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Books for Children ages 9-12

Please remember this is just a small selection of books available for this age group...........

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RJ. Palacio

August Pullman is a 12 year old boy with awful facial deformations.  Having gone through numerous operations as a child, to help make him somewhat 'normal', he has always been home-schooled, to save him from the cruelty of other children.  Now, he must go to school.

Told between the voices of August, his sister, and his 2 friends, this novel tells the story of August's first year in middle school - the highs & the lows.

A brilliant book about what it is like to be the centre of attention, when you'd really rather not be; about the values of good friends 7 most importantly, looking behind someone's exterior to see the shining light underneath.

  The Search for Wondla

Tony DiTerlizzi

Eva Nine was raised by the robot Muthr, in an underground Sanctuary on Earth. But when a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary she called home, twelve-year-old Eva is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her - she knows that other humans exist because of a very special item she treasures ~ a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot along with the strange word "WondLa".
  Theodore Boone

John Grisham

Grisham's first Young Adult Novel.

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.  But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected, because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.
Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone will keep readers guessing and pages turning.


Helen Dunmore

The story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and their discovery of INGO, a powerful and exciting world under the sea.

You'll find the mermaid of Zennor inside Zennor church.  She fell in love with a human, but she was a Mer creature and so she couldn't come to live with him up in the dry air. She swam up the stream to hear him sing, then one day he swam down it and was never seen again. He became one of the Mer people! Sapphire's father told her that story when she was little.  When he is lost at sea she can't help but think of that old myth; she's convinced he's still alive. The following summer her brother Conor keeps disappearing for hours on end. She goes to the cove to find him, but instead meets Faro, an enigmatic and intriguing Merman.

He takes her to Ingo and introduces her to a world she never knew existed. She must let go of all her Air thoughts and embrace the sea and all things Mer. After her first visit she is entranced -- merely the sound of running water makes her yearn to be in Ingo once more.

Ingo blood runs strongly in Sapphy and Conor fears she will leave the Air world for good. He pleads with her to ignore her craving for the sea and stay safely in their cottage up on the cliff. But not only is Sapphy intoxicated by the Mer world, she longs to see her father once more.

And she's sure she can hear him singing across the water! "I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the briny sea!"

  Escape from Shadow Island

Paul Adam

Max is an ordinary north London schoolboy by day, but at night he performs sell-out public shows as an escapologist - nicknamed The Half-Pint Houdini by the tabloid press. His father, Alexander, was also a world-renowned escapologist, who disappeared two years earlier in the Central American state of Santo Domingo. His body was never found, but Max's mother, Helen, was convicted of murdering her husband by a Santo Domingan court.
One evening, after his show, Max receives a visit from a mysterious man from Santo Domingo - Lopez-Vega tells Max that his mother's trial was rigged and, if Max comes to his hotel room the following night, he has something to give him.  When Max goes to the hotel, he finds Lopez-Vega dead, shot through the head. The room has clearly been searched by the killer, but what was he looking for?
  Mr Stink

David Walliams

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk.  And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well!" It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.  Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye! or the nose

Read all the David Walliams books!

  SOS Icequake

Colin Bateman

When danger threatens, call SOS! Packed with excitement and adventure, this will appeal to boys and girls everywhere.  Read all the books in the series
Skulduggery Pleasant:

Dark Days

Derek Landy


It's the fourth Skulduggery Pleasant adventure! only Skulduggery Pleasant himself is lost on the other side of a portal, with only some evil gods for company. Can he possible survive? (Yes, all right, he's already dead. But still.) What can we say, without giving too much away? Not much, is the answer.
But what we CAN say is that this book is hilarious, it's tense, and it's packed with all the eye-popping action, crackling one liners and imaginative set pieces you've come to expect. There's a new threat to our plucky heroine, of course. But that's not all.
There's also the little fact of the Big Bad, the uber-baddy who's going to come along and really, really destroy the world. (Really.) And what we learn about that villain in this book will literally make your jaw fall off and your hair go white with shock. (Not really.) Will Skulduggery make it out of the Faceless Ones' dimension? Who knows.
The problem is, he may not have much to come back to!

