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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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4.3

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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4.3

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

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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4.6

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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3.6

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

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

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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3.5

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

Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm

Romance, betrayal, gore and murder from the Brothers Grimm – blurb to follow
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5

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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3.7

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

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

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

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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4.4

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

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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4.3

Emil and the Detectives
Erich Kästner

A book in which the children manage to sort things out just fine without interference from grown ups – blurb […]
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4.6

Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH
Robert C O'Brien

Adventures of a band of highly intelligent and long-lived rats after they escape from scientists experimenting on them at the […]
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4.4

The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Akela, Shere Khan and the Law of the Jungle – blurb to follow
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4.2

Charlotte’s Web
E B White

A little girl who longs for a pet finally gets one.  A little pig, born as a runt, is looking […]
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4.3

Black Beauty
Anna Sewell

This book was really upsetting but had an amazing ending.  When me and my mum were reading this book I […]
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4

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
E L Konisburg

A brother and sister run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – […]
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4.3

Holes
Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats and his family have all been cursed because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.  Stanley ends up at Camp Green Lake […]
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4.3

The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier

This book finds its way into your heart and never leaves. All the characters are brave and smart. Jan is […]
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4.6

Goodnight Mr Tom
Michelle Magorian

It is World War Two and Willie Beech – abused by his wanton mother – is evacuated from London to […]
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4.7

Ballet Shoes
Noel Streatfeild

Three girls.  Three dreams.   Three lives. Isabella Marzetti, 6AF (2016)
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4.4

Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome

Camping, sailing, fishing and adventure in the Lake District for the children of two families – blurb to follow
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4.7

Stig of the Dump
Clive King

Barney meets an early Briton ‘caveman’ in a chalk quarry on his grandmother’s farm in Sussex: wild fantasy and adventure […]
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4.3

Anne of Green Gables
Lucy M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley has a vivid imagination, bright red hair and is forever getting herself into scrapes.   When sent by […]
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5

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary was brought up in India but when her parents died she moved to a big country house in England. […]
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4.1

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Joan Aiken

Gothic adventure in a period of English history that never happened and when the country was ravaged by wolves that […]
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4.8

Watership Down
Richard Adams

A colony of rabbits leaves their beloved warren when it is threatened by humans and flooding.   A journey of […]
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4.4

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