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Finding 'Great Books for Boys' is easy - Just click on the age range you are interested in to see our special selection of books that we feel are brilliant for boys, but do remember that they could equally be loved by girls too.



Books for Boys 5 and older

Would You Rather: Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot?
Camilla de le Bedoyere
Would you rather dine with a dung beetle, drink with a mosquito, have supper with a spider or lunch with a maggot? Pick your answer and learn about bugs but be careful what you choose. You could end up eating... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/05/2016
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Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Mortimer's Picnic
Nick Ward
With clever comic timing this story builds to a surprise ending rather like The Gruffalo. Mortimer is planning a picnic with his best friend Oggy. It's all ready when a note arrives – poor Oggy has a cold and can't... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2016
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My Stinky New School
Rebecca Elliott
Toby's little brother Benjamin goes to nursery and loves it. His big sister Clemmie goes to special school, and she loves it too. But Toby is starting at a new school, and he hates it. He hasn't any friends, doesn't... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/02/2016
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Zoo Boy
Sophie Thompson
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, February 2016 When Vince turns eight years old he discovers he has the most amazing secret. Although he has always hated animals, which is embarrassing because his father is a zoo keeper, Vince suddenly... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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There's a Dragon in My Dinner
Tom Nicoll
February 2016 Debut of the Month Dragons come in all shapes and sizes in children's stories, but the one that Eric finds in a box of beansprouts is small, friendly and lots of fun. Pan is a mini-dragon, lost en... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Terry Perkins and His Upside Down Frown
Felix Massie
Terry Perkins is a normal, happy little boy, until he starts to speak, and his words come out upside down. A doctor has the answer – stand Terry on his head. People can understand him now, but it makes Terry... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Lionheart
Richard Collingridge
This book comes with a warning: it will make you ROAR! And it will – with excitement, relief and happiness. Nightime and Richard is scared so, clutching his toy Lionheart, he runs out of his bedroom, through the streets and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/02/2016
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Noah's Noisy Animals
Rebecca Elliott
Rebecca Elliott tells the story of Noah's Ark with extraordinary economy and charm, capturing all the drama and the joy. On chunky board book pages we see two lovely lions, two magnificent monkeys, two brown bears, two pretty parrots, followed... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 19/02/2016
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My Little Book of... Emergency Vehicles
Claudia Martin
There are 60 plus pages of information about different kinds of emergency vehicles in this attractive little book. Fire, police, ambulance and search and rescue vehicles from across the world, including lots in the UK, are included, represented in clear... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/01/2016
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Ben
Jack Townend
Following the release of A Story about Ducks and A Railway ABC, both of which were a major hit with Lovereading4kids members and browsers, V&A Publishing has rediscovered two more touching stories by the inimitable author and artist... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2015
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Harry and the Monster
Sue Mongredien
How can Harry tame the monster who comes to scare him in the night? Luckily first Mum and then dad come up with a clever plan. Suddenly, the monster doesn't seem so scary after all. With a strong domestic setting... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2014
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Demolition
Sally Sutton
“Bang! Clang! Crack! Thud! Creak!! Wham! ” The noises of the building site provide a background to this vigorous story of destruction. Perfect for all those who love big machines such as tractors, diggers and cranes as the work they... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 06/03/2014
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Willy the Wimp
Anthony Browne
Fed up with being bullied Willy the gorilla decides to take action and if that means getting fitter and tougher then that's what he does. Suddenly the bullies are running away and even better Willy saves a girl from the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Dinosaur Farm
Frann Preston-Gannon
One of our Books of the Year 2013 A delightful farming story – with a difference! Like all farmers, this farmer is busy all day long – feeding the animals, cleaning up after them and even cleaning them. That's a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/03/2013
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Alfie Outdoors
Shirley Hughes
Standing in his pyjamas in the garden in the morning sunshine, Alfie is an unmistakeable little figure. Shirley Hughes has an extraordinary understanding of children, their world and what matters to them and captures it beautifully in the turn of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Jim's Lion
Russell Hoban
Russell Hoban's moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness is dramatically reimagined in graphic-novel format with new art by Alexis Deacon. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/03/2015
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2015, and winner in books for younger children category - Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2014- One of the Lovereading4kids Readers'... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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Bruno and Titch
Sheena Dempsey
Perfect for pet-lovers (and especially guinea pig lovers) everywhere, this funny story of finding a home and a person to care for him is told from the guinea pig's humorous perspective. Features Bruno, a wildly inventive boy, and his new... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/08/2014
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2014
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Hector and the Big Bad Knight
Alex T. Smith
March 2014 Debut of the Month A fun-filled new picture book about the power of good with quirky illustrations from award-winning Alex T. Smith. Boys in particular will love the story of Hector, a tiny little boy with a big,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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We Have Lift-Off!
