Books beginning with G
Mamo & Dani form an unexpected alliance while each is sleeping on the streets, and together they join a gang of streetboys, begging but not stealing.
James Harrison's family have recently moved into a cottage in a village.
The story of Gideon, a 16-year-old deaf and retarded boy, who is given a job on a barge for the summer.
Attitude: Unobjectionable → Positive
Peter & Kate are thrown back to the 18th century and are befriended by Gideon and his new employers, the Byng family.
Two youngsters making friends and mustering resources to return them home. Time travel and paradoxes. Big and small families. Peter's parents' effective separation and reconciliation. Life in the Past and the Present.
Adventure, Family, Friendship, Historical, Time-Travel
Jonas is about to turn 12, the age when people in his futuristic community become adults and are assigned jobs.
Harry Potter enteres his 4th, eventuful, year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.
Adventure, Friendship, Magic, School
Helen is upset about her mother's boyfriend; her friend tells Helen of the difficulties she had coming to terms with her own mother's "boyfriend" (both are middle-aged) whom she nicknames "Goggle Eyes".
Coping with, Family
Attitude: Some Care Needed → Positive
Nathaniel and Bartimaeus try to discover who’s controlling the Golem they believe is responsible a series of high-profile acts of destruction across London.
Engaging magical adventure story with some intriguing discussions about moral convictions and the rise and fall of empires.
Adventure, Fantasy, Humorous
Willie Beech, a timid 9-year-old, is evacuated from Deptford to Sussex, and is billeted on Tom Oakley, a widower who has allowed himself to become bitter and misanthropic since his wife and child died of scarlet fever 40 years before.
Slightly awkward storyline, but heartwarming; religious-driven cruelty of Willie's mother, her illegitimate baby and eventual suicide; the kindness of the villagers and especially of Tom Oakley.
Coping with, Friendship, Growing-Up, Historical, War
Jess is about to start a year abroad as part of her language degree.
Style: Good → Outstanding
Attitude: Take Care → Unobjectionable
Glenn Jackson has to adjust as he is uprooted from his home in Burnley to a village in Cumbria, but his mother refuses to come without explaining why and he finds it difficult to fit into the village community.
Marital difficulties with some attempt at reconciliation. Implied and condoned dishonesty by the main character and others. Some sensuality between 14-year-olds. Commonsense portrayal of a character with hearing difficulties. Negative portrayal of a religious character.
Coping with, Family, Friendship, Growing-Up
Three young boys are left in the charge of a rather piratical babysitter when their parents go out to a business dinner.
Richard Hannay, after a period as a soldier on the front line, is called in by Sir Walter Bullivant to discover what secret card the Germans hold with which to inflame the Islamic peoples of the Middle East.
Wartime danger and heroism. While the broad brushstroke attitude towards war and other peoples is typical of the period of the book's publication, there is a surprising degree of respect both for the German enemy and for the Turkish religion and mindset.
Adventure, Boys, Classic, Historical, War
The Trewissick grail, found in [Over Sea, Under Stone] has been stolen.
Adventure, Arthurian, Magic
Will Stanton has a bout of hepatitis and is sent to Wales to recuperate.
Atmospheric story, merging everyday and magical worlds; everyday friendships amidst mysterious events
A story set some 40 years after "The Keeper of the Isis Light" when the original settlers on Isis have grown older and a new generation is growing up.