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Best Fiction Books for the Classroom – Teacher’s Picks on Amazon

Calling all curious minds!

Our Teacher’s Picks are a treasure trove of brilliant books, all chosen by educators who know what sparks a love of reading in young children. Our fiction titles will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

So whether you’re a bookworm or just setting sail on your reading adventure, there’s a perfect pick waiting for you. Dive in, explore, and discover the joy of getting lost in a good book!

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang? With cover illustration by David…
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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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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9
Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Mathilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Mathilde LOVES school dinners…
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No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Written by Catherine Bruton
9-12
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers Award Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes…
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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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My Best Friend and Other Enemies

Written by Catherine Wilkins Illustrated by Sarah Horne
9-12
When Jessica's best friend goes off with new-girl Amelia, Jessica is hurt but determined not to take it lying down. She has a plan, and a secret weapon - her felt-tips. The pen is mightier than the sword, after all, and having a sense of humour wins Jessica far more…
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There’s a Werewolf In My Tent!

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9
Izzy and her friends are SO EXCITED about their school trip. They're going camping and there'll be marshmallows and no washing and everything. But then WEIRD things start happening! There are howling sounds at night, and some sausages have gone missing, and it's nearly a full moon... But it's when…
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The Jamie Drake Equation

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him... Hanging out…
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Not My Fault

Written by Cath Howe
9-12
Maya and Rose won't talk to each other. Even though they are sisters. Not since the accident. Maya is running wild, and Rose doesn't know what to do. Now Maya and Rose have to go away together on a week-long school journey. But will the trip - and a life-threatening…
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Ella on the Outside

Written by Cath Howe
9-12
Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret. Ella can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want?…
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The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
"If you go into the woods, Old Crony will get you." Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster... What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost…
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The Boy Who Met a Whale

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. A thrilling adventure set in fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril and kidnap and a huge blue whale! Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With…
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
How do you know you really exist? It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness.…
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My Brother Is a Superhero

Written by David Solomons
9-12
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke' s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.…
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The Middler

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12
"I was special. I was a hero. I lost the best friend I ever had." Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam. Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered…
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I, Cosmo

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
The story of one dog's attempt to save his family, become a star, and eat a lot of bacon. Cosmo's family is falling apart. And it's up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There's only one problem. Cosmo is a Golden Retriever. Wise, funny,…
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Orion Lost

Written by Alastair Chisholm
9-12
The transport ship Orion is four months out of Earth when catastrophe strikes - leaving the ship and everyone on board stranded in deep space Suddenly it's up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and uncharted territory to reach safety. But a heavily-damaged ship, space pirates,…
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TrooFriend

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12
Imagine having the perfect friend, one who never steals, lies or bullies. Now you can, with the TrooFriend 560, the latest in artificial intelligence! What can go wrong with a robot buddy? Especially one that's developing human characteristics and feelings, and who has just run away with her human? A…
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Another Twist in the Tale

Written by Catherine Bruton
9-12
You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist - that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist - a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the…
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Sweet Pizza

Written by G. R. Gemin
9-12
When Joe tasted a mouthful he was amazed how delicious it was - a dense taste, better than any pasta he'd eaten before. Food was suddenly different - he felt as if his taste buds were doing the cha-cha-cha on Strictly. Joe loves his Italian heritage: the language, the opera,…
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Luna Rae is Not Alone

Written by Hayley Webster
9-12
"The thing about a new house is everything's new. That sounds really obvious, I know, but if you think about it, one of the things about where you live is that you build up all this stuff there ... You get used to old things. New things take getting used…
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