Growing Bookworms – Two books that help inform young teenagers

Current world events are bewildering for young teenagers who are faced with a barrage of information about pollution, climate change, war, politics, religion, and other important issues. It is difficult for teenagers with their limited experience and knowledge of the world to unravel and cope with all these challenging messages.

Today, I am sharing a few books for this age group that contain strong messages about political and other themes encased in an entertaining and engaging storyline.

Fattipuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois

This is a book about segregation, in this cased based on the size of people, war, and negotiation and is a entertaining and enlightening read.

A brief summary about this book from Wikepedia:

Fattipuffs and Thinifers “concerns the imaginary underground land of the fat and congenial Fattypuffs and the thin and irritable Thinifers, which is visited by the Double brothers, the plump Edmund and the thin Terry. Fattypuffs and Thinifers do not mix, and their respective countries are on the verge of war when Edmund and Terry make their visit.” You can read more here:

My review of Fattipuffs and Thinifers

Fattypuffs and Thinifers is a wonderful book about two brothers, one fat and one thin, who discover a hidden world beneath the surface of the earth. This subterranean society is segregated based on the physical weight of its inhabitants. Larger people are Fattypuffs and live separately to the Thinifers, who are workaholics who “eat to live not live to eat”. The two nations are hostile towards each other and are verging on a war. The two brothers from the surface are separated when they arrive in this country and set off on individual adventures. Edmund is a Fattypuff and sails away on a ship to Fattyport. He has a lovely time, resting on the deck in a large arm chair and eating all kinds of tasty food. Terry, on the other hand, sets off on a ship to Thiniville and gets to know some of the Thinifers who exercise and work relentlessly while eating very little. The tension between the two nations is on the increase and war seems inevitable when the two brothers come up with a clever plan to resolve the situation. This book is suitable for readers aged 10 to 13 years old.

Purchase Fattipuffs and Thinifers

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I Am David by Anne Holm

David’s entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?

David’s extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm’s classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.

My review of I Am David

I have been trying to work out in my mind which of the many children’s books I love, is my absolute favourite. This morning I was reading an extract from I am David to a group of children. It was the scene where David saves the little Italian girl from the fire and I realised that I am David is my absolute favourite children’s books. This book has such a beautiful storyline and is so well written, you become completely pulled into the story and David’s search to find his mother. I would highly recommend it for children of 12 and above.

Quotes from I Am David

“The sun glistened on a drop of water as it fell from his hand to his knee. David wiped it off, but it left no tidemark: there was no more dirt to rub away. He took a deep breath and shivered. He was David. Everything else was washed away, the camp, its smell, its touch–and now he was David, his own master, free–free as long as he could remain so.”

“And his eyes frighten me, too. They’re the eyes of an old man, an old man who’s seen so much in life that he no longer cares to go on living. They’re not even desperate… just quiet and expectant, and very, very lonely, as if he were quite alone of his own free choice.”

“Johannes had once said that violence and cruelty were just a stupid person’s way of making himself felt, because it was easer to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to the problem.”

Purchase I Am David

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Have you read either of these books? Did they make an impression on you? Let me know in the comments.

About Robbie Cheadle


Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with ten children’s books and two poetry books.

The eight Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie has also published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories, in the horror and paranormal genre, and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie Cheadle contributes two monthly posts to, namely, Growing Bookworms, a series providing advice to caregivers on how to encourage children to read and write, and Treasuring Poetry, a series aimed at introducing poetry lovers to new poets and poetry books.

In addition, Roberta Eaton Cheadle contributes one monthly post to called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends which shares information about the cultures, myths and legends of the indigenous people of southern Africa.

Robbie has a blog, where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

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43 Comments on “Growing Bookworms – Two books that help inform young teenagers”

  1. Each of these books appears to have such important messages. I believe that whenever something can be told in such a way as to make it relatable, the better. Thank you for the suggestions!

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  2. Two such intriguing books, both with great messages, but so different! Thanks for the reviews.

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  3. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:

    My Growing Bookworms post this month focuses on two book that help inform young teenagers. Thanks for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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  4. Darlene says:

    I agree with you, I Am David is an amazing book. I read it about three years ago and was so impressed. A book that stays with you. The message of hope and perseverance is what young people need to hear.

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  5. beetleypete says:

    My wife read ‘I Am David’, and loved it.
    Shared both posts on Twitter, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    They both sound like great reads, you have me curious about David.

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  7. olganm says:

    I haven’t read either of them, but they sound perfect for that age, and for any age. Many thanks, Robbie.

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  8. Thank you for the reviews, Robbie! I Am David sounds like a beautiful book. Your quotes drew my attention to this book.

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  9. I Am David sounds like an excellent book! This quote should be shouted from the rooftops:

    “Johannes had once said that violence and cruelty were just a stupid person’s way of making himself felt, because it was easer to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to the problem.”

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  10. Teri Polen says:

    Sounds like both contain important messages. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Robbie!

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  11. Toni Pike says:

    These sound wonderful, Robbie. Toni x

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  12. memadtwo says:

    I don’t know either book, but they both sound like good ways to introduce children to problem-solving in a positive way. (K)

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  13. Carla says:

    Both of these books sound exceptional, Robbie. I am definitely going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of I am David. Wonderful reviews.

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  14. petespringerauthor says:

    I Am David sounds like the kind of book I would have liked to read when I was a teenager.

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  15. dgkaye says:

    Robbie, these seem to fantastic reads to engage, yet educate children in a simpler way about world politics. Although, it is really sad they need to learn because of our world which seems to be spinning out of control on so many fronts, it is good to know there are good books out there for them. Thank you. ❤

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  16. Jennie says:

    Thank you for two wonderful book reviews!

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  17. Thanks for choosing and reviewing another great books, Robbie! They are for great reading experiences. Best wishes, Michael

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