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Suzanne's Ultimate Reading List


This list is for older children.

Lynne Reid Banks The Indian in the Cupboard
This is such a great story and boys love it too! Read the sequels.
The Indian in the Cupboard (Amazon)

Philip Ardagh The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
Awful End [Book One] (Amazon)
The Fall of Fergal The Fall of Fergal (Amazon)
Heir of Mystery Heir of Mystery (Amazon)
The Rise of the House of McNally The Rise of the House of McNally (Amazon)
Black humour, quite weird and sometimes gross! Children love them.
Sylvia Waugh The Mennyms
The Mennyms (Amazon)

Terry Pratchett A Hatful of Sky
A Hat Full of Sky (Amazon)
The Wee Free Men The Wee Free Men (Amazon)
Wintersmith Wintersmith (Amazon)
The Carpet People The Carpet People (Amazon)
Truckers Truckers (Amazon)
Diggers Diggers (Amazon)
Wings Wings (Amazon)
These are among some of my favourite books. Magical and extremely funny.
Louisa May Allcott Little Women
Little Women (Amazon)

Noel Streatfield Ballet Shoes
- and all the rest!
Ballet Shoes (Amazon)

Elizabeth Goudge The Little White Horse
The Little White Horse (Amazon)

E. L. Konigsburg From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
Long title, great story!
Find it at Amazon

Geraldine McCaughrean Stop the Train
Stop the Train (Amazon)
The Kite Rider The Kite Rider (Amazon)
Tamburlaine's Elephants Tamburlaine's Elephants (Amazon)
This is a wonderful writer, so try other titles. She especially does great historical fiction.
Penelope Lively A Stitch in Time
An almost-ghost story: It is gripping, exciting and well written.
A Stitch in Time (Amazon)

Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time
Slightly strange and very gripping.
A Wrinkle in Time (Amazon)

Eva Ibbotsen The Island of the Aunts
- and other titles
Island of the Aunts (Amazon)

Kate Seredy The Chestry Oak
There is one copy left in the Surrey Libraries. Don't be fooled by the sweet tone of the writer's language, this is a powerful book and a wonderful read.
The Chestry Oak (Amazon)

Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons
Written at a slower pace than more modern books, but such a fabulous adventure story.
Swallows and Amazons (at Amazon)

Judith Kerr When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Amazon)

Joan Aiken The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Joan Aiken wrote many books, all worth reading, but start with this one.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Amazon)