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Great Books Guide 2017: for children aged 10-11

The Island at the End of Everything

The Great Books Guide is published as part of Children's Book Week, a celebration of reading for pleasure at school.

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love.

The books below are great for children towards the end of primary school, aged 10-11. They won't want to put them down!

Check out the full Great Books Guide

  • 100 Women Who Made History

    Dorling Kindersley
    Dorling Kindersley

    Featuring a thoroughly diverse selection of women from varied points in history and across many cultures and disciplines, this is an excellent (and empowering) guide for children about the women who helped shape the world we experience today.

  • Roller Girl

    Victoria Jamieson

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic full-colour graphic novel about friendship and awesome, strong girls, this a genuine joy to read. 

  • Llama United: The Team With An Impossible Dream

    Scott Allen, Illustrated by Sarah Horne

    Tim’s dad has turned to farming - and the neighbour's new llamas, grazing the farm fields, just happen to play brilliant football. Arthur’s narrating voice is very funny, the llamas are hilarious and the cup matches genuinely exciting.

  • Podkin One Ear

    Kieran Larwood, Illustrated by David Wyatt
    Faber and Faber

    A mysterious storyteller rolls in from the snow one night and enchants a warren of young rabbits with the tale of Podkin One Ear: the son of a chieftain who went on to become a legend. A family read that already feels like a classic.

  • S.C.R.E.A.M.: The Mummy’s Revenge

    Andrew Beasley

    This terrifically exciting book has it all – mystery, creepy paranormal baddies and lashings of sharp humour. You’ll be right there with Charley and Billy as they outwit the grown-ups and use their wits in their battle to beat the baddies.

  • Survivors

    David Long, Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman
    Faber and Faber

    An anthology to inspire and help children understand how far self-belief and guts took adventurers from the past - and to wonder how far these qualities could take them too. Includes stunning illustrations.

  • The Island at the End of Everything

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Chicken House

    Amihan lives happily on the island of Culion in the Phillipines with her mother, her Nanay, who has leprosy, and in a wider community where some people are "touched" with the disease, and some are not.

  • The Song from Somewhere Else

    AF Harrold, Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

    Frank is being bullied - for what, she's not sure. Being smart? Being different, perhaps. One day, after her bike is thrown in the middle of a huge patch of stinging nettles, Nick comes to her aid. A magical and beautifully strange tale.

  • Wave Me Goodbye

    Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
    Doubleday Children’s

    Shirley’s emotional and physical hardships are sensitively depicted in this sometimes sad, sometimes happy, story. Recent and older fans of master storyteller Jacqueline Wilson will delight in this new tale of friendship and bravery.

  • Welcome to Nowhere

    Elizabeth Laird
    Pan Macmillan

    Omar doesn't know much about politics, nor does he care, however, when his older brother, Musa, throws his lot in with the student opposition to the government, everything changes.

  • What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

    Ross Welford
    Harper Collins

    Thirteen-year-old Ethel absolutely hates having acne, and will go to some pretty drastic measures to cure it - but she didn't imagine she'd turn invisible. Full of pathos and moral dilemma, this book is a great parable for the emotional turmoil of puberty.

  • William Wenton and The Luridium Thief

    Bobbie Peers, Translated by Tara Chace

    William is a 12-year-old boy living under mysterious circumstances, hiding out in Norway with his strangely enigmatic parents who don't seem to be giving him anything like the full story. A fast-paced, highly imaginative page-turner.