Great reads for tweens becoming teens

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1)

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1)

Derek Landy

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick,...

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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 Read reviewIris and the Tiger

Iris and the Tiger

Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune - and her sprawling estate - to Iris's scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de...

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Alanna: The First Adventure

Alanna: The First Adventure

Tamora Pierce

For use in schools and libraries only. Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

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 Read reviewRun, Pip, Run

Run, Pip, Run

J. C. Jones

Winner of the 2016 Readings Children's Book Prize Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster -- and that was only the beginning. Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big...

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 Read review88 Lime Street: The Way in

88 Lime Street: The Way in

Denise Kirby

From the moment Ellen arrives, she can feel something stirring in the old house. It's almost as if it's alive. Is there a ghost, as the kids at her new school say? Or is it something stranger? And why is there a tower with no...

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 Read reviewA Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass

Frances Hardinge

In Caverna, lies are an art - and everyone's an artist ...

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Life is Sweet: Six Fabulous Chocolate Box Stories

Life is Sweet: Six Fabulous Chocolate Box Stories

Cathy Cassidy

Dip into the world of the Chocolate Box Girls with this delicious collection of short stories.

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The Underneath

The Underneath

Kathi Appelt, David Small (Lehigh University, Pennsylvania)

Abandoned and about to have kittens, a calico cat is befriended by a hound dog who urges her to raise her kittens underneath the porch of his owner's house, where they will be safe--as long as they stay in the Underneath. This...

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 Read reviewThe One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013  Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will...

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The School for Good and Evil (the School for Good and Evil, Book 1)

The School for Good and Evil (the School for Good and Evil, Book 1)

Soman Chainani

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist.

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A World Without Princes (the School for Good and Evil, Book 2)

A World Without Princes (the School for Good and Evil, Book 2)

Soman Chainani

It's all happy ever after in the School for Good and Evil... or is it? The second title in the NYT bestselling fantasy adventure series - perfect for girls who prefer their fairy tales with a twist.

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The Last Ever After (the School for Good and Evil, Book 3)

The Last Ever After (the School for Good and Evil, Book 3)

Soman Chainani

Can Agatha and Sophie find the perfect ending to their story in this epic conclusion to this bestselling series.

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 Read reviewSong for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...

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His Dark Materials trilogy: Northern Light, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials trilogy: Northern Light, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

Phillip Pullman

Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a...

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Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set

Ransom Riggs

This three-book set contains the complete Miss Peregrine trilogy--Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and The Library of Souls --in a handsome gift box.

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 Read reviewWithering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Withering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Judith Rossell

A Victorian fantasy-adventure, perfect for fans of Wildwood, Lemony Snicket and Tensy Farlow Ages: 9+ High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the...

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The Spook's Apprentice

The Spook’s Apprentice

Joseph Delaney

For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried. Some floundered, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas...

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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him - with terrifying consequences. Tempted by...

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and...

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Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Holly Goldberg Sloan

If you loved The Curious Incident of the Dog At Night-Time, you'll adore Counting By 7s.

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Love, Aubrey

Love, Aubrey

Suzanne LaFleur

Something terrible has happened. Eleven-year-old Aubrey is on her own. She's determined to hide away and take care of herself, because facing the truth is too much to bear. But with the love of her grandmother and the letters she...

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My Sister Jodie

My Sister Jodie

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt

Pearl and Jodie are sisters. Pearl is the quiet, cautious, studious one. Jodie is bold and brash and bad - but Pearl adores her anyway. When their parents get new jobs as the cook and caretaker at a fusty old boarding school, the...

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Mac Slater Coolhunter 1: The Rules of Cool

Mac Slater Coolhunter 1: The Rules of Cool

Tristan Bancks

Mac's just crashed the latest prototype of his flying bike in front of practically the whole school. So when the creators of Coolhunters approach him and tell him he's an Innovator, Mac thinks they're crazy. I mean, Mac lives in...

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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 Read reviewLiquidator

Liquidator

Andy Mulligan

Hilarious, terrifying and ultimately heart-warming - the tale of a few ordinary kids doing work experience all over the city on the day of the launch of new global brand.

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

WINNER of the 2010 Cilip Carnegie Medal, the Newbery Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Book Prize 2009, and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award Stunningly illustrated by Chris Riddell, who brings the ghouls, ghosts and hero...

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Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1)

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1)

Holly Smale

My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.

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Spurt: A Balls and All Story

Spurt: A Balls and All Story

Chris Miles

Jack Sprigley isn't just a late-bloomer. He's a no-bloomer. He's about to start the last term of year nine and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn't heard from his friends all holidays. He assumes they've finally...

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 Read reviewGoodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead

As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since...

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 Read reviewSon of Death

Son of Death

Andrew McDonald

Sod's parents have been keeping something from him. Just a minor thing, really, about what they do. The thing is, they are grim reapers. Oh yes, and Sod's a grim reaper, too. Grim reaping is the family business, and Sod's name...

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Dustbin Baby

Dustbin Baby

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt

April knows she was found in a dustbin fourteen years ago as a new-born baby. And now she's fairly happily settled with her foster mother, Marion. But she's desperate to recall what happened in the intervening years, and to see if...

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 Read reviewMy Life as an Alphabet

My Life as an Alphabet

Barry Jonsberg

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to...

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 Read reviewEssential Modern Classics

Essential Modern Classics

Lois Lowry

In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws... THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie...

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 Read reviewVango: Between Sky and Earth

Vango: Between Sky and Earth

Timothee De Fombelle

Raised by a strange nanny in Sicily, Vango grows up with one friend, a priest Zefiro, who lives in a monastery hidden from sight. On reaching adulthood, Vango decides to follow in Zefiro's steps, but at the moment he is taking his...

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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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 Read reviewThe Letter for the King

The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

The classic fantasy novel, acclaimed as a Sunday Times, Times and Metro Book of the Year, now in paperback!

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Trash

Trash

Andy Mulligan

Raphael lives on a dumpsite, eking out a living sifting through rubbish. One unlucky-lucky day, he makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery. Now he and his two friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the corrupt forces that run...

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 Read reviewThe Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Nova Weetman

A beautifully written and insightful new novel sensitively uncovering the effects of trauma on the mind of an eleven - year - old girl. I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ... Clem...

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 Read reviewTwo Wolves

Two Wolves

Tristan Bancks

Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas An old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between...

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente

Prepare to be swept away to a land unlike any other, with a cast of friends you'll have for life. A charming modern fairytale with crossover appeal, full of 'oddments, wisdom and joy' (Holly Black)

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Baddawi

Baddawi

Leila Abdelrazaq

Baddawi is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Ahmad finding his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland after...

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 Read reviewDandelion Clocks

Dandelion Clocks

Rebecca Westcott

Helps you discover Liv's passion for photography, her brother's obsession with sticking to the rules, the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school, and how the family copes as Mum's terminal illness takes hold...

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I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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 Read reviewFlora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo, K G Campbell

From Newbery Medalist and #1 New York Times -bestselling author DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new formatNa novel interspersed with comic-style graphic...

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

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Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

A hugely commercial, fabulously addictive fantastical romp - from an author with top-notch digital self-publishing pedigree and legions of fans awaiting publication

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Magisterium: The Iron Trial

Magisterium: The Iron Trial

Cassandra Clare, Holly Black

Think you know magic? Think again. The Magisterium awaits... Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a...

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