Journey

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Ballet shoes in Syria

This is a great next book if your reader:
Wants the voice of the narrator to be a child's.
Enjoys stories and discussions that look at the world today.
Gets involved in a plot that tackles a hard-hitting theme.
Loves dance, especially ballet. 
Likes stories told with honesty and compassion, like 'The boy at the back of the class.'
Seeks a plot with just the right balance of triumph and tragedy.
Vocabulary and sentence structure that is easy to read with a reasonably large font. 

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When We Were Warriors

This is a great next book if your reader likes:
Historical fiction set in England during World War 2.
Frost Hollow and Letters from the Lighthouse novels by Emma Carroll.
Gets drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail.
Wants to be reading more grown-up books but doesn't always have the stamina. The interconnected short stories are accessible and engaging but not too complicated.
Books that 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.
Stories with strong, quick-witted, and brave female protagonists.
Carefully crafted detail and description from a period in history
Characters who adapt to a great change with resilience, resourcefulness, and innovativeness.

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The Explorer


This is a great next book if your reader likes:
Adventure stories that keep you guessing.
A twist in the tale.
Journey stories set in the wild, where survival is the main priority.
Stories where the characters get to know themselves and grow stronger through the challenges they encounter.
Black and white drawings that add rich detail to the setting.
'Like a man-made magic wish, the aeroplane rose into the sky. It did not stay there long.'

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The Murder's Ape

This is a great book if your reader:
Enjoys journey stories with an intriguing mystery.
Likes beautifully developed characters who feel like your friends.
Loves how the underdog can keep going, no matter what.
Wants a long book, but is building up the stamina. The book is split into 3 parts so readers don't have to read it in one. 

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Gregor the Overlander

This is a great next book if your reader:
Is 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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A Wrinkle in Time

Your child will enjoy A Wrinkle in Time if they:
Like a character-driven plot, not a fast, action-packed adventure.
Are curious about space and time travel.
Enjoy deep, character-driven plots.
Are a Sci-fi fan.
Relish a good battle with the dark forces of evil.
Can understand scientific concepts within a storyline.
Empathise with characters from different background and periods of time.
Want 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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