Summer holidays are just around the corner and one of the best things about it is that there is lots of time to read awesome books. In your imagination you can travel to far away places, figure out strange mysteries and everyone knows that the books are always better than the movies!
We have compiled some great books that you can borrow from the library.
For ages 9-12 we picked these books with stories from around the world:
The Tiffin: A Novel by Mahtab Narsimhan
The dabbawallas of Mumbai deliver lunches all over the city, and for every six million lunches sent, only one will fail to reach its destination. When a note placed in a tiffin (lunch box) is lost, young Kunal is separated from his birth mother and ends up living as a slave with his foster father. Vinayak, a kindly old dabbawalla, takes Kunal under his wing, helping the boy hatch a plan to reunite with his mother.
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
A riveting memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.
A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.
Somebody Else’s Summer by Jean H. Little
On a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, two girls meet, forming an unlikely friendship. Tall, athletic Samantha is going to spend the summer with a family friend while her father is in South America. Alexis, a shy girl who likes books, is being sent to a horse farm to learn how to ride while her mother and stepfather are travelling in Australia.
By the time their flight lands in Toronto, the girls have hatched their plots. They’re going to trade places for the summer. After all, the people they’re going to visit have never met them, and their parents are far away and hard to contact. But will they manage to pull it off? For how long? And with what consequences?
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye, but after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off—except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.
The Breadwinner Triology by Deborah Ellis
The three books in Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner trilogy bound into one handsome volume Deborah Ellis’s novels The Breadwinner , Parvana’s Journey and Mud City have been a phenomenal success, touching the hearts of readers the world over. Here are the three books bound into one handsome volume — for readers new to Deborah Ellis and for those who would like a collector’s edition for their libraries.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
A Long Walk to Waterbegins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
Please let us know what you think of these books and thank you to Indigo/Chapters for providing the nice summaries for what these books are about.