Friendship

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Katy Parker and the House that Cried

Your child will enjoy Katy Parker and the house that cried if they;
Enjoy a mystery adventure story
Find flashbacks and time travel exciting and engaging
Can empathise with characters from different background and periods of time
Want to explore family dynamics and sibling relationships
Like historical settings and detail
Is studying world war II
Enjoy gritty, brave and courageous female characters
Needs texts that aren’t too chunky

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Gregor the Overlander

Your child will enjoy Gregor the Overlander if they:
Are an avid reader of adventure/ fantasy/portal stories
Has watched the Hunger Games but couldn’t access the books. Use the kudos of the author to appeal to an older, more reluctant reader.
Loves fantasy stories that are set within the context of our world.
Gets drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail. Collins subtly leaves symbolic clues throughout the text to add interest for the attentive reader.
Enjoys a book that is only 245 pages and a fast-paced read.
Wants to be reading more grown-up, YA books. Gregor the Overlander looks like the Hunger Games, the graphics and premise are YA. However, the text is accessible and engaging but not too complicated.
This series can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is essential for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.

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The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles

Your child will enjoy story The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles if:
Loves magic, adventure and intrigue (think fairies, goblins and trolls)
Gets drawn into a narrative through illustrations designed to provide extra detail. Tony DiTerlizzi blows me away; he brings the magic to life with his gothic style pencil drawings.
Will enjoy getting to really know characters and how they develop.
Wants a book that is fairly short and easy to read. As in all the books in The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Field Guide can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is really important for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Your child will enjoy A Wrinkle in Time if:
Likes a character-driven plot, not a fast, action-packed adventure.
Is curious about space and time travel.
Enjoys deep, character-driven plots.
Is a Sci-fi fan.
Relishes a good battle with the dark forces of evil.
Can understand scientific concepts within a storyline.
Empathises with characters from different background and periods of time.
Wants to explore family dynamics and sibling relationships.
Enjoy gritty, brave and courageous characters (who happens to be female in this story).
Enjoys graphic novels, as this is an option.

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Dave Pigeon

Your child will enjoy Dave Pigeon if they: Revel in slapstick humour, the sense of the ridiculous and wordplay. Like a story with a quirky, likeable main character.

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