Christmas Picks for Slightly Bigger Kids

Kids! They love to read (mostly). And they love to get presents (all the time). Here are some suggestions for those hard-to-buy-for age groups from our resident kids' lit experts.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend | $17 | Suitable for ages 8-14

Receiving enthusiastic reviews from critics and children alike, this enchanting debut tells the story of an unlucky girl who is called upon to do the impossible. Filled with magic, suspense and a whole lot of heart, this is the perfect read for all Harry Potter fans and our book of the year for young readers. 

The Fall by Tristan Bancks | $17 | Suitable for ages 9-13

A sharp, contemporary crime novel with classic genre elements, and nail-biting suspense that will keep readers (young AND old) on the edge of their seat. 

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell | $17 | Suitable for ages 8-12

In Katherine Rundell’s gem of a book, a crash-landing in the Amazon leaves four children stranded deep in the jungle, who must find within themselves the strength, courage, perseverance, and wisdom to survive. A true adventure story for curious kids.

Polly and Buster by Sally Rippin | $20 | Suitable for ages 7-10

Polly is a struggling young witch - she just can't seem to get her spells right. Buster is a monster who lives next door and he just happens to be Polly's best friend. Can a monster and a witch be best friends in a world does not approve? Rippin's heart-warming tale may just bring a tear to your eye. 

Babysitters' Club Series by Anne M. Martin | $10 each | Suitable for ages 8-11

Any girl who was a pre-teen in the 90s knows that Kristy, Maryanne, Stacey and Claudia are just about the coolest babysitters you'll ever find - and they're back to inspire and entertain a new generation of readers. 

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren | $13 | Suitable for ages 8-12

An riveting tale of sisterhood, valour and rebellion, Prisoner of Ice and Snow is the perfect mixture of danger and delight. Perfect for fans of action stories that really transport you.