Books about fostered characters

I Have No Secrets

Sometimes children need to be looked after by a foster carer – and every child deserves books with characters who have experienced something similar to them.

Here is a selection of brilliant stories that all children will enjoy reading, with main characters who've been fostered.

  • Needle

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 12-13

    Reading age: 8-9

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  • Needle

    Author: Patrice Lawrence

    Interest level: 12-13

    Reading age: 8-9

    How come, if there’s any kind of ‘incident’ at school, at home, at the shopping centre, it’s always the Black kid in care who gets…

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  • Snow Foal

    Author: Susanna Bailey

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Snow Foal

    Author: Susanna Bailey

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When her alcoholic mother is unable to take care of her, 11-year-old Addie moves in with a long-term foster family on a remote wor…

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  • Extraordinary Birds

    Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Extraordinary Birds

    Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

    December needs her wings so she can fly away and be with her real mum but in the meantime she must keep her true nature a secret.&…

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  • The Story of Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Story of Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Tracy lives in a children's home but constantly hopes that her absent, glamorous Mum will come and take her away.

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  • Every Shiny Thing

    Author: Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Every Shiny Thing

    Author: Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

    Alcohol addiction, non-traditional families, bereavement and social inequality are just some of the themes in this unusual coming-…

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  • I Have No Secrets

    Author: Penny Joelson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • I Have No Secrets

    Author: Penny Joelson

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. She lives with her foster family and has a cherished friend i…

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  • Little Bits of Sky

    Author: S E Durrant

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Little Bits of Sky

    Author: S E Durrant

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Ira and Jack arrive at Skilly House, a home for foster children, and realise that life is about to get very interesting. Set again…

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  • Beast

    Author: Ally Kennen

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Beast

    Author: Ally Kennen

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

    Stephen has been keeping a secret of unbearable proportions. He can't confide in his foster family, his social worker or his dead-…

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  • Driftwood

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 10-15

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Driftwood

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 10-15

    Reading age: 9+

    Hannah has been best friends with Joey forever. But when the dynamics of their relationship begin to change, Hannah finds it hard …

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  • Red Leaves

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Red Leaves

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Sita Brahmachari has created a beautiful tale of modern multicultural Britain. Her characters come from diverse backgrounds but ar…

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