School Holiday Reads for Every Grade
The school holidays are in full swing!
In other words – there’s not much time left for the kids to read books they’d actually like. Not sure where to start? Fret not! LocalBooks recommends 9 quality titles by Singapore authors that will beat any school’s reading list. Just don’t tell the teachers we said that!
FOR LOWER PRIMARY
Samuel and Anna are sent back to the Cretaceous on a seemingly easy mission to simply observe dinosaurs, disturb nothing and return safely. But back in the Science Museum, a theft has left Norus’ power waning; he can no longer bring them back! Stuck in the Cretaceous period – with a ferocious herd of Triceratops, a vicious T-rex and other dinosaurs – Samuel and Anna face their biggest test yet.
Min Rui and Chloe are on a perilous journey home through the strange lands of the Island in the Caldera. Based on authentic Asian landscapes and myths, discover the mystique of the region as the sisters fight for their survival against stinky Giants and ferocious tree dragons!
Jay and Shu are in Japan to hunt down the Green Phoenix Notebook, one of five notebooks that contain the secrets to the world-famous Blade Quest card game. But a mysterious figure plotting to overthrow the Blade Quest Industries wants the notebook too! It’s a race against time to locate the notebook before Blade Quest’s archenemy does!
FOR UPPER PRIMARY
When their usual travel plans fall though, Lee Su Lin and her little brother, Su Yang, reluctantly spend their school holidays on Pulau Ubin instead. Along with their new friends, the sensible and smart Zizi, and the perpetually hungry Bus, they form the Sengkang Snoopers and discover a mysterious hut at the top of a quarry hill, where a hermit is rumoured to live. When they hear strange sounds coming from the hut, they just can’t keep away, but what will they find there?
Life in the HDB heartlands of Singapore can be a pain. Especially when everyone out there wants to eat your flesh.This is Jim: Ghim Moh resident, undergraduate and apocalypse survivor. Sanctuary is waiting in that hipster district they call Tiong Bahru, but there are five million very hungry meat munchers in the way. And all he’s got to fend them off is his parang (machete) and a backpack. At least there’s Selina, the crazy girl with tattoos and law graduate Raj to help out. Welcome to the brand new city-state of Singapore, where meat munchers and wayangs roam the land, and you’d better have a weapon ready.
When Elena discovers that she might not actually be a Time Keeper, and is instead a Midnight Warrior, she suffers from a deep identity crisis. Together with her best friend Patsy Goh, she once again travels back in time to her mother’s teenage years, where she attempts to prevent her mother from meeting her father, in order to save them from a disastrous marriage. But can they really change the past?
FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Don’t be fooled – this irreverent parody of J.K. Rowling’s bestseller is not for kids. 11-year-old orphan Harris bin Potter thinks he is an average Singaporean boy — until he enrols at the magical, MOE-approved, Hog-Tak-Halal-What School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Ping, the daughter of Chinatown’s Pipa Queen, loves Weng, the voice of the people, but family circumstances drive them apart. Ping is forced to leave suddenly for the USA, while Weng is sent to prison for his part in local protests. Many years later, Ping returns to a country transformed by prosperity. Can Ping face her former lover and reveal the secret that has separated them for over 30 years? A beautifully written exploration of identity, love and loss, set against the dramatic upheaval unleashed by the rise of Singapore.
Be warned, mothers should not read these stories to their children, even though they might contain a lonely elf, a talking moon, a butterfly that wants to be a rabbit, or a boy who was born with a flower as an unfortunate appendage. Hovering within the realm of fables, myths and fairy tales, here are unlikely bedtime stories that are best read on a dark, stormy night, and at the risk of wounding the soul.
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