Fiction for Year 6

Book Recommendations for 9+

If you are looking for something a little more challenging for your young reader, you might like to suggest some of these which cover a number of genres and subjects.


Modern classics will provoke thought and challenge a reader both in content and linguistically. You might take a look at Holes by Louis Sachar, Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin, His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman, Shadow by Michael Morpurgo (or anything by Michael Morpurgo...), The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (who also wrote Stay Where You Are And Then Leave - also good!). If your reader is more inclined to the bizarre and creepy, Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a fine example of dark fantasy.


On a lighter note, contemporary series fiction suggestions would include Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Young Bond by Charlie Higson or the Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz. A fabulous girl detective series by Lauren Child (who wrote the Charlie and Lola picture books) is Ruby Redfort - engaging, funny with adventure. And of course the Chris Bradford Young Samurai series - the author came to visit Peak School in September! The re-issued Nancy Drew series is also great for those young detectives out there. A fabulous new set of books just came in which are proving popular with both the boys and girls - The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch.


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell and The Boundless by Kenneth Opell are both on the Golden Dragon Book Awards shortlist and are excellent, as is Wonder by RJ Palacio and The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.


These of course are just a tiny sample of what is available, but there should be something there to get started. Remember that one book can often lead to finding more of the same if they like that particular genre.