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Exciting Animal Adventure Books for Tweens

This collection explores our favourite animal adventure books crafted for tweens aged 8-12. In this blog post, we’re exploring stories where animals aren’t just characters – they’re the heroes of their own journeys. From the perspectives of the creatures themselves to tales with animals in the lead, these books promise an engaging exploration of courage and wonder. These books packed with wild escapades are great for young readers aged 8+.

The Palomino Pony Wins Through

Written by Olivia Tuffin
9-12
Georgia is pony-mad, and she spends all her spare time at the local stables, mucking out and loving being with all the ponies. So when she stumbles upon a mistreated palomino in the Welsh hills, she knows what she has to do. Save her from her cruel owner and bring…
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Always, Clementine

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. <i>I am an optimist. A very difficult thing to be, sometimes, at three inches tall.</i> Clementine is a genius. She can calculate pi to 69,689…
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The Horse Who Came Home

Written by Olivia Tuffin
9-12
Heartbreak, betrayal, and a breathtakingly daring rescue: Olivia Tuffin's fresh and thrilling novel about a girl's fight for justice at her family's stables will have 9+ readers gripped. Hannah's dad, a former Olympic show jumper, runs a highly respected stables where they buy, train and sell ponies on for huge…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Storm Dragon

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. When Sophy finds a little lost dragon, she knows he's in danger. It will take all her courage to keep Cloudy safe, and…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Sky Unicorn

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. Maya is a dancer with a travelling troupe of entertainers. When Clover, a little unicorn, is trapped by Sir Fitzroy and used to…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Baby Firebird

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
7-9
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. Talia lives in a tropical rainforest that is home to a flock of magical firebirds. Once day she meets a lovely baby firebird…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Magic Fox

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
7-9
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. Poppy sells candles in the streets of beautiful Penlee, and she has a wonderful secret; she knows there is a magical scarlet fox…
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A Piglet Called Truffle

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The first in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Star Wolf

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
7-9
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. The beautiful forest that Emma lives in is home to the star wolves. Each evening, the wolves' magical song makes the stars appear…
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A Duckling Called Button

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The second in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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The Secret Rescuers: The Sea Pony

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sophy Williams
7-9
A brilliant series for 7+ readers full of adventure, magic and friendship from Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue series. Grace loves living in the tropical village of Cala Sands. It has a gorgeous beach and the sun always shines. She especially likes…
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A Sheepdog Called Sky

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The third in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. A sick puppy abandoned on Jasmine's farm urgently needs her help to survive. And though he adores her, Jasmine doesn't know if Sky…
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Cowgirl

Written by G. R. Gemin
9-12
Growing up on the embattled Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries, muggings, sadness and boredom. With a dad in prison and a mum who has given up hope, she, like everyone around her, is holding on to memories of the times when happiness wasn't so hard…
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A Kitten Called Holly

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The fourth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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A Lamb Called Lucky

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The fifth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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A Goat Called Willow

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The sixth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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Shadow Fox

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A beautiful story of loss and belonging, all told through the eyes of a wild, affectionate, prickly fox who has a love of collecting shoes and not a small amount of magic. From the bestselling author of I, Cosmo. Bee's family runs a lakeside inn, offering rest and sustenance to…
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Max the Detective Cat: The Catnap Caper

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Nicola Kinnear
7-9
With a beautifully fluffy tail and a keen nose for adventure, Max the Detective Cat is ready for any mystery... The pampered cats of Paris are being kidnapped! Could it have something to do with a singing competition that is gripping the city? Max knows he has to solve the…
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An Otter Called Pebble

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The seventh in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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Princess of Pets: The Lost Puppy

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
7-9
Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need. When a tiny puppy turns up in the palace garden, Bea must keep it a secret until she can find it a home. But it's hard to hide an…
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Princess of Pets: The Naughty Kitten

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
7-9
Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need. When Bea rescues a lost kitten, she promises to keep it safe until she can find its owner. But the adventurous kitten keeps getting into trouble! And when it…
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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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An Owl Called Star

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The eighth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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Max the Detective Cat: The Disappearing Diva

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Nicola Kinnear
7-9
With a beautifully fluffy tail and a keen nose for adventure, Max the Detective Cat is ready for any mystery... Max, chief mouse hunter at the Theatre Royal, is up to his whiskers in his first mystery! Max notices that famous singer Madame Emerald is acting strangely. Why is her…
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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 Boy Who Saved a Bear

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
A boy and a bear meet, become friends and have the adventure of their lives! From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. The fourth thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka is jam-packed with peril, thieves and a terrifying bear! Nuwan works…
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The Girl Who Lost a Leopard

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. The third thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka is jam-packed with peril, poachers and an endangered leopard! Selvi is a wild child who loves climbing in the beautiful mountains behind her home. She is…
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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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Max the Detective Cat: The Phantom Portrait

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Nicola Kinnear
7-9
With a beautifully fluffy tail and a keen nose for adventure, Max the Detective Cat is ready for any mystery... The entire theatre company have travelled to Lord Fawley's castle to put on a show for his daughter's Halloween birthday ball! Rehearsals start well, but soon some ghostly goings-on and…
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A Deer Called Dotty

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself... A perfect animal story for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted…
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My Life as a Cat

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A wise, funny and moving story of what it means to find a family, from the best-selling author of I, Cosmo. Leonard has never had a name. Or a body. Or a best friend. But he is excited to try being a human. On their three-hundredth-birthday, every alien from Leonard's…
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Princess of Pets Book 6: The Runaway Rabbit

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
7-9
Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need. A lost and frightened rabbit needs a safe place to stay. Bea is sure the palace will be perfect, and her best friend, Keira, is coming for a royal…
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A Foal Called Storm

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself... A perfect animal story for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted…
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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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Earth Friends: Pet Protection

Written by Holly Webb
7-9
The fourth fantastic book in the series about four friends who want to make the world a better place. Emily loves animals. But she comes from a big family and there's no room for any pets. So she decides to help at the local animal rescue centre instead. When the…
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A Puppy Called Sparkle

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The twelfth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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Sunshine Stables: Jess and the Jumpy Pony

Written by Olivia Tuffin Illustrated by Jo Goodberry
7-9
At Sunshine Stables, dreams become adventures! Young pony fans will love this fantastic pony club series from Olivia Tuffin. Jess is thrilled to ride beautiful iron grey Bandit at pony camp. He is so sweet and they have a natural connection. But when Bandit unexpectedly throws Jess, his future at…
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A Rabbit Called Clover

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The fourteenth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping…
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Unicorn Academy: Evie and Sunshine

Written by Julie Sykes Illustrated by Lucy Truman
7-9
When your best friend is a unicorn, magical adventures are guaranteed! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That's what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Evie and Sunshine are on a quest to find a treasure hidden…
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Mermaid Academy: Isla and Bubble

Written by Julie Sykes & Linda Chapman Illustrated by Lucy Truman
7-9
Mermazing action-packed underwater adventures for young readers. Beautifully illustrated throughout and with a glittery cover! From the authors and illustrator of the bestselling Unicorn Academy series. Hidden deep beneath the waves is Mermaid Academy, a magical school where mermaids are paired with their very own dolphin and must discover their…
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