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Short story collections for older children

Christmas dinner of souls

We love short stories!

Short stories can be a great way of engaging reluctant readers, or and even introducing confident readers to more advanced stories. whatever the case, there will be something here for you 9-12 year old

  • Make More Noise

    Author: Various

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Make More Noise

    Author: Various

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    This anthology of short fiction marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The result is a truly diverse collection of …

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  • Quest

    Author: Various Editor: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Quest

    Author: Various Editor: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 7+

    This outstanding collection, which effectively showcases the work of talented authors, illustrators and translators from around th…

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  • Christmas Dinner of Souls

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Christmas Dinner of Souls

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    Although it has an overarching narrative, Christmas Dinner of Souls is also a collection of hair-raising and spine-tingl…

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  • Tales from India

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tales from India

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    Discover India’s rich folk-tale heritage and ancient cultures, with this captivating collection of both popular and lesser known, …

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  • Mystery & Mayhem

    Author: Various Editor: Katherine Woodfine

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Mystery & Mayhem

    Author: Various Editor: Katherine Woodfine

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 12+

    This collection has twelve different mysteries told by twelve fantastic authors, and there's a range of motives and solutions to t…

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  • Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories

    Author: Eoin Colfer Michael Scott Marcus Sedgwick Philip Reeve Patrick Ness Richelle Mead Malorie Blackman Alex Scarrow Charlie Higson Derek Landy Neil Gaiman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories

    Author: Eoin Colfer Michael Scott Marcus Sedgwick Philip Reeve Patrick Ness Richelle Mead Malorie Blackman Alex Scarrow Charlie Higson Derek Landy Neil Gaiman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This anthology brings together 11 new Doctor Who stories, one for each of the 11 Doctors, written by some of the biggest names in …

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  • Lost Tales

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Lost Tales

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

    Corpse Talk author Adam Murphy and colourist/co-creator Lisa Murphy have been delving into all four corners of the earth to bring …

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  • Winter Magic

    Author: Various Editor: Abi Elphinstone

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8-12

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  • Winter Magic

    Author: Various Editor: Abi Elphinstone

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8-12

    Winter Magic is a fabulous collection of atmospheric, sometimes sad, sometimes unnerving but mostly warming stories for cosy bedti…

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  • Daughters of Time

    Author: Various Editor: Mary Hoffman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Daughters of Time

    Author: Various Editor: Mary Hoffman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This anthology of short stories for children aims to shine a new spotlight on some extraordinary women from history

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  • Blue Moon Day

    Author: Anne Fine

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Blue Moon Day

    Author: Anne Fine

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8+

    Covering an interesting and varied mix of situations, these enjoyable school stories are a satisfying read, with particular appeal…

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  • Of Lions and Unicorns

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Of Lions and Unicorns

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    A variety of short stories and extracts from Michael Morpurgo, 'The Nation’s Favourite Storyteller’ are collected in t…

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  • Letters to Anyone and Everyone

    Author: Toon Tellegen Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg Translator: Martin Cleaver

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Letters to Anyone and Everyone

    Author: Toon Tellegen Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg Translator: Martin Cleaver

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    Discover a collection of extraordinary letters in this magical new volume of short stories.

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  • Unbelievable!

    Author: Paul Jennings

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Unbelievable!

    Author: Paul Jennings

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    A brilliant collection of funny, weird and whacky short stories in which, believe it or not, a kid can grow younger; birds can bur…

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  • Under the Weather

    Author: VariousEditor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Under the Weather

    Author: VariousEditor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    A thought-provoking collection emphasising the importance of individual, as well as group initiatives.

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