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Street Child

Berlie Doherty

This novel is a very popular choice for KS2 classes. Loosely based on a true story, Street Child is the inspirational tale of a poor Victorian boy fighting for survival on the grim streets of Victorian London. The novel is full of suspense and is a gripping read that will captivate pupils and teachers alike. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond guide (click to see on Amazon) available. 

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Gaslight

Eloise Williams

A change from the many stories set in Victorian London, this popular new novel finds its setting in nineteenth-century Cardiff. With a gripping plot from start to finish, this book tells the story of a young girl called Nansi, who tries to survive the bleak reality of being impoverished and female in the perilous streets of Victorian England. We love the cast of characters and the richly evocative.

 

 

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Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story

E. L. Norry

VOICES is an exciting narrative non-fiction series that celebrates the lives of BAME protagonists during key eras of British history, for children aged 8+. The third book in the series, Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story, tells the story of Ted, the mixed-race son of Pablo Fanque (the first recorded black circus owner in Britain) and his introduction to life with the circus. This is a gripping adventure that examines attitudes to race in the Victorian period.

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight

Christopher Edge

Set in Victorian times, this story by popular middle-grade author Christopher Edge follows the adventure of Penelope Tredwell, a 13-year-old writer who battles to determine what is happening to Bedlam madhouse's patients as they continue to wake up at the same time each night and produce cryptic messages. The story is full of twists and turns that leave readers guessing what is going to come up next.

Cogheart

Peter Bunzl

This deservedly popular novel draws it readers into a fantastical imagining of Victorian London, capturing its obsession for all things mechanical. Follow the adventures of Lily, a feisty young girl who undertakes an exciting adventure to find the truth about her father’s disappearance. With a little help from some unlikely friends, Lily navigates a world of treacherous villains in a truly gripping race against time. The sequel, Moonlocket (click to see on Amazon), is now also available. 

 

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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens (original author), Karen Donnelly (illustrator), & Gill Tavner (adapter)

Dickens' classic story of Oliver Twist has been retold for primary aged children in a creative and engaging way. This version of Oliver Twist also includes a section of extra information and discussion points about the story in its Victorian context.

Fair's Fair

Leon Garfield

Fair's Fair is the harrowing tale of a Victorian orphan called Jackson who befriends a dog called Growler. Growler brings Jackson a mysterious key and together they set out through the challenging setting of Victorian London on a series of adventures and quests.

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

Lyn Gardner

The murky streets of nineteenth-century London meet the lively Victorian music hall in this gripping historical novel containing murder, mystery and a quest for identity. Rose Campion is an orphan who has been drawn into the glamorous world of musical theatre. One day, when a popular actor mysteriously disappears, the veneer of the colourful music hall scene begins to fall apart and Rose must use all of her skills and resources to face the troubling reality of the crime and grime of Victorian London. Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret is a well-written mystery story suitable for Years 4-6. 

Hetty Feather

Jacqueline Wilson

This story by the popular children's author Jacqueline Wilson has recently been made into a television series on CBBC. Hetty Feather tells the story of a Victorian orphan girl called Hetty and the adventures she has under the strict rule of the matron at the Foundling Hospital where she is sent to learn to become a maid. 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Henry Brook

This is a simplified version of the literary classic, suitable for upper KS2. Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of the legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles? The Hound of the Baskervilles is a really gripping text with a high appeal to boys and if you are looking for mystery, monsters and a little bit of horror, this one is for you!

Punch

Barbara Henderson

Readers of 'Punch' will find themselves quickly immersed in its world of the darkened streets of late Victorian Scotland. The plot moves very rapidly and we were quickly drawn in to the excitement and relentless sense of jeopardy in the story as we followed the adventures of 12-year-old Phineas. After being accused of setting the local market place on fire, Phineas flees and soon finds himself in the company of a travelling puppet show. As Phineas learns the art of puppetry, he feels unsure who he can really trust and begins to confront some difficult memories from his past. There is a real contrast between the sense of darkness that never really leaves Phineas and the gleeful escapism of the travelling show. This text is suitable for upper KS2.

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100 Facts Victorian Britain

Jeremy Smith

This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in 100 Facts Victorian Britain include the workhouse, inventions, food and clothing. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post.

Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller (Biography)

Catherine Wells-Cole

If you are looking for a higher level non-fiction text for guided reading or to inspire biography writing, this one is for you. This is a beautiful biography that includes excerpts from Dickens' personal letters, guides to his major books and the fascinating story of his own rise to fame. Presented with high quality images and a wealth of flaps, folds and envelopes, Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller will keep pupils engaged and interested in this key figure from our literary heritage. 