Sean Taylor
A sophisticated story with an important message lies at the heart of this deliciously entertaining book. The animals on Mr Tanner's farm are in revolt against their farmer's disgusting behaviour; he pollutes the water, cuts down the trees, and makes... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Jack's Mega Machines: Mighty Monster Truck
Alison Ritchie
An exciting new title in the popular series about Jack, a boy with a gift for repairingbig machines. Jack's just fixed up a monster truck and his keen to give it a test drive. The drive turns into an... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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The Acrobat
Alborozo
However hard he tries to attract attention no-one ever watches the acrobat at the circus. They are busy watching Hercule the weightlifter, Marguerite the Magnificent and Adele the Astounding. Sadly, the acrobat leaves the circus to find another audience. Still... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2013
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Bob and Rob
Sue Pickford
Good dog Bob has the misfortune to be owned by Rob, a very, very bad burglar. Rob is always doing really terrible things and Bob has to do all he can to put them right. When Bob returns a sack... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2013
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Max the Champion
Alex Strick, Sean Stockdale
Sports-mad Max thinks about sport every minute of every day – and night! He dives into his cereal, scores a goal with his school artwork, imagines himself skiing down a fast slalom course on his way home and dreams... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2013
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No More Kisses for Bernard
Niki Daly
Award-winning Niki Daly is brilliant at capturing Bernard's horror at his aunt's passion to kiss him! Bernard has four equally adoring aunts so he has to think up a great many cunning plans to avoid being kissed. This is a... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2011
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We're Going to Build a Dam
Gillian McClure
With fluid, engaging line and watercolour illustrations, Gillian McClure' s story simple but dramatic story captures the spontaneity of two small boys working and playing together on the beach. And in the visual narrative readers can enjoy following the antics... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2013
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The Disgusting Sandwich
Gareth Edwards
There's a great joke running right through this witty picture book to the excellent punch line. Badger is always hungry and now his tummy is rumbling! He so badly wants the fresh white bread and peanut butter sandwich which he... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2013
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The Wind in the Wallows
Jeanne Willis
A side-splitting look at a topic every child knows and giggles about - noisy bottoms! - cheeky, quirky and outrageous humour from this bestselling team. Boys in particular will love this but beware parents they may decide to wallow around... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Nuddy Ned
Kes Gray
Ned's extreme delight in having no clothes on is wickedly captured in this story of a little boy who runs around everywhere with nothing on at all. Young readers will love Ned's nude prancing and especially lifting the provocatively placed... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: "The text is very minimal but perfect - and the illustrations are glorious. This isn't a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws. Little Max... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2000
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The Giant Rumble Wrestling Trolls: Match Three
Jim Eldridge
Challenged to a Giant Rumble but suffering from a shortfall of wrestlers, Jack and his friends set out to find more participants for their great battle. But what starts... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Dylan's Amazing Dinosaurs - The Stegosaurus
E. T. Harper
Dylan and his dinosaur friend fly off on amazing dinosaur discovery missions to the Land of Living Dinosaurs. This time he has to discover what secret weapon a stegosaurus has. Find out what it is and then act out the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/09/2014
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How Pirates Really Work
Alan Snow
Do pirates really like singing rollicking songs, burying their treasure and parrots? Do they really eat Ship's biscuits with worms and how do they deal with Sea Monsters? From the author of the bestselling How Santa Really Works, Alan... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban
A must-read for anyone who thinks that fooling about is a waste of time! Through the brilliant combination of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the story celebrates all the skills that children learn on their own. Tom likes nothing more... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad's birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Choosing Crumble
Michael Rosen
January 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michael Rosen captures the dilemma of any dog choosing a new home – and any home finding a new dog! Terri-Lee goes to the pet shop to choose a dog. But, Crumble isn't... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Buccaneering Book of Pirates
Saviour Pirotta
A book of two parts this will delight all those who love the bloodthirsty excitement of pirates and their derring–do on the high seas as they sail away on their never ending quest for gold. Seven bristling and bustling stories... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2013
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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Wizard's Whisper
Kristina Stephenson
Favourite hero Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is off on a new adventure which is revealed in a picture book with four giant fold-out flaps to add excitement. Sir Charlie is set a challenge by a wizard with a sneaky smile... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2013
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The General
Janet Charters
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman's very first book is beautifully reissued in this edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, he discovers... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2013
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I am So Over Being a Loser
Jim Smith
Barry Loser is back giving another hilarious glimpse into his busy life and, above all, into his ongoing campaign to prove that he is a really cool guy. It's harder than ever for Barry to be cool when his mum... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Horrid Henry's Nightmare
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry finds he is not as fearless as he thought in the title story in this collection. And, to make matters worse, Perfect Pete is much less easily frightened. Four shocking new tales about the unchanging Horrid Henry. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Toothy!
