"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane", by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline - a self-centred toy bunny loves only himself, until separation from his owner sets him on the road to compassion.
"Matilda", by Roald Dahl - Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary child with thoroughly ordinary and rather unpleasant parents, who are contemptuous of their daughter's prodigious talents. But underestimating Matilda proves to be a huge mistake, as they, along with her vile headmistress Miss Trunchbull, are soon to discover. With the lovely Miss Honey on her side, Matilda refuses to be anyone's victim.
"Holes", by Louis Sachar - When Stanley is sent to the boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, it doesn't take him long to realize there's something else going on. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?
"The Boy in the Dress", by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake - Dennis lives in a blokey house with his father and brother, and has a passion for soccer and "Vogue" magazine. When his fashion-mad friend Lisa convinces him to wear a dress to school, life will never be boring again. Moving and hilarious in turn, it's like "Billy Elliot" without the swearing. Brilliant.
"A birthday in the life of Ozzie Kingsford", by Val Bird ; illustrated by Rebecca Cundy - Ozzie Kingsford is celebrating his eleventh birthday and, with his mate Fletch, the family is heading off to Cracker Beach for the day. Will things go according to plan? Is there a happy ending? Or is misfortune waiting around each and every corner?.
"Crenshaw", by Katherine Applegate - In her first novel since winning the Newberry Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable magical story about family, friendship, and resilience. Is an imaginary friend enough to save a family from losing everything?
"Fantastic Mr Fox", by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake - When Mr Fox steals food from filthy rotter farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, they concot a plan to flush him and his family out of their home; but they don't realise how truly fantastic Mr Fox is.