Heart-wrenching, emotional and compelling, or overly
sentimental, navel-gazing and insipid? You make up
mind, but remember, keep those tissues ready!!

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

Love that dog
by Sharon Creech (2001)
First book in the Love that dog series

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

War game
by Michael Foreman (1989)
War horse
by Michael Morpurgo (1982)
First book in the Warhorse series

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
Storm boy
by Colin Thiele (1963)
The story of Tracy Beaker
by Jacqueline Wilson (1991)
First book in the Tracy Beaker series

by Theresa Breslin (1993)
First book in the Kezzie series

The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo (2006)

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)

Lily's crossing
Patricia Reilly Giff (1997)
First book in the Lily's crossing series

Pictures of Hollis Woods
by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002)

Old Yeller
by William Gipson (1956)
First book in the Old Yeller series

When friendship followed me home
by Paul Griffin (2016)
Onion tears
by Diana Kidd (1989)

by Suzi Moore (2013)
Born to run
by Michael Morpurgo (2007)

Dear Olly
by Michael Morpurgo (2000)

The butterfly lion
by Michael Morpurgo (1996)

Dandelion clocks
by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

Charlotte's web
by E.B. White (1952)

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)

Being Miss Nobody
by Tamsin Winter (2017)

Lily and me
by Moses Aaron (1996)
Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
by Judy Blume (1977)
Against the odds
by Marjolijn Hof (2006)

A dog called Homeless
by Sarah Lean (2012)

The dancing bear
by Michael Morpurgo (1994)