Alan MacDonald
Dirty Bertie, the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits, returns for another helping of comic chaos in the 19th book of this successful series. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2013
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Reader ReviewedMonster and Chips
David O'Connell
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & April 2013 Debut of the Month Fans of The Wimpy Kid will love this delightfully disgusting and dangerous story about what happens when Joe sets out to buy some chips from... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2013
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The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
Allan Ahlberg
Mr Gaskitt does a strange thing one day; he puts on all his clothes right on top of each other. Going out dressed like that makes Mr Gaskitt look very different and it's lucky that he does when he meets... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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Books for Boys 7 and older

Thimble Monkey Superstar
Jon Blake
Jams Cogan's life changes when his next door neighbours arrive at his family bungalow – or Castle as his dad, a not-terribly successful children's author calls it – with a hamster for them to look after. At least, the neighbours... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Spangles Mcnasty and the Fish of Gold
Steve Webb
To the canon of disgusting, disreputable villains loved by children – the Twits, Mr Gum, Armitage Shanks – can now be added Spangles McNasty and his sidekick Sausage-face Pete. To give you an idea of how nasty Spangles is, his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of Alfie Onion
Vivian French
If you love fairytales – and who couldn't? – you'll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children's authors. Magnifico Onion might be the seventh son of a seventh son but he's been... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Boy and the Globe
Tony Bradman
Young readers wondering what's so special about Shakespeare as celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death get underway would do well to read Tony Bradman's cheerful story of life at the Globe circa 1611. The cast of characters... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives' readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/04/2016
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The 52-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
For absurd, anarchic, keep-them-reading comedy adventures, kids can't do better than climb into Andy and Terry's world. If you haven't discovered this series, it stars Andy and Terry and their amazing custom-built treehouse, any child's dream (adult-free) adventure-playground. Whatever they... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Best Birthday Bike
Chris Hoy
March 2016 Book of the Month For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy's Flying Fergus series is hard to beat. He's collaborated with accomplished children's author Joanna Nadin, a writer who knows her way... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Collection of Curiosities: Bugs
Vicky Egan
This handsome information/activity book is packed with bug facts, figures and features. There are lots of beautiful close up images of insects, some very familiar - dragonflies and earthworms – others less so – fireflies, the orchid moth. The illustrations... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Long Haul
Jeff Kinney
February 2016 Book of the Month The best-selling Wimpy Kid is off on a family holiday. Mum is full of good ideas about the trip. Especially about how it can be a useful time for learning! From the start everything... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedHamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids' books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in danger again, or should that be still, and the monsters... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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My Parents are Driving Me Crazy
Pete Johnson
The ups and downs of would-be comic Louis's life make for highly amusing reading. Ups include first date with his friend/comedy agent Maddy, and forth-coming appearance on a TV talent show; downs are school, Mr Beach in particular, and Dad,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2015
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If Only We Had a Helicopter
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Here's a slice of Roger McGough's childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school;... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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The Secret Dog
Joe Friedman
Good dog stories are irresistible and this one has everything that young readers want. Josh is living on a Scottish island with his crofter uncle following the death of his mother. He loves the island and its wildlife, often nursing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award. Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him. What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2015
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses not to skip any of the gore of Beowulf's... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy's problem is that not everyone – and certainly not those who try to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedCompton Valance Super F.A.R.T.s versus the Master of Time
Matt Brown
Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon are unlikely heroes, but they managed to create a time machine out of a mouldy cheese sandwich and save the universe from certain destruction. Now the sandwich is safely in a museum,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedBorgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Kjartan Poskitt
Hilarious new adventures for Borgon the young barbarian who is determined to make his mark on the world. Borgon is off to watch the Shadow Trials which are widely known to be the most fiercesome challenge in the desert. But,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Harvey Drew and the Bling Bots
Cas Lester
Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Beat the Game
James Floyd Kelly
In Beat the Game readers find themselves trapped inside a computer game. They must apply their knowledge of programming and algorithms to make their way safely through. The reader is responsible for how the plot unfolds and if you successfully... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Other book format | Released 07/07/2014
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Spies in Disguise: Boy in a Tutu
Kate Scott
