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Book: Kensuke's Kingdom
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Age: 8+

I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven't got your safety harness on, you haven't got your lifejacket on. You shouldn't be doing this... I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream.
Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...
Michael Morpurgo was awarded an OBE in 2006 and is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Award. Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

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Book : The Journey to the River Sea & The Star of Kazan
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Age : 9+

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.

In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams of the day when her real mother will come to find her. And sure enough, one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the door. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has come to claim her daughter, who is, in fact, a Prussian aristocrat and whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family . . .

Eva Ibbotson's hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old. She has written for both adults and children aged 7-14. Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and the Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, was runner-up for the Whitbread Award and Guardian Fiction Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal


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