2. The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Acclaimed children’s author Lemony Snicket is well known for his dark and surreal saga, A Series of Unfortunate Events. In his latest work he looks to rescue kids from their fear rather than plunge them into it. The Dark is full of suspense and drama, but ends happily and carries a great message about facing fears. The accompanying pared-down but charming illustrations from Jon Klassen make this a stand-out choice.
£11.99, Orchard books