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Books for children in Year 4, 5 and 6

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Books for children in Years 4, 5 and 6

We have been running a Book Club for years 4, 5 and 6 for at least 4 years now and have read some fantastic and some not-so-fantastic books… 

We often get asked for book recommendations for children in this age group – so here is a list of books that have been popular with the children at The Story Room Book Club. The books highlighted in gold were the children’s absolute favourites leading them to read other books by the same author.  We also discuss poems, stories and books, and make reading suggestions for the children, in all of our creative writing workshops too.

Sky Song – Abi Elphinstone   

Shadow – Micheal Morpurgo  

Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver  

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell  

The Magician’s Nephew – C.S.Lewis

Mary Poppins – P.L Travers 

Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce 

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling 

Emil and the Detectives –  Erich Kastner

Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter 

Beetle Boy – M.G. Leonard 

A Dog called Grk – Joshua Lacey  

Private Peaceful – Micheal Morpurgo

Street Child – Berlie Doherty

The Boy Called Christmas –  Matt Haig

Groosham Grange – Anthony Horowitz

Cogheart – Peter Bunzl

Coraline  – Neil Gaiman

Time Train to the Blitz – Sophie Mackenzie

Harriet The Spy  – Louis Fitzhugh

Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat – Ursula Moray Williams

Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Falcon’s Malteser – Diamond Brothers – Anthony Horowitz

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier 

The Last Wild – Piers Torday 

Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

Once – Morris Gleitzman

The Switch – Anthony Horowitz

The Accidental Prime Minister –  Tom McLaughlin

Skellig – David Almond

Scary Tales, Home Sweet Horror – James Preller

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

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Proud Moment

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Ok… so this requires a DRUM ROLL… as you all know we are proud of what all the children write at The Story Room and we all work hard on building their confidence and ability as writers. Jessica has been coming to The Story Room since she was little. She has always been an absolute pleasure to write with and it has been a privilege to watch her grow as a writer.  Two years ago she came second in The Readers Digest 100 words competition with The Puppy’s Music story which she wrote at The Story Room – as usual she did not see the absolute wonder of what she had written! This year we ran a poetry session where the children were encouraged to enter their poems into competitions. Jessica Warren (rather effortlessly, we have to say!!) wrote two poems… submitted them to The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 and DRUM ROLL…. out of thousands (lots of thousands!!) of entries she was selected as one of 85 commended Poets for this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.…/foyle-young-poets-of-the-yea…. We are so so proud of Jessica. She deserves the recognition for her work and we hope that this is the beginning of a writing career for her… if only she knew how good she was!!! We hope she does now. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl. She’s a regular teen (a cool, lovely one!)who loves writing…. So it is great that she has been commended for her work. WELL DONE JESSICA, it is a privilege to be with you on your writing journey!

Varjak Paw – Book Recommendation

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Dear SF Said,

We recently read Varjak Paw in our Book Club for school years 4 to 6 and they all really enjoyed it. It was a very popular choice and was received and read with much enthusiasm.

I promised to send you some of our Book Clubber’s questions and comments… so here goes….

  • I thought Varjak Paw was a good book. Do you have children? If so, do you ever read your stories to them?
  • I really like Varjak Paw. It was really exciting and fun. I especially loved ‘the way’. It was so cool how Varjak could do lots of amazing things. I will read your other books. Maybe Sally Bones gets territorial and they have battled but Varjak find out that there is another skill in the ‘they way of Jalal’ that has been buried in history.
  • I thought the book was brilliant I thought that the action was amazing and the mystery bits added tension. I would rate it 9/10
  • I would rate Varjak Paw by SF Said (3 stars out of 5) Because you didn’t know much about the mysterious lady. How did she die? Or the man? Why did he want to turn the cats into robots?
  • I think Varjak Paw is very interesting when he went from a boring life as a pet into a wild cat. He was very clever at finding out that the gentlemen were dangerous.  I think Holly is a very important because she told Varjak Paw that the vanishings were happening.
  • I couldn’t put Varjak Paw down. I loved it!

Thank you for reading our comments and writing such a wonderful book.

Kind regards,

The Story Room.


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WOW! What wonderful stories and poems were entered into The Story Room Summer Competition 2017. Thank you to all who entered their wonderful writing. The standard of the writing was very high and it was not easy to choose the winners but after much discussion,  deliberation and re-reading we did… and DRUMROLL…. we are delighted to announce that the winners of The Story Room Summer Competition are….

IN THE 9-12 category

In 1st place

  • Cem (12) – Lost and Found written in our ‘Lost and Found’

In joint 2nd Place

  • An Nguyen (9) – A Treasure Box written in our Treasures workshop
  • Khalil Suddle (9) – Why, Why Would My job be the Death of Me? written in The Bigger Picture workshop

Our Runner-up

  • Dominic Kamel (10) – The Man in the Attic story written in our ‘Who’s There?‘ workshop

IN THE  5-8 category

In 1st place

  • Emma Simons (8) – In My Treasure Box written in our Treasures workshop

In 2nd place

  • Neil Puthur (7) –  Icyfya and the Greedy Pirate written in our  Building Characters workshop

Our Runner-up

  • Max Charalambous (5 )-  Chocolate Bar Story written in The English Rebellion workshop

ALL THE SUPER WINNING ENTRIES CAN BE READ BELOW! We hope you enjoy the writing as much as we did.


