I have given each of my recommendations for children an age suggestion. These are of course approximate. Please also have a look at younger or older categories.

by David Almond
An entertaining page-turner of a read which explored themes of fitting in, difference, AI and what it is to be human. It's aimed at readers aged 9-12 years
Review date: 22.04.22
Age recommendation: 7+
by BB Alston
Funny, clever and gripping adventure where Amari will do anything to try to find her missing brother.
Review date: 15.02.21
Age recommendation: 9+
by Eduard Altaribba
Full of information, maps, diagrams and illustrations - brilliantly packaged introduction to a difficult subject.
Review date: 29.05.23
Age recommendation: 9+
by Sophie Anderson
A magical, wintery tale of relationships won and lost. Very special.
Review date: 24.08.23
Age recommendation: 8+
by Katya Balen
A wonderful tale of family, a quest, the natural world and the stories we tell ourselves.
Review date: 18.11.23
Age recommendation: 8+
by Katya Balen illustrated by Angela Harding
A beautiful, thoughtful and inventive read with owls and mudlarking, city and countryside, love and conflict. Brilliant!
Review date: 25.11.22
Age recommendation: 8+
by Rob Biddulph
Peanut's father has gone missing but when she discovers a box of pencils he left her, she finds that she can draw images which come to life, including a door to the world in which her father has disappeared.
Review date: 17.05.21
Age recommendation: 9+
by John Boyne
The book is a funny, magical modern fairy tale, and while there is a little bit of sadness, it is a story of hope.
Review date: 19.03.12
Age recommendation: 9+
by Sita Brahmachari
All about life and death, friendship and culture - lots to unpeel!
Review date: 30.12.22
Age recommendation: 9+
by Elen Caldecott
Bringing humour and adventure to a story which encompasses loyalty, the importance of keeping your word and bereavement.
Review date: 28.03.13
Age recommendation: 8+
by James Campbell
Silly and quirky, packed with useful and useless information about football, this is another gem from the children's comedian turned author.
Review date: 15.08.22
Age recommendation: 7+
by Emma Carroll illustrated by Lauren Child
A feminist reworking of the Hans Christian Anderson classic, this is brilliantly and sensitively done. Fantastic!
Review date: 30.11.22
Age recommendation: 7+
by Emma Carroll
A wonderful nostalgic adventure in the Amazon rainforest, inspired by Eva Ibbotson's glorious book 'Journey to the River Sea'.
Review date: 04.06.22
Age recommendation: 8+
by Emma Chichester Clark
Polly is a girl known for rescuing animals. When a bear cub is acquired by the local zoo, it's up to her to return him to his family in the wild wood.
Review date: 24.07.23
Age recommendation: 7+
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A fun adventure set in Wales, inspired by real events during World War II when paintings held by the National Gallery were hidden in the mountains to keep them safe. Brilliant!
Review date: 17.08.20
Age recommendation: 7+
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A group of children win a prize to go on a trip into space - but this is no theme park ride...
Age recommendation: 7+
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A family's dilemmas when they discover they have stumbled across millions of pounds.
Age recommendation: 7+
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A sequel to the classic story written by Ian Fleming and turned into a film by Roald Dahl.
Review date: 11.10.11
Age recommendation: 8+
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Another funny adventure from this brilliant author, inspired by real events!
Review date: 18.05.15
Age recommendation: 9+
by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Stuck on an island with no mobile phones and when the internet is broken, they've run out of food and they've discovered treasure. What an adventure!
Review date: 13.05.21
Age recommendation: 8+

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