Wow, difficult to get it down to five. There are so many, Danny Champion of the World is a classic. The Fantastic Mr Fox is just that, fantastic. The Phantom Tollboth by Norton Juster is pure genius and I couldn't possibly miss out Robert Arthur's Three Investigators. More recently my kids introduced me to the wonderful work of Jonny Duddle.
Humour, wonderfully drawn characters blended with a fat dose of Tolkein''s erudition. People obsess on LOTR and forget he wasn't all 9 hour epics. Also Catch 22, Dune (or God Emperor), The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. Err, is that five?
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Is the old railway tunnel really haunted? Has Arthur really seen a ghosttrain? John and Susan have been warned to stay away but when Arthur disappears they have no choice but to try to find him. Reading age 3.8. Get this book for $0.99 while it is on pre-order!
Michael and his granddad shared a passion for trainspotting that his parents can't understand. But now the railway and granddad are gone, and Michael struggles to come to adjust. Things come to a head when his parents clear out granddad’s old cottage. A haunting emotional journey. Reading grade 3.0.
Susan loves holidays on Granny's farm with its woods and caves, and this year her younger brother is old enough to come too. But the children are horrified when they find nasty Mr. Mustard wants to buy the farm. Who is he and what does he really want? Soon the race is on to stop him.