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The Wolves in the Walls written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean

When Lucy hears noises in the walls of home, she tries to warn her family that the wolves are coming.  However, they do not heed her warnings - until it is too late.  The Wolves in the Walls combines an intriguing narrative with dramatic and original illustrations that will engage all ages.  The express artwork reflects the family's fear and panic as they flee from their home and the text dances erratically across each page, adding to the tension. 

Birdsong by Katya Balen

This powerful short story is heart-warming and moving story about the power of music, nature and friendship.  After a devastating accident, a special new friendship helps talented musician Annie heal and discover her love of music through the joyous song of a blackbird nesting near her home.  

The Outlaw Varjak Paw by SF Said

After reading and enjoying Varjak Paw together last term, I know that everyone in Year 5 will love this book!  This is another thrilling adventure, in which Varjak is relied upon to be a hero...again.  Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Vajak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang  - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all.  But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat?

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang

After reading the first Chapter, I could not wait to read on, and this action-packed story did not disappoint.  This is the first in a series of the ROARsome Dragon Realm series, which I will definitely be reading. 

 

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

Orphans of the Tide is a magnificent adventure full of peril, twists and thrilling 'cat-and-mouse' chases.  This maritime fantasy revolves around a mysterious boy accused of being a vengeful god and a fearless young inventor, who is the only one to believe him innocent.  This award-winning book is described as a must-read for anyone who fancies being whisked away on a journey as stormy as the seas surrounding the City.  It was so good, I had to read it twice!

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

This is the story about how one ordinary nine-year-old child and three classmates are full of empathy for Ahmet, a new boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria (he is the boy at the back of the class).  Through their sensitivity, curiosity, ingenuity and bravery, they make a massive impact on Ahmet's life.  There is a lovely lack of stereotyping on gender and backstory for the narrator, which adds to the message of not judging people before you know them.  

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

This is a moving story and one of my favourite books written by Michael Morpurgo: a story of courage, love and hope.  In this touching story friendship triumphs despite characters suffering the injustices of war, at home and away.  The story is told through three different viewpoints; Grandpa, Matt and Aman (Matt's friend).  Can Matt and his Grandpa save Aman?

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

Are you ready for an adventure?  Join the Brightstorm twins on their epic journey in their quest to reach the South Polaris. These brave siblings are tricked by villainous fiends and helped by those perceived as foes.  Once you start reading, you won't want to stop...


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