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The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper

Struggle between good and evil called The Light and The Dark – blurb to follow.
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4.5

Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson

When thirteen-year-old Maia journeys to her only remaining family in the Amazon, instead of finding the friendly people she’d imagined […]
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4.4

BadJelly the Witch: A Fairy Story
Spike Milligan

Crazy adventure from Spike Milligan – blurb to follow
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3.8

A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond

Paddington is a bear from darkest Peru.  He has to leave because his aunt, who looks after him, has retired. […]
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4.7

Zagazoo
Quentin Blake

A very funny look at growing up and the cycle of life – blurb to follow.
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3.8

The Railway Children
Edith Nesbit

Written more than  100 years ago, three children have to move away from their home in London to a house […]
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4.2

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell

Based on a true story of a young girl abandoned on a remote and uninhabited island off the coast of […]
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4.4

The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynn Reid Banks

A cupboard with a magic key: a brilliant and unique book based on an old idea – blurb to follow.
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4.5

The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams

I live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street in an ordinary town and go to an ordinary school. […]
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4.5

Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve

A mad story set in a crazy world where cities move and eat other smaller cities.  Girl with a scar […]
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4.7

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle

When a giant hound is loose on the Devon moors, and terrorising the residents of Baskerville Hall,  Sherlock Holmes is […]
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3.8

Flat Stanley
Jeff Brown

When Stanley gets flattened by a large bulletin board, his brother Arthur is jealous because he can do all sorts […]
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3.9

Mulan

The daughter and the warrior – blurb to follow.
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4.3

The Land of Green Ginger
Noel Langley

Super funny but rather queer with lots of different crazy characters. My favourite is a magician who has been turned […]
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5

Journey to the West
Wu Ch'êng-ên

Classic Chinese story of the pilgrimage of the monk Tripitaka, together with his companions Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy, to obtain […]
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3.7

How to be Brave
Louise Beech

What do you do when your daughter is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?  Nine-year-old Rose and mother Natalie trade blood […]
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4.3

Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders

A beautifully written book based on the story of Five Children and It.  It’s about five children who grow up […]
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4.6

Utterly Me
Lauren Child

The hilarious opinions and observations of Clarice Bean – blurb to follow.
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3.9

Peter Pan
J M Barrie

Have you ever read a book as magical as Peter Pan?  Peter Pan takes Wendy, John and Michael on a […]
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4.8

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L Frank Baum

The brilliant original story, from 1900, set in the Land of Oz – blurb to follow.
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4.8

One Thousand and One Nights
Traditional

Folk tales from the Middle East and Asia.   A young girl tells the tales to the king over 1001 […]
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3.6

Matilda
Roald Dahl

Matilda had always been different to her family.  At the age of one, she could write her name.   But […]
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4.9

The Mitten
Jan Brett

Ukrainian folk tale in which animals of all shapes and sizes squeeze into a mitten dropped in a snowy forest […]
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4.2

The Giant Jam Sandwich
Janet Burroway, John Vernon Lord

I love this book more than a wasp loves jam! Cyrus Quraishi Nash, 6ND (2016)
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4.4

The Doubtful Guest
Edward Gorey

Picture book for all ages about a very strange and enigmatic ‘guest’ who arrives at a family’s house one day […]
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3.4

The Blue Balloon
Mick Inkpen

It looked like just a deflated and soggy old blue balloon but…. – blurb to follow.
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4.3

The Diddakoi
Rumer Godden

Story of an orphaned gypsy living in the English countryside – blurb to follow
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Published in 1884, and considered one of the great American novels, the story of Huck Finn’s adventures on the Mississippi and […]
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4.5

The Lord of the Flies
William Golding

Controversial book by Nobel Prize winning author about a group of  boys stranded on an uninhabited island – blurb to […]
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3.9

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Alan Garner

Ancient magic in the countryside around Alderley Edge in Cheshire – blurb to follow.
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3.7

Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson

An old sea captain and pirate named Billy Bones comes to stay at the Admiral Benbow, an inn where a […]
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4.1

My Family and other Animals
Gerald Durrell

About a crazy family who move to Corfu. Gerry the youngest in the family is obsessed with animals and collects […]
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4.5

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret
Judy Blume

This is probably one of the best books that I have ever read in fact my favourite. The only thing […]
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4.8

The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman

A baby boy manages to escape from a murderous man named Jack by crawling out of his house to a […]
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3.2

Smith
Leon Garfield

Smith was a pickpocket with no parents, living in the bottom of a pub with his two sisters.   Little […]
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4

Tom’s Midnight Garden
Philippa Pearce

Slipping through time, memory, childhood, growing up, young and old…. a beautiful book – blurb to follow.  
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4.4

Skellig
David Almond

Imagine this: you’ve just moved to a new house, away from your friends, and your newly-born baby sister is gravely […]
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4.5

Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss on the many possibilities in life – blurb to follow.
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4.2

Anansi the Spider

The cunning spider of West African and Caribbean folklore – blurb to follow
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4.1

