Children’s novels, the middle years, 10-13

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This list includes many award-winning titles that are well worth reading on many levels. They deal with important and highly relevant themes, especially  in our uncertain times. These include, friendship and relationships, coming to terms with change and developing a sense of our identity. Strong characters in many of these stories develop courage to speak up or undertake difficult tasks in worlds that are often challenging and unfriendly. 

While recommended for both for readers in the later primary and early secondary years the themes also resonate for adults. These recommendations are listed alphabetically. 


Constable, K. Crow country

A time travel fantasy. Sadie, a young Australian girl, and her mother move to a small...

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