May 22, 2019

Eloise Reads || Books For 9-12 Year Olds

Eloise is a little book worm who always has at least 3 books on the go at any one time, usually more and I couldn’t be happier about it! She always has her head in a book, getting lost in various different worlds and it’s a wonderful thing to witness. A love for devouring books is something I had always hoped for my kids. Reading was always something I made sure I did every day and I remember reading Shakespeare to her when she was a tiny baby which then moved on the Julia Donaldson when she started to take an interest in books herself (what kid doesn’t love The Gruffalo!?). Reading is such a wonderful gift and seeing Eloise get so much enjoyment out of them makes my heart happy.

She recently started reading the Harry Potter series and consumed the first three in about a fortnight which has really sparked a love of fantasy books for her. She has quite a broad taste when it comes to genre and loves anything from books about the solar system, Horrible Histories and Horrible Science right through to Roald Dahl, good old Black Beauty and some Michael Morpurgo thrown in for good measure.

When I was Eloise’s age I remember reading my Mums old copy of Black Beauty along with the likes of Charlotte Bronte and Enid Blyton so it’s fair to say a love of reading is in our blood. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share a few books that Eloise is enjoying at the moment because I very rarely see anyone talking about books for children older than 4 or 5. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong place but let’s talk about some cracking 9-12’s that definitely deserve a place on your child’s bookshelf!

A Darkness of Dragons by S.A Patrick

“After playing a forbidden spell-song to save a village from rats, 12-year-old piper Patch Brightwater is thrown in jail. But there he meets Wren – a noble girl under a rat-shaped curse – and together they befriend Barver, a fearsome dracogriff, and set off on a grand adventure filled with sorcerers, dragons, bandits…and one very deadly enemy.

From the depths of the Tiviscan dungeons to the highest peak of Gemspar Mountain, this stunning book reminds us of the soaring joy of adventure, the captivating danger of magic, and of the delight of finding friends in unexpected places. “


This is a book that Eloise bought with some of her birthday money. We went into Waterstones on her birthday so she could pick a book (along with some Harry Potter bits and some bath bombs). This was actually recommended to her buy one of the lovely guy at our local Waterstones after he took the time to get to know what sort of thing Eloise liked.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? …


This was another one recommended to us at Waterstones alongside A Darkness of Dragons. Again this is very much within the fantasy genre which Eloise is loving at the moment, especially after devouring the first three Harry Potter books. I love the look of this book not only because of the stunning cover but because it’s filled with brave heroines and 100% for filling Eloise’s mind with strong female leads.

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

“When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent’s yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone, who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jellyfish, the mysterious someone–Kensuke–allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other until the day of separation becomes inevitable.”


This is actually my book from when I was about Eloise’s age, I remember reading it at school in year 6 and then again pretty much straight after if I remember rightly and I have read it again many times since as an adult and still enjoy it just as much as I did the first time. I love the way the plot surrounds and unexpected yet strong friendship and how amazing humanity can be even in the most difficult of situations. I find myself just as gripped to the storyline as I was as a 10-year-old.

So there we have it! A little collection of books Eloise has enjoyed or is currently enjoying (along with about 56 other books at the same time, haha). I think I might make this an ongoing feature here, I find there to be quite the gap in the blogging world for books aimed at 9-12 year olds so I’m going to have a shot at filling it, like a nutella filled doughnut if you like, because everyone likes nutella, right?

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