Whinfell's Class Books  

Autumn 1 - Goodnight Mister Tom

Set during World War II, Goodnight Mister Tom features a boy abused at home in London who is evacuated to the country at the outbreak of the war. In the care of Mister Tom, an elderly recluse, he experiences a new life of loving and care.

Other WWII books to read:

Autumn 2 - Around the World In 80 Days (by Jules Verne)

Around the World in Eighty Days  is a classic adventure novel. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. Accompanied by Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 1872, and is due back at the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, Saturday, December 21, 1872. Will he make it back in time to win the bet?

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Other books by Jules Verne:

Watch the trailer for the film:

Watch Michael Palin's own trip around the world in 80 days:


Spring 1 - Pig Heart Boy (by Malorie Blackman)

Cameron desperately needs a new heart when he is offered the opportunity to take part in a radical and controversial experiment involving the transplant of a pig's heart. While Cameron soon comes to terms with the idea, he finds the world around him less accepting.

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Spring 2 - Just So Stories (by Rudyard Kipling)

These witty stories were originally told by Rudyard Kipling to his own children. In them he gives fanciful accounts of how and why things came to be as they are.

Generations of children have delighted to learn how the Leopard got his spots, how the Elephant's Child on the banks of the great grey-green Limpopo acquired his trunk with the help of the Crocodile, and the beginning of the Armadillos.

Other books by Rudyard Kipling:


Summer 1 - A range of different  texts


Summer 2 - Wonder (by R. J. Palacio)

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. Wonder, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. 

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Other books about being different: