Below is a list of fiction books and authors that have been recommended over the years by members of our 11 Plus Forum.

Where only the author’s name appears it is because they received numerous mentions for different works. The links below will either take you to the specific book mentioned, or where multiple books were referred to, a sample of the series or the author’s works.

Non-fiction books were rarely mentioned specifically, but Terry Deary’s “Horrible Histories” series was a constant mention. The “Dangerous Book for Boys” was also mentioned by several people, as were children’s bibles.

Finally, if this list does not inspire your child, or you want yet more fresh ideas, ask in your local library for a copy of “The Ultimate Book Guide” published by A&C Black. It contains 600 recommendations for great books for 8 – 12 year olds.