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Top 10 Best Classic Books for 9-year-olds

We've put together a wonderful selection of the very best classic books for 9-year-olds, featuring spellbinding stories and beloved characters such as Mowgli, Aslan and Bilbo Baggins.

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a dreamlike world with this exciting and magical book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and topple into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

2. The Secret Garden

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Frances Hodgson Burnett

If you're looking for mystery, adventure, secrets and friendship, you'll find it all in this beautiful classic novel. Spoiled orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at the isolated Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire - but she will discover a magical world she could never have imagined on the other side of a locked garden door. She decides to bring the neglected garden she finds there back to life, and in doing so, will change the course of her own destiny forever. An enchanting tale, this book will captivate young readers.

3. Skellig

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David Almond

This stunning story brilliantly combines magic and realism for an enthralling story, making this book impossible to put down. Young Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and his family moves into a dilapidated house. But an unbelievable discovery in the form of a strange, emaciated creature is set to change everything...

4. The Jungle Book

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Rudyard Kipling

This much-loved adventure story was published in 1894, and has enthralled generations of children ever since. It stars man cub Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the Indian jungle and meets amazing creatures, such as Baloo the 'sleepy brown bear', the python Kaa, black panther Bagheera and terrifying tiger Shere Khan. Discover the excitement of this captivating tale and be whisked away to the lush (but perilous) Indian jungle.

5. Roald Dahl Stories

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Roald Dahl

Discover the bizarre, hilarious and phizz-whizzing tales of the wonderful Roald Dahl, including The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. Explore his wondrous worlds and quirky characters in these truly gloriumptious stories, featuring Roald Dahl's distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling.

6. Goodnight Mister Tom

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Michelle Magorian

This heart-breaking, illuminating tale follows Willie Beech, a deprived child who lives in London with his abusive mother. But when war breaks out and Willie is evacuated to the countryside, he is taken into the home of Tom Oakley, an old man who turns out to be kind and loving. Willie also makes a wonderful friend in Zach, who loves to go cycling. But what will happen when Willie's mother demands he come home - and tragedy strikes?

7. The Chronicles of Narnia

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C. S. Lewis

Children have been enchanted by these exciting, action-packed stories for decades. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of curious creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests, exhilarating battles and plenty of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.

8. Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott

Follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they must face the hardest of times and pull together, whilst their father goes to fight in the civil war. Though they may be poor, their lives are rich with colour and fun as they play games, put on dramatic theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with vices, learn from mistakes, nurse each other, and get into all sorts of trouble. This stunning tale is sure to enchant young readers, featuring the unconditional love between sisters and the challenges they face.

9. Little House on the Prairie

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Based on Wilder's real-life childhood adventures, this captivating series follows a family in Wisconsin, who set up their home amongst Indians and wild bears. The books describe the way the different groups learn to live together in harmony, as well as what happens once the family leaves the prairie and Mary and Laura start school...

10. The Hobbit

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J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo is a hobbit. He likes to keep himself to himself and enjoys a peaceful, uneventful life. But one day, a group of dwarves turns up at his door, and his life is changed forever. He must embark on an epic quest to help the dwarves reclaim their mountain and slay the malicious, miserly dragon, Smaug - all rather difficult for a homely hobbit! This riveting story features themes of courage, friendship, and action-packed adventure!

Classic books for 9-year-olds

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Roald Dahl stories
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien