Books are another great stocking filler idea that we’re suggesting here on Girlie Gossip mag, especially for children and teens. They are a great way to encourage kids to take a step back from the computer consoles for once and get lost in a great, page turning adventure.
Find some of our hot picks below!
Sapphire Battersea – Jacqueline Wilson
Hetty Feather was just a baby when her mother left her at the Foundling Hospital. Hetty longed to find her real mum – and finally her wish was granted. But just as they have found each other, they are separated again… Set in London in the 1870s, this sequel to Hetty Feather is a wonderfully evocative and original historical novel.Also out in paperback just in time for Christmas – Lily Alone. When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her stepdad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But how will she cope? Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.
The Haunting of Charity Delafield – Ian Beck
Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house – most of which she is forbidden to explore – with her fiercely strict father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world – or of her own family’s shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious ‘condition’ that she has been told she suffers from. But Charity has a secret. ..
Ian Beck is a familiar name to the Doubleday/Corgi lists with his previous successful picture books. A freelance illustrator for over twenty years (including such notable artwork as the record cover for Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road album), Ian turned to writing and illustrating children’s books on the birth of his own first child.
The New Cut Gang – Phillip Pullman
Illustrated by Martin BrownThunderbolt, Benny, Bridie and Sharky Bob are a mixed bunch of vagabonds and urchins who come together to form the New Cut Gang in two comic tales of stolen silver, skullduggery and desperadoes. Fake coins are turning up all over Lambeth and the finger of suspicion is pointing at Thunderbolt’s dad – could he really be the forger? The crime-busting New Cut Gang come to the rescue!
Set in late Victorian London, these two action-packed thrillers have now been put together in a single volume – with new illustrations throughout from Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown.Philip Pullman is one of the most highly acclaimed children’s authors of the decade. He has been on the shortlist of just about every major children’s book award in the last few years. He lives in Oxford.