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Fairy Tales for 9-12 Year Olds

The Snow Queen

Enjoy some of our favourite fairytales for 9-12 year olds.

These fantastic books range from classic to contemporary, chapter books to graphic novels and stretch across the globe. 

  • Princeless

    Author: Jeremy Whitley Jung Ha Kim M Goodwin and Shawn Gabborn

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8-12

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  • Princeless

    Author: Jeremy Whitley Jung Ha Kim M Goodwin and Shawn Gabborn

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8-12

    Comprehensively dismantling all the features of the fairytale princess theme, from blondeness to passivity, Princeless i…

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  • Missing Arabella

    Author: Kathryn Siebel

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Missing Arabella

    Author: Kathryn Siebel

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    A warm and witty take on a traditional set-up of two sisters and some rather unpleasant parents. The style is fresh, fun and conte…

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  • Hansel & Gretel

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Lorenzo Mattotti

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Hansel & Gretel

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Lorenzo Mattotti

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

    Neil Gaiman has created a chilling and dark retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

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  • Tales from India

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tales from India

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

    Discover India‚Äôs rich folk-tale heritage and ancient cultures, with this captivating collection of both popular and lesser known, …

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  • Liesl & Po

    Author: Lauren Oliver

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Liesl & Po

    Author: Lauren Oliver

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Death and danger are balanced against friendship and love in this intoxicating blend of adventure, fairy tale and fantasy

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  • The Snow Queen

    Author: Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator: Lucie Arnoux Translator: Mishka Hoekstra

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Snow Queen

    Author: Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator: Lucie Arnoux Translator: Mishka Hoekstra

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Kai and Gerda are neighbours and best friends. But one day, a shard of glass from the devil's mirror lodges itself in Kai's eye an…

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  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    Author: Carlo Collodi Translator: Anne Lawson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    Author: Carlo Collodi Translator: Anne Lawson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 7+

    The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in Engli…

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  • Where Zebras Go

    Author: Sue Hardy-Dawson

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Where Zebras Go

    Author: Sue Hardy-Dawson

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

    An exciting debut collection of poems inspired by myths, fairy tales and the natural world. With its playful sense of humour, it c…

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  • I, Coriander

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • I, Coriander

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Coriander Hobie's happy childhood in 17th-century London is brought to an abrupt end when her mother is murdered by an evil fairy …

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  • Lost Tales

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Lost Tales

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

    Corpse Talk author Adam Murphy and colourist/co-creator Lisa Murphy have been delving into all four corners of the earth to bring …

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  • Breaking the Spell

    Author: Lari Don Illustrator: Cate James

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Breaking the Spell

    Author: Lari Don Illustrator: Cate James

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    A wonderful collection of myths, legends and fairy tales from Scotland.

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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    A fairy tale for the modern feminist generation, Anya's Quest (yes, Quest with a capital Q) takes her through dark woods and acros…

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  • The Castle Corona

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Castle Corona

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Two orphaned peasant children, Pia and Enzio, find a pouch, stolen from the King and dropped in their path. A fairytale about rich…

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  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    This magnificent book combines two well-known fairy tales and challenges everything familiar about them. A spectacular book that d…

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