Brilliant books you might have missed (Years 7-9)

By The Bookery

By The Bookery

Don't let these brilliant books slip under the radar! Here are some great paperbacks that were released in 2020 but you might have missed because they weren't big budget titles with massive marketing campaigns. All read, reviewed and highly recommended by our bookselling team.

The Girl who Speaks Bear

Sophie Anderson and Kathrin Honesta

£7.99 £7.59

Exciting, beautiful story inspired by Russian folk stories. Really excellent characters and plot - a real treat with great shelf appeal.

The Enigma Game

Elizabeth Wein

£8.99 £8.54

More excellent WW2 intrigue that really digs into nuance and complexity of wartime life and ethics. Great writing, thoroughly researched, also suitable for y9+.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Nizrana Farook

£7.99 £7.59

Atmospheric and thrilling adventure set in Sri Lanka. Great story about friendship and difference.


Dan Freedman

£7.99 £7.59

Lots of hooks into this book - family drama, sports, gang crime and violence - most importably it's a gripping plot. Particularly attractive for reluctant sporty kids.

Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver

Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

£7.99 £7.59

Reliably excellent storytelling that covers timely issues in an interesting way.

The Night Bus Hero

Onjali Q. Rauf

£7.99 £7.59

Excellent for reading for empathy or reading for bullies! Thoughtful without being slow.

The Space We're In: from the winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022

Katya Balen and Laura Carlin

£6.99 £6.64

Moving story about family relationships, grief, and autism. Excellent narrative voice really draws you in.

The Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck

Simon James Green

£6.99 £6.64

Genuinely funny, hints of LGBT+ romance. Just the right side of absurd humour, great for DOAWK fans.

Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond

Alex English and Mark Chambers

£6.99 £6.64

Immersive world-building and interesting characters. Rip-roaring adventure.

Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found

Aisha Bushby and Rachael Dean

£6.99 £6.64

Really exciting fantasy world inspired by Arabian Nights. Beautiful characterisation and settings.

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