Innocence

*Theme: childhood innocence especially from their point of view or a
child narrative. *

48 Shades of brown by Nick Earls
The book thief / Markus Zusak
Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
City of bones (the Mortal Instruments series – City of ashes, City of glass) / Cassandra Clare
Came back to show you I can fly by Robin Klein – an older teenager involved in drugs, told from innocent younger child’s perspective, who does not read the signs.
Coming back / David Hill
Crash, the story of Poddy / William Taylor
Diego's Run by Deborah Ellis
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
How I live now / Meg Rossoff
In the country of salvation by Noel Virtue (NZ)
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
The kite runner / Khaled Hosseini
The Lake House by James Patterson & the Maximum Ride Series by him as well. All the genetically engineered kids within the story certainly loose their innocence and grow up very fast.
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Mister Pip / Lloyd Jones
Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro would also do well: it’s ‘about’ genetic engineering and such, but the gradual loss of childhood innocence is a major theme. A brilliant book.
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Orchard street / Maurice Gee
Pretties by Scott Westerfield
Q and A by Vikas Swarup
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Rain by Kirsty Gunn
Road of Bones by Anne Fine. It’s a relatively quick read all about a boy growing up in a country that is not identified as the Soviet
Union, but bears a great deal of similarity to it. The first section deals with his increasing awareness of repression, and the middle
section his survival in a gulag, forced to realise that there is no such thing as a pure motive in those conditions. Chilling.
Rocking horse road by Carl Nixon (NZ)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The sound of butterflies by Rachel King
Then by Morris Gleitzman
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Twilight (the series – New moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn) / Stephenie Meyer
Uglies (the series - Pretties, Specials, Extras) / Scott Westerfeld
Waves by Sharon Dogar
Whalerider by Iti Ihimaera (NZ)
The Young Have Secrets by James Courage