Best of 2014 Children's Fiction for ages 5-12

 Read reviewOphelia and the Marvellous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

Karen Foxlee

Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family is still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at an enormous gothic museum in a city...

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 Read reviewFiggy in the World

Figgy in the World

Tamsin Janu

Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy cant do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama.

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 Read reviewMy Heart is Laughing

My Heart is Laughing

Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson

Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But some girlsarecruel to her . . It would all be okay if only Ella would move back. From the author of the critically acclaimed My Happy Life.

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 Read reviewRace to the End of the World

Race to the End of the World

A. L. Tait

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

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Friday Barnes: Girl Detective

Friday Barnes: Girl Detective

R.A. Spratt

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven - year - old girl! When girl detective Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country, Highcrest Academy....

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 Read reviewThe Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave

The Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave

James O'Loghlin

Roderick doesn't want to be the knight who has to protect the kingdom! Isn't there someone else who can do it?

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 Read reviewSpud & Charli

Spud & Charli

Samantha Wheeler

An action-packed adventure about horses, bats and letting your imagination run wild, from the popular author of Smooch & Rose. Charli is at riding camp and her dream is about to become true - she will finally learn to ride a...

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall

In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies!

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The Thickety: A Path Begins

The Thickety: A Path Begins

J. A. White, Andrea Offermann

When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convinced of the worst of all crimes - witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is...

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Truly Tan: Freaked!

Truly Tan: Freaked!

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Tan Callahan, Great Detective, is back in a series that has been described as 'interesting, exciting and excellent!' Tan has never been fond of the old machinery shed. It's dusty and airless, full of dark secrets and...

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Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey

Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey

Alex Milway

Pigsticks and Harold set off on a journey to the Ends of the Earth armed only with a sense of adventure (Pigsticks'), common sense (Harold's), and a lot of cake. They pick their way through jungles, trek across deserts and climb a...

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 Read reviewRivertime

Rivertime

Trace Balla

A gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia's Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle. Ages 8-12.

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 Read reviewThe Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

Shannon And Dean Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham

Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black! An award-winning team presents the first in a humorous and...

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 Read reviewFoxy Tales: The Cunning Plan

Foxy Tales: The Cunning Plan

Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith

From two of the hottest new talents around comes a crazy new series bursting with ridiculous scrapes and slapstick humour.

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 Read reviewStuff Happens: Jack

Stuff Happens: Jack

Tony Wilson

STUFF HAPPENS is a contemporary reflected reality fiction series for young boys. Each book tells the story of an incident of emotional importance to one of the boys in a fictional primary school class. The stories, written by some...

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 Read reviewEliza Boom's Diary: My Explosive Adventure

Eliza Boom’s Diary: My Explosive Adventure

Emily Gale, Joelle Dreidemy

Eliza Boom is having a blast. With her best friend (well, dog) Einstein, she's on a mission to catch a spy - and banish the class bully while she's at it. All in a day's work for Eliza Boom, assistant inventor ... and junior spy....

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 Read reviewTimmy Failure

Timmy Failure

Stephan Pastis

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curve balls: for starters, he's on a trial period in school and to...

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Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Do You Dare?: Tough Times

Simon Mitchell

Do You Dare presents engaging Austraian historical fiction for boy readers aged 8 to 12. It's 1931 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Tom Parker's family has fallen on tough times.

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The Adventures of Stunt Boy and His Amazing Wonder Dog Blindfold

The Adventures of Stunt Boy and His Amazing Wonder Dog Blindfold

Lollie Barr

Stunt Boy's circus is in trouble, and only he and his amazing wonder dog Blindfold can save it!

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 Read reviewMy Dog Doesn't Like Me

My Dog Doesn’t Like Me

Elizabeth Fensham

A heart-warming new book from the author of Matty Forever. Eric was given a dog for this eighth birthday - that was nearly a year ago. The dog, named Ugly (because he is just that), settles into Eric's family but is not attached...

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