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Summer reads for 8-12s

Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up

Here are our suggestions for summer reads – and there's something for every child, aged 8-12 years old.

New books; old books; books about summer; books to get lost in; and books that come in series, so they won't have to stop reading this summer! 

  • The Wild Book

    Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10-14

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  • The Wild Book

    Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10-14

    When Juan goes to spend the summer with his strange uncle Tito, the last thing he expects is to be sent on a quest in his labyrint…

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  • McTavish Goes Wild

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • McTavish Goes Wild

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    The Peachey family have a rescue dog called McTavish – but McTavish is pretty sure he's there to rescue THEM. So when the fam…

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 9-14

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic…

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  • Coyote Summer

    Author: Mimi Thebo

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Coyote Summer

    Author: Mimi Thebo

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Jules has been sent in disgrace from her privileged London life to live on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kansas for the summer - wh…

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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Author: Arthur Ransome

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Author: Arthur Ransome

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    It's the summer holidays, and the Walker children are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island.

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  • Rules of Summer

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Rules of Summer

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

    An excellent book illustrating 'what I learned last summer' that would be an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.

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  • Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

    Author: Alexander McCall Smith Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

    Author: Alexander McCall Smith Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Freddie can't believe his luck when he's offered a holiday job at the circus, but is alarmed when he's asked to take on the challe…

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