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Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy
“Exquisite language in a clearly structured story. The Tear Thief is gentle, yet mysterious. A beautiful picture book with enough intrigue to even appeal to older primary children.”
Author: Thomas Taylor
Recommended for: age 9/10+
Good for: those looking for a fast-paced, twisty-turny adventure mystery!
“This is the second book in a series and author Thomas Taylor takes us back to the seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea where Herbert Lemon the lost-and-founder at the Grand Nautilus hotel is about to encounter another mysterious and ominous stranger. This book immediately serves up two things I adore in a mystery adventure – a map and a head-first plunge into the action. The town of Eerie-on-Sea is cracking apart, metaphorically and literally, in the face of a violent tempest … I do not want to reveal any more plot details as this is a book that propels the reader through so many twists and turns at such an inescapable pace that you just need to plunge in and allow it to envelop you. I highly recommend this perfectly crafted adventure for everyone of 9/10+ and with its cliff-hanging chapter endings, be prepared to read more than one chapter at a time if you are reading aloud as a class-reader or bedtime story!”
Title: A Kind of Spark
Author: Elle McNicoll
Recommended for: age 9/10+
Good for discussing: autism, diverse experiences and perspectives, celebrating difference, empathy
A Kind of Spark is an important #OwnVoices book about autism, highlighting the value of being true to yourself and also of standing in solidarity with those who are persecuted just because they are perceived as “different” in some way. The author Elle McNicoll is autistic and parts of the book are based on her own experiences – both good and bad – at school. One of the most striking things for me about the writing was Addie’s description of the sensory assaults that everyday situations caused for her … The story makes clear that autism should not be seen as a disability, rather that the ability to experience the world differently provides unique opportunities for creativity and should be celebrated. I would highly recommend this book to anyone of 9/10+, children and adults alike.
I am currently reading this and cross with myself about how fast I am getting through it. I am trying to ration myself as I just don’t want it to end!
Title: The Last Chip
Author: Duncan Beedie
Recommended for: young children
Good for discussing: homelessness, refugees, bullying, stereotypes, generosity
“A wonderful book to start a discussion on homelessness, refugees, bullying and generosity with young children. Percy visits different settings in the search for food. Fantastic at challenging stereotypes.”
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Title: The Parker Inheritance
Author: Varian Johnson
Recommended for: UKS2
Good for discussing: prejudice around race and sexuality
“I love a good ‘grown up’ mystery…but how good could a mystery for children really be? The answer is, better than a lot of ‘grown up’ ones! Candice, with the help of her new friend Brandon, has to unravel a trail linked to her family, racial prejudice and ultimately to a life changing discovery. Thoroughly recommended for UKS2 (and adults!) with many opportunities for discussion of the struggles around race and sexuality but also because of a good, old fashioned page turner! star 5 stars from me.”
I am reading a mixture of children’s books and adult books this summer. Have discovered some absolute smashers (Mr Penguin series, Crater Lake, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree) and am excited to read more. My recommendation pile is huge!
We’re so pleased to hear you’ve found some gems on your children’s book list! Feel free to copy and paste your reviews to this page for others to see – we’re sure they’d love to hear your recommendations.
Is there a way to put the front cover of a book onto my completed book list? 4 out of 5 of the books I’ve read aren’t on your list which is a surprise as one of them is a Holly Jackson.
Hi there! Thank you for your enquiry and for taking part in TRC, we will speak with the web developers to see if adding a book jacket is possible and will get back to you on this thread ASAP.
Hi Is this where I find reviews of other books? – wanting to find out if anyone has reviewed – The Unluckiest Boy in the World by Andrew Norriss.
Just found it in a charity shop and wondered if it is worth putting on my list. Thanks
Hello, and thanks so much for your message. Due to the sheer volume of reviews being left (which is fantastic) we have advised (see above in the review box) that our TRC community share their reviews by copying them onto this page. This way members can reply and you can talk about the books you have read. We are also developing a review page where we will share as many reviews as we can. This should be up and running by the 30 August. Thanks for taking part in the TRC 2020!
thank you. I will look forward to reading more reviews – I note more are on here already so thanks.