Morris Gleitzman


Eagerly awaited by anyone who read the first 2 in this series ('Once' & 'Then'), 'Now' sees Felix as a granddad, looking after his granddaughter Zelda in Australia


  When you Reach Me

Rebecca Stead

Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen.

  London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd

Winner of the Bisto Childrens' Books Awards 2008

Monday 24th May 11.32am:  Ted & Kat watch their cousim Salim get on board the London Eye.  The pod rises from the ground.Monday 24th May 12.02pm:  The pod lands and the doors open.  People exit - but where is Salim?

Has he spontaneously combusted?  Has he been kidnapped?  Is he even still alive?  Even the police are baffled.  Ted, whose brain runs on it's own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners.  They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin, while the time ticks dangerously by......A must-read for anyone aged 9+

Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan


Carter and Sadie have nothing in common but their parents: their father Dr. Julius Kane, a brilliant Egyptologist, and their mother, a famed archaeologist who died under mysterious circumstances when they were young. The siblings barely know each other, but one night, their father brings them together at the British Museum, promising a 'research experiment' that will set things right for their family.

His plans go horribly wrong. An explosion unleashes an ancient evil - the Egyptian god Set who banishes Dr. Kane to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Now orphaned, Carter and Sadie must embark on a dangerous quest - from Cairo to Paris to the American Southwest, to save their father and stop Set from destroying everything they care about...
Young Sherlock Holmes - Death Cloud

Andrew Lane


The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer's son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education - the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change.
With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously 'unwell', Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent ..."The Death Cloud" is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager - creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.


The Spook's Sacrifice (p/b)

Joseph Delaney


As the Spook's apprentice Tom's first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation.
Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom's old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark?
Crocodile Tears

Anthony Horowitz

Latest in the Alex Rider Series..

Ten million Alex Rider books sold worldwide

The Eyeball Collector

F.E. Higgins

When his father is swindled to within an inch of his life, a vengeful Hector leaves the city of Urbs Umiba in pursuit of a fiendish villain with a glass eye.  The trail leads to Wittypitts Hall, a forbidding Gothic mansion as warped as its inhabitants & their secret schemes.  Soon, Hector himself embroiled in mysterious deeds more poisonous than his worst imaginings, but every twist & turn brings him closer to revenge.....


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney


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Mission Survival

Bear Gryllis

Tracks of the Tiger:  Volcano eruption! Beck and his friend are on a relaxing holiday in Borneo, visiting orang-utan sanctuaries and hanging out by the pool. Except that when they spend the afternoon out in the jungle, things take an unexpected turn, and a volcano eruption leaves them stranded and alone. Beck must use all his skills to survive the dangers of the jungles and swamps of Borneo - can he get them to safety alive?

Also in this series:  Gold of the Gods, Ways of the Wolf, Sands of the Scorpion

An exciting adventure series by the king of outdoor survival himself

The White Giraffe

Lauren St John

When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine.
There are secrets about Sawubona (the reserve) just waiting to be revealed, and rumours too about a fabled white giraffe - a trophy for hunters everywhere. One night Martine, lonely and feeling slightly rebellious too, looks out of her window and see a young albino giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future.
Above all it's is a heart-warming story, full of charm and atmosphere, and Martine's sheer delight in her giraffe friend and the fantastic landscape which is theirs to explore.

A great series for all kids who love adventure & animals!

