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20 Christmas Books for Tweens

What better way to celebrate the season than by diving into a captivating Christmas chapter book? These chapter books for tweens range from heart-warming stories that celebrate the true spirit of the season to adventurous mysteries set in wintry landscapes. Whether you have a Christmas book basket, or count down to Christmas with a book advent calendar, adding a few new Christmas books to your collection each year is a great way to keep your children reading over the festive period. Here are some of our favourite Christmas books for tweens.

Murder At Snowfall

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
A gripping thriller for readers who like danger and mystery and chills and spills from the comfort of their sofas... Unputdownable. The Times and Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. "Much more Junior Line of Duty than Junior Miss Marple" - The Sunday Times "Just the right level of…
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Wren

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12
A dark, gothic adventure set on the island of Anglesey in North Wales and featuring a very fantastical beast...   Wren lives in an ancient castle in the mountains near the sea. The wind whistles through it and the walls sing to her. Wren is busy inventing things, and her…
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Rose Campion and the Christmas Mystery

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
It's pantomime season at Campions' Palace of Varieties and Wonders - but Rose Campion and her friends have more to worry about than who'll be filling the role of Cinderella. The Duchess - the deadly ruler of the London criminal underworld - has been released from prison, and she has…
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Mouse Heart

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
This atmospheric thriller, full of daring stunts and sinister villains, is perfect escapism for 9+ readers. Mouse, a foundling, loves her pieced-together family at the Moth Theatre fiercely. When their leading man, Walter, is wrongly arrested for murder, Mouse swears she'll free him. But another member of the cast has…
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Fledgling

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12
A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn't all that he seems to be... A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival…
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The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12
Lonny is a lifeling. He has the power to heal any living creature and bring it back from the dead. But he pays a price for this gift - by lengthening the creature's life, he shortens his own. So Lonny has to be careful, has to stay hidden in the…
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Otherland

Written by Louie Stowell
9-12
Otherland is a dangerous magical underworld - a place where appearances can be deceiving and anything can happen. A world of gods, vampires, and fairies. It's also... horrible.   When life-long friends Myra and Rohan discover that Rohan's baby sister Shilpa has been stolen and taken to Otherland, the only…
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Murder In Midwinter

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
Sitting on the top deck of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. They see her watching, she looks away, and the woman disappears. Maya goes to the police, who shrug and send her away. Then a body…
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The Boy Who Flew

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
A vivid adventure filled with danger and heroism from the author of Murder in Midwinter. Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe…
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A Pony Called Secret: A Dream Come True

Written by Olivia Tuffin
9-12
The fourth in a fantastic series of perfect pony stories about Alice and her spirited young pony, Secret, from Olivia Tuffin, author of the much-loved The Palomino Pony series. Alice and Secret have qualified for the Olympia Horse Show - and Alice is so excited about having an adventure in…
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Murder At Twilight

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
Shortlisted for CrimeFest Awards' Best Crime Novel for Children 2019 When Viv has a fight with Noah, she doesn't think it'll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he's nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens…
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Storm Witch

Written by Ellen Renner
9-12
Child of Air, Water, Earth or Fire: now that she is thirteen Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals, which will determine her whole life's work. But for Storm, daughter of a father murdered by Water and a warrior mother claimed by Earth, there…
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Evie’s Ghost

Written by Helen Peters
9-12
Compelling period fiction for 9+ readers from the Waterstones Children's Prize shortlisted Helen Peters. Evie couldn't be angrier with her mother. She's only gone and got married again and has flown off on honeymoon, sending Evie to stay with a godmother she's never even met in an old, creaky house…
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Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Business has never been better for Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders - and the music hall is about to open its doors to its biggest act yet: the Illustrious Gandini, the stage magician known as the Great Wizard of the North. But when the Doomstone Diamond - a priceless…
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
"A book with a big brain, big laughs and a big, big heart." - Frank Cottrell-Boyce An extraordinary novel for anyone who's ever been curious. When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad…
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Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Rose was left by her mother at the door of Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders as a baby. It is her home, and she loves it, but she never stops wondering who she really is. When murder threatens to destroy the music hall, Rose will need all her performance…
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The Palomino Pony on Parade

Written by Olivia Tuffin
9-12
The fifth in a series of perfect pony books full of action and adventure! Georgia is looking forward to a very merry Christmas with Lily, her gorgeous palomino pony. But then Lily is offered a starring role in a film, and the Olympia horse show is approaching. Georgia suddenly has…
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Olivia’s Winter Wonderland

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
It's winter at the Swan Academy, and that means panto! While Olivia practises being the back end of a horse, everyone else is auditioning for a major new movie. Soon the school is full of rivalry and suspicion, nasty tricks and strange mysteries. To lighten the mood, Eel organises a…
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Olivia and the Movie Stars

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
The Swan Academy is under threat from closure due to a building development next door. Into this tense atmosphere come Cosmo and Cosima, the famous singing/acting twins from Hollywood to star in Peter Pan. But a series of mysterious accidents in the theatre threaten to close the production. Who is…
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
Step into the past to discover a thrilling mystery about a sinister plot to shape and control the future, in this spine-tingling historical adventure from award-winning author Christopher Edge. Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre…
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