Top 10 books for 7-12 year olds this Christmas

You know what, I love these guides (well, someone has to say it!).

Just having an expert hand to steer you to the right books for Christmas really helps, and the women in Mostly Books who’ve chosen the Top 10 books for kids 7ish-12ish really know their stuff. If you’re looking for stocking fillers, go fill those boots with this lot.

Dragons at Crumbling Castles by Terry Pratchett


Fourteen hilarious short stories in one book, this takes you on a journey from King Arthur’s castle when dragons take over, to a bus that manages to travel back in time- while the customers were still on board! A fantastic book from the marvellously inventive Terry Pratchett. For children 7+.

Lupo and the Secret of Windsor Castle by Aby King


When Lupo, the spaniel, is framed for stealing some royal treasure and injuring the royal swan, he must go on a hunt to prove his innocence before his rival Vulcan the corgi takes over the castle. Follow him as he journeys through the corridors and underground tunnels of the castle of the royal family. A delightful little hardback book with beautiful illustrations and an imaginative story about good and evil set in the most loved family in the UK! For children 9+.

She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

she is not invisible

Marcus Sedgwick really is head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries in the way he presents ideas to children through impeccable story telling. Laureth’s dad goes missing and her mum doesn’t appear to care. So when Laureth gets an unexpected clue that Dad is in New York and in trouble, Laureth and her younger brother sneak onto a plane to go and find him. As they struggle to follow Dad’s weird clues about where he might be, they must stay one step ahead of the law and the baddies. But this is more than just a thriller or a road-trip novel. Novelist Dad is obsessed with coincidence and unraveling the clues takes Laureth into the scientific thinking of Jung and some number puzzles that make this a highly original and thought-provoking read as well as a great thriller. Sedgwick really is a master at work. For children 10+.

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret

Archie Green

When 12 year old Archie Green gets an unexpected delivery on his birthday it leads to the discovery of a new family, a new talent and a job offer! The gift is a book, and it’s no random selection – Archie discovers he has the unique gift of “book whispering” which means the pages literally speak to him. D.D. Everest has created a wonderful world with all kinds of exciting goings on, many centred around books and their contents in The Museum of Magical Miscellany. Books can fly, they can talk, and they’re so central to the story that it’s like a love letter to them. For children 10+.

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell

Goth Girl

Another beautifully illustrated, funny and absorbing book by Chris Riddell. The first Goth Girl won the Costa Award in 2013, and in this, the second instalment of Goth Girl, the Full-Moon Fete is coming up, and preparations are all underway. Celebrities are lining up, ready for the Great Ghastly-Gorm Back Off – but not everything is perfect. Ada’s maid has a secret, Maltravers is acting strangely, and with all everyone getting ready for the Fete, they seem to have forgotten Ada’s Birthday. For children 7+.

Feel the Fear by Lauren Child

Ruby Redfort

We love the Ruby Redfort books and the way they’ve reinvented the spy genre for girls. This is the fourth book in the series, and follows the young genius secret agent on her day to day adventures.

Ruby is starting to feel over confident. Fearless and reckless due to the amount of times she has dodged death and caught villains, she is starting to make mistakes. And when a ghostly foe appears, it means any mistakes can be fatal. Because how can she realise her mistakes, when the danger around her is invisible? Fast-paced, action packed and as always with Lauren Child, wonderful humorous touches, this one’s a winner for 10+ girls.

The Rising by Tom Moorhouse

The Rising

The sequel to The River Singers follows two young water voles in their lives. When their uncle appears bringing a terrible warning, the pair could not imagine how it would change their lives. Soon, they will be running for their lives, not even knowing whether they will ever make it home. A more gentle version of Watersip Down from an author who actually studies watervoles, so you know that their behaviour in the book is very real. Apart from the talking. 10+

Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare


From the bestselling Authors of The Mortal Instruments and The Spiderwick Chronicles comes a new adventure with magic. Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing. Now he must enter the Magisterium. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. A fantastically fast-paced book from two well-known authors, and great for both girls and boys if you want to hand it down from child to child! For kids 10+

Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JP. Tel 01235 525 880

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