Great books for 8 to 9 year old readers

A Listmania! list by April Wallis "scary_aunty" (Kent)
 
Kensuke's Kingdom
1.  Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
The list author says:
  "Quite a complex book - modern Treasure Island - young boy is marooned on a desert Island with a Japanese prisoner of war who helps him survive - character driven"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)

Room 13
2.  Room 13 by Robert Swindells
The list author says:
  "Set in a known UK locality so good for geography too - where did it happen? kids love how the mystery of Room "13" gradually unravels - based on the classic Bram Stoker Dracular story"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

Frindle
3.  Frindle by Andrew Clements
The list author says:
  "This is a much reviewed and fascinating book - a real comment on the development of the English language - read & enjoy"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Clockwork
4.  Clockwork by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "Fantastic bit of storytelling - Ive always liked that it is subtitled 'all wound up' a gripping ghost story - so not for the faint hearted - would suit a child with excellent comprehension skills"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Cliffhanger
5.  Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson
The list author says:
  "Great book - lots of oppotunity for discussion about stereotyping boys & girls roles & also bullying & how to deal with it - favourite character - the troll doll"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

The Butterfly Lion
6.  The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
The list author says:
  "Another character driven story - crosses different time periods - a younger reader than Kenusuke's Kingdom above - left with a mysterious ending"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Krindlekrax
7.  Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley
The list author says:
  "A classic hero & dragon story - with a Ridley twist, who by his own admission writes for boys who are not keen on description but eager to get on with the plot - great illustrations too & amusing"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

The Firework Maker's Daughter
8.  The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "A really super bit of traditional story telling - reminds me a bit of a panto like Aladin - an adventure & questing story"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Bill's New Frock
9.  Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine
The list author says:
  "Bill wakes up & his usual clobber is replaced by a frock - teaches how the expectations for girls and boys are different, full of fun"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants
10.  Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants by Michael Lawrence
The list author says:
  "You cant go wrong with this one it has the word 'pants' in the title - hilarious"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Aquila
11.  Aquila by Andrew Norriss
The list author says:
  "A great sci-fi book by a great sci-fi author - class clowns suddenly become class experts as they try to unravel the secrets of Aquila"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer)
12.  Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer) by Alan Gibbons
The list author says:
  "Great sci-fi story linked to computer games - young lads world becomes enbroiled in a computer game fantasy & is chased down by the aforementioned Minotaur - thrilling"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Eighteenth Emergency
13.  The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars
The list author says:
  "The main character is a complete numpty - always in the wrong place at the wrong time - he eventually finds his feet as an individual - has US dialect & deals with bullying - v. funny"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Rescuing Dad
14.  Rescuing Dad by Pete Johnson
The list author says:
  "Boy loves mum & dad, but would like them under 1 roof - a serious topic, but a funny book, requires good empathy."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Poltergoose
15.  The Poltergoose by Michael Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Who ever heard of 2 kids being haunted by a ghost goose - really funny Jiggy McClure story"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Switch
16.  The Switch by Anthony Horowitz
The list author says:
  "A body swap rich boy poor boy story - great story telling. Encourages empathy and understanding about how peoples' lives are different - makes you appreciate what you've got"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Geat - the story of Beowulf and Grendel: The Story of Beowulf and Grendel
17.  The Geat - the story of Beowulf and Grendel: The Story of Beowulf and Grendel by John Harris
The list author says:
  "Good retelling of Beowulf by an accredited "Storyteller/performer" - the 'gore' factor is quite effective for getting reluctant boy readers reading"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Meteorite Spoon
18.  Meteorite Spoon by Philip Ridley
The list author says:
  "So they wrote down the "Book of Arguements" to help them cope with their parents' rows - it sounds a really negative but its not - "and then there was the arguement that broke the world""
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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How to Write Really Badly
19.  How to Write Really Badly by Anne Fine
The list author says:
  "A book about dyslexia & how to draw on people's strengths, again written to amuse"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Smile!
20.  Smile! by Geraldine McCaughrean
The list author says:
  "A Great McCaughrean book for younger readers - if you were marooned somewhere remote & your only possession was 1 camera & 1 roll of film, what would you photograph? And why?"
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Mercedes Ice: An Urban Fairy Story for Modern Children
21.  Mercedes Ice: An Urban Fairy Story for Modern Children by Philip Ridley
The list author says:
  ""An Urban Fairy Tale" I love this - the kids Ive read it to love it too - all about Tower Blocks & TV ariels & losing friends and gaining others"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Matt's Million
22.  Matt's Million by Andrew Norriss
The list author says:
  "A great story about the millionaire dilemma - Is being rich all it's cracked up to be? And how would your friends react?"
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The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog (Young Puffin Modern Classics)
23.  The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog (Young Puffin Modern Classics) by Jeremy Strong
The list author says:
  "Boy loves dog - dog has serious case of ADHD and is always getting into trouble - hilariously funny - has a subplot on the theme of bullying"
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Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler
24.  Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler by Pete Johnson
The list author says:
  "So the main character decides that to keep himself amused he will introduce a betting system to lessons - and the bets get bigger and bigger - until ... well its a very funny book"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Unluckiest Boy in the World
25.  The Unluckiest Boy in the World by Andrew Norriss
The list author says:
  "V. funny - about positive thinking - so you think that you are unlucky?"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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