A funny, wise-cracking spy story with World Cup memorabilia at its centre - James Bond never had to dress up as a girl!! - packed full of gadgets and super sleuthing and a boy who must dress in a tutu... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedHow Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Simon Mayle
June 2014 Debut of the Month Harry's an optimistic kid who never gives in but when Harry's dad loses his job he fears his mega-amazing film idea, without any money isn't going to happen. But Harry is resilient and is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
Matt Brown
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Debut of the Month Told at a speed to match the time-travel theme of the story, this is a highly entertaining and wittily illustrated adventure which pays a lot... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2014
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Meeting Cezanne
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
This is a gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. This book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by one of France's finest illustrators. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Peter's Railway Hits the Jackpot
Christopher G.C. Vine
This series of books entitled Peter's Railway is a real find for both young and old railway enthusiasts. Each book tells the story of a young boy, Peter who lives with his family at the edge of his Grandpa's farm. ... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2013
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Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2014
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
Jo Nesbo
Fuelled by farts, this is fast-paced and a delightfully ridiculous adventure from a debut children's writer but a well established and bestselling adult author Jo Nesbø who has been fairly compared to Stieg Larsson, the creator of The Girl with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Legend of Frog
Guy Bass
The Legend of Frog is the first book in a brand new three-part series by award-winning and best-selling author, Guy Bass. A mash-up of fairy tale, fantasy and science fiction with a hearty helping of humour, The Legend of Frog... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2014
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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Assignment: Royal Rescue
Tommy Donbavand
Agent Fangs Enigma and super-sleuth Puppy Brown are on a mission to rescue the Princess Tiara when it looks as if she will be kidnapped by the Yeti! Can the daring pair see off the threat and unmask the villain? Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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The Dragonsitter's Castle
Josh Lacey
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 A welcome return to this series, previously shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize. Edward Pickle-Smith writes to his Uncle Morton to ask him why his dragons have arrived unexpectedly. How... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Fabulous Four Fish Fingers
Jason Beresford
This is undoubtedly the perfect reading material for both boys and girls aged 7+ - plenty of humour, kids with superpowers (and we all know boys in particular wish they had superpowers) but most of all it has heart. The... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Reader ReviewedGladiator Clash
Chris Blake
In this first book in the Time Hunters series, school boy Tom has an unfortunate habit of breaking statues in museums! Every time he does so, he releases an ancient curse and finds himself stepping back into the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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The Abominators and the Forces of Evil: The Revenge of My Panty Wanty Woos
J. L. Smith
July 2013 Book of the Month Laugh out loud at this latest story about the Abominators and their latest goings on at Grimely East Primary School. Cecil, newly arrived and learning to be just a little less posh despite his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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The Grunts All at Sea
Philip Ardagh
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - June 2013 Book of the Month The Grunts, a family of doubtful charm to whom extraordinary and mostly disgusting things happen, are back for a fabulous new adventure. Everything that... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2013
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Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)
Liz Pichon
The award winning and hilarious Tom Gates series gets a welcome addition as the hapless Tom Gates shows that he is absolutely fantastic – at some things! This time, Class 5 are going on an activity weekend. Tom is, of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2013-04-04
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Captain Valiant and Me: Revenge of the Black Phantom
Adam Britten
Adam Britten's new series will appeal to anyone who's ever dreamed they could fly, no matter how old they are....but especially if they are under the age of ten. A quirky, funny and original new series that's perfect for... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2013
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A Cretaceous Survival Guide
Rex Stone
Are you ready for the Dinosaur Cove Cretaceous Survival Guide? It's jam-packed full of fascinating dinosaur facts, it's bursting at the seams with fantastic puzzles to solve, and it's overflowing with great activities to do...such as creating your own volcano... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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Stick Dog
Tom Watson
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & January 2013 Debut of the Month Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK. With hilarious... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Great Galloon
Tom Banks
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & March 2013 Debut of the Month A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Sara O'Connor - The Great Galloon... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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Night of the Howling Hound
Sam Hay
Undead Pets is a terrific series, particularly for boys and reluctant readers. This is the third one. Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of undead... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2013
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Alien Schoolboy's Z-A Guide to Earthlings
Ros Asquith
November 2012 Book of the Month & Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, this hilarious series goes from strength to strength. In this forth title, The Aliens exploration of earthlings' speech reveals the foibles of the English language -... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh?
