1. Born to RunIn this heart-warming book, we find that, for Best Mate, being rescued is only the first of his adventures. From unwanted burden to favourite companion, form pet to champion race dog, this remarkable greyhound proves that it’s not just cats that have more than one life. Cast aside, kidnapped, or living rough on the streets, Best Mate can always find a way to survive. But will he ever find a real home?
2.Butterfly LionIn this book, Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie goes to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never end. With its famous quote; “All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”
3.CoolIn this emotive book, Robbie lies in a coma, after a terrible car accident involving his dog Lucky. He can hear but can’t move or speak. He can’t tell his family that he loves them, that he’s going to be okay. Everyone comes to visit Robbie, desperate to reach him – even famous Chelsea football player, Zola. But Robbie is on the brink of death and nothing is working. Will they ever be able to bring him back?
4.Dear Olly“Matt wouldn’t look at her as he spoke. “I’m going to be a clown, Olly, I mean a real clown. And now I know where I’m going to do it. I’m going to where my swallows go. I’m going to Africa.”As Olly waits for her brother’s letters, she watches the swallows preparing to leave for the winter. Hero the swallow starts his long journey to Africa, not knowing the terrible dangers he will meet on the way. And when Matt sees the children in the African orphanage – sick, injured and lonely – he knows that he made the right decisions, but he never could have dreamt what would happen to him there…
5.Private PeacefulThis stunning novel is about young Thomas Peaceful who looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the country side. But the clock is ticking, and every moment Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to something that will change his life forever. “They’ve gone now, and I’m alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won’t waste a single moment of it… I want this night to be long, as long as my life.”
6.Kaspar the Prince of CatsThey say cats have nine lives, and that’s certainly true for the Kaspar. From the glamorous suites of the Savoy Hotel to the servants’ quarters in the attic, from a crowded lifeboat to the hustle and bustle of New York City, Kaspar proves that no cat is too small for big adventures. But then this is no ordinary cat. He’s Prince Kaspar “Kadinsky” – the only cat to survive the sinking Titanic… “I’ve done a picture of the ship we’re sailing home on next week. She’s called the Titanic…”
7.Running WildFor Will and his mother, going to Indonesia on holiday is a chance to put things behind them and have some fun. But then the elephant that Will is riding begins acting strangely. That’s when the tsunami comes crashing in, and the elephant begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Will’s elephant keeps running… “The elephant lifted her trunk and began trumpeting at the sea. She swung around, and I held on for dear life as she stampeded into the shadows of the jungle.”
8.Skellig by David Almond:Michael steps into the crumbling garage. What is this thing beneath the spiders’ wens and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before? The only person he can entrust in is Mina. Together, they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael’s world changes for ever. This is a lyrical tale that tells a story of love and faith with exquisite, heart-fluttering tenderness and of the angel Skellig.
9.Boy by Roald Dahl:This story is an autobiographical book about the childhood of Roald Dahl from birth up to leaving school, while focusing on the living conditions of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the public school system at the time and how his experiences brought him to his writing career. His autobiography also continues into the book “Going Solo”.
10.Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna:This classic novel tells a story of three siblings, Eily, Michael and Peggy O’Driscoll, who live in a cottage in rural Ireland. At the opening of the story in 1845, blight strikes the potato plot and shows the beginning of the Great Famine. Their baby sister Bridget dies of sickness and id buried under the hawthorn tree in the back garden. Their father goes to find work fixing the roads, and when he does not return for several weeks, their mother leaves to find him. After some time, the children accept that both are dead and take an arduous journey to their great-aunts’ home hundreds of miles away, after facing eviction from their landlord.