Great Books Guide 2023: For 10 to 11 year olds

The front cover of The Storm Swimmer by Clare Weze

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2023), which we think any child aged 10 to 11 years will love.

With everything from touching family dramas to thrilling adventures and stories to make you giggle, there are loads of wonderful titles to enjoy.

  • Fablehouse

    Author: EL Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Fablehouse

    Author: EL Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a wonderful book, full of hope and magic. Heather and her friends don’t feel special, they don’t feel like the ‘chosen one…

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When Ginika meets a boy who lives in the sea, they strike up a secret friendship - but what will happen when he gets ill? A v…

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  • Moonflight

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Pippa Curnick

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Moonflight

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Pippa Curnick

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Could Tilbury Twitch-Whiskers really be the rat hero to return the legendary diamond and break its curse? A thrilling adventure wi…

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  • Tyger

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Tyger

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    Adam is a boy living in London, but not as we know it. In this alternate universe slavery was never abolished, which has left the …

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  • When I See Blue

    Author: Lily Bailey

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • When I See Blue

    Author: Lily Bailey

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a touching and honest book about life in the grip of OCD but also the power of friendship. It’s also a reminder that good …

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  • Joyful Joyful

    Author: Various curated by Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Joyful Joyful

    Author: Various curated by Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 11+

    A joyous collection of stories and poems celebrating Black voices, with universal appeal. The perfect gift for any child ready to …

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  • War of the Wind

    Author: Victoria Williamson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • War of the Wind

    Author: Victoria Williamson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Max is sure that the new wind turbines on his island are sinister, but will anyone listen to a frustrated deaf schoolboy? Gripping…

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  • Deadlock

    Author: Simon Fox

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Deadlock

    Author: Simon Fox

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Archie Blake can pick locks. And when a diamond necklace goes missing and his dad is arrested, it’s down to Archie and his unusual…

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  • Wild

    Author: Ele Fountain

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Wild

    Author: Ele Fountain

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

    Jack is devastated when his dad dies. As his behaviour spirals out of control, his mum takes him on a work trip to South America, …

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  • Speak Up!

    Author: Rebecca Burgess

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Speak Up!

    Author: Rebecca Burgess

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Mia is a secret superstar musician, writing song lyrics that her friends love. But in real life she’s bullied for being different.…

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  • Glitter Boy

    Author: Ian Eagleton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Glitter Boy

    Author: Ian Eagleton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    James is being bullied at school, while dealing with grief and normal Year 6 worries. Can James find the sparkle in his life again…

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  • Olly Brown, God of Hamsters

    Author: Bethany Walker Illustrator: Jack Noel

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Olly Brown, God of Hamsters

    Author: Bethany Walker Illustrator: Jack Noel

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Olly is flabbergasted when a horde of hamsters appear in his bedroom after crash-landing their spaceship in his neighbour’s garden…

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  • 21% Monster

    Author: P. J. Canning

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • 21% Monster

    Author: P. J. Canning

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Teenage boys Darren and Malek are on the run from a ruthless, secret organisation which transformed them into superhumans and now …

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  • You Are History

    Author: Greg Jenner Illustrator: Jenny Taylor

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • You Are History

    Author: Greg Jenner Illustrator: Jenny Taylor

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A fun and riotous introduction to world history through fifty objects children encounter in everyday life.

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  • The Last Whale

    Author: Chris Vick

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Last Whale

    Author: Chris Vick

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    Action-packed, moving and thought-provoking, this is an epic tale with a strong eco message that will take your breath away.

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