Teacher and author Vicky Burrill looks at the challenges of choosing texts for more able children.
She writes: It can be a minefield. Balancing trickier and more complex language with a suitable subject matter can be very hard. Jumping a year or two ahead in vocabulary often means that the topic of the book is too advanced. In this instance, classics are a great option as they offer solid stories, detailed settings and characters but lack the shocking issues or grown up topics of many modern books for older children.
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