Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A beautiful tale about a young boy who feels ordinary on the inside, but, born with a rare facial defect, is anything but ordinary on the outside. After 27 operations Auggie transitions from homeschool to private school, and encounters real life outside his previously sheltered environment, for the first time.  A book that will make readers laugh, cry, and appreciate that everyone is, and can be different; Wonder isn’t just a book, it’s a movement.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The unlikely duo of a tiny orphan and a giant… errr, giant – demonstrate that friendship and kindness can come from the most unexpected of places. Journey with the Big Friendly Giant and spirited Sophie as they battle with the BFG’s unfriendly counterparts and save all of the children in the country from their brutish assaults. A story of loyalty and compassion, this book can teach us all that good things come to those who wait.

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith

Baa ram ewe! A classic from author Dick King-Smith, The Sheep-Pig is a sweet story of an orphaned piglet who is adopted by kind-hearted Farmer Hogget and his sheepdog Fly. Babe is determined to be and do just about anything, and though he can’t be a sheepdog, he can darn well be the best sheep-pig around. Follow Babe, Farmer Hogget and Fly as they inspire everyone around them through their courage and determination, a charming story for animal lovers of all ages.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Little Matilda is unusually gifted for a girl of six. Often neglected by her family, she is taken under the wing of her wonderful teacher Miss Honey, who notices her incredible abilities and chooses to nurture her to her full potential. Miss Honey is generous and warm and offers Matilda a protective environment when she needs it most. Even though she’s a teacher, we all wish we had a version of Miss Honey in our lives, don’t we?

The Hero Pup by Megan Rix

Eleven-year-old Joe is dreading the holidays without his Dad. To help him through this tough time, Joe’s Mum suggests they adopt a puppy through a Helper Dog Training Programme. Patch, the gorgeous golden Labrador, is nurtured with Joe’s love and training. But can Joe let Patch go and turn him into the hero he’s destined to be? This warm story is awash with cute pups and good will, and a lovely message that sometimes we have to be selfless to let others succeed. 

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