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Favourite Five Archive

The March/April 2006 Favourite 5s were chosen by 13 year old twins Alphie and Grace with a distinct lack of overlap!

Grace's list was
1: Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
2: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
3: Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird
4: And That's When it Fell Off in my Hand.. Louise Rennison
5: Holes by Louis Sachar

Alphie's was
1: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
2: Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
3: Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
4: Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons
5: Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve

11 year old Katy supplied the September/October 2005 list, together with the reasons for her choices:

1: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessan
    - A funny and typical love story with a few twists

2: Zara by Mary Hooper
   - Creepy but tells the truth about school friendships

3: Last Chance by Sarah Dessan
    - tells you to be yourself

4: PS. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
   - a story about two soulmates and death

5: Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison
   - hilarious.

Jos, aged 12, gave us his list for July 2005

1: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
2: Darren Shan Series by Darren Shan
3: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
4: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
5: Animorphs by K. A. Applegate

Thanks to 10 year old Sam for the June 2005 list.

1: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
2: Northen Lights by Philip Pullman
3: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
4: Dusk by Susan Gates
5: Public Enemy Number Two by Antony Horowitz

12 year old Grace supplied the list for May 2005

1: Holes by Louis Sachar
2: In Sarah's Shadow by Karen McCombie
3: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson quintet by Louise Rennison
4: Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
5: The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The April 2005 list was sent in by Peter, Age 12

1: Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz
2: Mortal by Engines Philip Reeve
3: Holes by Louis Sachar
4: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
5: Terrible Times by Philip Ardagh

The February 2005 list was from 11 year old Katy, (obviously a Judy Bloom fan) who added the reasons she picked the books.

1: The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein
2: Mercy by Caroline B Cooney
3: Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
4: Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
5: Blubber by Judy Blume

THE MOTH DIARIES is spooky and a horror story, but is good because it is mixed with someone's grief.

MERCY is excellent, because it reflects feelings and history really well.

ARE YOU THERE GOD? ITS ME MARGARET is good because it shows what girls are like at eleven to twelve.

STARRING SALLY J FREEDMAN AS HERSELF is really good because though I'm used to reading stories about times like 1947 in England or Germany, I've not read many set in America.

BLUBBER is excellent, because it shows what some kids actually go through in the class room!

The January 2005 list was from Sam, age 10

1: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2: Working with Dragons by Ernest Drake
3: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
4: The Spiderwick Chronicles 2 by Tony DiTerlizzi And Holly Black
5: Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

The November/December 2004 list was from 10 year old Katy .

1:Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
2:Harry Potter 5 by JK Rowling
3:Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
4:Boys on the Brain by Jean Ure
5:Pink Knickers Aren't Cool! by Jean Ure

The October/November 2004 list was from Maddy, age 10

1: SpellFall by Katherine Roberts
2: Harry Potter 5 by J.K Rowling
3: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5: Harry Potter 3 J.K Rowling

The September/October 2004 list was supplied by Tom Pyott, Age: 13

1: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
2: The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
3: Stormchaser by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell
4: Sabriel by Garth Nix
5: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

The August/September 2004 list was from Hannah Worrall, age 14

1: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
2: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
3: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
4: Remeberance by Theresa Breslin
5: Little Love Song by Michelle Magorion

Josh from Worcestershire (age 10) provided the July/August list together with his reasons

  1. JK Rowling's Harry Potter books -they're really exciting because you don't know what's going to happen next
  2. Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories - great becasuse they're so full of adventure
  3. Helen Chapman's 101 Cool Science Experiments - I like doing experiements
  4. JK Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages - fun because it mixes sport and fantasy together
  5. 50 Years of Beano - because it's full of funny stuff that really makes me laugh

The choices for June/July 2004 came from 10 year old Harry.

1. The Sabriel, Lireal and Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix
2. Origins by Kate Thompson
3. The House on Falling Star Hill by Michael Molloy
4. The Aretmis Fowl Books by Eoin Colfer
5. and of course, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling."

10 year old Harry supplied the list for March 2004

1: The 7 Narnia Books by C S Lewis
2: Harry Potter Books (my favs 3 & 4) by J K Rowling
3: The Lord of the by Rings J R R Tolkein
4: Origins by Kate Thompson
5: Artemis Fowl Books by Eoin Colfer

The choices for February 2004 were from 11 year old Emily.

1: Harry Potter (book 3) by J K Rowling
2: Harry Potter (book 1) by J K Rowling
3: Harry Potter (book 4) by J K Rowling
4: Harry Potter book 2) by J K Rowling
5: Harry Potter (book 5) by J K Rowling

The choices for December 2003 were from Jasmine (12).

