Books for 10 – 12 years
When Marnie was There
By Joan G Robinson (Lion) or Collins
This is one of the books I saved from when I was a child to share with my children one day. I recently re-read it and was reminded of the beautiful and eloquent way it captures loneliness and isolation in children. It’s currently been made into a Japanese movie (!) which tells you a little about how unusual it is.
Anna is a lonely young orphan sent to live with foster parents who are kind but unable to penetrate her thick wall of sadness and introspection. Anna does not care for anything, she is indifferent to the girls at school who don’t invite her to play, and she is almost deadened to her feelings. She doesn’t expect to make friends – she has decided she is always on the outside. Read more
So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.