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Books for reluctant readers (older children)

Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls

There's a book out there for every child, even the most reluctant of readers. Try a few of the books below to see if they click with your child and help them love reading.

There's fiction, non-fiction, rhyme and laugh-out-loud moments! Let us know which one works for your 9-12 year old.

See our list for 5-8s

See our list for teens

  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin

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  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin

    In Michela's world, aggression is forbidden - but sometimes fighting is the only way to keep the peace. This is a well-paced and i…

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  • Going Batty

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Michael Broad

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  • Going Batty

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Michael Broad

    Dyslexia-friendly, super-readable, illustrated story about a girl whose school project (and a hidden colony in the attic) makes he…

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  • Mind Writer

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Nelson Evergreen

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  • Mind Writer

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Nelson Evergreen

    Luke has a secret, a hidden skill: he can read minds. But when Luke meets Samira, he can't read her mind at all. A gripping thrill…

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  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

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  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Stuck on a train, a boy listens to a stranger’s story about one moment that could have stopped World War II. A thought-provoking s…

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  • My Magical Life

    Author: Zach King Illustrator: Beverly Acre

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  • My Magical Life

    Author: Zach King Illustrator: Beverly Acre

    Eleven-year-old Zach King comes from a magical family, but has yet to unlock his own powers. Fast-paced and funny, this chapt…

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  • Wonder Boy

    Author: Nicole Burstein

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  • Wonder Boy

    Author: Nicole Burstein

    Joseph 'Wilco' Wilkes is the biggest loser at the posh private school he attends on a scholarship. However, his life is about to g…

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