1: All the books by Anthony Horowitz
2: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3: The Artemis Fowl books by Eion Colfer
4: Skellig by David Almond
5: Dog Tales by Emily Rodda

The wide ranging November 2003 list was supplied by 12 year old Lily

1: The Artemis Fowl books by Eion Colfer
2: Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
3: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5: The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

The October 2003 list came from Charlotte Roden, age: 14

1: Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian
2: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
3: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackmen
4: The Shell House by Linda Newbury
5: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

The September 2003 list was from Zoe Johnson, age 10

1: The Impossible Dinosaur by Glenn Dakin
2: The Naughiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
3: Brer Rabbit's a Rascal by Enid Blyton
4: Sniker the Brownie by Enid Blyton
5: The Lottie Project by Jacqeline Wilson

The August 2003 list was from eight year old Amanda Johnson - aka Panda.

1: The Mum-minder by Jacqueline Wilson
2: The Banana Robber by Enid Blyton
3: Mr.Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter
4: Mr.Majeika and the School play by Humphrey Carpenter
5: Mr.Majeika and the School inspector by Humphrey Carpenter

The July 2003 list was supplied by Maddie Bates.

1: Witch Child by Celia Rees
2: The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
3: Ally's World series by Karen McCombie
4: A Different Life by Lois Keith
5: Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

The June 2003 list was from Minal Samant, age 13

1. Bend It Like Beckham, by Narinder Dhami
2. A Child Called It, by David Pelser
3. Rebecca's World, by Terry Nation
4. Traitor, by Pete Johnson
5. Whatever happened to Mary-Jane?, by Jean Ure

The May 2003 list was from Ruckshana Azeez, age 13

1. White Olleander by Janet Finch
2. The Edge by Alan Gibbons
3. The New Boy by Ruth Thomas
4. Silas Marner by George Elliot
5. The Princess Diaries - Mia Goes Forth by Meg Cabot

The April 2003 list was from Maddie Wilson who is 12. Interestingly, Maddie was our very first contributor over 3 years years before. I've pulled her original choices out of the archive to see how her tastes have changed:

1 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
2 His Dark Materials Books by Philip Pullman
3 Stupid White Men by Micheal Moore (sory not a children's book but it is my fave)
4 Magic series by Edward Eager
5 Horrible Histories/Murderous Maths/The Knowledge books by various authors

In January 2000 they were

1 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
2 First Form at Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton
3 Double Bill: The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jaqueline Wilson
4 Sophie's Adventures by Dick King-Smith
5 The Milly Molly Mandy books by Joyce Lankester Briseley


The February 2003 list was from Cosima age 11:

1: Snake and Other Stories by Roald Dahl
2: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
3: More Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz
4: Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
5: Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

The December 2002 list was from Joshua Briggs, age 9. He wrote,
"I noticed on your favourite books list that only girls have been sending in
there 5 favourites recently. So I thought I'd send you mine (I am a boy).

1. The Toilet Of Doom and other Jiggy Mc Cue storys by Michael Lawrence.
2. Bad Dog and All that Hollywood Hoo Hah by Martin Chatterton.
3. There's A Boy In The Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
4. Just Stupid! by Andy Griffiths.
5. What Howls At the moon in Frilly Knickers? by E.R. Smith.

Joshua also likes all books by J.K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien, Dav Pilkey, Jacqueline
Wilson, and Roald Dahl. [Quite a reader then ! -ed]

The November 2002 list was supplied by 14 year old Kim Jones. Keen readers may have noticed that both the September and October choices were accidentally headed 'September', but we're back on track now.

1: Lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2: Harry potter by J.K.Rowling
3: Double-act by Jacqueline Wilson
4: Angus Thongs & Full Frontal Snoggin by Louise Rennison
5: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The October 2002 list (which was accidentally headed September!) was supplied by 11 year old Harriet:

1: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
2: Matilda by Roald Dahl
3: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
4: The Number Devil by Hans Enzenberger
5: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The September 2002 selection was from 9 year old Phoebe McGoldrick who emailed from France:

1: All the Winnie the Pooh books by A. A. Milne
2: The Witches by Roald Dahl
3: Selby the Talking Dog series by Duncan Ball
4: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
5: All the books by Dick King-Smith

The August 2002 list was from 10 year old Alicia who emailed from Australia

1: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron by Kathleen Duey
2: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
3: Treasured Horse Collection (Series by various authors)
4: Pony Pals (Series) by Jeanne Betancourt
5: Disney Adventures Mag

Thanks Alicia

July's favourite five were taken from year 6 at Turnham Primary school, Lewisham.

1 Twits by Roald Dahl
=2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
=2 Thief by Malorie Blackman
=3 The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
=3 The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
=3 The Railway Children E H Nesbit

Thanks to Lavoye, Hayley, Ayesha, Dolly & Nasro, Karima, Lee, Giselle, Karina, Sameeran, William and Chelsey.

June's favourite five were from 11 year Old Holly Pearson

1 The Horse Healer series by Judy Waite
2 The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
3 The Dick King Smith books
4 Fire Bringer by David Clement Davies
5 Watership Down by Richard Adams

May 2001's favourite five were from 11 year old Chloe Clarke.

1 The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling
2 The Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
3 Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
4 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
5 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The choices for April 2001 were from Paignton Community College and were the result of a vote by Mr. Dyke's English classes 7G2 & 7G4 to find the 'best books of all time'.

