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Best Books for 9-11 year olds

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In 2015, we put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

The books below are ones suitable for children aged 9-11.

See our best books for other age groups

Please note: This list was published in 2015. We are currently working on a revised and more up-to-date list which more adequately reflects the brilliant diversity of children's literature over the last 100 years. Please take a look at Books We Love for our reviews of current brilliant books.

  • Flour Babies

    Author: Anne Fine

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Flour Babies

    Author: Anne Fine

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    As part of a Child Development project, each boy in Class 4C is given a 'flour baby', a sack of flour which must be looked after f…

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.

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  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from Go…

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  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.

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  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

    Morris Gleitzman brings heart and humour to the difficult subject of the Holocaust in this ground-breaking children's book.

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  • The Story of Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Story of Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Tracy lives in a children's home but constantly hopes that her absent, glamorous Mum will come and take her away.

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  • Skellig

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Skellig

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

    Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new-found friend Mina, Michael discovers a strange, magical creature who needs his help.&nb…

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  • Artemis Fowl

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Artemis Fowl

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 10+

    Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land.

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  • Carrie's War

    Author: Nina Bawden

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Carrie's War

    Author: Nina Bawden

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Inspired by Nina Bawden's own experiences of living as an evacuee in a Welsh mining valley as a child, Carrie's War is n…

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  • Goodnight Mister Tom

    Author: Michelle Magorian

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Goodnight Mister Tom

    Author: Michelle Magorian

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Willie Beech, a lonely and deprived child, is evacuated to a tiny English village just before the  Second World War, and find…

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  • The Borrowers

    Author: Mary Norton

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Borrowers

    Author: Mary Norton

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses - behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under …

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  • The Hobbit

    Author: JRR Tolkein

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Hobbit

    Author: JRR Tolkein

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

    This well-loved fantasy story has delighed readers ever since its first publication in 1937.

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  • Stig of the Dump

    Author: Clive King

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Stig of the Dump

    Author: Clive King

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Exploring an old chalk pit, Barney meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts.

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy…

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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Author: Arthur Ransome

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Author: Arthur Ransome

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    It's the summer holidays, and the Walker children are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island.

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivate…

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series …

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Real witches disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they de…

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  • Truckers

    Author: Terry Pratchett

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Truckers

    Author: Terry Pratchett

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    The first title in the Bromeliad trilogy, this is an enchanting fantasy from favourite author Terry Pratchett.

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  • Holes

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Holes

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the …

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute h…

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