Here is a list of seven novels that I have really enjoyed reading and discussing with children over the last few years.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg
When Claudia decides to run away from home she does it in style - and runs away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Bod is a normal boy, except for the fact that he lives in a graveyard, being educated and raised by ghosts.
Holes by Louis Sacher
Stanley Yelnat's life in a juvenile detention centre - a great story about friendship.
The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf
Poland 1921 - Devorah's incredible journey seeking safety in a new land
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
Dennis lives in a boring house in a boring street - but discovers what happens when you open your mind
Across a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
Two stories in one - an adventure that sweeps around the world.
Firmin by Sam Savage
The story of a literary rat