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Great Books Guide 2018: for 8 to 9 year olds

Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 8 to 9 will love. We definitely do!

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  • Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang

    Author: Ade Adepitan
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    This first book by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan offers a fascinating picture of his childhood. With a light touch and plenty of wit, he recalls the influences and events that helped to shape his life and career. Entertaining, accessible and inspiring.

  • Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Egmont

    The first in a series, this ghoulishly funny chapter book is full of fabulous gothic pen-and-ink illustrations and explores the importance of friendship.

  • Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens

    Author: Tony De Saulles
    Publisher: Oxford Children's Books

    When Mel discovers he can transform into a honeybee, he enjoys an amazing bee's-eye view of life inside a hive. This funny illustrated chapter book incorporates fascinating facts about these invaluable insects.

  • Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Women

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Adam Murphy interviews 18 amazing women from history. With a casual, chatty style and colourful comic-strip illustrations, this unique, accessible and slightly macabre series is packed full of humour and fascinating facts.

  • Curse of the Werewolf Boy

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Mildew and Sponge race to solve the theft of the School Spoon in this hilarious, ridiculous adventure that takes in time travel, werewolves and even rogue Vikings.

  • Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs

    Author: Gwen Lowe
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Can Alice outwit the Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect's evil plans? Find out in this brilliantly original tale of friendship and adventure.

  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish
    Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

    Elise gets a secondhand mongrel to keep her company – and turns out, the dog's name is McAddudi and he’s from Scotland. Elise and McAddudi soon grow to become best friends. A quirky and original book that is full of laughs and heart.

  • I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

    Author: Joshua Seigal and Friends Illustrator: Tim Wesson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Featuring a range of children's poets and traditional verses from cultures around the world, this is a great collection for older primary kids.

  • Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza

    Author: James Bishop Illustrator: Rikin Parekh
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Dylan Spencer has a rubbish superpower: he can talk to iguanas. But when all the rest of the world’s superheroes are kidnapped, he is the only one left to save the planet. A hilarious and heartwarming book, packed full of brilliant, comic-strip illustrations.

  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    This stunning pencil-drawn graphic novel of talent, music and friendship will readers young and old. You'll be rooting for KidGlovz, the nine-year-old musical prodigy: a poignant story to be remembered for a long time.

  • Real-Life Mysteries

    Author: Susan Martineau Illustrator: Vicky Barker
    Publisher: b small

    An ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, crop circles, ghosts etc. A chance to examine the evidence and maybe solve a mystery.

  • Pony on the Twelfth Floor

    Author: Polly Faber Illustrator: Sarah Jennings
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This hilarious and heart-warming chapter book combines an entertaining plot and a diverse range of characters with delightfully funny black-and-white illustrations. The cheeky antics of the mischievous pony are great fun.

  • Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

    Author: Harry Heape Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    When Pippin discovers she possesses magical powers, she uses her newfound skills to investigate the mysterious water shortage in Funsprings. This hilarious fantasy adventure will have readers rolling around with laughter.

  • Splat the Fake Fact

    Author: Adam Frost Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    These days it's very important to be able to identify fake facts. With a series of interactive activities, this book not only allows children to find out what is and isn't true. Fabulously original and interactive non-fiction.

  • Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

    Author: Jamia Wilson Illustrator: Andrea Pippins
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This beautiful and eye-catching hardback celebrates a selection of black icons from history and the present day to inspire all children to discover what they can achieve. 

  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    With the help of Colin (a spider), Mr Penguin battles ferocious beasts and makes his way into a hidden jungle underneath the museum with exciting (and often hilarious) results.

  • Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

    Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Egmont

    Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam.

  • Looshkin

    Author: Jamie Smart
    Publisher: David Fickling books

    Looshkin is named ‘the maddest cat in the world’ for good reason – anything that could possibly go wrong all comes down to this kitty. An outrageously fun graphic novel in a class of its own for silliness.

  • Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

    Author: Alastair Humphrey Illustrator: Kevin Ward
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    An inspiring introduction to 20 adventurers and explorers from the last 700 years. This book will encourage readers to live more adventurously, think a little more boldly and go a little further themselves.

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey

    Author: Dr. Dominic Walliman Illustrator: Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Everyone's favourite cat-astronaut investigates the human body in this beautiful, graphically illustrated look at everything from eyes to muscles, genetics to reproduction and the immune, endocrine and lymphatic systems.