John Foster
More jokes, riddles and rhymes this time about pirates, ghosts, vampires and flesh-eating zombies. Lots of jokes about ghouls and ghosts and some very unsavoury things that go bump in the night. Hilarious and horrid, this collection will delight young... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Kidnapped
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
Sam's secret is…. that he can turn into a bold pirate, swashbuckling hero of the seven seas. With a boring uncle coming to visit, Sam knows he must escape – and fast! Soon he's off on the Sea Wolf with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Adventure Island 8 : The Mystery of the Drowning Man
Helen Moss, Roy Knipe
Cracking adventures on the island of Castle Key are at the heart of this exciting series. Jack and his brother Scott are sure their holiday in this remote location in Cornwall will be dull. But, how wrong can they be?... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Ninja Meerkats 4 : Hollywood Showdown
Gareth P. Jones
The author has just been named as winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for 2012. Meerkats are everywhere in films and commercials at the moment so it seems quite normal for a terrific little series to be created for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Geronimo Stilton: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid
Geronimo Stilton
This is an adventure you'll never forget. Meet Geronimo, a newspaper owner whose favourite pastime is writing tales of adventure. Geronimo heads for Egypt to meet mummies, read hieroglypyhics and learn the secrets of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Downtown Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Olympics
Jeanne Willis
Daft dinosaurs create delightfully madcap fun in this hilarious family saga with a difference. When gang warfare between Darwin the stegosaurus and T Rex Flint Beastwood breaks out, the exuberant mayor Boris comes up with a great plan. Why not... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/02/2012
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1)
Lemony Snicket
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2010
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Zal and Zara and the Great Race of Azamed
Kit Downes
Join the fantastical flying carpet race in this magical adventure novel from a debut author. Pacy, exciting and full of humour, it's a timeless story combining good versus evil, a breathless race against time and two protagonists who must overcome... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Books for Boys 9 and older

Reader ReviewedFenn Halflin and the Fearzero
Francesca Armour-Chelu
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2016 Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. When Fenn's parents are killed by the vicious Terra Ferma who are determined... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedBeetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month A rollicking adventure spiced up with fascinating information about beetles, this debut novel fuses science, survival and sleuthing! Darkus's life is turned upside down when his father goes missing. Darkus refuses to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Stormbreaker The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first mission. Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedSimon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
Aimee Carter
February 2016 Debut of the Month Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter's twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some of whom are decidedly untrustworthy. Instead of being trainee wizards... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Seal's Fate
Eoin Colfer
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, November 2015 Children's Laureate of Ireland Eoin Colfer tells a touching story of a young boy trying to live up to his father which means doing something that goes against his nature. Bobby's father... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Lockdown
Peter Jay Black
Another dose of terrific escapist fiction from an author who excels at this kind of gadget-packed high action drama. Jack, Charlie, Obi, Wren and Slink, aka the Urban Outlaws, are still on the trail of Hector, even though that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds and smells of the English countryside with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedDanger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O'Doherty
Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016, 9-13 years Category Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world's greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Sons of Scarlatti
John McNally
Meet Finn, shrunk to 9mm tall by his uncle in order to save mankind by stopping a killing machine from wreaking havoc. Full of humour and high action adventure even if its characters are very small. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and My World Cup
Dave Cousins
Charlie is the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy. He eats, sleeps, and breathes football. But when Colts steal all of North Star's best players, it's up to Charlie and his friends to save the team... Told... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Young Werewolf
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Matt was your average boy until a dangerous encounter awakens a wolf inside of him! This is a fun supernatural story from the internationally bestselling author of Inkheart. It will grip you from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2013
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Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door
Ross Montgomery
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 - August 2013 Debut of the Month One boy and one dag embark on a... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Reader ReviewedEdge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he's fighting the Samurai in 16th century Japan. The background is... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie
Jeff Norton
With a great twist to it, this is a witty story of growing up and all the complications and unfairness of family and friends that go with it. Adam Meltzer is on an unusual mission. He wants to find out... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Parent Agency
David Baddiel
Winner of the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016, 9-13 years Category. A brilliantly funny story about a boy who makes a very rash wish! Barry is not the first boy in the world to say “I wish I had better... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy: the Blunder Years
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What would you do? When Martin asks his friend Padraic for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedKenny Wright Superhero
James Patterson
Kenny Wright is smart, polite, and really good at chess, none of which does anything to impress the kids at his new Middle School, which is one tough place. But when, he's forced to teach one of his regular tormentors... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedDemolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month Jake Biggs's dad works in demolition. All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
April 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Book of Storms
Ruth Hatfield
November 2014 Book of the Month Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Name of This Book is Secret
Pseudonymous Bosch
Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions. The first in a secretive series, The Name of this Book is SECRET is accompanied by a website, part of which is in code so important information... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2014
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Millions 10th Anniversary Edition
Frank Cottrell Boyce
When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem. They only have a few days in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Ghosts of the Forest
Steve Backshall
