10 year olds and dating
The benefits of making books an integral part of your children’s lives are too long to list here.But just to name a few, it can boost their learning potential, help build the bonds between you and them (especially if you read together), improve their communication skills, enhance their logical thinking skills, help put them in other people’s shoes, increase their concentration skills and - perhaps most importantly of all – remind them that reading fiction is one of life’s greatest joys.
‘But I still have to remind her to do the dishes, and she still has the cheek to complain if we forget to buy her make-up remover when we do the weekly shop.’Far from being a teenager, my friend’s daughter is 28.Although be warned: it takes a dark turn thanks to the time-twisting plot. The Great Fire Dogs by Megan Rix: £5.99, Puffin This is an engaging tale for animal lovers to read in the anniversary year of the Great Fire of London.The story focuses on two best friends, Woofer, who is a loveable stray dog working in the palace kitchen, and Tiger Lily, the spoiled pooch of King Charles II.Read on to find out our favourites for eight to 12-year-olds. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney: £12.99, Penguin The latest book in this best-selling series will no doubt fill many a Christmas stocking this year. The Accidental Secret Agent by Tom Mc Laughlin: £6.99, Oxford University Press Writer and illustrator Tom Mc Laughlin spent ten years as a political cartoonist before winning children over with The Accidental Prime Minister, the comical story of a 12-year-old who unintentionally becomes prime minister.In this adventure, Greg finds an old video camera in his basement and with the help of his best friend, Rowley, he hatches a plan to make a scary movie, with the ultimate goal of making his fortune. This is the follow up, which relates the entertaining antics of a schoolboy who turns into a spy by accident. Seb and his sister Ivy are taken to a secret city called Lundinor, set beneath the streets of London.Cowell addresses some big issues in this magical and mysterious tale that is bound to become a modern classic. The War Next Door Phil Earle: £6.99, Orion Children’s Books Demolition Dad and Superhero Street author Phil Earle has written this brilliant third book, which is all about Masher – the bully of Storey Street.
But then a young girl called Jemima moves in next door and starts to make him look like a bit of a wimp. This is a hilarious book that encourages children to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine: £6.99, Egmont UK Ltd If your child has enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson or Enid Blyton, then this book is a must.
While their fathers had no choice but to find the best job they could and get on with it, too many young people today decide instead to continue studying, drift into travelling, are reluctant to make an emotional commitment to the opposite sex and often take the attitude that they work to live, not the other way around.
But then we have a Prime Minister who has spoken eloquently on the virtue of getting that balance right.
It’s a unique and vivid story from an award-winning author. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce: £12.99, Pan Macmillan The inspiration for this novel is Laika, a stray dog from Moscow sent up to space by the Russians in rocket Sputnik II in 1957. A wonderful and exciting story about friendship and appreciating what you have. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar: £7.99, Walker Books Ltd The relationship between grandchild and grandparent isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, so it’s refreshing to come across this novel in which 12-year-old Carol isn’t exactly thrilled about being hauled away from friends and pool parties to move her mentally ill grandfather into a care home.
But what follows in this skilfully written, debut, coming-of-age novel is Carol surprising herself as she sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as her grandfather’s madness.
The forces of evil are closing in fast in a world where nothing is quite as it seems, and the duo must unlock a family secret or risk never seeing their parents again.