Great books for readers 8+

I love stories for all ages, but along with fantasy and science fiction I have a real love for middle grade fiction. Below is a selection of some of my favourite middle grade books.

I’m hoping the selection will grow, and I’ll be adding links to larger selections of some of my favourite authors books. Please note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Alec picks up a strange book in the Airport and discovers his home city of Wellington, New Zealand, is more magical and dangerous than he ever imagined.

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Seb accidentally downloads the zombie apocalypse. Click here for my review.

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A Hobbit steps outside his door to find a world of adventure and magic. Was my favourite book for 20 years.

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If you can find a paperback copy of this version of Trumpet of the Swan consider yourself blessed. Trumpet is my favourite EB White book, despite my love of the better known Charlotte’s Web. The gentle humour and the slightly older age-bracket are everything. Trumpet of the Swan is a treasured book, and an utter joy.

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My favourite book ever. Yes, it’s a big say. And I know many people really hate this book – it’s quite divisive. But I love the poetic dark fairy tale aspect and the plot and characters are amazing too. A brilliant novel, by a brilliant author. More of her books are here, including the Costa Award winning “The Lie Tree”

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Adults will remember Enders Game – this is like a fast-paced modern version. I had five kids read it in less than a week – it’s that gripping. Just don’t bother with the sequel.

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My student, Denika Mead’s book. At 15 she’s put out a spectacularly fun book for young readers who love fantasy.

Review coming soon.

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Diana Wynne Jones-what can I say, she’s a legend.

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The sequel to the famous Howl’s Moving Castle – and better. Yes, you heard me, better. I’ve never had anyone who’s read both say otherwise, so if you loved “Howl’s Moving Castle, it’s definitely worth a read.