Spotlight on The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – now a major motion picture


The long-awaited film adaption of Sarah Waters’ horror novel The Little Stranger is due to be released on September 21. The film is set in a declining country house after the second world war. Domhnall Gleeson plays country doctor Faraday, who is called to care for the inhabitants. Charlotte Rampling stars as the matriarch, Ruth Wilson as her daughter, and Will Poulter as the son physically and psychologically damaged after combat. But are the family haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

The Little Stranger is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room). Having watched the film, Sarah Waters commented, “The moment The Little Stranger finished, I wanted to watch it again. The product of a perfect combination of things – genius direction, a great script, masterly acting, lush cinematography – it’s a complex, poignant, terrifically unsettling film. I couldn’t wish for a better adaptation of the novel.”

Wokingham Borough Libraries have lots of copies of the novel if you are inspired to read it – either before or after watching the film! Reserve your copy via the online catalogue




New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Woodley Library

Why not try a new book this Summer from Woodley Library….?



The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams

“Whatever you’ve lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He’s retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He’s so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen’s crown?”


images[2]Molly Mischief Saves the World by Adam Hargreaves

“She’s Super Molly! And with great powers comes great mischief! Molly‘s super powers help her to complete her chores in record time, lift the family car over all the traffic jams, rescue a stranded whale, capture criminals in the big city, and save the world from an asteroid. But will Molly finally want to go back to her old life after all that super action?”


A T-wit for a T-woo by Charlie Farley and Layn Marlowimages[3]

“Little owl Twoo feels like something is missing. While all the other owls in the wood have a beautiful t-witt-woo call, Twoo only has half of his song. So the brave little owl sets off on a quest to find his true owl song – and a true friend to sing with him. On his journey, he discovers that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Come and meet Charlie Farley and Layn Marlow at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:


Hold on to that Summer feeling with one of these beach reads!


The Summer holidays may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean your Summer reading needs to be! Choose from one of these beach reads to sit back, relax and escape…reserve your copy either in your local library, or go online to the library catalogue at


The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell

isbn9781409152248-detail[1]“At twenty-six, Lillian feels trapped by life. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she expected it would. To her it seems she is just another object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband’s beautiful manor house tucked away high in the Chiltern Hills. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and his presence will unbalance everything she thought she knew and understood. Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn’t care. But when her elderly grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley.”

The Lido by Libby Page

“Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing – isbn9781409175209-detail[1]the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone. Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She’s at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, and is determined to make something of it. So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.”

A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

“Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill fallingisbn9781409166610-detail[1] silent – a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga – seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom. But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura’s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles. Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose. Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her.”

Together by Julie Cohen

isbn9781409171744-detail[1]“On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect.”



An Italian Summer by Fanny Blake

isbn9781409177128-detail[1]“Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way?”


Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

“Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna isbn9781409106210-detail[1]high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together.”

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho

9781910959589[1]“Gazing at the stars from five storeys up, smelling the bins from five storeys below. Overheard arguments, overheard laughter. A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library. Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.”

Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron9781444936223[1]

“The sun has almost set, but Olive, Barney and Ella are wide awake and ready for adventure! Ella wants to go to the jungle, Barney hankers to be a pirate, but Ella has a secret wish – to see a dragon! So off they clamber into a hot-air balloon and are whisked away to magical lands. They see pirate teddybears and unicorns and tigers, but will they ever see a dragon?”

Time to Shine by Tom Eastman


“Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated. Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas. Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?”

Come and meet Tom at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Survival Tales – Titanic by Katrina Charmanimages[3]

“When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans – and to survive.”

Come and meet Katrina at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Wokingham Library

9780857638656[1]Listen To the Birds by Marion Billet

“Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life.”

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

“Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a 9780192749505[1]RHYME! Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale from Jon Burgerman will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!”


Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson

9780192759047[1]“Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan‘s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.”


Come and meet Elaine at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick9781910655269[1]

“England, 1605. Twelve-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger, the Falcon, who promises to help – but can he be trusted? Soon, Tom faces a terrible mission: secure his father’s release and stop the assassination of the king.”


Come and meet Ally at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Lower Earley Library

Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard

9781910002780[1]“Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment of the Beetle trilogy. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.”


Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin and Illustrated by Steve Antony

“Inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song ‘When I Grow Up‘ from Matilda the Musical, the 9781407180434[1]book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child’s perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really?”


Otter Loves Halloween! by Sam Garton

9780062366665[1]“Get in the Halloween spirit with Otter-the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter and Otter in Space, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama. Halloween is Otter‘s favorite holiday.”


Come and meet Sam at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

9781782691259[1]Living Shadows by Cornelia Funke

“Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility an item so legendary that not even MirrorWorlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.”

The Bad Bunnies Magic Show by Mini Grey9781471157592[1]

“When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day. But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?”


Bee Boy – Attack of the Zombees by Tony de Saulles9780192763891[1]

“Half bee. Half boy. Melvin Meadly is Bee Boy! The highly entertaining story of an unlikely superhero, full of fantastic bee facts, and illustrated in black and yellow!”


Come and meet Tony at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:



More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Lower Earley Library

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Philip Ardagh

9781406376449[1]“Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery – and her shaggy canine companion Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There’s just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake – yet always emerging blissfully unaware.”

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa9781927271872[1]

“Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal – called Penguin. Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck? And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon.”

You’re Safe with Me by Chitra Soundar

9781911373292[1]“When the moon rises and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them ‘You’re safe with me‘.”


Come and meet Chitra Soundar at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Even More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Wokingham Library

9780857637406[1]Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant

“AJ’s grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don‘t really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the nationals, running to escape, AJ only seems to be heading ever closer to disaster.”

Finding Gobi for Little Ones by Dion Leonard9780718075309[1]

“Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion – a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her.”

9781852133733[1]The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean

“This collection of Greek myths catches all the magic of the stories for today’s readers with its lively retellings and appealing illustrations.”

Where the world ends by Geraldine McCaughreanwhere the wprld ends

In the summer of 1723, 8 boys and 3 men were marooned on a rocky stack in the middle of the sea at the edge of the Outer Hebrides. This book tells the story of how they survived nine months of deadly storms, madness and starvation with only a few ropes and baskets, and their own fortitude and endurance to save them.

Come and meet Geraldine McCaughrean at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:





New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Finchampstead Library

Why not try a new book this Summer from Finchampstead Library…?

9781419725685[1]The Uncanny Express by Kara LaReau – “Jaundice and Kale are back from their adventure on the high seas, and they are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it. The tea is tepid, the oatmeal is tasteless, and the socks are ripe for darning – until Aunt Shallot shows up and reveals herself to be anything but the dull relation they were expecting. Instead, she tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants.”

9780192748652[1]Salty Dogs by Matty Long – “Set sail with the Salty Dogs on an adventure through the Pirate Islands in search of treasure. Their journey won’t be easy. They must outwit rival pirates, navigate stormy sea, and keep the poop deck clean if they are to become pirate legends.”



Goodnight Mr Panda by Steve Anthony

“Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won’t brush their teeth, others won’t have a bath, and one won’t even wear pyjamas! It’s down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly.”

Come and meet Steve Antony at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: