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Ten stories that will last a lifetime

There’s a demi-god, a cave-dwelling best friend, and epic tales of fantasy and the fantastical. They’re time-honoured tales and modern classics which all have one thing in common: you only need to read them once for them to stay with you forever. 

 

Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!
Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!
Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

This children’s classic tells the story of Fern, a little girl who loves a little pig called Wilbur, and the brightest and most beautiful spider that ever lived: Charlotte A. Cavatica. With the help of Fern and a few of their farmyard friends, Charlotte sets out to save her friend Wilbur’s bacon with a highly original and very clever plan.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Wimpy kid Greg Heffley is facing a new year at a new school, so it’s a good thing he has his illustrations, his diary and his best friend Rowley to help him navigate this world of taller, meaner, gorilla-like kids. But how will Greg react when Rowley’s popularity threatens to overshadow his own? Well, we can tell you one thing – like all Wimpy Kid adventures, it will be funny.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Meet Percy Jackson. Half boy, half God, he’s a boy with a whole lot of problems. Even discovering his dad is a Greek God can’t help Percy avoid trouble. In fact, he seems to attract more of it than any of the other demigods at Camp Half-Blood. From vaporising his maths teacher to accidentally angering Zeus, God of the Sky, his problems have a habit of escalating. Luckily, Percy is more than equal to the task.

Wonder by R J Palacio

August, known as Auggie, loves ice-cream, playing on his Xbox and visiting the playground. He also has a facial abnormality that makes him extraordinary. Auggie feels like any ordinary boy, except he knows that most kids’ faces don’t make others stop and stare, or run away screaming. Now, after years of being home-schooled by his parents, he’s being sent to a real school. Is this Auggie’s chance to be ordinary?

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Barney’s best friend is a cave-man called Stig. With his shaggy hair and bright black eyes, rabbit skin clothes and regular grunts, Stig is no typical friend. Nobody else believes that Stig is real, but that doesn’t stop Barney and Stig having some incredible adventures together. First released in 1963, this enchanting story has become an enduring classic cherished by generations.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is no regular school, and Mildred Hubble is no regular student. Life at the original training ground for witches isn’t easy. Not only does Mildred have to contend with difficult lessons and misbehaving brooms, she also has to put up with the fearsome Miss Hardbroom and teacher’s pet Ethel Hallow. Is Mildred the worst student at Cackle’s Academy, though? Now a major CBBC T.V show, this bewitching fantasy is a great book for anyone that loves a little bit of magic and mayhem. 

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil were adopted as babies by Great Uncle Matthew, who has been off exploring pretty much ever since, leaving the sisters in the care of his great-niece, Sylvia. When their money begins to run out and nobody seems to know where Great Uncle Matthew is, Pauline, Petrova and Posy decide to take to the stage to help make ends meet. But they soon discover that becoming a star isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George’s grandma is always grumpy and grizzly, and she just loves shouting – unfortunately, it’s mostly directed at poor George. George concocts a marvellous new medicine in the hope of curing her, which gives her and George an experience they will never forget. From the pen of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller, this magical Roald Dahl tale is a hilarious tonic for young and old.

The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett

The Carpet is a flat world full of dust and danger, and nothing is more destructive for Carpet than Fray. After losing their village to this terrible foe, two Munrung brothers lead their tribe on an amazing adventure to fight the Mouls and find a new home. This epic tale was world-renowned author Terry Pratchett’s very first published book, and young readers will absolutely delight in his vividly imagined world.

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Ten-year-old Tracy Beaker is one of a kind. A champion storyteller, she lives in a Children’s Home nicknamed the Dumping Ground, but all she really wants is a family and a home of her own. Told in Tracy’s own words, this unforgettable story is observed with warmth and hilarity by much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson. It also features heaps of fun doodles and quirky drawings from illustrator Nick Sharratt.

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