East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Once on a time there was a poor husbandman who had so many children that he hadn’t much of either food or clothing to give them.

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This book is a collection of traditional fairy tales from Scandinavia, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Containing such beloved tales as East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon and The Three Billy-Goats Gruff it can be read for free on any ereader.

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.

Plot

Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad’s attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.

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In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

In Darkling Wood Emma Carroll

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

At 3.23 a.m. the hospital call to say a heart’s been found.

Plot

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

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The Phantom Toolbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Toolbooth

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always.

Plot

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .

 

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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna Eleanor Porter

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning.

Plot

When her father dies, Pollyanna is sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly. She is poor, orphaned and alone but Pollyanna just feels lucky to have an aunt at all. The truth is that her dear father, before he died, taught her a trick for life – the ‘Glad Game’ – the aim of which is to find the good in every bad situation. Before long, Pollyanna’s sunny outlook has brightened up the whole town. But when a horrible accident occurs can the Game save Pollyanna?

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R J Palacio

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.

Plot

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

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The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning Book Cover

Rating: 4 Stars

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.


Plot

The Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and Sunny are shattered when their parents die in a fire. They feel even worse when they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a distant relative that lives in a dingy house, gives them hard chores to do and treats them terribly. He has only one goal: to get his hands on the Baudelaire’s fortune.

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