Children's Books that students in my classes have loved.

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Age Group - 11 & 12 Year Olds

The Red King - The bad guy is oh so bad and the good guy has a few character flaws as well. A wonderful story of good verses evil. Probably my favourite book for this age group.

Tomorrow When The War Began - Australia is invaded & a group of Aussie teens are fighting back. A gripping read.

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Holes - a wonderfully written tale of family curse, misfortune and eventual triumph against the odds. The book is written with a wonderful interplay between the past and the modern day. This is a definite favourite of mine.

Secrets of Droon - Ahhh... the magical world in the basement that needs three children to battle the evil overlord. If you are into princesses, wizards and trolls with a bit of tyranny thrown in, this one is for you.

Eragon & Eldest - What can I saw? Eragon is a medieval hero's journey filled with dragons, noble deeds, evil overlords, sorcerers, a princess and a farm boy turned legendary dragon rider. Great stuff.

Tales from Shakespeare- Will is oh so often killed in classrooms. This graphic novel introduces the plots to several of the well known plays in a fun way. A great addition to the class library.

The New Way Things Work - I love having books on how stuff works in the classroom as often the kids (& adults for that matter) just take the workings of machines for granted. NB I also love having them pull old machines apart to see what is in them.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel - Artimus is a child genius who is actually a criminal. This book leads to great discussion about point of view in writing. Also, the story is filled with fairy gold, imaginary worlds and the writer has a nice sense of humour.

The Iron Man - a mysterious metal eating giant befriends a small boy and then a massive dark visitor comes from space wishing to devour the earth. A contest ensues. Some nice insights into the human condition in this one. NB this book is quite different from the animated movie 'The Iron Giant' though similar. A nice one to compare the movie and the book.

Sadako - I read this book to my class every year on World Hiroshima Day. Still brings a tear to my eye each time.

"This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world"

The 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Persons In History: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

The order is controversial which leads to many great discussions as well as providing some excellent insight into legacy that these great lives have left us.

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