The in-between years. You know the ones ... they've grown out of Enid Blyton (but still love to sneak in to them every now and again!), but aren't quite mature enough for all the delights that YA literature has to offer.
What books should they head for?
Here are my top fiction recommendations for the aged 11+ category, all recent releases. Great reads; challenging, warm and gripping.
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The Murder Most Unladylike series - new to the scene from author Robin Stevens. Murder mysteries solved by two female friends who go to boarding school together. The setting changes with each book; fabulous mysteries, great plots and intriguing characters. Book 3 is already out, with more in the pipeline.
Anyone But Ivy Pocket - a quirky and very unlikely heroine. Elements of mystery, adventure and fantasy.
Scarlet Ibis from the talented Gill Lewis, a wonderfully touching novel about the relationship between a sister and her younger brother.
Counting by 7s - Willow's adoptive parents are killed in a car crash. Surrounded by a range of delightfully quirky characters she learns to trust again in order to rebuild her life.
Maggot Moon - this multi-award winning dystopia novel from Sally Gardner features dyslexic Standish Treadwell struggling to survive in Zone 7.
The Meaning of Maggie - this is 12 year old Maggie's journal. Confident, likeable Maggie whose dad has developed MS. Comedic moments intertwined with realism - a compelling read.
Looking At The Stars - when civil war breaks out 13 year old Amina must flee her country. Heading to a refugee camp, this is her story. Expertly told.
Whale Boy - Michael is in a race against time to save the first whale to enter the ocean near Liberty in many years. A wonderfully lyrical and atmospheric tome.
Rooftoppers - Sophie is determined to find her mother. Her quest takes her to Paris, where she discovers a whole new world ... on the roof tops. Magical, poignant and compelling.
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