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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

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

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

The Diddakoi
Rumer Godden

Story of an orphaned gypsy living in the English countryside – blurb to follow
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3.5

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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3.8

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

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

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

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

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

Five on a Treasure Island
Enid Blyton

The first of 21 adventures for the Famous Five: Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) and their dog Timmy – blurb […]
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4.8

The Machine Gunners
Robert Westall

It’s the middle of World War II and the Battle of Britain and children find a crashed German aircraft with […]
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4.4

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

Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder

The first of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of books based on memories of her early childhood, which include the famous Little House […]
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4.5

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

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Chris Riddell

I really like the fact that animals can talk and the madness of Ottoline’s house . When I had a […]
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4

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

Hetty Feather
Jacqueline Wilson

Hetty is a fiery little girl, filled with adventure and sadness.  At a young age, Hetty is abandoned by her […]
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4.2

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

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott

Published 150 years ago, the (romantic, heartwarming, thought-provoking) story of four sisters growing up in America at the time of […]
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5

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

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