Great Books Guide 2018: for 10 to 11 year olds
Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 10 to 11 years will love. We definitely do!
Author: Will Mabbitt
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
A witty, creepy lesson in staying alive despite being on the Grim Reaper’s hit list, this wacky adventure is packed with ghosts, grave robbers and gruesome beasts. A hilarious fright-fest!
Author: Ginger Ly Illustrator: Molly Park
When her dad gets demoted at work, Suee has to transfer school from the cosmopolitan Bustle Elementary to lame Outskirtsville, which is darker, duller and in all ways unwelcoming – not least the other kids, who make fun of Suee’s black clothes and strange sense of humour.
Author: Dave Shelton
Publisher: David Fickling Books
This sniggeringly funny, totally deadpan adventure is a joy to read. Loosely set in the 1930s, it’s a bit like reading a really well-written and funny Famous Five or Secret Seven by Enid Blyton.
Author: Sophie Anderson
A story of death, magic and the afterlife told by Marinka, who is desperate not to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and wants to find her own destiny. Loosely based on the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga, this story is delightfully macabre and utterly engrossing.
Author: Christopher Edge
Publisher: Nosy Crow
On Maisie's birthday, she finds that her family have disappeared and her house is being consumed by darkness. A brilliant introduction to physics wrapped inside a great story.
Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves
Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
Sally Jones is an engineer and loyal friend to Captain Koskela. She’s also an ape. When Koskela is falsely accused of murder, she's the one who must unravel the mystery. A brilliant adventure, rich with lovable characters.
Author: Alex Bell Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Stella wants to join The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club – although technically, she can't, simply because she's a girl. Stella is determined to prove she can be as good an explorer as anyone. This is a magical and charming adventure with memorable characters.
Author: Kerr Thomson
Publisher: Chicken House
When Innis spots a large, black wolf on his island home, he thinks he must be hallucinating. Wolves became extinct in Scotland centuries ago – didn’t they? A multi-layered mystery adventure with a gripping plot.
Author: Yaba Badoe Illustrator: Gbolahan Adams
Publisher: Cassava Republic
This collection of interlinked folk tales has a truly global feel, with stories reaching from Africa to the Orkney Islands, by way of Spain and Norway.
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Wish is a girl from a warrior tribe and Xar is a boy from a wizard tribe, living in a world loosely based on Ancient Britain at the beginning of the Iron Age, but where magic is real. A fabulously imaginative, funny and unpredictable adventure.
Author: Emma Shevah Illustrator: Helen Crawford-White
Publisher: Chicken House
When Lexie is caught between telling the truth and lying, her decision splits her family apart - can she figure out how to bring them back together? A complex, sophisticated exploration of honesty that's also brilliantly funny and compelling.
Author: Katherine Paterson
Publisher: Walker Books
Based on real events in post-revolutionary Cuba, this is the story of 13-year-old Lora who volunteers to spend a year in bandit country in a bid to help eliminate illiteracy. A fascinating look at recent world history, seen through the eyes of an idealistic girl.
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Born on Eventide, Morrigan Crow is a 'cursed child', blamed for every misfortune and destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But just before midnight strikes, the mysterious Jupiter North appears, offering Morrigan another choice: journey with him to Nevermore. In this magical world, she moves into Jupiter's awesome, ever-changing hotel and enters the tria…
Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Illegal tells the story of Ebo, a 12-year-old boy who flees grinding poverty, zero opportunities and a drunken uncle in his small village in Africa. An absolute must-read, this graphic novel is thought-provoking, profound, sensitive and totally gripping.
Author: Lauren St John
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets.
Author: Ross Montgomery
When a school caretaker mysteriously disappears, leaving behind a small pile of sand, a student is drawn into an extraordinary adventure. Alongside the delightfully daft plot, Montgomery successfully touches on topics such as assumptions about deafness.
Author: Vashti Hardy
Twelve-year-old twins Maudie and Arthur’s world comes crashing in when their explorer dad is reported dead in his mission to get to South Polaris, and they race to restore the family name. A real edge-of-your-seat Victoriana romp.
Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to prevent it from being cut down by developers. This is the perfect feel-good book from one of South Africa’s top children’s authors.
Author: Dara Ó’Briain Illustrator: Dan Bramall
Beginning with the question, 'So you want to go into space?', this book takes readers on a fascinating and hilarious journey through the solar system and beyond.
Author: Armand Baltazar
The Time Collision changed everything. A cosmic cataclysm from beyond the stars has reshaped earth. Continents have shifted, timelines have merged, but humanity has endured.