Recommended Books for Children 9-12 Years

Below is a recommended list of books for children aged between 9 and 11 years old. This is a wide age range and not all books will be suitable for all children in this age group. Some will be too easy and some too hard for your particular child. We would encourage you to look at the books on the list if you are buying a book for a birthday or Christmas present (or if a generous aunt or uncle asks for a gift suggestion!) Please encourage your child to read as many books as she can. There are, of course, many others available. This is merely a list of suggestions. One note of caution is that some of these authors have also written books for adults so it is important that you check that the book is suitable for your child.

Author Title
Almond David The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas
Atinuke The No 1 Car Spotter and the Car ThievesWelcome Home Anna Hibiscus
Boland, Gerry Marco Moonwalker
Boyne, John The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
Clough, Caroline Red FeverBlack Tide
Colfer, Eoin Artemis  Fowl and the Last Guardian(and any of the other books in this series)
Conlon-Mc Kenna, Marita Love, Lucie There are many other titles by this author
Conway, Anne Marie Butterfly SummerPhoebe Finds Her Voice
Creech, Sharon The Great UnexpectedWalk Two Moons
Crowley, Kieran Mark Colm and the Lazarus KeyColm and the Ghost’s Revenge
Curtin, Judy Friends Forever: The Time SpellFriends Forever: Double TroubleLeave it to Eva
Early, Aolan The Father of Lies Chronicles
Ferriter, Pierce My Apollo Summer
Flitcroft, Jean The Cryptic Files (A Trilogy)
Gallagher, Brian Secrets and Shadows Taking Sides
Gerrard, Ka Charlie and the Bandit Adventures
Golden, Che The Feral Child
Haig, Matt To Be A CatShadow Forest
Hardinge, Frances A Face Like Glass
Harvey, Jacqueline Alice Miranda (Series)
Higgins, Chris My Funny Family
Keilty, Derek Will Gallows & the Snake Bellies TrollWill Gallows and the Thunder Dragon’s Roar
Kuenzler, Lou Shrinking Violet
Llewellys, Morgan The Young RebelsCave of SecretsThe Pirate Queen
Ludwig, Sabine The World’s Worst Mothers
Madden, Deirdre Jasper and the Green MarvelSnakes’ Elbows
Magorian, Michelle Goodnight Mr. Tom
Mason , Emily Ghost Detectives: The Lost Bride
Meloy, Maile The Apothecary
Morpurgo, Michael The Mozart QuestionBilly the Kid   There are many other titles by this author
Nolan, Alan Destination: Homicide!
Paver, Michelle Gods and WarriorsChronicles of Ancient Darkness
Pierce, Nicola Spirit of the Titanic
Pullman, Pullman I Was a Rat There are many other titles by this author
Reeve, Philip Goblins
Riordan, Rick The Kane Chronicles : The Red PyramidThe Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow
Roberts, Katherine Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light
Scott, Michael The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel Books 1-6
Singer, Nicky Feather BoyThe Flask
Stead, Rebecca When You Reach MeLiar and Spy
Strong, Jeremy The Ghost in the Bath
Van Kooiji Bartolome: The Infant’s Pet
Wilson, Jacqueline Best FriendsThe Worst Thing About my Sister


Remember, too, that children of this age love non-fiction books and there are many titles concerned with sports, hobbies, art, etc. which might be of interest to your child. Please do not forget to continue reading to your child in your home language and to encourage those who can read in that language to do so as often as possible. Finally, do not overlook the wonderful facility of Blanchardstown Library which is the largest library in Ireland and right on our doorstep. Joining the library is free and children can borrow up to six titles at any one time. Blanchardstown Library is for adults too! The important thing is to Get everyone reading!!!  Happy reading!