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Sarah Franklin's Top Book Recommendations

Want to know what books Sarah Franklin recommends on their reading list? We've researched interviews, social media posts, podcasts, and articles to build a comprehensive list of Sarah Franklin's favorite book recommendations of all time.


Flambards (Flambards, #1)

When Christina is sent to live in the grand country house, Flambards, she doesn't know what to expect. Once there, she meets two young men, Mark and Will, trying to cope with their bad-tempered father. She also discovers a passion for horse-riding and a love for life in the country. As time goes by Christina begins to embrace her new life and all the social engagements that it involves, but with both brothers vying for her attention Christina knows it's just a matter of time before she has to choose . . .

A welcome reissue of this much-loved family saga.
Recommended by Sarah Franklin, and 1 others.

Sarah FranklinIn a way it’s a coming-of-age book because she is about sixteen. (Source)

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An English girl adjusts to a new school, finds friends, and discovers talents she didn't know she had. less
Recommended by Sarah Franklin, and 1 others.

Sarah FranklinThe story is about what Helen learns about herself as much as about everything else, which I think is important. I must have read this when I was quite new in secondary school when so much was changing for me. I think when you move somewhere new there are all the hidden codes that you don’t know or understand. All the way through, you really feel for her because she’s trying really hard and... (Source)

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Puddles in the Lane

Recommended by Sarah Franklin, and 1 others.

Sarah FranklinEvacuees from London learn lessons about the grown-up world, other ways of living and about good and evil. (Source)

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Goodnight Mister Tom

The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.

Goodnight Mister Tom is one of the most touching...

Recommended by Sarah Franklin, and 1 others.

Sarah FranklinEverybody should read this. (Source)

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Danny the Champion of the World

Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell?

Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.
Recommended by Sarah Franklin, Tilly Burn, and 2 others.

Sarah FranklinIt’s glorious. It’s softer and gentler than the other Dahl books. (Source)

Tilly BurnI love the idea of two underdogs tricking really nasty evil people. And there’s so much great imagery in the book (Source)

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