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Upper Primary School
Books to Read fro 9 – 11 Year Olds
The books in this section have been selected for 9 – 11 year olds and will require several sessions to read. Titles in this section have been chosen keeping current issues in mind that young children or their friends would be dealing with or hear in the news – stories are a great way to explain these intricate issues and develop sympathy and empathy for those involved. There are also titles that have been loved across generations that take children into a magical world of ‘pretend’.
A moving story from Denmark during the German occupation of the second world war. Annemarie, a 10 year old girl, shows immense courage and quick mindedness to save her Jewish friend Ellen. A Newbery Award winning book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
George has a cranky grandmother who is really mean. One day George is responsible for giving his granny her medicine when he has an idea. He will make a medicine, which will either fix her or blow off the top of her head!