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As we all try to find our own rhythms in these difficult times, we have put together a list of ‘Great Walstead: Great Reads’ for the week. The books are categorised into (fluid) age groups, so whatever your age, adults included, we hope we will identify something that appeals. Hopefully, we can all find some time in the day to curl up with a book.

The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes!

The Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick
Ages 8-10

A dragon-shaped retelling of the darkest legend of them all!
In a world of dragons, song-spells, pipers and battles, Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace.bThrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one’s idea of a hero. But only he knows a deadly truth: the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose.

So it’s up to Patch — with the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a firebreathing dracogriff — to stop the Piper of Hamelyn unleashing the catastrophic End of the Skies.
Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain — an epic adventure is born.

Perfect for fans of The Hobbit and Terry Pratchett — A Darkness of Dragons if the first fiery tale in Songs of Magic, an epic fantasy series inspired by The Pied Piper of Hamelyn.

Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Ages 11 - 13
The story of Joey Harker, a very ordinary kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic, some by science- all are at war.

Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds and together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable.

The Wolf Hall Trilogy
Age - Adults
New York Times bestselling author Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall Trilogy is the magnificent, riveting historical saga of the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII, featuring Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Jane Seymour, and other political and royal players from Tudor England.