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)
Tuck everlasting
by Natalie Babbit (1975)

Cloud busting
by Malorie Blackman (2004)

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes
by Eleanor Coerr (1977)
Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech (2002)

The snow goose
by Paul Gallico (1940)

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

Two weeks with the queen
by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

The long walk
by Kerry Greenwood (2004)

The silver donkey
by Sonya Hartnett (2004)

by Robert Hoge (2015)

I am David
by Anne Holm (1963)

Kensuke's kingdom
by Michael Morpurgo (1999)

by Gary Paulsen (1989)
First book in the Hatchet series

 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)

by Tim Winton (1997)

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

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)


The endless steppe
by Esther Hautzig (1968)

Red sky in the morning
by Elizabeth Laird (1988)

Sky hawk
by Gill Lewis (2011)
Chinese Cinderella
by Adeline Yen Mah (1999)

by Michael Morpurgo (2010)

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

Someday Angeline
by Louis Sachar (1983)

The little prince
by Antoine de Saint Exupery (1943)

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

Geek girl
by Holly Smale (2013)
First book in the Geek girl series

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)

   The happiness quest
by Richard Yaxley (2018)


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)