1 The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling
2 Matilda by Roald Dahl
3 The Famous Five books byEnid Blyton
4 The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
5 The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

The March 2001 choices were from Kesley Barnes who is in year 6 and clearly likes Jaqueline Wilson!

1 Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
2 Dolphin in the Deep by Lucy Daniels
3 The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
4 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
5 Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson

The January/February 2001 choices were from Christopher Spooner

1 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
2 The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
3 Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
4 .The Worst Witch (all of them) by Jill Murphy
5 The Famous Five (all of them) by Enid Blyton

December's choices were from Mrs. Matthews's Reception class at Alton Convent School

1 The Spot books by Eric Hill
2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
3 Shh! by Sally Grindley
4 My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton
5 Threadbear by Mick Inkpen

October and November's fives were a combined effort from the Sixsmith family; Lucy (12), Ben (9) and Pete (6).

Lucy's Five

1 The Member for the Marsh by William Mayne
2 Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
3 Emma by Jane Austen
4 The Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp
5 Any one of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ben's Five

1 Any book about World War II
2 The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard
3 Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
4 The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson
5 All Goalies are Crazy by Rob Childs

Pete's Five

1 Captain Pugwash's Birthday Cake by John Ryan
2 The Children's Bible
3 Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
4 Captain Pugwash by John Ryan
5 Fox Eyes by Margaret Wise Brown/Garth Williams


September's list was from Kate Stevens who is 13 and lives in New Zealand.

1 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
2 Any book by Sherryl Jordan, especially Secret Sacrament
3 Ticket To The Sky Dance by Joy Cowley
4 Any book by Anthony Horowitz
5 Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

August's favourites were chosen by 7 year old Lucy Copson

1 The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald  
2 Grey Rabbit's Washing Day by Alison Uttley  
3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling  
4 Thursday's Child by Noel Streatfeild  
5 The Puffin Book of Funny Verse edited by Julia Watson  

July's favourites were from Jos Wilson who is 7

1 Stuart Little by E B White
2 Secret Seven Win Through by Enid Blyton
3.   The Beano Book of Amazing Facts by Angela Royston
4 Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter
5 Happy Mouseday by Dick King-Smith 


June's selection was from year 5 at Alton Convent School

1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
2 Charlotte's Web by  E.B. White
Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
3 Bad Girls by Jaqueline. Wilson
4 The Sheep-Pig by  Dick King-Smith
Double Act  by Jaqueline Wilson
The Lottie Project by Jaqueline Wilson
5 Ace by  Dick King-Smith
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Dolphin in the Deep by Lucy Daniels
Buffy the Vampire Slayer


May's selection was from Leo Fitzpatrick, aged 8

1 Pokemon. The Island of the Giant Pokemon.
Adapted by Tracey West 
2 Pokemon. Night in the Haunted Tower
Adapted by Tracey West
3.   The Essential Bond  by Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worall
4 SAS in Action by Chris Chant
5 Star Wars. Episode 1. The Visual Dictionary by David West

April's choice came from the 1st Anstey Brownies, Pax Hill District, North Hants County (ages 7-10 years) who had a tie for third place.

1 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
3.   The Hobbit by Tolkien
3 The BFG by Roald Dahl
5 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

choices were from class 8S at Kitbridge Middle School on the Isle of Wight who sent me a whole pile of their individual selections. These made fascinating reading as they show the wide range of books enjoyed by 13 year olds with established classics, fantasies and tales set in the modern world jostling side by side.  Here are just a few to show you what I  mean.

Rebecca (13)

1 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
2 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
3 The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
4 Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
5 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Katie (13)

1 Mirror Image by Danielle Steel
2 Klone and I by Danielle Steel
3 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling
4 Abomination by Robert Swindells
5 Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindells

Jason (13)

1 The BFG by Roald Dahl
2 Truckers by Terry Pratchett
3 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
4 Biker by John Hardy
5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Sam (13)

1 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
2 Matilda by Roald Dahl
3 Buddy by Nigel Hinton
4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
5 The Narnia Series by CS Lewis

Jach (13)

1 The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
2 Tales from the Wyrd Museum by Robin Jarvis
3 The Deptford Mice by Robin Jarvis
4 The Deptford Histories by Robin Jarvis
5 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling

Hannah (13)

1 Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
2 Watership Down by Richard Harris
3 The Klone and I by Danielle Steel
4 The Ghost by Dannielle Steel
5 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling

choices were the result of a vote by  Gold and Silver classes at Gurnard County Primary School on the Isle of Wight. The 60 children involved are in years 3 and 4 so are aged 8 or 9.  They decided to group similar books together to prevent one or two authors dominating the results.

1 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. 18
2 The Goosebumps books by R L Stine.   7
3 All the books by Roald Dahl    6
4 The Jeremy James books by D. H. Wilson   5
5 A Vampire in the Family by R. Apps.   3

choices were by Maddie Wilson (age 9)
1 The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
2 First Form at Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton
3 Double Bill: The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jaqueline Wilson
4 Sophie's Adventures by Dick King-Smith
5 The Milly Molly Mandy books by Joyce Lankester Briseley


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