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Suggestions for Children's Book club reads

All these suggestions have been tried & tested by our Junior book club, which is a mixed ability group of boys & girls aged 9-12 years.

Our Junior Book club is on the last Thursday of every month @ 3.30pm.  There are spaces available, so please contact us if you are interested.

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Author : Katherine Rundell

Winner of the Children's Book Prize & Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.  As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.

An exciting mix of adventure, outdoor survival and unlikely friendships with a 'Save the Amazon' message. Brilliant

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Author : Alan Early

When his dad is offered a job working on the new Metro tunnel, Arthur has to move to Dublin with him. While exploring a hidden underground river, Arthur and his new friends Will and Ash find a mysterious glowing pendant. The pendant depicts a giant snake strangling the trunk of a tree. The friends soon figure out that the pendant is a warning, a sign that something evil is waiting underneath the city.

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Author : Lisa Thompson

Maxwell is always in trouble. He's a total menace to his teachers and big sister, but has a soft side, too: he rescued his dog, Monster, from being run over and checks on his elderly neighbour after school.
One day, while looking through a mysterious cabinet of curiosities, Maxwell finds himself erased from his life: it's as if he's never been born. 

Clever, funny tale about love, family and relationships for age 10+.  A real hit with the BSB bookclubbers April 2019

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Author : James Bowden

A special edition for children age 11 and above, featuring 8 pages of photographs.

'We are all given second chances every day of our lives, but we don't usually take them. Then I met Bob.' James Bowen was a homeless musician, busking on the streets of London to survive. But the moment he met an injured stray cat with ginger fur and big green eyes, his life began to change.

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Author : Helena Duggan

Violet hates living in Perfect. Why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird? Then Dad disappears and Violet is determined to uncover the truth with the help of the mysterious Boy.
But returning normality to Perfect is a battle they never imagined.

A bit creepy but very good, fast paced story highlighting how nothing is perfect and it is great to be different.

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Author : Mark Twain

On the banks of the Mississippi, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night they witness a murder. The boys swear never to reveal the secret and run away to be pirates and search for hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with the murderer, can he escape unharmed?

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Author : Jo Cotterill

Amina's homeland has been ravaged by war, and her family is devastated - the women of the family - Amina, her two sisters and their mother - have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp.

Highlighting the plight of refugees across the world today, this is an important book for all 10+ to read.  Accessible and thought provoking, brilliant to discuss

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Author : Morris Gleitzman

This is the story of a young Jewish boy who is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis in the occupied Poland of the Second World War. Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least Once.

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Author : Andy Mulligan

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything.

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Author : Lauren St John

When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine.



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