Also in this series:  Dolphin Song, Last Leopard, The Elephant's Tale

The Red Necklace

Sally Gardner

The story of a remarkable boy called Yann Margoza; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him, and wants Yann dead. Yann is spirited away to London but three years later, when Paris is gripped by the bloody horrors of the Revolution, he returns, charged with two missions: to find out Kalliovski's darkest deeds and to save Sido from the guillotine. With a tangle of secrets, a thread of magic and a touch of humour, the follies of the aristocracy and the sufferings of ordinary people are unfolded as their lives move relentlessly towards the tragic and horrific days of the Terror.
THE RED NECKLACE is not only a tremendous adventure story but a vibrant and passionate picture of Paris in turmoil and of a large cast of memorable characters.

Also by Sally Gardener:

I Coriander:  The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning.
When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen. This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters.
Coriander is a heroine to love. Her story will establish Sally Gardner as a children's writer of boundless imagination and originality.

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Michael Morpurgo

Award winning author. Children's laureate

A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat! 'Classic Morpurgo brilliance' -- Publishing News "Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about.
It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again." It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war.
Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes -- lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas -- barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs.
Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again?Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself! Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips -- and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

Morpurgo has a huge list of titles which are loved by & suitable for boys and girls in the whole 9-12 age group.  He also has a few titles for the younger age group

Famous Five

Enid Blyton

Yes!  Julian, Dick, Ann & Timmy the Dog have survived the generations and are still hugely popular with strong younger readers or 9+ who may need a bit of confidence building.
The Inheritance Series

Christopher Paolini

A story about a dragon rider, this series has been a firm favourite among 10+ year olds for a while now.  Following the film of Eragon last year, there will be massive demand for 'Inheritance' when it is published in September.  Better read the early ones now......!
Series of Unfortunate Events.


Lemony Snickett


From the man who brought you The Spiderwick Series, this is a story about 3 orphans and the adventures they get up to.  The film of number 1 was very popular last year - the series has a huge following.
Northern Lights Trilogy

Philip Pullman

Hugely popular for any age from 10 -99
Holes / Small Steps

Dogs don't tell jokes

Louis Sachar

A great author for the 11+ age.
  Young Samurai

The Way of the Warrior

The Way of the Dragon

Chris Bradford

(August 1611) Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan-his beloved father & the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates.  Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior.  And so his training begins....  But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival.  Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singles out by bullies & treated as an outcast.  With courage in his heart & his sword held high, can Jack prove himself & face his deadliest rival yet?

The Dragonfly Pool

The Star of Kazan

Eva Ibbotson

Tally is furious that she is being sent to a stuffy boarding school.  But Delderton Hall is full of surprises...there's shy-as-a-mouse, secretive Julia; wild-haired Barney, with his bizarre pet-and a host of unusual teachers, including Magda, who's more homesick than the students.  Tally comes to expect the unexpected-though she never imagined her first school trip would lead to such extraordinary adventures

Ginger Snaps

Angel Cake

Cathy Cassidy

Gone are the days when Ginger was an outsider, always on the fringes of friendship.  She's swapped puppy fat and pigtails for make-up & hair straighteners and never looked back - until now.  Ginger & Shannon are best mates, but when they befriend lonely Emily, everything changes.  Even the saxophone-playing boy in the trilby hat can't help - he's part of the problem....  Are Ginger & Shannon drifting apart or can they stay best friends forever?

Read also: Dizzy; Indigo Blue; Driftwood; Scarlett; Sundae Girl; Lucky Star

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The Name of this Book is Secret DO NOT READ THIS BOOK......for amongst its strange & alarming contents you will find:

2 extraordinary adventureres; a missing magician's diary; a symphony of smells & a deadly secret.  But wait, you already know too much!  It is too late.  I'm afraid nothing will stop you the book if you must....but, please, tell no-one......

Percy Jackson Series

Rick Riordan


Half Boy, Half God, All Hero.
Artemis Fowl Series

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a child prodigy from Ireland who has dedicated his brilliant mind to criminal activities.  When Artemis Fowl discovers that there is a fairy civilisation below ground, he sees it as a golden opportunity.  Now there is a whole new species to exploit with his ingenious schemes.  But Artemis doesn't know as much as he thinks about the fairy people. And what he doesn't know could hurt him.......

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