King of Shadows

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King of Shadows

by Susan Cooper

Age: 9 +

Interests: theatre, Shakespeare, history, English history, time travel, mystery

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Tom’s Midnight Garden

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Tom’s Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce

Age: 8+

Interests: gardens, history, time travel, England, friendship, magic, mystery, play More

Just In Case

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2007

Just In Case

by Meg Rosoff

Age: 14+

Interests: teen angst, first love, fate, illness, death, coming of age, fashion, loneliness

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The Otterbury Incident

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The Otterbury Incident

by C. Day Lewis

illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

Age: 10+

Interests: mystery, crime, kid detectives, England, action, some violence, school, bad behaviour, money

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The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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The Story of the Treasure Seekers: Being the Adventures of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune

by E. Nesbit

Age: 9+

Interests: siblings, adventure, family, England, treasure, money

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A Grass Rope

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1957

A Grass Rope

by William Mayne

illustrated by Lynton Lamb

Age: (read to) 7+      (independent reading)  9+

Interests: mystery, magic, unicorn, fairies, farm life, England, dogs, history

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The Family from One End Street

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1937

The Family from One End Street

written and illustrated by Eve Garnett

Age: 5+ (read to)

Interests: family, siblings, Great Britain

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The Little White Horse

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WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL – 1946

The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

University of London Press: 1946

238 pages – 12 chapters

Age: 7 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: magic, mystery, animals, castles, princesses, England, aristocracy, religion, family history, romance

NB: This book was adapted into a 1994 BBC series entitled Moonacre and a 2009 movie The Secret of Moonacre.

Next: The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Also by this author: Island Magic

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Boy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood

by Roald Dahl

London: Jonathan Cape, 1984

160 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: biography, history, nonfiction, British boarding schools, family history

Next: Going Solo (the sequel to this book), also War Boy: A Country Childhood by Michael Foreman

Related Posts: A Roald Dahl Reading List

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War Boy: A Country Childhood

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1989

War Boy: A Country Childhood

by Michael Foreman

Pavilion Books, 1989

92 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: history, war, World War II, autobiography, England, airplanes

Next (also by Foreman): War Games: Village Green to No Man’s Land, After the War Was Over

Related Movies: Hope and Glory

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