Still looking for something to read? Here we have Mrs Paterson’s picks! You’ll recognise themes of survival, power, and destiny running through all these books. The characters in these stories overcome fear, learn the importance of curiosity, and the search for truth.

  1. His Dark Materials trilogy
    Philip Pullman
    Not long after Lyra Belacqua witnesses a plot to poison her uncle, the adventurer Lord Asriel, her friend Roger is kidnapped by the ‘Gobblers’. These events lead Lyra on an epic adventure that enters parallel universes and spans three amazing books! 
  2. The invention of Hugo Cabret
    Brian Selznick
    Orphaned Hugo lives an anonymous life within the walls of a train station, until his biggest secret is jeopordised by his relationship with the cranky old man who runs the toy repair booth.
  3. The book thief
    Marcus Zusak
    Liesel Meminger is a nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany during World War II. Her family hide a Jewish man named Max, who teaches Liesel to read in secret.The curious incident of the dog in the night time
  4. Mark Haddon
    When Christopher Boone discovers the neighbour’s dog speared by a garden fork, he decides to investigate the dog’s death and record his experiences as a murder mystery novel.
  5. The life of Pi
    Yann Martel
    Young Pi Patel survives disaster at sea only to find himself sharing the lifeboat with an assortment of zoo animals, including a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Originally published on Blogger on 21/02/2016

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