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....

by David Almond (1998)
First book in the Skellig series
Tuck everlasting
by Natalie Babbit (1975)
River boy
by Tim Bowler (1997)
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)
The book of everything
by Guus Kuijer (2004)
by Gary Paulsen (1989)
First book in the Hatchet series

 Esperanza rising
by Pam 
Muņoz Ryan (2000)

Feather boy
by Nicky Singer (2002)

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)


Kit's wilderness
by David Almond (1999)

The weight of water
by Sarah Crossan (2012)

Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
The heaven shop
by Deborah Ellis (2004)

by Alex Gino (2015)

When friendship followed me home
by Paul Griffin (2016)


The endless steppe
by Esther Hautzig (1968)

See you at Harry's
by Jo Knowles (2012)

Red sky in the morning
by Elizabeth Laird (1988)

Sky hawk
by Gill Lewis (2011)
Chinese Cinderella
by Adeline Yen Mah (1999)
by Andy Mulligan (2010)

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

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

My sister lives on the mantlepiece
by Annabel Pitcher (2011)

The little prince
by Antoine de Saint Exupery (1943)

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

Drums, girls, and dangerous pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)

Brown girl dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

   The happiness quest
by Richard Yaxley (2018)

Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)