The big kids’ age group is where novels start to become relevant. For kids age 10 to 13 years old, concepts about good and evil, or right and wrong, will now be told on a level where morality is gaining concrete establishment and the need for empathy is still growing.

In the list below, some books need the supervision of an adult in order to explain the grey side of things and to address curiosities in a way that doesn’t compromise the kid’s innocent perspectives.

One great way to learn the important lessons in life earlier is through reading and understanding a novel, and here are some of the best books for that purpose:

The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson

Set in World War II, a 10-year-old girl named Norah, together with her brother, are sent to Canada to start a new life far away from their parents living in England.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

An 11-year-old orphan named Anne is trying to find love and acceptance in a dreamy place called Prince Edward Island.

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, Ted Harrison

This is an illustration of a poem that revolves around a classic theme about the gold rush.

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel, David Franklin

This novel focuses on a Silverwing bat whose name is Shade. He suddenly parts away from his kin and will have to undergo an unexpected journey.

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat

A boy and an orphan are set out on a journey with his uncle all across the Arctic.

Angel Square by Brian Doyle

A glimpse of the aftermath of World War 2, the book depicts a story of a night watchman who is Jewish and how the struggles are overcome.

A Child in Prison Camp by Shizuye Takashima

The story is about the difficulties of the author’s life during World War 2. It also highlights the lives of Japanese Canadians at that time and how they bounce back on life.

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