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Reading difficulties and dyslexia

Over the Line

This list aims to provide a range of books that may appeal to young people of seven years plus with reading difficulties. The list includes books that:

  • are particularly dyslexia-friendly
  • feature characters who struggle with reading
  • have a high interest level and low reading age.

Check out these other organisations for further resources: British Dyslexia Association;  Being Dyslexic website.

  • Shona, Word Detective

    Author: John Agard

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Shona, Word Detective

    Author: John Agard

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A delightful celebration of lexicography in a dyslexia-friendly layout, this is a book that will surely inspire all children to fi…

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  • Drawing a Veil

    Author: Lari Don

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Drawing a Veil

    Author: Lari Don

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

    When her best friend suddenly turns up at school wearing a black headscarf, Ellie isn’t sure what to think

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  • FArTHER

    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • FArTHER

    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    Words and pictures combine beautifully to tell a moving story about fathers and sons

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  • Beast Hunter

    Author: Kathryn White

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Beast Hunter

    Author: Kathryn White

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Jacob and his friends spend their summer playing in an old quarry pond, until one day, a boy is killed...

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  • The Harder They Fall

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Harder They Fall

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

    Bali Rai once again hits home with a current and unfortunately necessary book. As always, the characters are fully fleshed out, th…

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  • The Fall

    Author: Anthony McGowan

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Fall

    Author: Anthony McGowan

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    Mog isn’t one of the popular crowd, but at least he manages to get by without being troubled much by the bullies...

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  • Petrify

    Author: Beth Chambers

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Petrify

    Author: Beth Chambers

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 7+

    Ella’s new next-door neighbour is confident, verging on cocky. He’s keen to prove to Ella and her friends that he know…

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  • Pale

    Author: Chris Wooding

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Pale

    Author: Chris Wooding

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    In an eerie futuristic world, society has figured out a way to bring people back from the dead...

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 11+

    Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by…

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  • Young Merlin

    Author: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Young Merlin

    Author: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

    Merlin has always felt different from the other boys, because of his dreadful nightmares full of fighting and death.

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  • Ghost Stadium

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Ghost Stadium

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

    Three boys go camping in the abandoned Northface football stadium. But all is not as it seems. Tom Palmer's Ghost Stadium&nbs…

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  • Over the Line

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Over the Line

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

    Set during World War I, this book tells the compelling true story of the professional footballers who signed up to fight. It's sur…

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  • A Dog Called Flow

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Anthony Lewis

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Dog Called Flow

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Anthony Lewis

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    This is a powerful story that clearly leads its reader through the struggles of dyslexia. But it is also an adventurous tale of a …

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  • Contact

    Author: Malorie Blackman

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  • Contact

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level:

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    Imagine a future where physical contact between humans is illegal. No hand holding and no hugs to make you feel better when you're…

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  • Horace Burp, Lizard Boy

    Author: Christine Tennent Illustrator: Rob Overend

    Interest level: 5-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Horace Burp, Lizard Boy

    Author: Christine Tennent Illustrator: Rob Overend

    Interest level: 5-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Horace Burp is an eight year old boy with an unusual name and an even more unusual condition. His skin changes colour like a chame…

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  • Jet Black Heart

    Author: Teresa Flavin

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Jet Black Heart

    Author: Teresa Flavin

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A young girl named Dory is pulled back into the past after finding an old note in a letterbox.

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  • Respect

    Author: Michaela Morgan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Respect

    Author: Michaela Morgan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Find out about Walter Tull - a hero on the football pitch and during World War One.

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