As you may have heard, World book Night is now officially part of The Reading Agency family!
Since then, the question on everyone's lips has been; "Which amazing books are we going to be able to give away as part of World Book Night 2014?" Well, we can now announce that this year's list of titles will include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, Theodore Boon by John Grisham, CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore, Short Stories by Roald Dahl, and Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab. Read the full list and find out more about these five teen faves.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
A simple, moving and heartbreaking fable, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has rightly become a modern classic. It's a powerful story about friendship in the face of the most extreme adversity and what price innocence can cost. Readers of all ages can enjoy it and it's one of those very special books that is multi-layered giving different depths to different readers depending on your own life and experience."
Theodore Boon by John Grisham
John Grisham is, without doubt, the master of courtroom drama and Theodore Boone is just as gripping as any of his thrillers. By making our hero a thirteen year old boy, Grisham shakes up the idea of what courtroom dramas are meant to do and presents as much intrigue, excitement and suspense as possible. Fascinating and thrilling this is perfect for pretty much anyone who likes to be entertained and intrigued.
Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab
The book opens with a break in that goes very, very badly wrong and is even more shocking for the reader when we discover just how young Andy is. From there he tells the story of his tough youth untill, in the army, he learns to read and everything changes. This is an incredibly powerful story of how important reading and literacy is, first hand from someone who knows what it's like to be an adult who struggles with reading and who has gone on to make his living as a writer. But, as you would expect from Andy McNab it's also an exciting and thrilling story of a life that could have gone a very different way.
Short Stories by Roald Dahl
Exciting, dark, funny, thrilling and intriguing, we feel very priviliged and excited to have a special edition of Roald Dahl short stories for World Book Night. Designed to entice young adults who loved Dahl when they were kids but have fallen out of the habit of reading they are perfect for re-engaging and exciting the most reluctant of readers.
CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Incredibly gripping from the very start, this is a hugely exciting adventure, originally written for teenagers but which will be enjoyable for every age. Far from the unreal spy world of James Bond, our James lives very much in the real world with trouble from school, the police and bullies as well as terrorist threats to contend with. Gritty, powerful and very thrilling.
Giving away free books is a lot of fun. That's why there's always plenty of competition to take one of the limited giver places. Make sure you apply soon to ensure you get a place!
Apply to be a World Book Night giver by 23 January 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by 23 February 2014. The Community Book Givers application process will remain open until April 2014.
Individuals or institutions can apply to be givers. You will need to demonstrate how you will reach new readers which would include teens and young adults, adult learners, deprived communities, prisoners or reluctant readers.