I am delighted to welcome Rachel Hickman to the blog today for a special guest post to celebrate the release of the glorious ‘One Silver Summer.’ Today Rachel talks about her recommendations for transition books for children moving to secondary school, something which I am really interested in as my daughter will be in year 7 in September. A really wonderful selection, I can’t wait to find out more.
My top 5 books for pre-teens transitioning to Year 7 – Rachel Hickman
A little of everything is good for transitioning readers and sometimes nothing comforts like re-reading books from younger days like Jill Murphy’s WORST WITCH series, or Liz Kessler’s tails of EMILY WINDSNAP; or gulping down a long-running series. But when pre-teens find themselves in scary new places perhaps the best books are those with ‘real’ characters in they can relate to – whose situations are often more perilous than their own.
THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS by new author Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an island adventure about a girl called Isabella Riosse who sets out to save her missing best friend. Following her late mother’s map, her heart – and the words of an ancient myth, Isa discovers the true purpose of her journey: to save the island itself – for beneath the dry rivers and smoky mountains, a fiery legend is stirring … Exciting, magical and inspiring– inside and out – this book won the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2017.
AFTER IRIS by Natasha Farrant Blue Gadsby’s twin sister Iris died three years ago, and since then, her family hasn’t been the same. Her older sister Flora changes her hair colour almost daily; her younger siblings Jasmine and Twig are obsessed with their pet rats; and both of her parents spend weeks away from home – and each other. Blue captures her family’s trials and tribulations in a sequence of film transcripts and diary entries that will make you cry, laugh, and ultimately give thanks for mixed-up families.
THREADS by Sophia Bennett Nonie customises her clothes so she doesn’t look like everyone else. Apart from that, she’s not sure what she’s good at, which is frustrating because her best friend Jenny is about to appear in a Hollywood movie and her friend Edie is top of the class. Life changes for the three friends when they meet a younger girl; a refugee called Crow, sketching a dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum. They discover she’s being bullied and set out to help her. But who’s helping who? And just how far can four friends make a fashion designing dream come true?
THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE by Lauren St John – Casey Blue lives in an East London tower block and dreams of riding in the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a young horse, she’s convinced that he is her chance. But Casey has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with dark eyes. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high Storm can jump, or how fast he gallops, she can never beat the past unless she’s very, very determined.
THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan
Armed with a suitcase and a laundry bag, Kasienka and her mother head for England. At their shabby new home in Coventry, school friends are scarce, but when a boy called William swims into her life, Kasienka learns there might be a way for her to stay afloat. Moving, unsentimental and unusually told in verse, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage can win.
And one for luck . . .
THE WOLF PRINCESS by Cathryn Constable
Sophie dreams of being someone special. On a school trip to Russia, she and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and white wolves howl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets. Thrilling and dreamy, and set in the coldest place in the world this is a mesmerising story of friendship and destiny.
Thank you to Rachel for stopping by the blog today you can read my review of ‘One Silver Summer’ over on the blog. ‘One Silver Summer’ is released tomorrow on the 25th May and is available from all good book shops or online.