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Age 11–13 years

Browse our recommended books for children aged 7 to 11

Browse our recommended books for children aged 11 to 13, including fantastic fiction, graphic novels, fun facts, growing up and essential life skills, and illustrated dictionaries for SATs and GCSEs. 

Gifts for Christmas

Our top picks for 11-13 year-olds this Christmas include an epic story of destiny and magic, a guide to creating your own magazines and an infographic-style book about our incredible planet.

North Child

North Child

100 Things to Know About Planet Earth

100 Things to Know About Planet Earth

Write Your Own Magazines

Write and Design Your Own Magazines

Politics for Beginners

With the UK preparing for a General Election in December, it's never too early for children to start learning about politics and issues such as human rights, freedom of speech and whether 16 year-olds should have the right to vote.

Politics for beginners

Politics for beginners

An informative guide to political systems, elections, voting and government, and issues including feminism, human rights, freedom of speech and fake news, all explained with clear text and bright, infographic style illustrations. Includes tips on how to argue and debate, a glossary, and links to specially selected websites with more information.

£9.99

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This entertaining book does an admirable job of explaining politics... An excellent trigger for debate. The Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week)
Illustration from Politics for Beginners

On the blog: How to explain politics to children?

Authors Alex Frith, Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell discuss writing Politics for Beginners – and why the book is important in turbulent times.

Fantastic fiction

Take a look at our top fiction for 11-13 year olds, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal award-winning Where the World Ends – or the Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games world of The Extinction Trials.

Graphic novels

If you're looking for engrossing and easy to read introductions to classic stories and legends, try these adventures packed with thrills and swashbuckling heroes. 

Fun facts

Did you know that Neil Armstrong's boots are still on the Moon? Or that thousands of mites live inside the skin of your face? Discover hundreds more fun facts in these lively books with infographic-style illustrations.

Growing up and essential life skills

Entering teenage years brings many challenges, but these frank and friendly books will help young people with growing up, managing their money, looking after their mental health and using the internet safely.


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Nothing Ever Happens Here

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Who Killed Darius Drake?

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

A Darkness of Dragons

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Girls Behind the Camera

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip!

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Scavengers

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

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Royal Rebel: Designer

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Girls With Courage

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

The Girl with Space in Her Heart

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Girls on the Up

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Girls at War

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

The Wild Folk Rising

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

The Garden of Lost Secrets

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

North Child

Paperback: £7.99
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A Boy Called Hope

Paperback: £6.99
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Where the World Ends

Paperback: £6.99
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Being Miss Nobody

Paperback: £6.99
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The Medieval Messenger

Library edition hardback: £9.99
Paperback: £6.99

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Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Paperback: £7.99
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Greek Gazette

Library edition hardback: £9.99

The Viking Invader

Library edition hardback: £9.99

Staying safe online

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Complete Shakespeare

Padded hardback: £17.99

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

The Mummy's Revenge

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Freak the Mighty

Paperback: £6.99
Large print edition paperback: £9.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

Yankee Girl

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

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Kick

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Carnival of Monsters

Paperback: £6.99
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Dracula

Hardback: £9.99

The Unpredictability of Being Human

Paperback: £7.99
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The House with Chicken Legs

Paperback: £6.99
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Royal Rebel

Paperback: £6.99
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The Wild Folk

Paperback: £6.99
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Theatrical

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Looking after your mental health

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Girls for the Vote

Paperback: £6.99
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Girls with a Voice

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!

Paperback: £6.99
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Famous composers picture book

Library edition hardback: £9.99

Baby Zebra Rescue

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an audiobook

A Dog's Life

Paperback: £6.99
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How to Look for a Lost Dog

Paperback: £6.99
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Prehistoric Britain

Paperback: £7.99
Library edition hardback: £12.99

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Deep Water

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Paperback: £6.99
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More of Me

Paperback: £6.99
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Bad Luck

Paperback: £6.99
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Across Enemy Seas

Paperback: £6.99
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Under a War-Torn Sky

Paperback: £6.99
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Tangled Secrets

Paperback: £6.99
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The Second World War

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

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Butterfly Summer

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

The Roman Record

Paperback: £6.99
Library edition hardback: £9.99

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The Middle of Nowhere

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

The First World War

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

Roman soldier's handbook

Paperback: £6.99
Library edition hardback: £12.99

Knight's handbook

Paperback: £6.99
Library edition hardback: £12.99

D-Day

Hardback: £5.99

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My Second Life

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Othello

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99
Available as an ebook

Growing up for boys

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

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The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Bad Magic

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

French for Beginners

Paperback: £7.99
Paperback with CD: £11.99

What's physics all about?

