Books also recommended

 

Good Books for Tough Times 9-12 - ALSO RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter series

Author JK Rowling
Reading age 9+
Interest level 9+
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Review These best-selling books about a young wizard at Hogwarts School of Wizardry are full of fun, quirky inventiveness, suspense and excitement. They also deal brilliantly with issues of friendship, growing up, bereavement and loneliness, as Harry matures and his adventures take him into deeper and darker challenges.  A wonderful series, ideal for getting 9-12 year-olds into reading, but appealing to much older readers too.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £6.99
ISBN 9781408810545

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £6.99
ISBN 9781408810552

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £6.99
ISBN 9781408810569

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £8.99
ISBN 9781408810576

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £8.99
ISBN 9781408810590

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £8.99
ISBN 9781408810583

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2010
Price £8.99
ISBN 9781408810606

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Family issues

 

My Mum's from Planet Pluto

My Mum’s from Planet Pluto

Author Gwyneth Rees
Reading age 11+
Interest level 11+

Review Daniel’s mother is manic depressive.  Most of the time, she is fine, but when Dad has to go overseas, she starts to behave very strangely indeed.  This sensitive, sympathetic story can help children to understand mental illness and how it can affect a happy middle-class family.

Publisher Macmillan Children’s Books
Published 2004
ISBN 9780330437288

 

Hit The Road Jack

 

Hit the Road, Jack

Author Mimi Thebo
Reading age 11+
Interest level 11+

Review When Jack goes looking for his father, he is disillusioned by the cold, alcoholic, manipulative man he finds.  Long buried memories of domestic violence gradually resurface.  There is a lot going on here, but this is a gripping tale about the sad fact that not all Dads are heroes.

Publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published 2004
ISBN 9780007142798

Coming of age

 

Replay

 

Replay

Author Sharon Creech
Reading age 10+
Interest level 10+

Review Leo finds refuge from a big family and teenage reality by playing at being someone else, through acting and his fantasy life as a hero. A funny and moving book which will strike a chord with anyone who has been part of a busy family, with squabbling relatives and sneering cousins.

Publisher Bloomsbury
Published 2007
ISBN 9780439862035

 

Mark Two

 

Mark Two

Author Jeanne Willis
Illustrator Tony Ross
Reading age 10+
Interest level 10+

Review This easy, funny read will appeal to boys approaching puberty.  Mark’s mum despairs of her son – until Mark 2 appears, keeping his room tidy and studying hard.   Which is the real Mark?  This will get boys thinking not just about who they are but about daring to change.

Publisher Andersen Press   
Published 2002   
ISBN 9781842701102


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