Six best recommended books for children in November

This month we meet Scooter and an alien named Fizzbee!


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 if you would like to recommend a book!

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ISBN: 978-1406396126

An Alien in a Jam Factory

Chrissie Sains (Author)
For 6+ years
The following review is from Kanika who is a coach at Neobael and lives in India:
What comes to your mind when you imagine an alien? Can jam tarts fly? What can aliens and jam have in common?

Think about these questions for a bit, and then, pick up a copy of An Alien in the Jam Factory. Everything you knew about jams, factories and aliens will be turned around on its head in the most enjoyable way possible!

This hilarious book will take you on a mad adventure among unheard of jam flavours. The book features unbelievable inventions, a pet snail, an evil villain, an entirely new and unique extra terrestrial creature and the most endearing, creative and genius hero who happens to have Cerebral Palsy, Scooter!

It is difficult to put the book down once you begin reading it, and even as you find answers to the questions asked above; this book teaches you the most valuable lesson ever - don’t let ANYTHING stop you from chasing your dreams. Bonus - the illustrations are a delight!
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ISBN: 978-1405297691

Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads

Laura Ellen Anderson (Author)
For 6-9 years
The following review is from Amelia who is aged 6 and lives in the UK:
Amelia Fang is a vampire who gets into lots of trouble when she is with her friends. There are lots of books in the series but this is my favourite. In this one, Amelia is looking after her baby brother with her friends. They take him for a walk and leave him while they play a game of zombie tag. When they come back he’s lost in the land that Grimaldi the reaper sends squashed toads to! They have to dress up like toads to rescue him but they almost get stuck there as well. My favourite part is when they save her baby brother because he’s very cute.
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ISBN: 978-0545139700

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling (Author)
For 8+ years
The following review is from Arin who is aged 8 and lives in Singapore:
I like this book because Harry Potter is one of the greatest fantasy and adventuristic characters I have ever seen, and it has the most action. Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry, Ron and Hermione begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown. My favourite part is in Chapter 35 when Dumbledore brings up his fear in facing Grindelwald in their final duel.
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ISBN: 978-0008256944

The 1,000-Year-Old Boy

Ross Welford (Author)
For 9+ years
The following review is from Parin who is aged 11 and lives in Singapore:
The 1000 Year Old Boy is about a boy that survived the last Viking invasion of England. When he escaped, he continued to live as an 11 year old and the story moves to modern times. He makes a few friends, but one of them believes his family uses witchcraft. To find out what happens, you must read the book yourself! In my opinion, the story is really good, and I like it. The story is fast-paced and exciting. This is a must read for 9 and above.
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ISBN: 978-1760786168

The 130-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths (Author)
For 7 - 10 years
The following review is from Ira who is aged 11 and lives in Australia:
The 130-Storey Treehouse is a humorous book, with action. It features Andy, Terry and Jill as they go on an extraterrestrial adventure. The book starts with Andy tackling an annoying fly that buzzes around him. When Terry tries to kill it with his new laser eyes. He sets the tree on fire! Just as Jill comes along, calls the fire brigade and puts out the fires, The whole treehouse gets taken by a ginormous floating eyeball! The Eyeball takes them all through space, finally landing them on a planet shaped like a giant eyeball. They had been chosen to fight in the Intergalactic Space Battle to Death! Will they win and survive or die? Or do they come up with a solution that ends with something entirely different? My favourite part of the book is when they find the Blob happy and alive on Blobdromeda!
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Olivia's Secret Scribbles #5:The Big Chicken Mystery

Meredith Costain (Author)
For 7 - 9 years
The following review is from Julia who is 7 and lives in the Philippines:
Fun and fearless Olivia takes on a challenge from school. Their class is tasked to take care of chicks from incubation when they hatch and eventually when they grow bigger. Olivia is determined to take home two chickens. The problem is she has to convince her parents to allow her to. Olivia is faced with many challenges including building a chicken house. The story gives the reader a lot of problem-solving situations where one’s mind will be put to the test.

The book is wonderfully designed in that it looks like a diary with illustrations and text colored yellow. It surely catches one’s attention and is not the typical book a young one would read.
Elaine Chew
Elaine Chew
Published: November 23, 2021

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What is Neobael Book Club?

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! In addition they share their journey and tips and tricks through a QnA.

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How can parents help their child practice creativity?

Game play can be a fantastic tool to help foster creativity. Try coming up with a story as a family, based on objects you find while on walks or going about day to day life.