27 books that can change your life forever | The IndependentPeter lives with his mother and grandfather in the museum, which has the most weird and wonderful exhibits and a hundred secret doors. When his grandfather gets sick, Peter decides to search for his long-lost father. Instead, he finds a strange old woman who gives him a book called How To Live Forever but makes him promise never to read it. Trapped in a world where books are houses, Peter meets a girl called Festival, and together they look for the Ancient Child, who has the answers to everything. Colin Thompson. Since he started writing and illustrating children's books in , Colin Thompson has had more than 65 books published.
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W ays to Live Forever is a heart-wrenching and gripping story about Sam, an eleven year old boy. Sam has leukaemia and this book is his diary. In it he writes lists, pictures, stories, facts and lots of questions. The diary is full of funny stories about day-to-day life with leukaemia and all of the things he plans and wants to do before his death. The story grips you, page after page, and you feel more and more wrapped up in the story. It is not only Nicholls's style of writing that brings this book together but also her characters, tragedies and interesting layout.
There are books that entertain, books that inform, books that enthrall - books that speak to the brain, the mind, the intellect and the emotions. These 10 masterpieces fall into the second category. Each is a pleasure to read, a treasure to ponder, and ultimately changes something deep inside of you - just for having experienced it. Read on. But his quest takes him in a different - and far more satisfying - direction, to learn how to listen to his heart and follow his dreams. With tasks to complete at the end of each chapter, reading this book is a dynamic affair. While immigrating to North America from India with his family, their ship sinks - and Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a pound Bengal tiger - or does he?
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Colin Thompson is one of my heroes. He was one of the reasons why I fell in love with picture books and young adult fiction. When the library is closed and the night watchman has fallen asleep in his big armchair, the shelves come to life. Doors and windows appear on the backs of the books, lights come on, and the sound of voices drifts out between the pages. Full-grown trees spring up and chimneys begin to smoke.
Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever. I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the one book that has significantly influenced them. I'm usually grateful for this, but not always!