Saving the rain forest! That's the vital mission of Saker and his friend Sinter. The precious forest is being cleared by loggers leaving the wild life at risk. The orang-utans will be especially vulnerable if their precious habit is destroyed.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/07/2014
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Operation Sting
Simon Cheshire
Operation Sting is the first book in an exciting, fast-paced and action-packed new series, SWARM full of spying and military action. Aimed at 9+ this will appeal to both boys and girls who are fans of spy adventures and robot... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2014
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Granny Samurai and the Brain of Ultimate Doomitude
John Chambers
Granny Samurai is back for a second hilarious and thrilling adventure. And she is still not to be messed with! As before, Samuel Johnson tells the story of his unusual next door neighbour who drives a truck and keeps a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Monkey and Me
David Gilman
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Although tinged with sadness, this is a good-hearted and entertaining adventure story with a good message about animal rights. Beanie is being treated for leukaemia but, when he comes across a young chimpanzee in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2014
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Ratburger
David Walliams
Winner of the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling author David Williams has come up with another cracker of a story in Ratburger. Zoe is a lovely little girl with a terrible life; she... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedWild Boy
Rob Lloyd Jones
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 9-11 category This is a fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. Dripping with atmosphere and gothic... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Young Knights: Pendragon
Julia Golding
Best-selling Julia Golding launches a thrilling new adventure as the the Young Knights of the Round Table return for a second adventure. Although once trained to think of humans as the enemy the Young Knights now know better and their... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Woebegone Twins
Christopher William Hill
One of our Books of the Year 2013 - October 2013 Book of the Month Fans of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket will enjoy the dark and disagreeable lives of twins Greta and Feliks Mortenerg – frequently known as the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2013
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Blood & Fire
Dan Scott
The story of Lucius and his gladiator brother Quin continues. Lucius must face his deadliest adventure yet as he tries to unearth facts to prove his father isn't a traitor. But nothing is straight forward when it comes to life... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2013
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The Day the World Went Loki
Robert J. Harris
Hilarious adventure, mythical creatures and non-stop action. Two brothers recite an ancient rhyme and conjure up an extra day of the week but they had no idea it would work - or that the day would belong to the banished... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/08/2013
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The Feast of Ravens
Andrew Beasley
This is an action-packed adventure series that appeals to boys and girls, combining the timeless theme of good versus evil with steampunk gadgetry and free-running angels. Mortal Engines meets Oliver Twist for a new generation. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2013
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Skellig
David Almond
Special hardback gift edition celebrating 15 years of Skellig - one of the best-known, most-awarded debut children's novels of the past 20 years. This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Football Shorts
Tom Watt
Nick Hornby, Mal Peet and Tom Palmer are already well-known for their football stories. But this terrific anthology also includes stories by Tomáš Rosický, Vincent Kompany and Curtis Davies all of whom are better known on the field. All the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Ethan's Voice
Rachel Carter
Perfect for fans of Mark Haddon, David Almond and Jacqueline Wilson Ethan's Voice is an uplifting, tenderly written story that marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent in children's fiction. A message from Zoe Duncan, Senior Editor at Scholastic:... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2013-07-04
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Anton and Piranha
Milena Baisch
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children's book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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The Spider's Lair
Guy Bass
Created by a mad professor Stitch Head is no ordinary boy and his life is very far from ordinary! In this new madcap adventure, Stitch Head finds himself in a tricky spot as he tries to rescue Arabella from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Space Blasters
Philip Caveney
This action-packed adventure is perfect for all those who have imagined what space might be like. The launch party for a space adventure movie Space Blasters goes bizarrely wrong when Mr Lazarus, the mysterious man who has helped Kip and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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The Diamond Thief
Sharon Gosling
Combining elements of Jules Verne with the action-packed adventures of Indiana Jones; this debut novel from Sharon Gosling is a gripping read. Set in Victorian London, circus trapeze artiste Remy leads a double life as a jewel thief. However she... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2013
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Reader ReviewedGoblins Vs Dwarves
Philip Reeve
A brilliant and equally witty follow-up to Goblins which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Now the goblins are under direct attack by the dwarves who are desperate to steal all the treasure from the goblins' stronghold, Clovenstone Castle. Led... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2013
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Will Gallows and the Rock Demon's Blood
Derek Keilty
Amid a riot of unbridled and highly entertaining chaos, there lies an unexpected and entirely unpredictable adventure for this cowboy with a difference. Will is thinking of hanging up his cowboy hat and joining the elf side of his family... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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The Sultan's Tigers
Josh Lacey
If you're looking for plenty of action and adventure then Josh Lacey creates it in spades. The protagonist is a boy called Tom who also featured in Josh's previous novel The Island of Thieves. Tom with the help of his... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library)
A. F. Harrold
July 2012 Debut of the Month. A hero with a difference! Fizzlebert Stump wants to make changes to his life. Bored with life in the circus, he is determined to run away and join…the Library! How Fizzlebert sets out to... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Dark Lord : The Teenage Years
Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 - aged seven to fourteen. This is wonderfully original, completely mad but according to a 10 year old boy we gave it to is one of the funniest books he's read all... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2011
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Books for Boys 11 and older

Return to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Luke Challenger Book 2)
Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
Daredevil teen hero Luke Challenger is in deep trouble. Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is revisited in this thrilling new action-adventure novel, the fantastic sequel to Return to The Lost World. Evil villains, pirates, sea monsters and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2011
