Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“It’s okay, I know I’m weird-looking, take a look, I don’t bite.” August Pullman really wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old boy - except ordinary boys aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a facial difference that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school until now, this wonderful read charts the journey of Auggie as he navigates his first year at school. An upbeat, life-affirming story that deserves to be read.

Katy by Jacqueline Wilson

Katy is a lively and active 11-year-old who loves nothing more than messing around outdoors and inventing imaginary games for her siblings. But when a terrible accident changes her life dramatically, Katy has to adapt to a completely different way of living, and she finds new ways to love life and herself. Inspired by the classic What Katy Did Next, bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson catapults the story into the twenty-first century to captivate a new generation. 

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson

Rafe Khatchadorian, hero of acclaimed series Middle School, is ready for a whole lot of fun at summer camp… until he realizes it’s a summer school camp. Not. Quite. As. Cool. Bunked up under the stars, Rafe bonds with his cabin mates, especially when they find themselves the target of the camp bullies. Rafe spends his summer making friends, making trouble and taking a stand against getting picked on. An action-packed, hilariously honest take on friends and foes.

Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

Sam and Davey go to the same school, they’re in the same class, but Sam’s not too sure about Davey – he has holes in his jumper and strange ideas in his head. When the two boys are thrown together, Sam finds that Davey’s way of looking at the world makes life more exciting… if only he hadn’t been so mean to him at first. A compelling, sensitive and uplifting exploration of identity and friendship told entirely through different forms of poetry.

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

Ted Spark is 12 years and 281 days old with Asperger syndrome and has already solved one mystery – now he’s on to his second! This time it’s the mystery of a stolen painting, taken from the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Ted’s Aunt Gloria is under suspicion, but can he prove it wasn’t her and find the real culprit? A detective with a difference, Ted views the world through unusual eyes, making for a charming, entertaining and unique whodunit.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Little pig Wilbur simply wants a friend. But when she’s moved to Homer Zuckerman’s farmyard, snubbed by the other animals and threatened with slaughter, it’s only barn spider Charlotte who wants to get to know her and fight for her survival. This timeless classic tells the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship and the power of standing up for what you believe in.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant… he is far too nice and full of snozzcumber! But when orphan Sophie meets the Big Friendly Giant in the witching hour, he has no choice but to snatch her from her orphanage. So begins their whizz-popping adventure in Giant Country, as they battle the other human-munching giants and wind up having tea with the Queen. A master of storytelling with a language all to his own, this is a Dahl favourite that human beans will enjoy again and again.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg Murry and her little brother Charles are on the biggest, most dangerous adventure of their lives as they travel through ‘a wrinkle in time’ searching for their lost father. With everything stacked up against them, can they outwit the cosmic evil forces of darkness to save their family and make it home together? An out-of-this-world mix of fantasy and sci-fi, this is an exciting, empowering classic that encourages readers to see the world in a new way.

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