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10 Books Children Aged 8 To 12 Will Enjoy

It can often be a challenge to get your child to pick up a book but when he does, you’ll slowly start to find your child fostering a lifelong love for reading. Aside from helping enhance their vocabulary and imagination, books help children understand everyday life as well as different matters happening within the society and the world.

Here are 10 great recent releases with storylines that are sure to keep your child hooked.

The Mystery Of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

After her father’s disappearance, Emmy was shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she was to stay and complete her studies until she was of appropriate age. But right before she leaves, Emmy receives a mysterious box full of medallions and a little note that read, “These belonged to your father.” The plot thickens when Emmy begins to find strange symbols from the medallions etched in the walls of her boarding school, leading her to discover the school’s super-secret society, The Order of Black Hollow Lanewhich might have something to do with her father’s disappearance.

City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Life can be complicated when your parents are a ghost-hunting duo and you happen to have the ability to see ghosts. This is the life of Cassidy Blake, who’s often accompanied by her ghost best friend, Jacob. When the family and Jacob arrive in ultra-haunted Edinburgh for her parents’ new TV show, Cassidy befriends another real-life girl, Lara, who possesses the same abilities as her. Together, they discover the power and responsibility of their inborn gifts, sending them into an epic fight with a sinister spirit known as the Red Raven.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Best to keep the light on for this creepy and hair-raising adventure! Ollie is an 11 year old who finds solace in books. When she sees a seemingly crazed woman threatening to throw a book into the river, Ollie reacts by stealing the book and running away. With the slender volume in her possession, Ollie learns a chilling story about three siblings who made a peculiar deal with a sinister ghost known as “the smiling man,” who grants a most desired wish but at an ultimate price. The next day, Ollie heads out to her school trip where she sees the graves of the very people she had been reading about. Little did she know that was just the beginning of her perils as her school bus suddenly breaks down and she is forced to find a way to escape with her classmates before it’s too late.

The Remarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Since losing her mother and two sisters in a car crash five years ago, Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have been living on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. When Coyote learns that the park in her old neighbourhood where she had buried a treasured memory box with her mother and sisters is to be demolished, she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to unknowingly drive back home in four days. Along the way, they pick up a strange crew of misfit travellers who will teach Coyote that the hardest journeys can be made easier when you’ve got great friends by your side.

Maybe A Mermaid by Josephine Cameron

Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” Having bounced around from town to town due to her mother’s job, Anthoni has made it her mission to find a true-blue friend. Though it’s been hard to find one, she believes that this summer will be different because she now has a foolproof checklist that will help her make lifelong friendswhich may or may not include the rumoured Boulay Mermaid.

Nightbooks by J.A. White

This thrilling contemporary fantasy tells the tale of Alex, a boy who has been imprisoned by the witch Natacha. In order for Alex to stay alive, he has to tell her a new scary story each night to keep her happy but as he runs out of pages to read from, Alex finds himself trapped in a true terrifying tale where he needs to find a way to escape the twisted place or risk being a captive forever.

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Identical twins Iris and Lark have never spent a moment apart and knew they always had better outcomes when they were together. However, the two are forced to separate during their first day of fifth grade which led to the girls having a sudden change in personality. While the girls struggle with the temporary loss of each other’s presence at school, something strange is also happening in the city where things both great and small were going missing without a trace. Understanding that anything could be lost in the blink of an eye, Iris takes it upon herself to find a way to keep her sister safe before it’s too late.

Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Go on a rollicking space adventure with best friends Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega who live on Wilnick, a dilapidated space station at the end of the galaxy. The safety of their home is threatened when Sanity creates a three-headed kitten that escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. In an effort to locate the kitten, the girls turn Wilnick upside down, which inadvertently causes the whole place to evacuate. Will the girls be able to save their home and find the missing kitten?

The Train To Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell

The Impossible Postal Express is no ordinary train. It’s a delivery service operated by trolls, running everywhere from ocean bottom shipwrecks to Trollville and space. When this impossible train comes roaring through Suzy’s living room, it’s no wonder her world turned upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself the Deputy Postmaster aboard the train and is faced with a daunting and stressful first delivery to the evil Lady Crepuscula.

Thisby Thestoop And The Black Mountain by Zac Gorman

In the absurd land of Nth, Thisby Thestoop can be found within the walls of Castle Grimstone, down in Black Mountain dungeon, taking care of its ghastly inhabitants. When the prince and princess arrive for a Royal Inspection, the too good-looking Princess Iphigenia ends up getting lost in the tunnels of the dungeon without anyone by her side. In order to escape the dungeons unharmed, Thisby will have to help guide the princess safely out of the dungeons before she becomes dinner.

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