The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith

Max the hedgehog lives with his family in a lovely home but the beautiful park is on the other side of the road, which is dangerous to cross. Max is determined to find a way to cross safely, his first attempt results in a bump on his head and him jumbling up words; he is now a Hodgehog! Max doesn’t give up, and with some investigative work comes up with a solution. An easy and fun read.

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When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Anna sees Hitler’s posters all over Berlin, she is not sure who he is and her parents keep saying it is not safe here for Jews. One day Anna and her brother find that their father has suddenly gone, but their mother reassures them that they will join him soon, secretly. Based on the author’s own life.

Judith Kerr, the author, came to Britain as a refugee from Nazi Germany, is an inspiration.

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The Wheel of Surya by Jamila Gavin

Marvinder and Jaspal are separated from their mother during the partition of India in August 1947, where Punjab is engulfed in civil war. They make their way across to India and on to England to meet their father who they hardly know and into a hostile culture which is alien to them. This is the first book of the Surya Trilogy.

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Parvana is an 11 year old girl living in Kabul, Afghanistan in a bombed-out apartment. Her father, who was a history teacher, when there was a school, has been arrested for having a foreign education by the Taliban. Girls are forbidden to earn money, but as her family’s situation becomes desperate, she has no choice but to transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner for the family.

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