The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
Fourteen-year- Ella hopes to survive the horrors of the Holocaust when she joins the seamstresses in the sewing workshop at Birkenau-Auschwitz concentration camp.
This is a powerful tale of resilience, friendship and survival. It is at times a painful, uncomfortable read but ends with a hopeful conclusion will leave a lasting impression on thoughtful readers.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Pip is an orphan without any expectations. It is only when he begins to visit a wealthy elderly lady, Miss Havisham and her adopted niece that he begins to hope for something better.
When it is revealed that Pip has inherited a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor on the condition that he moves to London to become a gentleman, Pip’s adventure really begins. Wonderful detail and characterisation makes this book a true classic.