Books in the Children's area for mature, capable readers aged 9-12.


by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose set out on quests alone to find what is missing in their lives. Set fifty years apart, their stories are woven together in this book - Ben's told in words and Rose's in pictures.



The Case of the Deadly Desperados

by Caroline Lawrence

In 1862 12-year-old P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados who are after his mother's rights to land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. 


by Kathi Appelt

For ten-year-old Keeper, the blue moon is her chance to find her mermaid mother who swam away years ago. In a small boat, Keeper sets off for the sandbar where the mermaids will gather.





Legion of the Dead

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad - a messenger who faces all sorts of danger as he works across the city. This time it's zombie gangsters and shady grave robbers.


by Brian Falkner

When Cecilia Undergarment discovers a neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. Even if it means getting lost in the dark, mysterious forest of Northwood.

The Peco Incident

by Des Hunt

When bird flu hits the Otago Peninsula, Danny and Nick get involved in a race through the gun tunnels and cliff-tops of Taiaroa Head to save endangered penguins and albatrosses.


One Dog and His Boy

by Eva Ibbotson

More than anything, 10-year-old Hal wants a dog for his birthday. When he discovers his new puppy Fleck is only meant to stay for one weekend, he sets out to keep Fleck safe.



The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer

by James Norcliffe

The Loblolly boy wants his old life back. In his way are the Jugglers, the Gadget Man and a sinister Sorcerer. This is the sequel to the winner of the 2010 NZ Post Award for Junior Fiction.

The Unforgotten Coat

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Julie recollects her friendship with two refugee brothers from Mongolia who immigrate to Liverpool.