Great Books Guide 2023: 8-9

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Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2023), which we think any child aged 8 to 9 will love.

From incredible true life stories to mind-blowing non-fiction and brilliant adventures, there's so much to discover.

  • Next to Alice

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Gareth Conway

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Next to Alice

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Gareth Conway

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Ben doesn’t want to sit next to Alice in class – she’s scary. But her forthright opinions might just be helpful to him… An accessi…

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  • The Wild Life of Animals

    Author: Mike Barfield Illustrator: Paula Bossio

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wild Life of Animals

    Author: Mike Barfield Illustrator: Paula Bossio

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Brilliantly entertaining and informative, this guide to wild animals is a must-read for all nature fans. Told in comic style, with…

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  • The Lucky Bottle

    Author: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Lucky Bottle

    Author: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Jack is shipwrecked, he concocts a perilous plan to get back home. With pirates, sharks and sea monsters circling him, he’ll …

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  • Stink

    Author: Jenny McLachlan

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Stink

    Author: Jenny McLachlan

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

    When Danny accidentally summons a feisty green fairy, he does everything he can to send her back to Fairyland before she causes to…

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  • Call Me Lion

    Author: Camilla Chester

    Interest level: 9-11

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  • Call Me Lion

    Author: Camilla Chester

    Interest level: 9-11

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    It’s Luton, it’s the holidays and there is a heatwave. Low on friends, ten year old Leo is passing the long, lonely summer practis…

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  • Which Way to Anywhere

    Author: Cressida Cowell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Which Way to Anywhere

    Author: Cressida Cowell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    This is a story about a family. There are five child characters: K2 and his twin sister Izzabird O’Hero, Theo and Mabel Smith and …

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  • Wider than the Sea

    Author: Serena Molloy Illustrator: George Ermos

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Wider than the Sea

    Author: Serena Molloy Illustrator: George Ermos

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Ró finds reading hard because the words jump around. She can’t tell anyone because her parents are unhappy and she doesn’t want to…

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  • How to Survive Anywhere

    Author: Ben Lerwill Illustrator: Daniel Long

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • How to Survive Anywhere

    Author: Ben Lerwill Illustrator: Daniel Long

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    An incredibly practical guide to 12 different terrains, with guidance on their particular challenges and top tips for survival sho…

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  • India, Incredible India

    Author: Jasbinder Bilan Illustrator: Nina Chakrabarti

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • India, Incredible India

    Author: Jasbinder Bilan Illustrator: Nina Chakrabarti

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A vibrantly colourful celebration of India, its people, history and wildlife. A beautiful and fascinating book to dip into and por…

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  • The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice

    Author: Rachel Chivers Khoo Illustrator: Rachel Sanson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice

    Author: Rachel Chivers Khoo Illustrator: Rachel Sanson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Can Felix and his new friend the wishkeeper stop a monster from destroying everyone’s happiness? A delightfully charming and perfe…

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  • Action Dude

    Author: Andy Riley

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Action Dude

    Author: Andy Riley

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    Action Dude – aka Charlie Munderdrew – may be a kid, but he loves danger and excitement and to be a hero. Even just popping round …

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