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Great Books Guide 2018: for 10 to 11 year olds

Max and the Millions

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!

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  • Embassy of the Dead

    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!

  • Suee and the Shadow

    Author: Ginger Ly Illustrator: Molly Park
    Publisher: Amulet

    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.

  • The Book Case

    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.

  • The House With Chicken Legs

    Author: Sophie Anderson
    Publisher: Usborne

    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.

  • The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

    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.

  • The Murderer’s Ape

    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.

  • The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

    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.

  • The Rise of Wolves

    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.

  • The Secret of the Purple Lake

    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.

  • The Wizards of Once

    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. 

  • What Lexie Did

    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.

  • My Brigadista Year

    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.

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

    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…

  • Illegal

    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.

  • Kat Wolfe Investigates

    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.

  • Max and the Millions

    Author: Ross Montgomery
    Publisher: Faber

    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.

  • Brightstorm

    Author: Vashti Hardy
    Publisher: Scholastic

    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.

  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    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.

  • Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

    Author: Dara Ó’Briain Illustrator: Dan Bramall
    Publisher: Scholastic

    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. 

  • Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

    Author: Armand Baltazar
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    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.