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Best books for 9-11 year olds

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We've 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 to 11.

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  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences,…

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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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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 12+

    From fast-paced football matches to school and family drama, this novel written in verse has something for everyone and will grip …

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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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  • Coming to England

    Author: Floella Benjamin Illustrator: Michael Frith

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Coming to England

    Author: Floella Benjamin Illustrator: Michael Frith

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This moving and insightful memoir from much-loved writer and presenter Floella Benjamin documents her childhood, from her birth in…

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  • Freedom (1783)

    Author: Catherine Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Freedom (1783)

    Author: Catherine Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a brilliant adventure story that manages to give young readers a really important insight into slavery without being so up…

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  • George

    Author: Alex Gino

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • George

    Author: Alex Gino

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This short, sweet story of embracing your true self and trusting those around you is a light read for such a heavy topic, which ta…

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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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  • 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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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This is a beautifully written tale of an exceptional friendship which survives beyond the boundaries of culture and language.

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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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  • 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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  • Planetarium

    Author: Raman Prinja Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Planetarium

    Author: Raman Prinja Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Written by an astrophysicist and illustrated by the phenomenally talented Chris Wormell, Planetarium explores the solar …

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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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  • The Boy in the Tower

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Boy in the Tower

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Taking place in a believable urban, multicultural environment that will be familiar to many young readers, Polly Ho-Yen's debut is…

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  • The Hobbit

    Author: JRR Tolkien

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Hobbit

    Author: JRR Tolkien

    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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  • The Illustrated Mum

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Illustrated Mum

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    This is a moving yet unsentimental account of two children coming to terms with their mother’s depression, mental instability and …

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  • The Neverending Story

    Author: Michael Ende Translator: Ralph Manheim

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Neverending Story

    Author: Michael Ende Translator: Ralph Manheim

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When Bastian hides in an antique bookshop to escape bullies, he stumbles across a mysterious leatherbound book which carries him i…

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  • The Silver Sword

    Author: Ian Seraillier

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Silver Sword

    Author: Ian Seraillier

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    In the chaos of World War II, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are separated from their parents, and left alone to fend for themselves, hidin…

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  • The Wheel of Surya

    Author: Jamila Gavin

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Wheel of Surya

    Author: Jamila Gavin

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9+

    A story of adventure, trauma and courage set in India and England against a backdrop of imperialism, a world war and the violent u…

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  • Varjak Paw

    Author: SF Said

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Varjak Paw

    Author: SF Said

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Pedigree cat Varjak Paw lives in a luxurious mansion with his family, but when trouble comes to their door, he's forced to escape …

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