Best Fictional Libraries (12+)
We all love libraries! Or we should do anyway, and these books will ensure that your 8-12 year old will continue to do so.
Whether they still go to the library regulary, or have stopped in recent years, these books will help promote the importance of libraries to society and to education..
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: The Chicken House
12-year-old Meggie and her father, Mo, a bookbinder, both love reading, but since the disappearance of Meggie's mother, they no longer read together. One night a stranger knocks at their door, prompting Mo to reveal his awful secret.
Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.
Author: Philip Pullman
This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy
Author: J K Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
After the misery of life with his ghastly aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is delighted to have the chance to embark on an exciting new life at the Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman encounters a mysterious mobile library while walking down an empty suburban street.
Author: D D Everest
Publisher: Faber Children's Books
If you love books that show you where the magical could be hiding in your everyday world then this is the book for you.
Author: A F Harrold Illustrator: Emily Gravett
This is young fiction of the very best quality, showcasing inspiration, inventiveness and an intoxicating passion for storytelling. The Imaginary has the potential to be a family favourite and a future classic.
Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
In Michela's world, aggression is forbidden - but sometimes fighting is the only way to keep the peace. This is a well-paced and interesting story, designed to appeal to reluctant or hesitant readers, as well as dyslexia-friendly.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Michelle Harrison's dark take on middle-grade fairytale fantasy will appeal to those readers with a leaning towards the Grimm. Murder and mystery are afoot - and it's fabulously good fun.
Author: Moira Young
This beautifully written, sad and bittersweet story about family, bereavement and having faith in your own abilities has a truly timeless feel. Readers will root for Davy and the indomitable Miss Flint.