children's books for developing emotional intelligence - ages 9 to 11 years

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The stories here are not only good reads, but they are also a great starting point for discussion about emotional, moral and social issues. They can be used as a starting point for group discussions,  social studies, or circle time.

This list is updated regularly, so come back soon! We welcome suggestions for our list from practitioners, so feel free to email Nicola with book title, author, and a brief review of any books that you find useful for the development of EQ.

The Allotment Ghost and Other Adventures - The Double Dare Gang  Stephen Bowkett

The Double Dare Gang books are an integral part of ALPS StoryMaker. Extracts and examples from these books are used in the StoryMaker manual to exemplify many of the accelerated learning techniques. These are regular kids from an regular town who have the most wonderful adventures. What is the test that Steve must pass to join the DDG? What terrible monster lies in wait in Old Man Jones's allotment? How does Anna prove herself to be braver and cleverer than the rest of the kids in the group? These are exciting stories with lots of scope for discussion of wider issues.

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The Frankenstein Steps and Other Adventures - The Double Dare Gang  Stephen Bowkett

TThe Double Dare Gang books are an integral part of ALPS StoryMaker. Extracts and examples from these books are used in the StoryMaker manual to exemplify many of the accelerated learning techniques. These are regular kids from an regular town who have the most wonderful adventures. What is the test that Steve must pass to join the DDG? What terrible monster lies in wait in Old Man Jones's allotment? How does Anna prove herself to be braver and cleverer than the rest of the kids in the group? These are exciting stories with lots of scope for discussion of wider issues.

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The Story of Tracy Beaker  Jacqueline Wilson

Tracy Beaker's story, which is told in the first person by the infuriating and loveable 10-year-old Tracy, is a wonderfully funny and thought- provoking slice of life in a children's home. Tracy, as she herself tells us, has had a hard time. She's been fostered a number of times but it's never worked out. Now she dreams of her glamorous mother coming to fetch her and spends her time, when she's not quarrelling with the other children, writing her life story. And then one day, Cam, a real writer, visits the home and after a rocky start, she and Tracy really hit it off. This highly accomplished, prolific, prizewinning author is outstandingly successful in dealing with painful social and personal problems in a realistic, funny, touching and highly memorable way.

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The Swap  George Layton

Life in a town in the north of England in the 1950s can be tough on a lad. This lad especially. At home, his mom is always embarrassing him, his dad is not around, and money is scarce. At school, the bully is always thumping him, and his best friend, Tony, is put into a different classroom; and the class scapegoat is always making him feel guilty. The one time he actually sticks up for someone, he ends up getting sent to the principal. Lots of issues that older children will recognise and want to discuss.

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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story  Beverley Naidoo

Frightened that their baby sister will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother. On their journey they encounter the realities of aparteid - the pass laws, Bantusans, racism and the breakdown of family life. A moving, inspiring story to spark discussion about issues such as equality, loyalty and justice.

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Refugee Boy  Benjamin Zephaniah

Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days together until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah.

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