School reading in the UK has risen in the world rankings going from 22nd place to 14th* – so let’s keep going!

Reading is proven to increase your vocabulary and conversation skills, it can teach us new perspectives and address real-life problems in fantasy worlds. Add these to your Christmas list for some extra brainpower in 2020…

 

A House Without Walls Elizabeth Laird

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

A brave and thoughtful book about the massive challenges faced by a 13-year-old refugee and her family. A House Without Walls educates readers on the Syrian war through the eyes of the truthful and lovable Safiya, all the while keeping them on their toes with emotional ups and downs.

 

Children of Virtue and Vengeance Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

A sequel to the massively successful Children of Blood and Bone, this book combines magic and fantasy lands to create one of the best action books we’ve ever read! Adeyemi has created the ultimate alternate world which highlights issues of race, inequality and class in our own societies.

 

Deeplight Frances Hardinge

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Main characters Hark and Jelt search for the leftover treasure of the Gods in this magical island community. Set mostly under the sea, this novel bursts with a sense of colour and adventure. Deeplight explores the complicated relationships between its characters and completely captivates anyone who starts to read it.

 

 

By Sarah Coffey

 

*Pisa 2018 results