J.K. Rowling hit the nail on the head when she said: ‘If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book’. If a child is reluctant to read, all that they really need is a helping hand when it comes to selecting a good book! Most avid readers make the all-important decision of which book to open up based on the recommendations provided by fellow bookworms – children that are new to the world of reading for fun need some inspiration too!
Stuck for suggestions? Fear not: you can overcome this reader’s block. We’re here to tell you all about books even an apprehensive reader will struggle to put down. Check out some of our fictional favourites below!
When we were Warriors by Emma Carroll
(suggested for 9+)
A real page-turner for younger children. This historical novel features three individual stories that follow the lives of children living in the midst of the Second World War. With adventure around every turn, this collection is perfect for those with a thirst to explore the unknown.
Although the stories can stane alone, it might be worth considering giving the kids Emma Carrol’s two previous novels to read beforehand: Letters to the Lighthouse and Frost-Hollow Hall. These fantastic novels are cleverly linked to the tales that are told in When We Were Warriors; making each story all the more magical.
Varjak Paw by SF Said
(suggested for 11+)
Who said that the protagonist had to be a human? Varjak Paw is a cat, and a very special one at that: follow him as he takes on the big city and you’ll see why. With danger lurking around every street corner, Varjack must use his skills as a fighter to overcome the obstacles that he faces on his daring and eventful quest.
A fantasy tale full of action, boys and girls alike will be on the edge of their seats eagerly reading on and rooting for Varjack as he battles through the concrete jungle.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
(suggested for 16+)
One for the older teenagers, this feel-good romantic comedy will lift their spirits and have them giggling away – which is exactly what they need to distract them from any GCSE or A Level exam stress!
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged offers readers an insight into the modern world of Muslim dating and marriage. In a style reminiscent of the brilliant Bridget Jones’s Diary, readers follow the dating experiences of Sofia, a Muslim woman living and working in London. A funny and heart-warming masterpiece that is completely unique in its own right and a Cityread London pick for 2019.
What are you waiting for? Add them to your school library ASAP!
By Eleanor Blake