Plenty of catching up to do with all the excellent book recommendations from our World Book Day 2011 Survey: here's another batch.
Dazzld: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
This is the darkest, funniest book I have read this year. It is laugh-out-loud funny and achingly sad and captures the teen years in all their glory! [our own review is here]
tgaletti: Bill Bryson's Down Under (or if kidlit any book by Michael Morpurgo)
Bill Bryson's book about Australia is simply the most hilarious - while very informative - book I have ever read. I re-read my favorite parts over and over again. When recommending the book I always warn people not to read the book in public - it can get embarrassing if you laugh out loud and uncontrollably. The book is a real treat and will definitely make the reader want to see Australia.
For children I always recommend master storyteller Michael Morpurgo - nothing beats his amazing stories and I yet have to meet the kid who does not get hooked by his books.
Jenny: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
It's a complete novel covering many facets of Russian life before and during the Napoleonic wars. It has something for everyone - romance, comedy, drama, action and history.
Anon: The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
A great book to appeal to teenagers.
Penny: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Unusual: it makes me laugh out loud (horse is brilliant). I love stories which challenge time - it is very thoughtful.