This is Eden – Cem aged 12

Natty comes from Nigeria; she is a second generation immigrant. Her parents moved to the Unitary State of Eden, in the cultural capital of Umsatri. Eden is a free, isolated nation with a population of about 90 million, situated along the coast of Bangladesh. The people are from ethnic groups from all over the world.

Natty’s Diary

My name is Natty. I live in Umsatri, in a small flat in the second district with my friend Dave. I have a job working for the local district council in the humanities department.

I work for my food package which I share with my friend Dane. We share everything and live under the moral code of ‘sharing with those less fortunate’. We have an ideology of mutual utopianism – we are not given money or have belongings for the two morals of Eden state that ‘money is the root of greed’ and ‘owning possessions is forbidden until rights are universal’

Laws can be manipulated by governments; Eden has no laws, only codes.

But I have broken a code. Before my mother left Nigeria she made a ring of beads, not telling my father.

She passed it onto me.

If the moral enforcers find out I am owning something, I will be in so much trouble.

I understand that clinging to possessions makes it easy for others to manipulate us- but I loved my mum and I don’t want to give up ‘my’ ring of beads….

It is hard to live in Eden.


An Nguyen aged 9 inspired by Norman Rockwell’s painting Grandpa’s Treasure Chest




Why, Why Would My job be the Death of Me?- Khalil aged 9

Once upon a twilight there lived a man. This man was a video game tester, his name was Criston. Criston lived on a tall hill called Parkway. He owned a tiny property that could only fit one room. Criston had made a games room. A tiny TV, a red couch and a game console was all he needed.

2666 The second Fire of London…

People fled in terror from the fire. But the man didn’t . He did live in London but when you live on a 60ft high hill you are not really caught by the fire. So, the man carried on his daily life.

Video game test

Chicken Takeaway

Video game test

Video game test

Video game test

He was just about to test another video game when…

“Ow!”cried Criston. “My back, my arms, my legs, my feet, my hands, what’s happening?” he shouted.

He was now trembling in great pain. He just about managed to call the ambulance and they rushed him to hospital.

The next day he found out that his eyes had been critically damaged, his fingers were fractured and the rest of his body was falling to bits. All the video gaming had done this to him. It didn’t help that the hospital had been on fire.

Later, when he had just managed to get home he lay on his couch and said his last words: ‘Why, why would my job be the death of me?”


The Man in the Attic – Dominic Kamel aged 10

I stepped into the empty, eerie room. The attic to my new house was stranger and emptier than I had expected. The floorboards creaked under my weight and a shattered mirror glistened in the moonlight, shining like every star in the dark sky. The arms of trees hit the cracked windows menacingly. The ominous, ice-cold breeze made every hair stand on end on my shivering, shaking arms. Rotten smelling wood was scattered across the old battered floor. Soft, silky cobwebs stroked my skin. Hearing a scrambling mouse scuttling out of the room gave me a big fright. The horrible stench of a rotten carcass of an animal filled my nostrils. I could taste old dust in my mouth clogging up my throat, making it harder to breathe. I heard an owl twooting in the distance.

Suddenly, I noticed an old man, with a pale white face. He wore a green and dusty lice-infested hat. Clothed in a suit (that was much smarter than he was) he gave me a deathly stare. Then, in a low grunt, he whispered “What do you want?”


In My Treasure Box…  Emma Simon aged 8

In my treasure box I will put:
One ridiculous rose
Two fragile fungi
Three priceless pigs
Four courageous coins
Five monstrous marbles
Six ancient apples
Seven awesome animal droppings
Eight borrowed butterflies
Nine dangerous daisies
Ten splendid slimes. 

And I’ll hide it  under a precious flower pot. 


Icyfya and the Greedy Pirate – Neil Puthur  aged 7

Once lived a robot called Icyfya. He had a gold coloured head which he could break open to make fake gold and had two wings (one red and one blue). The red shoots fire, the blue ice. His scales were very delicate.

One day he was on a cliff (with some riches) and as soon as he got there he kicked his head open for the riches.  His head turned into fake gold which landed with the riches hiding Icyfya’s body.

Along came a greedy pirate and soon he was about to touch the treasure. Icyfya shot fire into his face.

“OK, OK” said the pirate, “I won’t steal any more treasure, now can you let me go?”

“OK,” Icyfya replied. “But I’ll be watching you.”

And that is how Icyfya ensured that the pirate did not steal treasure.

The End.


Chocolate Bar Story  – Max Charalambous aged 5

One day we were going to have a picnic on Mars. I am a smartie!  I built a Double Decker Rocket Rocky Ride. I went to pick up my friend, then we went to Milky Way. I whispered to my friend,  “this is fun”. I boosted the rocket and it flew off and twirled around.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! We really enjoyed reading your stories.

See you all soon.