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â—Š(define-meta title "The 50 Books Every Child Should Read")
â—Š(define-meta published "2011-06-16")
â—Š(define-meta topics "Kindle,ebooks,books")

The Independent recently asked three of Britain’s leading children’s authors and two of their in-house book experts to each pick 10 books, suitable for Year 7 students. Their original list is ◊link[""]{here}.

Unfortunately, in typical traditional-media fashion, they neglected to add any links to any of the books mentioned, losing an obvious opportunity to use the web to both their readers’ and their own advantage. So I have gone through the list and added links to the Kindle editions of every book for which one is available.

I linked to a free edition wherever possible. If a book was not available on the Kindle store, I marked it with an â—Šcolor["red"]{*} asterisk. If you know of a Kindle version of a book I could not find, or of a free or better-formatted edition than the one I have linked, let me know via email or comments!

â—Šsection{Philip Pullman}

◊item{◊amazon["B003B657NK"]{◊emph{Through the Looking Glass}} by Lewis Carroll. Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children’s literature.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B000JQULUE"]{â—Šemph{Pinocchio}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by Carlo Collodi. What effortless invention looks like.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B0045Y15UQ"]{â—Šemph{Emil and the Detectives}} by Erich Kastner. A great political story: democracy in action.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B00R7TESJ6"]{Swallows and Amazons}} by Arthur Ransome. As clear and pure as Mozart.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B003KK5DOK"]{â—Šemph{Black Hearts in Battersea}} by Joan Aiken. If Ransome was Mozart, Aiken was Rossini. Unforced effervescence.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B00DPZN3AQ"]{The Owl Service}} by Alan Garner. Showed how children’s literature could sound dark and troubling chords.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B004IK8Q90"]{â—Šemph{The Phantom Tollbooth}} by Norton Juster. Superb wit and vigorous invention.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B00MLMS9SA"]{Moominsummer Madness}} by Tove Jansson. Any of the Moomin books would supply the same strange light Nordic magic.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["0370009428"]{A Hundred Million Francs}◊color["red"]{*}} by Paul Berna. A particular favourite of mine, as much for Richard Kennedy’s delicate illustrations (in the English edition) as for the story.}
◊item{◊amazon["0316358428"]{◊emph{The Castafiore Emerald}}◊color["red"]{*} by Hergé. Three generations of this family have loved Tintin. Perfect timing, perfect narrative tact and command, blissfully funny.}

â—Šsection{Michael Morpurgo}

â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B003GGSTQ2"]{â—Šemph{The Star of Kazan}} by Eva Ibbotson. The heroine is blessed with such wonderful friends who help her through the twists and turns of this incredible journey.}
◊item{◊amazon["B000JQUKKU"]{◊emph{A Christmas Carol}} ◊color["red"]{(free)} by Charles Dickens. The first few pages were so engaging, Marley’s ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge’s door still gives me the shivers.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B003GK21NK"]{â—Šemph{Just William}} books by Richmal Crompton. These are a must for every child.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B000JQV2K2"]{â—Šemph{The Happy Prince}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by Oscar Wilde. This was the first story, I think, that ever made me cry and it still has the power to make me cry.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B002ZCZ67S"]{â—Šemph{The Just So Stories}} by Rudyard Kipling. The story my mother used to read me most often, because I asked for it again and again. I loved the sheer fun of it, the music and the rhythm of the words. It was subversive too. Still my favourite story.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B000JML7EC"]{â—Šemph{Treasure Island}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by R.L. Stevenson This was the first real book I read for myself. I lived this book as I read it.}
◊item{◊amazon["B000FC0SH8"]{◊emph{The Old Man and the Sea}} by Ernest Hemingway. A classic tale of man versus nature. I wish I’d written this.}
◊item{◊amazon["B00SBSWA10"]{◊emph{The Man Who Planted Trees}} by Jean Giono. A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man’s efforts can change the future for so many.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["0140345434"]{â—Šemph{The Singing Tree}}â—Šcolor["red"]{*} by Kate Seredy. The story of two children who go to find their father who has been listed missing in the trenches of the First World War.}
◊item{◊amazon["B002RKSZT4"]{◊emph{The Secret Garden}} ◊color["red"]{(free)} by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. I love this story of a girl’s life being changed by nature.}