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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Louis Sachar
In Holes, best-selling author Louis Sachar showed his understanding and compassion for a group of boys who have got outside the system. In There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, he shows the same sensitivity to Bradley Chalkers, one boy... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Genesis
Helen Dennis
Genesis is the first novel in a new action-packed series called 'River of Ink' and is full of adventure and mystery. It begins in the heart of London when a mystery teenage boy emerges from the River Thames drenched, distressed and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2016-01-14
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Eagle Strike Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
In this stylish re-issue, Horowitz's world-renowned teen super-spy Alex Rider's fourth mission is turned into a slick, thrilling, fast-paced and stylish graphic adaptation. It brings to life all the adventure, thrills and spills of this bestselling story. Following the triumphant,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Boy Who Drew the Future
Rhian Ivory
Tense, and creepy, there are real thrills in this absorbing story. Noah has a strange and unsettling talent – gift or curse? – his drawings portray events that have not yet happened, but will. It's a talent he needs to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMel Foster and the Demon Butler
Julia Golding
August 2015 Book of the Month Part superhero story, part Victorian Gothic, Julia Golding's new story is great fun! It begins in the Arctic when Cabin Boy Mel finds something strange trapped in the ice: it's Eve Frankenstein no less,... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedGerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
M. G. Harris
This exciting new series is based on an original idea from Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Our hero is Ben Cameron, sixteen years old. His father has been killed in a climbing accident, and the book opens at the funeral, with... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Crow Talker
Jacob Grey
April 2015 Debut of the Month Caw is an orphan, or might as well be. His parents threw him out aged five and since then he's lived with a family of crows in a local park. He's learnt to understand... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedAlone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series that really put dystopia... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedRussian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Bestselling Anthony Horowitz doesn't miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and calculating; he is a contract killer... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have-nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too. Rest assured this book will have... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Dark Inheritance
Chris d'Lacey
A whopping adventure with some thrilling chases, heart-racing paranormal moments, unexplained criminal activity, a robot with the unlikely name of Gustav Klimt, a secret enterprise called Unicorne and Michael, a great schoolboy hero, at its heart. When Michael saves a... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 7: Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedNight Runner
Tim Bowler
August 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny's life is bleak enough... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook
Egmont UK Ltd
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year Minecraft is a BAFTA award winning online gaming sensation with over 41 million registered users. There's nothing that can't be built in Minecraft, but with so many possibilities, where do you start?... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedSkulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men
Derek Landy
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year An eighth enthralling episode in the gripping story of the very dead, very magical and very funny sleuth commonly known as Skulduggery Pleasant. Always one step ahead of catastrophe, Skulduggery... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Private Blog of Joe Cowley
Ben Davis
April 2014 Debut of the Month ** Due to the content we recommend this for 12+ readers Fourteen-year-old Joe Cowley off-loads all his concerns about girls, friends, school enemies, family and …girls again in his funny, easy-to-read and not-so-private blog. One... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Being a Boy
James Dawson
A brutally frank and often hilarious look at what being a teenage boy really entails. It provides an uncensored look at puberty, from the social food-chain to sex, how to pull, being a boyfriend, dealing with spotty faces and everything... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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The Mayan Prophecy
Alex Scarrow
This may be Book 8 and the series a major number one bestseller already but many new fans are still jumping in to this terrific time travel adventure, so if it's time travel you're looking for then look no further... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero. This title tells the author story. Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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The Mystery
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
The Mystery is the third title in this widely accesssible, action packed adventure series, Troubletwisters. With fantasy and magic and high-octane action this will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. It works well as a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2013
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Reader ReviewedTall Tales from Pitch End
Nigel McDowell
This is a great, imaginative debut from a new Irish author. A rich gothic tale of friendship, loss, rebellion and adventure with a teen hero determined to save his... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Poison Boy
Fletcher Moss
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - April 2013 Debut of the Month - Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2012 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category When poison boy Dalton Fly, a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2013
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The Hanged Man Rises
Sarah Naughton
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 A chilling tale of one boy's struggle to uncover the truth surrounding a series of murders, in order to avert a tragedy threatening those closest to him. Creepy and supernatural this is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2013
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Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army
Marcus Alexander
A richly-conceived fantasy, this is a gripping story of secrets and special powers. Charlie Keeper, born with the genetic talent, the Will and the Way, and the gift to open doors that others cannot, is imprisoned in the mythical world... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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Mortal Chaos: Speed Freaks
Matt Dickinson
One beat of a butterfly's wings is all it takes to set in motion a chain of events, over the course of one day, which will change people's lives - and end people's lives. From the father and son diving... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Itch
Simon Mayo
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 A terrific action adventure packed-full of fascinating true science! Itch is making an unusual collection: when it is finished, it will include all the elements of the periodic... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/10/2012
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His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman
