The Railway Children
When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father’s disappearance.
Goodnight Mr Tom
This book is set in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. “Mr. Tom” Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from London are overwhelming volunteers to house them. Practically under protest, Mr. Tom takes in a painfully quiet 10-year-old, who gradually reveals big problems. William nightly wets the bed. He can’t read or write, although he is intelligent and shows artistic talent. Scars cover his back. Mr. Tom soon realizes that his little boarder comes from a horribly abusive home, and determines to provide him a better one. All goes well until William’s mother persuades him to return to London for a few days’ visit. When Mr. Tom hears nothing from the boy after two weeks, he can endure the loneliness and worry no longer…
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden is an unforgettable Second World War story.
‘I did a dreadful thing…or I feel that I did, and nothing can change it…’
It is the Second World War and Carrie and Nick are evacuated from London to a small town in Wales, where they are placed with strict Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister.
Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid’s Bottom with Hepzibah Green who tells wonderful stories, and the strange Mister Johnny, who speaks a language all of his own. Carrie and Nick are happy to visit Albert there, until one day when Carrie does a terrible thing – the worst thing she ever did in her life…
The Hobbit is a fantasy novel and children’s book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature.
Pig- Heart Boy
This book is written by the author Malorie Blackman. It tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who wants a normal life. But most normal kids don’t need heart transplants. There is a doctor who is willing to give him a chance. But this chance is experimental, controversial and risky. And it’s never been done before.
This book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It is a powerful and a thought-provoking story from the award-winning author Malorie Blackman.
The Garbage King
Inspired by the true story of an African childhood lived on the edge of destitution, award-winning Elizabeth Laird’s The Garbage King takes readers on an unforgettable emotional journey.
When Mamo’s mother dies, he is abandoned in the shanties of Addis Ababa. Stolen by a child-trafficker and sold to a farmer, he is cruelly treated. Escaping back to the city, he meets another, very different runaway. Dani is rich, educated – and fleeing his tyrannical father. Together they join a gang of homeless street boys who survive only by mutual bonds of trust and total dependence on each other.
Holes is an English novel for young adults. The book is a about Stanley Yelnats, a young teenage boy from a poor family who has been ‘cursed’ with misfortune and bad luck since the time of Stanley’s great-great grandfather. Stanley’s misfortune takes a turn for the worse when he is accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated to an orphanage by the famous baseball player Clive ‘Sweet Feet’ Livingston. As punishment, Staley has to choose between going to jail and being sent to Camp Green Lake, a detention facility for juveniles, which, contrary to the name, is located in the middle of the desert.
Stanley chooses Camp Green Lake, but, on reaching the camp, he is confronted by Mr. Sir, the supervisor, who cautions him against getting on the bad side of the warden, Warden Walker. After initial difficulty and resentment, Stanley manages to befriend the other inmate of Tent D, a feral child named Zero and Mr. Pendanski, a supervisor. in order to supposedly build character, the warden makes the inmates dig holes all around the compound every day. But soon, Stanley discovers that the warden is doing this in search of the lost treasure of Kissin Kate Barlow, a legendary outlaw. As he digs more holes, Stanley discovers more secrets. Holes is a fascinating novel of intrigue, humour and excitement.