Feeling glum, bored, braindead, and lazy? Do you need
motivation, meaning and a message to make the most
of the wonder that is life? Read on, get inspired....

The one and only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate (2012)

Cloud busting
by Malorie Blackman (2004)

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes
by Eleanor Coerr (1977)

Joey Pigza swallowed the key
by Jack Gantos (1998)
First book in the Joey Pigza series

by Robert Hoge (2015)

Kensuke's kingdom
by Michael Morpurgo (1999)

 Esperanza rising
by Pam 
Muņoz Ryan (2000)

Roll of thunder, hear my cry
by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)
Second book in the Logan family saga series
Can be read & loved without having read the previous book in this series

Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)

The wild robot
by Peter Brown (2016)
First book in the The wild robot series

The midnight fox
by Betsy Byars (1968)

A Christmas carol
by Charles Dickens (1843)

Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

by Alex Gino (2015)

When friendship followed me home
by Paul Griffin (2016)

Sky hawk
by Gill Lewis (2011)

Someday Angeline
by Louis Sachar (1983)

A long walk to water
by Linda Sue Park (2010)

by Johanna Spyri (1880)

The cay
by Theodore Taylor (1969)
First book in The cay series

Mr Stink
by David Walliams (2009)

Brown girl dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

Lily and me
by Moses Aaron (1996)

The boy who swam with piranhas
by David Almond (2012)

The tiger rising
by Kate DiCamillo (2001)

Boy overboard
by Morris Gleitzman (2002)
First book in the Boy overboard series

The phantom tollbooth
by Norton Juster (1961)