Room 13

10 best books like Room 13 (Robert Swindells): Kensuke's Kingdom, Opal Plumstead, Bedlam, Vol. 1, The Illustrated Mum, My Sister Jodie, Looking For Group, Volume 1, Erika's Story, The Tulip Touch, Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story, Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges

Kensuke's Kingdom
AuthorMichael Morpurgo
When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent's yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death...
Opal Plumstead
AuthorJacqueline Wilson
Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family.

Opal struggles to...
Bedlam, Vol. 1
AuthorNick Spencer
So, Bedlam, Vol. 1... *cough nervously* This graphic novel was damn near brilliant, but oh so disturbed. As in, psychopath-like sick.

(I'd say it depends - or both)

TRIGGER WARNING : Loads of violence, including against children and animals.

See this trigger warning...
The Illustrated Mum
AuthorJacqueline Wilson
Marigold loves her daughters a lot. But she loves herself far more. She sees them as children to be formed in her own egotistical image to reflect what she wants the world to think of her. She has one adoring child and one who is beginning to want her own life and not want to look after her mother anymore. Both...
My Sister Jodie
AuthorJacqueline Wilson
Pearl and Jodie are sisters. Pearl is the younger one, small, shy and anxious. Jodie is nearly three years older, bold and brash and bad and Pearl adores her. When their parents get new jobs at Melchester College, a Victorian Gothic mansion, the girls spend a bizarre summer holiday in the boarding school...
AuthorRyan Sohmer
Looking For Group is a fun, easy read that attempts to make fun of all the clichés that go along with stories about knightly valour. Unfortunately the lacklustre humour and predictable narrative make this book a lot more cliché than the Arthurian tales it’s attempting to parody.

Erika's Story
AuthorRuth Vander Zee
Although a picture book in form and shape, Erika’s Story is not for preschoolers. Innocenti’s famous photographic-style paintings in largely sepia tones (except a pink blanket wrapped baby thrown from a train) intensify the austerity of the tale. One of his previously published books, Rose...
The Tulip Touch
AuthorAnne Fine
The story of a strange and disturbing friendship seen through the eyes of Natalie as she gets to know Tulip Pierce, a deliquent girl most others go out of their way to avoid. Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She bunks off school, is rude to the teachers and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by...
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story
AuthorBeverley Naidoo
If only Mma was here, Naledi wished over and over. . .

Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save...
Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges
AuthorJohn Wagner
Classic tales of Judge Dredd and the Dark Judges in all-new color by some of the all-time fan favorite creators! His name is Judge Death, and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once...
Mind Magic: The Key to the Universe
AuthorBetty Shine
This is a manual for body and soul, and a guide to spiritual well-being, with a series of exercises and projects which have all been designed to develop the imagination and renew mind energy. Each one has an additional specific aim, ranging from stress management to memory enhancement, and built around...
Bedlam, Vol. 2
AuthorNick Spencer
► 4.5 stars. Absolutely amazing and thrilling graphic-novel. I want more of that crazy darkness (please).

TRIGGER WARNING : Loads of violence.

The same organization is used in this second Volume, which alternates chapters in Fillmore post-crazy-doctor-operation...
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