The three volumes of this award-winning trilogy are beautifully presented in this mighty single volume. Set in two parallel universes, the story of Lyra, a young orphan and her demon Pantalaimon begins in Oxford. Swept up in a dangerous plot... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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Eleven Eleven
Paul Dowswell
A powerful combination of historic detail, timeless narrative and action-packed plot. The author places three teenagers, one American, one British and the other German at the centre of the story in the lead up to the 11th day of the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2012
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Another Life
Keren David
A roller-coaster, first-person teenage thriller tells the third part of Keren David's story about teens caught up in the world of crime. Having been expelled from the boarding school he hates, Archie is delighted to be back in London where... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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The Fight for the Future
Jeff Norton, Ryan Hunter
Even virtual worlds need real heroes...It's the near future. Jonah Delacroix spends most of his life inside The Metasphere - a global computer based virtual reality. It feels like a kind of freedom, but it has a price. Combining the... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Night Sky in My Head
Sarah Hammond
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - July 2012 Debut of the Month. This is a stunning debut, perfect for fans of Skellig and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Mikey Baxter isn't like other 14... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Mortal Engines: Predator Cities 1
Philip Reeve
The Predator Cities quartet is a stunning blend of past and future technologies where the world of the traction era and mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. The publication of Mortal Engines, the first in the quartet launched... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The History Keepers 2: Circus Maximus
Damian Dibben
In this exciting sequel, The History Keepers embark upon another rollercoaster adventure that takes us into the heart of the ancient world, from the doors to Hades, to the streets of Rome at the height of its glorious empire. You... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Dan and the Dead
Thomas Taylor
Dan talks to the undead dead - and helps solve their problems. But when he takes on the case of a teenage shoplifter, things spin out of control. You'll find there are some great characters you'll warm to - even... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Vampire Fighters (The Vampire series Book 3)
Pete Johnson
Marcus, Tallulah and Gracie are back in this final fast-paced, fun and frightening story in award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series, following on from The Vampire Blog and The Vampire Hunters. The Vampire Fighters is the third installment in award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles book 2)
Rick Riordan
From the author of the phenomenally successful Percy Jackson novels comes a terrific series set in Ancient Egypt rather than in Ancient Greece. Rick really has his finger on the pulse when it comes to delivering what 9+ kids... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Brotherband: The Outcasts Book One
John Flanagan
This is the first in a fast-paced action adventure series that grips from the very first page. Set on the high seas teams of boys must triumph over adversity if they are going to win the ultimate race of becoming... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Trash
Andy Mulligan
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Judges said: A... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/03/2011
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Grey Wolves (Henderson's Boys)
Robert Muchamore
This is the fourth in the Henderson's Boys series that has been such a hit with 9+ boys everywhere. It's Spring, 1941 and German submarines are prowling the North Atlantic, sinking ships filled with the food, fuel and weapons... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2011-02-03
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The Maze Runner
James Dashner
A cracking sci-fi post-apocalyptic adventure thriller for 11+ year olds that has already taken the US by storm and is set to achieve similar success globally. When Thomas wakes up, walks out of the lift he's in he finds himself... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2010
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Revolver
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010, the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010 and for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009. A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2010
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The Penalty
Mal Peet
This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino, South America's top sports journalist. It's a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author's passion for football shines through in the writing. If you're football mad or want... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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North Face
Matt Dickinson
An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face' is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedSpook's: The Dark Army
Joseph Delaney
Following the shocking final events of A New Darkness, fans of the Spook's series will be desperate to find out what happens next. The opening chapter is riveting as Tom Ward, slaughtered at the end of the previous book, is... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedTerror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedDread Eagle
Alex Woolf
October 2014 Book of the Month Steampunk at its best with some fantastical inventions that make the impossible possible. Set in the mid-nineteenth century, war has broken out between France and England as the two mighty powers struggle for global... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series that really put dystopia... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedZero Hour
Will Hill
Department 19 is utterly addictive. Packed with great characters and brilliantly plotted, the series sets a new benchmark for YA thrillers. This is book four in the explosive series from bestselling author, Will Hill. if you're looking for a fast-paced... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedTape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Hunted
Charlie Higson
Best-selling Charlie Higson's sixth title in the ‘The Enemy' series is as thrilling and chilling as its predecessors. In a world in which everyone over fourteen is struck down by a hideous illness which ravages their bodies and turns them... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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There's no shortage of research that suggests that boys don't read as much as girls and if our email requests from members and browsers is anything to go by a list of books that are 'Great for Boys', is long overdue. So right here on Lovereading4kids our aim is to redress that balance.

We’ve created a special category of books, broken down by age range, which our experts think will be enjoyed enormously by boys.

It might be purely because there’s plenty of exciting action and fast-moving plots in the story and that the book will grab the reader’s attention before they’ve even finished the first page or perhaps the characters in the story are mostly boys.

Please don’t think however, that we’re excluding girls from having an interest in these books. We know there are plenty of girls who also enjoy books that are more aimed at boys.

We hope parents will find it a useful resource. As always you can download free Opening Extracts of each book and buy with a 25% discount, and do come back often as we will be refreshing the list regularly.

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