Paperback: £9.99
Available as an ebook

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Half a Sister

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an audiobook

Lobster Boy

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an ebook

The Boy in the Burning House

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

What's happening to me? (boys)

Paperback: £7.99
Library edition hardback: £9.99
Available as an ebook

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Raven Queen

Large print paperback: £9.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

Irish for Beginners

Paperback + CD: £11.99
Paperback: £7.99

Welsh for Beginners

Paperback + CD: £11.99
Paperback: £7.99

Italian for Beginners

Paperback: £7.99
Paperback + CD: £11.99

German for Beginners

Paperback: £7.99
Paperback + CD: £11.99

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Growing up

Paperback: £6.99

Spanish for Beginners

Paperback: £7.99
Paperback + CD: £11.99

Fire Pony

Paperback (New cover): £5.99
Available as an ebook

What's happening to me? (girls)

Paperback: £7.99
Library edition hardback: £9.99
Available as an ebook

Winston Churchill

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

Adolf Hitler

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

Kiss of Death

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an audiobook

Beginner's cookbook

Spiral-bound hardback: £12.99

Chips, beans and limousines

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an audiobook

The Usborne healthy cookbook

Hardback with concealed spiral binding: £12.99

The Vietnam War

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

Growing up for girls

Paperback: £7.99
Library edition hardback: £12.99
Available as an ebook

The Holocaust

Hardback with ribbon marker: £5.99

A World Away

Available as an audiobook

Easy French

Paperback: £7.99

Why should I bother to keep fit?

Library edition hardback: £9.99
Available as an ebook

Easy German

Paperback: £9.99

What's chemistry all about?

Paperback: £9.99
Available as an ebook

Tamburlaine's Elephants

Paperback: £6.99
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Big book of things to draw

Spiral-bound hardback: £9.99

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Mockingbird

Paperback: £6.99
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Forbidden Friends

Paperback: £6.99
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Classical music picture book

Library edition hardback: £9.99

Minna's Quest

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an audiobook

Peppermint Kiss

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an ebook

The Battles of Ben Kingdom — The Claws of Evil

Paperback: £6.99
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Available as an audiobook

Model Under Cover — A Crime of Fashion

Paperback: £6.99
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Completely Cassidy - Accidental Genius

Paperback: £6.99
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Cogheart

Paperback: £6.99
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Available as an audiobook

The Amber Pendant

Paperback: £6.99
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The Extinction Trials

Paperback: £7.99
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The Book of Three

Paperback: £6.99
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The Name of This Book is SECRET

Paperback: £6.99
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Available as an audiobook

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A Place Called Perfect

Paperback: £6.99
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Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Adventure

Paperback: £6.99
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The Train to Impossible Places

Hardback: £12.99
Paperback: £6.99
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SLAY

Paperback: £6.99
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The Secret Ruby

Paperback: £6.99
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Eddy Stone and the Alien Cat Attack

Paperback: £6.99
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The Trouble with Perfect

Paperback: £6.99
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The Great Brain Robbery

Hardback: £12.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

SLAY On Tour

Paperback: £6.99
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Moonlocket

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

The Extinction Trials: Exile

Paperback: £7.99
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Completely Cassidy - Star Reporter

Paperback: £6.99
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Available as an audiobook

Strawberry Summer

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an ebook

Model Under Cover — Stolen with Style

Paperback: £6.99
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If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

Paperback: £7.99
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No Turning Back

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an audiobook

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Rising star

Paperback: £5.99

On Thin Ice

Paperback: £5.99

The Battles of Ben Kingdom — The Feast of Ravens

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

Blueberry Wishes

Paperback: £5.99
Available as an ebook

This Book is Not Good for You

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Model Under Cover — Deadly By Design

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Completely Cassidy - Drama Queen

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook
Available as an audiobook

Eddy Stone and the Mean Genie's Curse

Paperback: £6.99
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The Battle for Perfect

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

Skycircus

Paperback: £6.99
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The Extinction Trials: Rebel

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Shadowsea

Paperback: £6.99

Model Under Cover — Dressed to Kill

Paperback: £6.99
Available as an ebook

This Isn't What It Looks Like

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Rivals

Paperback: £4.99

Taran Wanderer

Available as an ebook

Star Struck

Paperback: £5.99

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The High King

Available as an ebook

You Have To Stop This

Paperback: £7.99
Available as an ebook

Lucky break

Paperback: £4.99

Solo star

Paperback: £4.99

Pop diva

Paperback: £4.99

Star Maker

Paperback: £4.99

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