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The text for this year's Kent Test was written by 19th-century novelist, Lucy Maud Montgomery which demonstrates how important the classics are. My all-time favourite book, "Anne of Green Gables" is by the same author. I am, therefore including three classic texts that I recommend to any year 5 child who is thinking about doing the Kent test next year - the complexity of sentence structure and amazing vocabulary make them perfect for 11+ preparation where verbal reasoning and the English paper draw on advanced vocabulary skills.

 

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

 

The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually, he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and lessons he learns, to emerge as a leader in the wild. 

 

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

 

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L.M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a classic children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. Set in the late 19th century, the novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

 

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

Rediscover the favourite childhood classic.

What little girl can turn a whole household upside down and breathe new life back into a strange, old manor? The wonderfully contrary, strong-willed, angry, misunderstood Mary Lennox.

When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too. Mary is pale, spoilt and quite contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years.
And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine...

 


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