â—Šsection{Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday}

â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B0058RE06K"]{â—Šemph{Refugee Boy}} by Benjamin Zephaniah. Story of a young Ethiopian boy, whose parents abandon him in London to save his life.}
â—Šitem{â—Šamazon["B00MLM9KQU"]{â—Šemph{Finn Family Moomintroll}} (and the other Moomin books) by Tove Jansson. A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B005CRQ4OW"]{Diary of a Wimpy Kid}} by Jeff Kinney. It’s rude, it’s funny and it will chime with every 11-year-old who’s ever started a new school.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["031231616X"]{I Capture the Castle}} by Dodie Smith. Written for a teenage audience but fun at any age.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B0026REBFK"]{The Lord of the Rings}} by J.R.R. Tolkein. Be warned, these tales of hobbits, elves and Middle Earth are dangerously addictive.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B0048ELCL0"]{The Tygrine Cat}◊color["red"]{*}} (and ◊emph{The Tygrine Cat on the Run}) by Inbali Iserles. If your parents keep going on at you to read ◊emph{Tarka the Otter, The Sheep-Pig} and other animal fantasies, do — they’re great books — also try Iserles’ stories about a cat seeking his destiny.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B00OR7XF9U"]{Carry On, Jeeves}} by P.G. Wodehouse. A grown-up book ? but not that grown-up.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B001QWDRZ6"]{When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit}} by Judith Kerr. Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical story of a family fleeing the Nazis in 1933.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000UVBT3G"]{Moving Pictures}} by Terry Pratchett. Elaborate mythological imagery and a background based in real science. If you like this, the Discworld series offers plenty more.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B001V7U6GY"]{The Story of Tracy Beaker}} by Jacqueline Wilson. The pinnacle of the wonderful Jacqueline Wilson’s brilliant and enormous output.}

â—Šsection{John Walsh, author and Independent columnist}

â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000JQU1VS"]{The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Irresistible puzzle-solving tales of the chilly Victorian master-sleuth and his dim medical sidekick.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000FC1MCS"]{The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time}} by Mark Haddon. Age-transcending tale, both funny and sad.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B005SGW806"]{Mistress Masham’s Repose}} by T.H. White. Magical story of 10-year-old Maria, living in a derelict stately home, shy, lonely and under threat from both her governess and her rascally guardian.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000JQUMPI"]{Little Women}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by Louisa May Alcott. Inexplicably evergreen, trend and taste-defying 1868 classic.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["1851459650"]{How to be Topp}â—Šcolor["red"]{*}} by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle. Side-splitting satire on skool, oiks, teechers, fules, bulies, swots.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000TU16GS"]{Stormbreaker}} by Anthony Horowitz. First of the action-packed adventures with 14-year-old Alex Rider.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B00I11F24Y"]{Private Peaceful}} by Michael Morpurgo. “Dulce et Decorum Est” for pre-teens.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B002KP6DXQ"]{Artemis Fowl}} by Eoin Colfer. Lively, amoral, wildly imaginative debut (six more followed) about the money-grabbing master-criminal Artemis, 12. The author called it “◊emph{Die Hard} with fairies.”}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["0099572850"]{The Silver Sword}â—Šcolor["red"]{*}} by Ian Serraillier. Inspiring wartime story of the Balicki family in Warsaw.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["B004G8P0UW"]{Animal Farm}} ◊color["red"]{(free)} by George Orwell. Smart 11-year-olds won’t need any pre-knowledge of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and 1917 to appreciate this brilliantly-told fable.}

â—Šsection{Michael Rosen}

â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B000FC1KGG"]{Skellig}} by David Almond. Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["0747589798"]{Red Cherry Red}â—Šcolor["red"]{*}} by Jackie Kay. A book of poems that reaches deep into our hidden thoughts but also talks in a joyous voice exploring the everyday.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B00358VI28"]{Talking Turkeys}} by Benjamin Zephaniah. A book of poems that demands to be read aloud, performed and thought about.}
◊item{◊emph{◊amazon["1852133732"]{Greek myths}◊color["red"]{*}} by Geraldine McCaughrean. Superheroes battle with demons, gods intervene in our pleasures and fears — a bit like the spectres in our minds going through daily life, really — beautifully retold here.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["0670803030"]{People Might Hear You (Viking Kestrel picture books)} â—Šcolor["red"]{*}} by Robin Klein. A profound, suspenseful story about sects, freedom and the rights of all young people --- especially girls.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B002RKSPE4"]{Noughts and Crosses}} â—Šcolor["red"]{(free)} by Malorie Blackman. A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race.}
◊item{◊emph{Einstein’s Underpants and How They Saved the World} by Anthony McGowan. A crazy adventure set amongst the kids you don’t want to know but who this book makes you really, really care about.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B004GTLSG6"]{After the First Death}} by Robert Cormier. Cormier is never afraid of handling how the personal meets the political all within the framework of a thriller.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{â—Šamazon["B0013TPUNO"]{The London Eye Mystery}} by Siobhan Dowd. A book that allows difference to be part of the plot and not a point in itself.}
â—Šitem{â—Šemph{Beano Annual.} A cornucopia of nutty, bad, silly ideas, tricks, situations and plots}

◊emph{◊color["red"]{*} — not known to be available as an ebook.}