5 Great Books for 10 Year Olds!

Here's the second blog in our book recommendations for different ages series. Today we will be telling you about 5 books that we think a 10 year old would really enjoy.

If you want to read our first blog in the series which is 5 great books for 8 year olds, then click here!


Geek Girl - Holly Smale

The cover of Geek Girl by Holly Smale. The cover has a close up photo of a girl's face. She has glasses on that say 'geek' in one lens and 'girl' in the other. She is biting her lip

Blurb: Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Our thoughts: This book is light hearted and one that makes you laugh out loud. Some of the other books we recommend in this post have much deeper meanings, but this one is purely entertaining.


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

The book cover has a dark blue background with multiple bolts of lightning. There's a boy holding something and is stood in a position where he's about to throw it like a javelin.

Blurb: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Our thoughts: If you've been following us for a long time, I'm sure you're aware by now just how much we love Rick Riordan's books! You can re-read this book over and over again (well, we have anyway!). This one one of both our all time favourite books and we highly recommend it!


Wonder - R.J. Palacio

The cover has a sky blue background and an illustration of a boy on the front. Aside from his black hair, the only features of his face that has been drawn is his left eye

Blurb: 'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Our thoughts: This is a book we think that everyone should read, no matter their age. The main character Auggie is a 10 year old who was born with a facial disfigurement. The story follows his life through school, encountering bullies and learning to navigate all of the challenges that come as a young person with a disability. This book is really empowering and it's one that everyone should read at some point in their lives.


Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson

the image background is orange and red with green and blue stars. There's two girls on the cover who are identical twins - they look the same and they're dressed the same

Blurb: Ruby and Garnet are ten-year-old twins. They're identical, and they do EVERYTHING together, especially since their mother died three years earlier - but they couldn't be more different. Bossy, bouncy, funny Ruby loves to take charge, and is desperate to be a famous actress, while quiet, sensitive, academic Garnet loves nothing more than to curl up with one of her favourite books. And when everything around the twins is changing so much, can being a double act work for ever?

Our thoughts: Would it be a book recommendation post without some Jacqueline Wilson?! She's the Queen of middle grade and we are sure that her books have been an integral part of many reader's lives. Many Jacqueline Wilson books cover important topics such as the death of a parent, parent's divorcing (eg. The Suitcase Kid), living in poverty (eg. The Bed and Breakfast Star) and we think that is these themes are incredibly important for readers to be able to connect with the storylines if they experience something similar in their own lives.


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

The image background is orange. There's a boy on the front cover who has a blue coat and red backpack. Around him are various items such as a clock, and school bus

BlurbRafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class--5,000 points! Running in the hallway--10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm--50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.

Our thoughts: This book is seriously funny - another light hearted read to end this blog post. There are some important themes covered here such as bullying and dealing with your first crushes - all very important for a middle schooler!


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