The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liesel is young girl being brought up by foster parents in Germany during the second world war. Throughout the book she steals books as she knows they are important. Her foster parents are not Jewish but don’t agree with regime, and fight against it by hiding a Jewish boy, Max. The story details their strong friendship bond.


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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

Jesse, an 11 year old boy, wants to be the fastest runner in school and trains regularly until Leslie who has just joined school breezes past them. Despite their awkward meeting they become good friends and develop a secret country, in which they invent exciting adventures, escaping from daily life, especially Jesse’s strange family. This is a classic read, which deals with complex emotions and difficult situations.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

This book is set in the future where the world is perfect, and no one wants for anything. Jonas, a twelve year old boy is selected as the Receiver of Memory and starts to discover everything is not as perfect as it seems to be. The author won the Newbery Award for this book.

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Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman

Gemma misses her lost mother terribly when Mike moves to the area who has a terrible secret to hide about his missing mother. A gripping story ensues with Gemma figuring out Mike’s secret which deals with complex characters and harsh realities of relationships. Another fantastic novel by the celebrated author.

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