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Once
by Morris Gleitzman (Mar 19, 2013)
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Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight in...
Simon Smith
Jul 07, 2019
@mr_o_connor Great book. It was in my top twenty.     source
Booked
by Kwame Alexander (Apr 05, 2016)
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National Book Award Long ListNew York Times Bestseller Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-y...
Simon Smith
Jul 11, 2019
@Mrs_E_J_C @kwamealexander Completely, it’s a fantastic book.     source
Moonshot
The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))
by Brian Floca (Apr 09, 2019)
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“An extraordinary delight for a reader of any age.” —The New York Times Book Review Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this newly expanded edition of Moonshot!Simply told, grandly shown, and now with eight additional pages of brand-new art and more in-depth information about the historic moon landing, here is the flight of Apo...
Simon Smith
Jul 20, 2019
@BrianFloca @Martin_Impey @BTeckentrup @opifan64 @Cmdr_Hadfield @jamescarterpoet @ProfAstroCat @LittleTigerUK The new version is fantastic. (So was the older version to be fair) it’s a great book.     source
The Skylarks' War
by Hilary McKay (Sep 17, 2019)
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A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018 A Horn Book Best Book of 2018 “Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity “The best children’s book I’ve read this year.” —Katherine Rundell, Boston Globe–Horn Book Award–winning author of Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms “A near-miraculous balance of l...
Simon Smith
Jul 30, 2019
@fod3 @Braunteaches It made me cry. Fantastic book.     source
Rocket Says Look Up!
by Nathan Bryon (Jun 25, 2019)
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Meet Rocket--a plucky aspiring astronaut intent on getting her community to LOOK UP! from what they're doing and reach for the stars in this auspicious debut picture book....
Simon Smith
Jul 25, 2019
@Mat_at_Brookes @NathanBryon @DapsDraws @GalwayMr @MrEFinch @RebeccaLucas @jonnybid @charliehacking @DiLeed @f33lthesun @PaulWat5 They really would. It’s a really fantastic book. Just a gorgeous sense of family and culture about it. It left me with a huge grin.     source
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (Aug 01, 2010)
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IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard fo...
Simon Smith
Jul 24, 2019
@carveresque ...but The Graveyard Book is one of the best books ever.     source
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This accessible text will show students and class teachers how they can enable their pupils to become critical thinkers through the medium of picturebooks. By introducing children to the notion of making-meaning together through thinking and discussion, Roche focuses on carefully chosen picturebooks as a stimulus for discussion, and shows how they ...
Simon Smith
Jul 30, 2019
@DiLeed @BarbaraBleiman @jon_hutchinson_ @rapclassroom @marygtroche’s book about picturebooks and dialogic talk is a great starting point, for thinking critically about the role of talk and developing meaning.     source
Driftwood Days
by William Miniver (Oct 22, 2019)
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Under autumn leaves, a boy watches a beaver build a dam. One of the branches slips away, carried downstream by the river. Through the changing seasons, the branch makes a long, epic journey to the sea, before finally getting tossed back onto shore. Changed by the elements, the branch—now driftwood—lies patiently on the beach, until the boy discover...
Simon Smith
Mar 05, 2020
Wow! This book is absolutely top-drawer. “Driftwood Days” by William Miniver and the utterly brilliant Charles Vess is a beautiful delicate story of cyclical change, seasons, ecology and environment. The sublime art and poetic words make it a just breathtaking. #picturebookpage     source
Fire Girl, Forest Boy
by Chloe Daykin (Jul 04, 2019)
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Maya has to escape. She's on the run in a country she doesn't know and has no idea who to trust. Raul is escaping too - travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble.When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancie...
Simon Smith
Jul 16, 2019
For anyone looking for a really good story set in a rainforest this by @ChloeDaykin is really good. Quirky, great characters, surprises. Just a really good book. Chloe is a gem of a writer.     source
The Wolf Wilder
by Katherine Rundell (Sep 06, 2016)
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“Fairy tale and history merge seamlessly” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in this enchanting and lyrical novel about love and resilience from the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, Katherine Rundell.Feo’s life is extraordinary. Her mother trains domesticated wolves to be able to fend for themselves in the snowy wilderness of Russia, and Feo i...
Simon Smith
Jul 06, 2019
Just reread Wolf Wilder and it as brilliant as when I first read it. If anyone wants a recommendation for a book to use in Year 6 this would definitely be one of mine. I know it doesn’t link to a topic, that’s even more reason to read it in my opinion.     source
Coraline
by Neil Gaiman (Apr 24, 2012)
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When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save ...
Simon Smith
Jul 31, 2019
@lindsanderson @Misterbodd @PaulWat5 @f33lthesun Awesomely scary book full stop! Great though.     source
The Whispers
by Greg Howard (Jan 15, 2019)
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Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley has a lot of wishes. He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him. He wishes Dylan, his 8th grade crush, liked him, and Riley wishes he would stop wetting the bed. But most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come ba...
Simon Smith
Aug 01, 2019
@MoreMorrow @Teacherglitter @StephenConnor7 @MrMclugash @Misterbodd @PaulWat5 @MrCYear4 @f33lthesun @MrEFinch @lukeframburton @vashti_hardy @ThomasHTaylor Loved The Middler by @KirstyApplebaum (it had a touch of the John Wyndham’s for me) and Malamander by @ThomasHTaylor would both be brilliant in Year 5 or 6. The best book I’ve read recently however is The Whispers @greghowardbooks think it would probably be better in Year 7...     source
The WASP FACTORY
A NOVEL
by Iain Banks (Sep 10, 1998)
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Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of...
Simon Smith
Jul 16, 2019
@grahamandre @simonkidwell @aly_sea @8bitteacher @kateowbridge @Happytoteach1 @HYWEL_ROBERTS @ColletteR @Misterbodd @MrGPrimary @3edmigos @darynsimon Yes it’s an amazing book.     source
Once Upon a Star
A Poetic Journey Through Space
by James Carter (Nov 06, 2018)
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Young space and science enthusiasts will be captivated by this exciting exploration of the Big Bang and the origins of the universe....
Simon Smith
Jul 20, 2019
@jamescarterpoet @CushnDoodle @LittleTigerUK It’s a fantastic book James.     source