Category Archives: Family Relationships

A compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War

Title: Private Peacefulpp.jpg

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Link: http://amzn.to/2py6KHh

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Key Stage 3

Key themes: horrors of war, injustice, childhood, loss of innocence, friendship, family loyalty.

Teaching ideas: exploring narrative structure and voice; research/presentations World War 1; exploring pivotal/key life experiences as stimulus for writing; report/article writing; diary writing as character; drama activities (such as role play and hot seating).

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

Title: Bog Child

Author: Siobhan Dowdbogchild.png

Link: http://amzn.to/1XGzwBO

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.

Great awareness-raiser for Autism/Asperger’s, with unique narrative style

Title: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Link: http://amzn.to/1XGxOjGcurious incident

Suitable KS/Age/Year: Key Stage 3

Key themes: Autism, Asperger’s, stereotypes, individuality, bullying, death, family relationships.

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).


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: http://amzn.to/1XJYd0tBoys 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.