Reading Lists: Books for 9 to 12-year-olds

Reading Lists, Tips for Parents
Mary Lonsdale

We all understand the value of books, and there has never been a better time to get reading. Having your child at home is a perfect opportunity to help them develop a love of reading and to recognise it is a pleasure, not a chore!

Mentor Education have put together the following book lists for 9 to 12 year olds, using a variety of literary resources, book reviews, exam content, school reading lists and of course our favourites.

There is something for everyone – get reading!

Top tips for the reluctant reader…

  • Be a role model – exhibit a love of reading yourself. Schedule a time for the family to read every day eg. fiction, newspapers, cook-books, magazines, biographies.
  • Create a designated calm and cosy reading space.
  • Choose books together – mindful of your child’s reading ability and their interests.
  • Reading together is a special time and will not only improve your child’s fluency and understanding, but will create interesting discussions.
  • Encourage your reluctant reader to read to younger siblings.
  • Keep a reading log – this can be a great motivator
  • Create a reward scheme.
  • Help them to set-up an on-line book/comic/recipe club with friends.

Adventure Stories:

  1. Troy: Adele Geras
  2. Survival – Alpha Force1: Chris Ryan
  3. Hornblower: CS Forester
  4. Holes: Louis Sacher
  5. Journey to the River Sea: Eva Ibbotson
  6. Coram Boy: Jamils Gavin
  7. Kensuke’s Kingdom: Michael Morpurgo
  8. Moonfleet: John Meade Faulkner
  9. Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Beowulf, Dragonslayer: Rosemary Sutcliffe

War Stories:

  1. The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Frank
  2. I am David: Anne Holm
  3. The Silver Sword: Ian Serrallier
  4. Hitler’s Daughter: Jacke French
  5. Carrie’s War: Nina Bawden
  6. Blitzed: Robert Swindells
  7. Warhouse: Michael Morpurgo
  8. POW: M. Booth
  9. Zlata’s Diary: Zlata Filipovic
  10. The Wave: Morton Rhue

Murder Mystery and Detective Stories:

  1. The Roman Mysteries: Caroline Lawrence
  2. The Falcon’s Malteser: Anthony Horowitz
  3. Nancy Drew: Carolyn Keene
  4. And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie
  5. The Thief Lord: Cornelia Funke
  6. Emil and the Detectives: Erich Kastner
  7. Cirque de Freak: Darren Shaw
  8. The Maze Runner: James Dashner
  9. The London Eye Mystery: Siobhan Dowd
  10. The House of 100 Clocks: A.M Howell

Fantasy & Science Fiction:

  1. Shadow of The Minotaur: Alan Gibbons
  2. Witch Child: Celia Rees
  3. Hacker: Marjorie Blackman
  4. The Neverending Story: Michael Ende
  5. His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman
  6. Stormbreaker: Anthony Horowitz
  7. Skellig: David Almond
  8. The Secret of Platform 13: Eva Ibbotson
  9. Harry Potter: JK Rowling
  10. The Day of the Triffids: John Wyndham

Horror Stories:

  1. Goodbye Tommy Blue: Adele Geras
  2. Marianne Dreams: Catherine Storr
  3. The Haunting of Alaizabel: Cray Chris Wooding
  4. The Clock Tower Ghost: Gene Kemp
  5. Moondial: Helen Cresswell
  6. The Haunting: Margaret Mahy
  7. The Ghost Behind the Wall: Melvin Burgess
  8. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe: Penelope Lively
  9. Goosebumps: RL Stine
  10. Room 13 Robert Swindells

Books about Animals:

  1. Black Beauty: Anna Sewell
  2. The Midnight Fox: Betsy Byars
  3. Charlotte’s Web: EB White
  4. National Velvet: Enid Bagnold
  5. My Family and Other Animals: Gerald Durrell
  6. Watership Down Richard Adams
  7. Lionboy: Zizou Corder
  8. Refugee Boy: Benjamin Zephaniah
  9. Dear Nobody: Berlie Doherty
  10. A Child Called: It David Peltzer

Books to make you laugh out loud:

  1. How to Write Really Badly: Anne Fine
  2. Notes From a Small Island: Bill Bryson
  3. Hoot: Carl Hiaasen
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams
  5. The Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snickert
  6. Two Weeks with the Queen: Morris Gleitzman
  7. Wicked: Paul Jennings
  8. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: Sue Townsend
  9. Mort: Terry Pratchett
  10. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Jeff Kinney
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