's world. Will her neighbour and a nest of cygnets help solve the mystery of the colour thief? A heartwarming debut novel written with empathy and integrity, that was shortlisted for the Waterstone Children's Book Prize 2019 and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019. Download readers' notes here.

Girl 38: Finding a Friend by Ewa Jozefkowicz, for ages 9+

Past and present are woven into this novel set in contemporary times and WWII Poland. Based on a real life story about friendship and endurance in the darkest situation, inspired by the author's grandmother's experiences during the Second World War. This is the second middle-grade novel by Waterstones-shortlisted author, Ewa Jozefkowicz. Download readers' notes here.

Viper's Daughter by Michelle Paver, for ages 9+

A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. Dazzling entertainment, seamless story-telling, book seven in the bestselling Wolf Brother series is set in a world of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating adventure. Download readers' notes here.

The Snow Angel by Lauren St John, for ages 9+

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Download readers' notes here.

The Girl who thought her Mother was a Mermaid by Tania Unsworth, for ages 9+

Even though she's terrified of the sea, a girl who believes her mum might have been a mermaid runs away to the ocean to solve the mystery of who she really is. A stunning middle grade novel about the power of family, identity, friendship, combining reality and tinges of dark fantasy. Download readers' notes here.

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray, for ages 9+

Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. The ultimate adventure for horse lovers, history lovers, children, parents and teachers alike. Download readers' notes here.

Witch by Finbar Hawkins, for ages 12+

In 17th-century England, civil war rages and witches have become pawns in a plot to oust the king. Young, red-haired Evey does not want to be a witch, but she cannot deny the magick coursing through her veins. Witch is an enchantingly dark debut from Finbar Hawkins about the power of women, witchcraft, fury, revenge and the ties that bind us. Download readers' notes here.

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe, for ages 12+

A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award 2018 and nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. Download readers' notes here.

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy, for ages 12+

Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love. Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019, selected as a World Book Night title, Winner of the YA category of the Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2019, and many more! Download readers' notes here.