Olivia
Ian Falconer

Olivia is a very naughty pig and she draws a giant picture on the wall with no frame. She was […]
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3.8

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek
Jenny Wagner

Ms Lezameta says: Do you know what a bunyip is? Well you can find out! This is the lovely story […]
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3.5

The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein’s beautiful and controversial tale – blurb to follow
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4.2

Paper Dolls
Julia Donaldson

Exploring the delicate subject of loss – blurb to follow
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4.5

The Flying Hockey Stick
Jolly Roger Bradfield

What you can do with a hockey stick, electric fan, umbrella and really long extension cord – blurb to follow
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4.5

Barbapapa
Annette Tison, Talus Taylor

Barbapapa was born in a garden, just like a flower.  He can take any form. He is very nice, everybody […]
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4.8

The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams

A boy’s toy rabbit sewed from velveteen becomes real and joins other rabbits in the wood… – blurb to follow
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4.6

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter

A mischievous young Peter Rabbit finds life tough after his father is baked in a pie by Mrs McGregor. Christopher […]
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4.3

Frog and Toad
Arnold Lobel

As time passes over the wooden shack, Frog still hasn’t arrived with toad’s letter.   It turns out Frog gave the […]
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4.5

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson

Create a world by drawing it – blurb to follow
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4.4

The Children of the Forest
Elsa Beskow

Beautiful reflection on the changing seasons in a forest in Sweden, first published more than 100 years ago – blurb […]
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4.1

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson

A baby owl, Plop, is about to take his first flight.  There is only one tiny problem – he’s afraid […]
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4

The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf

Meet Ferdinand. a loving , peaceful and harmless bull who, one day wanted to sit under a cork tree and […]
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4.3

Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

A boy called Max is sent to bed without supper and he goes inside his dream with monsters and leads […]
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4.7

Dogger
Shirley Hughes

I have been reading this book all my life. My whole family love it. My favourite bit is the ending. […]
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4.8

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Judith Kerr

One morning Sophie is having tea with her mother quietly in their kitchen.  All of a sudden, there’s a most […]
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4.8

Just William
Richmal Crompton

There’s only one William, the snub-nosed, tousled-headed, hearty and lovable imp who has been harassing his unfortunate family and charming […]
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3.7

The Happy Prince and other Stories
Oscar Wilde

The collection of fairy tales that Oscar Wilde wrote for his own children – blurb to follow
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4.5

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales, beautiful and violent, filled with magic and horror – blurb to follow
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4.4

Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm

Romance, betrayal, gore and murder from the Brothers Grimm – blurb to follow
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Wolf Brother
Michelle Paver

When his father is killed by a bear, Torak learns to fend for himself.  He meets a loving, playful wolf […]
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4.6

The Giver
Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s classic science fiction story about a society with no memory of the past – blurb to follow
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3.9

The Iron Man
Ted Hughes

Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ extraordinary science fiction novel and modern fairy tale – blurb to follow
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4.3

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is forced to take part in a live show, the Hunger Games, for the amusement of the capitol, […]
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4.8

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Have you ever fallen through a rabbit hole?  Seen a white rabbit in a waistcoat? Or even seen a cat’s […]
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4.9

The Hobbit
J R R Tolkien

All is going well in Bilbo Baggins’ life.  He has a lovely little hobbit hole in a peaceful village with […]
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4.5

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman

The first part of Pullman’s brilliant His Dark Materials trilogy – blurb to follow
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4.7

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C S Lewis

The first published and best known of the epic Chronicles of Narnia – blurb to follow
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4.6

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J K Rowling

‘Harry Potter – you are a wizard.’  Harry Potter is just an ordinary boy, living with his ‘muggle’ auntie and […]
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4.6

The Brothers Lionheart
Astrid Lindgren

When Karl meets his older brother in Nangijala (a place you go after you die), everything seems perfect – but […]
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3.3

Finn Family Moomintroll
Tove Jansson

Originally entitled The Magician’s Hat, one of the most popular of the brilliant and utterly unique Moomin books – blurb […]
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4.5

The Wheel on the School
Meindert DeJong

Dutch classic in which the inhabitants of a small fishing village work together to encourage storks to come to nest […]
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4

Heidi’s Wandering and Learning Years
Joanna Spyri

The story of the life of a young girl in her grandfather’s care in the Swiss Alps 135 years ago – […]
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4.5

The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt

When I read this book, I was hooked. There were some really intense parts, sad parts, happy parts and cool […]
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4.7

Asterix the Gaul
René Goscinny

Asterix lives in a small Gaul village, but when the Romans invade they find out that his village is not […]
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4.7

The Adventures of Tintin: The Castafiore Emerald
Hergé

When Bianca Castafiore makes an unexpected visit at Marlinspike Hall (Captain Haddock’s country house), her emerald goes missing and it’s […]
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4.1

The Little Prince
Antoine de St Exupery

Poetic and philosophical French novella, hugely popular and translated into 250 languages – blurb to follow
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4.4

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