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Cogheart Peter Bunzl This deservedly popular novel draws it readers into a fantastical imagining of Victorian London, capturing its obsession for all things mechanical. Follow the adventures of Lily, a feisty young girl who undertakes an exciting adventure to find the truth about her father’s disappearance. With a little help from some unlikely friends, Lily navigates a world of treacherous villains in a truly gripping race against time. The sequel, Moonlocket (click to see on Amazon), is now also available. Also featured on: Top Reads for Y6 Fantastic Female Characters Buy on Amazon Gaslight Eloise Williams A change from the many stories set in Victorian London, this popular new novel finds its setting in nineteenth-century Cardiff. With a gripping plot from start to finish, this book tells the story of a young girl called Nansi, who tries to survive the bleak reality of being impoverished and female in the perilous streets of Victorian England. We love the cast of characters and the richly evocative. Also featured on: Top Reads for Y5 Best Books of 2017 Buy on Amazon Street Child Berlie Doherty This novel is a very popular choice for KS2 classes. Loosely based on a true story, Street Child is the inspirational tale of a poor Victorian boy fighting for survival on the grim streets of Victorian London. The novel is full of suspense and is a gripping read that will captivate pupils and teachers alike. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond guide (click to see on Amazon) available. ​ Also featured on: Top Reads for Y6 Buy on Amazon Oliver Twist Charles Dickens (original author), Karen Donnelly (illustrator), & Gill Tavner (adapter) Dickens' classic story of Oliver Twist has been retold for primary aged children in a creative and engaging way. This version of Oliver Twist also includes a section of extra information and discussion points about the story in its Victorian context. Buy on Amazon Fair's Fair Leon Garfield Fair's Fair is the harrowing tale of a Victorian orphan called Jackson who befriends a dog called Growler. Growler brings Jackson a mysterious key and together they set out through the challenging setting of Victorian London on a series of adventures and quests. Buy on Amazon Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret Lyn Gardner The murky streets of nineteenth-century London meet the lively Victorian music hall in this gripping historical novel containing murder, mystery and a quest for identity. Rose Campion is an orphan who has been drawn into the glamorous world of musical theatre. One day, when a popular actor mysteriously disappears, the veneer of the colourful music hall scene begins to fall apart and Rose must use all of her skills and resources to face the troubling reality of the crime and grime of Victorian London. Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret is a well-written mystery story suitable for Years 4-6. Buy on Amazon Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson This story by the popular children's author Jacqueline Wilson has recently been made into a television series on CBBC. Hetty Feather tells the story of a Victorian orphan girl called Hetty and the adventures she has under the strict rule of the matron at the Foundling Hospital where she is sent to learn to become a maid. Buy on Amazon The Hound of the Baskervilles Henry Brook This is a simplified version of the literary classic, suitable for upper KS2. Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of the legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles? The Hound of the Baskervilles is a really gripping text with a high appeal to boys and if you are looking for mystery, monsters and a little bit of horror, this one is for you! Buy on Amazon Punch Barbara Henderson Readers of 'Punch' will find themselves quickly immersed in its world of the darkened streets of late Victorian Scotland. The plot moves very rapidly and we were quickly drawn in to the excitement and relentless sense of jeopardy in the story as we followed the adventures of 12-year-old Phineas. After being accused of setting the local market place on fire, Phineas flees and soon finds himself in the company of a travelling puppet show. As Phineas learns the art of puppetry, he feels unsure who he can really trust and begins to confront some difficult memories from his past. There is a real contrast between the sense of darkness that never really leaves Phineas and the gleeful escapism of the travelling show. This text is suitable for upper KS2. ​ Also featured on: #bookpost Buy on Amazon 100 Facts Victorian Britain Jeremy Smith This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in 100 Facts Victorian Britain include the workhouse, inventions, food and clothing. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post. Buy on Amazon Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller (Biography) Catherine Wells-Cole If you are looking for a higher level non-fiction text for guided reading or to inspire biography writing, this one is for you. This is a beautiful biography that includes excerpts from Dickens' personal letters, guides to his major books and the fascinating story of his own rise to fame. Presented with high quality images and a wealth of flaps, folds and envelopes, Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller will keep pupils engaged and interested in this key figure from our literary heritage.

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