Category Archives: Booklist Lower KS2

Yeh-Shen the Chinese Yeh-Shen Cinderella story from China Retold by Ai-Ling Louie illustrated by Ed Young

This version of Cinderella has all the basic events and characters we know and love but set in the context of early Chinese society. When the beautiful Yeh-Shin’s mother dies her father remarried a woman who already had her own … Continue reading

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Lola and the Rent-A-Cat by Ceseli Josephus Jitta

Death and loving relationships between elderly people are subjects rarely tackled in children’s books. But this book manages to tackle both well. Lola and her husband John have been together for fifty-six years and have had a warm and caring … Continue reading

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Moon Pie by Simon Mason

Several 21st century issues experienced by some young children run through this novel. The rights of the child, parent and grandparents are brought into conflict as a young family come to terms with the aftermath of the death of a … Continue reading

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Disgusting Dave and the Flesh-Eating Maggots by Jim Eldridge

Much to my amazement I really enjoyed reading about Disgusting Dave’s antics as he gets himself in and out of a number of scrapes. Disgusting Dave loves learning about the gory side of nature and he is busy watching a … Continue reading

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Tree Soup by Joel Stewart

Stanley Wells has persuaded his parents to let him sleep in the old caravan in the garden; this allows him to escape from the mayhem created by the twins and the fate of his family when they mysteriously turn into … Continue reading

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RATS! by Pat Hutchins

Ever wanted a pet so desperately that you schemed and plotted to get your parents to agree to you having one. If yes you will empathise with the main character of this story, Sam. Sam is determined to have a pet rat and buys … Continue reading

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The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland and Tatsuro Kiuchi

Set against the background of the Vietnamese civil war we have a young girl who has to flee her country to escape possible persecution, taking with her a Lotus seed, a symbol of a lost way of life. This young … Continue reading

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