It's not always easy to get the kids to read when schools out but if you can there are so many benefits. It can prevent children from losing the reading skills they've worked so hard on through the year and it's a great way to combat the inevitable boredom that will crop up at some point during the holiday not to mention the firing of their imaginations.

Here, The Little Bookshop picks the top reads for your 9 + year old to keep them in the swing...

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Age 9+

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure ...

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

Age 9 +

In this haunting and compelling follow-up to the instant classic The Secret of Nightingale Wood. Lucy Strange takes a seafaring myth and grounds it in the stark reality of World War II. Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters. But now the country is at war and the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. Pet will need to muster all her bravery to uncover why her family is being torn apart.

Runaway Robot by Frank Cotlrell-Boyce

Age 8 +

"We're returning to earth," Paul's father tells him. Paul is wildly excited, for all human beings on the planet Ganymede dream of going back to Earth some day. Then Paul finds out that he cannot take his robot Rex with him. Rex has been his constant companion for sixteen years. Leave him behind? Never!

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

It's their very first adventure, and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of some really weird clues. It's snowing and the Seven are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house - and a mystery.

Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell

Age 9 +

Meet Ottoline and her hairy, helpful friend Mr Munroe. No secret is ever too scary for the two of them to discover together. Ottoline is off to the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted. She is rather worried that she doesn't have a special gift.

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company by Vivian French

Age 9 +

The wonderful adventures of a family theatre-troupe, touring Victorian England by train – a high-octane, high-drama romp, with a colourful company of characters.

A wonderful gallery of eccentric characters and an exuberant plot with a twist at the end ... this is storytelling at its theatrical best!

The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle

Age 10+

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet ...

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn's grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

Age 9 +

The vast sky kingdom of Rumblestar is the magical backdrop for the first roaring adventure of the Unmapped Chronicles series. This is a story of tremendous courage, determination and friendship that is surely destined to become a classic.

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