Top 10 Best Historical Books for 11-year-olds

Discover the fascinating past with these engrossing historical books for 11-year-olds, packed with historical detail, enchanting characters and thrilling stories. Whether you're looking to embark on a Tudor adventure, be enthralled by tales set in World War II, or uncover the secrets of Victorian England, you'll find it all in these riveting reads.

1. The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, this captivating story is narrated by Death and follows Liesel, an avid young booklover and determined book thief at a time when thousands of books were being destroyed. When Liesel has to help hide a Jewish boy in the basement, the power of words and books to enrich the soul is explored by both youngsters as they try to evade danger and even death. This spellbinding yet shocking story is a must for any young booklover.

2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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John Boyne

In this poignant and heart-warming tale, 9-year-old Bruno is completely oblivious to the horrors of the Final Solution and the appalling cruelties being inflicted by his father. All he knows is that he's been moved to a house in a desolate area, where there's nothing to do and no-one to play with. But then he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence, and wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Their friendship will take Bruno from naivety to revelation, but he will inescapably become subsumed by the terrible process of which he is unwittingly a part.

3. Treason

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Berlie Doherty

Will Gaveston is page boy to the little Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. But when his father is accused of treason and thrown into Newgate Prison, Will must go into hiding in the back streets of London. He makes friends with a poor boy, Nick Drew, and together, they must embark on a thrilling mission to try to gain pardon for Will's father, risking imprisonment and even death.

4. War Horse

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Michael Morpurgo

In this gripping tale, a horse named Joey witnesses the deadly reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in the First World War. He will come to understand the chaotic power of war, and the boundless beauty of peace. His owner, Albert, is determined to bring his beloved horse home safely. This engrossing story is a favourite with kids, parents and teachers alike, and has been adapted for film and stage.

5. 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?

6. Hetty Feather

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Jacqueline Wilson

This heart-warming, funny and fascinating novel will captivate young readers. London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is left at the Foundling Hospital when she is just a tiny baby. She goes to live with a foster family in the countryside, and, with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she sneaks off to visit the travelling circus, where she is enthralled by Madame Adeline and her horses. However, when Hetty returns to the Foundling Hospital, she goes back to a tedious life of uniforms and horrible food. Could her real mother be the marvellous Madame Adeline? Or is the truth even more surprising?

7. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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Anne Frank & Otto Frank

Discover the heart-breaking story of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old girl who spent two long years in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne writes candidly about her experiences with honesty, humour and enthusiasm - but this is ultimately a harrowing read that ends abruptly when she and her family are discovered by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp. Children will be absorbed by this gripping true story.

8. The Girl in the Mask

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Marie-Louise Jensen

In the world of Georgian England, 15-year-old Sophia is suffocated by the restrictions of a man's world. She has been forced by her father to sacrifice everything she loves and ordered to make a new life in Bath. By day, she is trapped in the social whirl of balls and masquerades - but by night, she swaps her ball gowns for breeches, and turns to highway robbery to get her revenge... However, when one man starts to take an interest in her, she must keep her distance, or risk revealing her secret life.

9. Carrie's War

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Nina Bawden

Discover an evocative picture of life for evacuee children in World War II with this stunning classic novel. Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to Wales with severe shopkeeper Mr Evans and his gentle sister, Lou, whom he cruelly bullies. It's not long before the two children meet a cast of quirky village characters and become immersed in every aspect of village life - including a strange and unsettling mystery. Featuring suspense, intrigue and excitement, young history fans will love this wonderful story.

10. Anne of Green Gables

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L. M. Montgomery

Anne is a feisty young girl with flaming red hair and a somewhat difficult attitude, which her new adoptive parents, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, are quick to discover. But as she grows up on the farm in Avonlea, she becomes a highly intelligent and outgoing (but stubborn!) young lady. Follow Anne's journey as she makes friends, goes to college, and has a few misadventures along the way!