Category Archives: Challenging/mature themes

A spellbinding journey of teen self discovery set against the backdrop of conflict

Title: Bog Child

Author: Siobhan Dowdbogchild.png


Suitable KS/Age/Year: Year 9 (mature)

Key themes: political conflict (N.Ireland), prejudice, adolescence, life choices, friendship, loyalty, sacrifice.

Teaching ideas: exploring narrative styles; visual representations of experience as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; rewriting events from perspective of different characters; drama activities (such as thought tracking).

Challenges: mature themes (sex); lengthy.


Got a an able, mature Year 9 class? This will provide a good level of challenge.

Title: Boys Don’t Cry

Author: Malorie Blackman

Link: Don't Cry

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Year 9

Key themes: homosexuality, homophobia, teenage pregnancy and parenting, family relationships, bereavement

Teaching ideas: debate; TV Talk Show; Courtroom Custody Scene; report/article writing, informative writing and writing/speaking to argue/persuade

Challenges: mature, complex themes; lengthy.