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Our best Christmas gifts: books for 9 to 12 year olds

This collection of our very best fiction and non-fiction will keep 9 to 12 year olds entertained this Christmas and beyond – from the magical Fledgling to the fascinating A History of the World in 25 Cities.

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 was an accident or part of something more sinister. As dark forces gather, can she unearth the secrets of her family’s past and protect all she holds dear?

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The Secret Detectives

Written by Ella Risbridger
9-12

On board the S.S. Marianna, Isobel Petty witnesses a shocking act – somebody being thrown overboard in the middle in the night. But when the ship’s captain insists that nobody is missing, Isobel and her two new reluctant friends must solve two mysteries – the identities of both the murderer and the victim – before they reach England and the culprit has the chance to escape.

A gripping historical mystery, inspired by The Secret Garden and the golden age of crime writing, perfect for fans of Robin Stevens and Katherine Rundell.

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Adam-2

Written by Alastair Chisholm
9-12

The robot Adam-2 has been locked in the basement of a lost building for over two hundred years – until one day he is discovered by two children, and emerges into a world ruined by a civil war between humans and advanced intelligence.

Hunted by both sides, Adam discovers that he holds the key to the war, and the power to end it – to destroy one side and save the other. But which side is right?

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British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities

Written by Tracey Turner & Andrew Donkin Illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg
9-12

A stunningly illustrated book that tells the story of human civilisation, featuring 25 extraordinary and beautifully illustrated city maps. Take an incredible voyage through history, from the walled city of Jericho built over 10,000 years ago, to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo.

Each map is followed by two gorgeously illustrated pages of fascinating information about what life was (or is) like for the inhabitants of each city, including a bite-sized look at each city in numbers. Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.

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Great Britons: 50 Amazing People Who Have Called Britain Home

Written by Imogen Russell Williams Illustrated by Sara Mulvanny
9-12

Discover the enthralling and diverse stories of 50 brilliant Britons through the ages, from the warrior queen Boudicca of early Britain, who rose in revolt against the Romans, to activist Malala Yousafzai, who fights for every girl’s right to an education today. The gripping tales include key figures from all areas of British life – science, medicine, entertainment, sports, activism and more.

Featuring the inspirational lives and achievements of amazing people such as Florence Nightingale, Alan Turing, Mary Prince, Stormzy, Charles Darwin and Noor Inayat Khan, Great Britons is not only a celebration of our history as an island, but also as part of a far larger and greater world.

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