10 brilliant books for 10-11 year olds
June 18, 2021

10 brilliant books for 10-11 year olds: Reading Challenge

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10 brilliant books for 10-11 year olds

Travel through books with our brilliant suggestions for 10-11 year olds – Browzly Reading Challenge

Following on from last week’s blog we are featuring even more fantastic books with plots set in amazing places all around the world. This time we are focusing on Browzly recommended books for 10-11 year olds . Escape to distant lands and keep yourself entertained this summer with these wonderful books and add them to your reading list on Browzly app to participate in the 2021 Reading Challenge.


Here are our 10 handpicked book recommendations for 10-11 year olds to continue your bookish travels around the world…


1. The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller, by Zillah Bethell and Saara Soederlund

Written by: Zillah Bethell

Illustrated by: Saara Soederlund

What’s it about: Come to Papua New Guinea for a brilliant adventure, full of magic, secrets and sharks! Author Zillah Bethell uses this spell-binding adventure to address the tough subjects of grief, friendship and forgiveness making this a story that is both thought-provoking and hopeful.

Where do we go: Papua New Guinea

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2. Holes

Holes by Louis Sachar

Written by: Louis Sachar

What’s it about: This is a truly unique children’s book, full of twists and shocking surprises, that has absolutely become a modern classic. Holes is a teacher’s favourite worldwide and the main character Stanley Yelnats has become a classroom friend to many. Join Stanley on his intriguing, mystical, challenging and character-building journey out in Green Lake, Texas.

Where do we go: Texas, U.S.A

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3. Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, by Alexandra Stewart, Joe Todd-Stanton and Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Written by: Alexandra Stewart

Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton

Foreword: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

What’s it about: This is the breathtaking story of how two very different yet equally determined men battle frost-biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world’s highest mountain. Join these two unlikely heroes on the most amazing of adventures and discover how hundreds of men and women helped Hillary and Tenzing achieve their goal.

Where do we go: Mount Everest, Himalayas, Asia

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4. High-Rise Mystery

High-Rise Mystery, by Sharna Jackson

Written by: Sharna Jackson

What’s it about: While living in inner city London, two teenaged girls spend their summer holidays becoming tower-block detectives and investigate the most mysterious murder that happens within their building. This is a classic whodunit story that sparks curiosity at every twist so join in and see if and how Nik and Norva solve the case that’s waiting on their doorsteps!

Where do we go: London, England, United Kingdom

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5. No Ballet Shoes in Syria

No Ballet Shoes in Syria, by Catherine Bruton

Written by: Catherine Bruton

What’s it about: This multi-award winning children’s book follows Aya, an 11-year old asylum seeker, find her passion for ballet. With high hopes for her future career Aya and her family need to endure heart-breaking separation and champion their right to make a home. A perfect balance of tragedy and triumph, this is a story that is not only wise and kind but completely relevant to today’s society.

Where do we go: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

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6. Rooftoppers

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell and Marie-Alice Harel

Written by: Katherine Rundell

Illustrated by: Marie-Alice Harel

What’s it about: Join Sophie in her quest through the streets and ramparts of Paris as she tries to track down her long-lost mother. This is a classic ‘follow-your-dreams’ adventure with friendship at it’s heart. Armed with just a few clues and a team of ‘rooftoppers,’ will Sophie be able to find out where she’s really come from?

Where do we go: Paris, France

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7. Mystery of the Night Watchers

Mystery of the Night Watchers, by A.M. Howell and Saara Soederlund

Written by: A.M. Howell

Illustrated by: Saara Soederlund

What’s it about: In this story we travel back in time to 1910 and visit Suffolk in England where Nancy has been sent to live with her estranged grandfather. In a new place with new people Nancy must quickly figure out her surroundings and find her feet. Shrouded in secrets and mystery Nancy conducts a quest for the truth all from the house’s secret observatory, will you join her to see what she uncovers?

Where do we go: Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

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8. A Glasshouse of Stars

A Glasshouse of Stars, by Shirley Marr

Written by: Shirley Marr

What’s it about: This story is based on the author’s childhood and focuses on the importance of friendship, kindness and love. This is a hopeful tale that follows a family who relocate to a new country and have to overcome a number of hardships including learning a new language and making new friends. Our main character Meixing Lim finds comfort in her magical glasshouse and depends on her two new friends and a black-and-white cat to get her through her life struggles.

Where do we go: Mainland Australia

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9. The Boy Who Biked the World: Part One: On the Road to Africa

The Boy Who Biked the World: Part One: On the Road to Africa, by Alastair Humphreys and Tom Morgan-Jones

Written by: Alastair Humphreys

Illustrated by: Tom Morgan-Jones

What’s it about: This is about an ambitious young boy called Tom whose daydreams were full of travelling. From Tibet to Timbuktu, Tom had decided he was going to cycle around the world. Many people laughed at him and dismissed his dreams but Tom remained strong and believed in himself and even more than before had a drive and fire in him to prove everyone at school wrong. Join Tom in the first part of his travels and immerse yourself in his adventures by reading his postcards and journal entries that he wrote along the way.

Where do we go: From England, Europe all the way to South Africa, Africa.

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10. The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians, by Ross Montgomery

Written by: Ross Montgomery

What’s it about: Imagine having your imaginary friends; a six-foot tiger, a well-dressed badger and a tiny knight spring to life and help you in your quest to save your sister…this is what happened to our main character Col. One night in London where myths and legends become real, Col and his team of Midnight Guardians need to battle the Midwinter King and restore normality before morning breaks. This is a spectacular and enchanting story that is jam-packed with heart and humour and one utterly unique set of friends.

Where do we go: London, England, United Kingdom

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Where can I find more fantastic book suggestions?

This is just the start of the summer fun with Browzly. Sign-up for our Summer Reading Challenge so that you don’t miss out. Did you know, you get automatically enrolled in the reading challenge when you sign in on the Browzly app and post your reading. Read more about the challenge here.

If you enjoyed this post of books for 10-11 year olds then look for our previous blog post featuring book suggestions for all ages. We have more coming up so be sure to come back to the blog to find booklists organized by specific age groups ranging from Year 2 through to Year 6.


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