Each month, the Neobael Book Club recommends 6 of the best books for children aged 6-11. As well as a short review of each book, we recommend our “Book of the Month” and invite an author to virtually visit us @Neobael HQ! As well as sharing their journey and tips and tricks through a QnA, we record a read along so you can immerse yourself in their story! Our reviews are always a community effort so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to recommend a book!
After the War : From Auschwitz to Ambleside
The following review is from Elaine who is the COO at Neobael and lives in Belgium:
After surviving the concentration camps during World War II, three boys find themselves in the lake district in England, beginning the journey of starting anew. What could be a hard topic for young readers is carefully and thoughtfully recounted, balancing the realities of the storyline while being sensitive to the intended age group. This book is a perfect introduction to historical fiction and is a testament to Tom Palmer’s strength as an author. It is a lesson in human resilience, friendship and above all hope. I can’t recommend this book enough.
Journey to the River Sea
The following review is from Annie who is aged 11 and lives in the UK:
This is a story about a girl named Maia and it’s set in the past in 1910. When Maia’s parents die she is sent to live in Brazil with some of her family, but they don’t care about her very much. Instead she makes friends from all over the world and explores the amazon with them. I really liked the descriptions and the adventure.
Doctor Who: The Wonderful Doctor of Oz
The following review is from Kanika who is a coach at Neobael and lives in India:
This captivating read made me wish I was one of the characters in the book! Mysterious, magical, adventurous, and thrilling; Jacqueline Rayner’s foray into the long loved mystical land of Oz will have you turning the pages while you feel ready to fly off the edge of your seat at every exciting turn! Join the Doctor and go exploring the value of your inner qualities like wits, courage, kindness - while understanding the value of friendship and embarking on a quest to save your friends, old and new. It is an action packed union of Doctor Who, a contemporary favourite with young adults and The Wizard of Oz, a classic which has delighted readers for ages. And as the title suggests, it’s quite simply, wonderful. The book makes for a wonderful journey with our beloved Dr Who, while recalling all the admirable characters of Oz. And if those are unfamiliar to you, maybe you can read both! Double delight!
The following review is from Johnny who is aged 9 and lives in Singapore:
Tunnels is a really cool series of books about a boy called WIll who discovers an underground world under his house with his friend Chester. It's the first in a series and the best thing about it is the whole underground world but I also like the characters. Although it's slow at the beginning, it's worth it.
The Secret Lake: A children's mystery adventure
The following review is from Crystal who is aged 8 and lives in Malaysia:
This book is about a brother and sister who lose their dog and find out he is escaping to a secret lake. It’s set during a school holiday and I wish I could go on adventures like that. The coolest thing is the time travel and all of the mystery and the twists. I definitely think you should read it because I really enjoyed this book.
Stig of the Dump
The following review is from Gemma who is a coach at Neobael and lives in the North of Ireland:
Stig of the Dump is a classic children's book which tells a lasting story about friendship and childhood adventures. This is a great book to revisit as an adult while reading to your child, particularly if you remember reading it when you were young. More than anything this book is fun and exciting, and Barney is a fantastic lead character to go on a journey with.