Read on - books for ages 8+

In our Read On book selection, you can discover a wide selection of exciting new fiction and classic stories, guaranteed to keep fluent readers of all abilities hooked.

  • Agent Handbook: World War Two

    Agent Handbook: World War Two

    The Agent Handbook is packed with top-secret facts, quizzes and activities on World War Two! Master military strategy, find out about the wartime code-breakers and how to send a secret message, and then read all about the incredible heroes fighting on the home front.


  • Alex Rider: Nightshade

    Alex Rider: Nightshade

    The original teenage master spy is back on the hunt! Beware! There's no rest for the wicked...


  • Amari and the Night Brothers

    Amari and the Night Brothers

    Amari Peters knows three things. Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds the secret...


  • Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl

    At just twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind. He's just discovered that fairies exist - and so does their legendary fairy gold! But these fairies are armed, dangerous and don't play by the rules.


  • The Beast of Buckingham Palace

    The Beast of Buckingham Palace

    Fast forward into the future in this magical fantasy! The year is 2120. London is in ruins. Strange horrors are stirring inside Buckingham Palace’s walls. Soon Prince Alfred must battle the Beast to save his mother, and the entire world...


  • Boy Giant

    Boy Giant

    A stunning new story of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere from Sir Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and bestselling author of War Horse.


  • The Boy Whose Wishes Came True

    The Boy Whose Wishes Came True

    10 year old Archie Crumb is having a tough time. Picked-on at school, picked last for any team, his dad has a new wife and little daughter and not much time for Archie, and his mum is struggling. But things start looking up when Archie comes off his bike, bumps his head, and literally sees stars...


  • Colossal Crystals

    Colossal Crystals

    Usually grown deep in the earth, crystals are some of the world's most beautiful natural treasures. Now, with this crystal growing kit and book, watch crystals grow right before your eyes! Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years of age.


  • The Darkest Unicorn

    The Darkest Unicorn

    They steal magic. They steal memories. Worst of all, they steal people... A haunting fairy tale with a dark unicorn at its heart.


  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)

    After a disastrous competition at school, Greg decides that he’s officially retired from ANY kind of sport! That is, until his mom persuades him to give it one more go and makes Greg reluctantly agree to sign up for basketball.


  • Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar

    Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar

    Nikki Maxwell and her bandmates are looking forward to an AWESOME time on tour as the opening act for the world famous Bad Boyz! The only downside? Nikki's frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, has weaselled her way onto the tour as a social media guru...


  • Dream Big: Heroes Who Dared to Be Bold (100 people - 100 ways to change the world)

    Dream Big: Heroes Who Dared to Be Bold (100 people - 100 ways to change the world)

    Be FIERCE, be BOLD, be INSPIRED ... DREAM BIG! 100 people, 100 ways to change the world - they did it, so why can't you?


  • Drone Racer

    Drone Racer

    Team Carson discover a drone with a mind of its own. It wins every race and the military wants it! How will they protect their new friend?


  • Escape the Rooms

    Escape the Rooms

    The last thing Jack expected when he bungee-jumped at the fairground was to go plummeting right through the ground into the weird, wonderful Rooms... There he must face a series of puzzles and traps alongside a mysterious girl called Cally, in order for them to find their way home. Throw in a murderous polar bear, hundreds of tiny yet ferocious lions, some mind-blowing riddles, and get ready for a hilarious, helter-skelter adventure like no other! Escape the Rooms follows two children dealing with loss on an amazing adventure.


  • Frankie's World

    Frankie's World

    How do you fit in and stand out when you feel different to everyone around you? A graphic novel like no other, told with humour, heart and a unique perspective on autism.


  • Freedom


    There's no escape - even when you escape. From Jamaica to Britain, where can a slave like Nat run to?


  • The Gamers' Handbook

    The Gamers' Handbook

    Filled with quizzes, facts, lists and lots of fill-in fun, The Gamers' Handbook gives everyone the chance to level up and become the ultimate champion!


  • Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

    Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

    Ben is getting used to life without his beloved granny. She was a cabbage enthusiast, a Scrabble partner... and an international jewel thief known as The Black Cat. Now, only the memory of their extraordinary adventure to steal the Crown Jewels lives on. Then something inexplicable happens...


  • Goosebumps Pack of Four

    Goosebumps Pack of Four

    The creepy villains you hate to love are back for some brand new scares.


  • Hogwarts Journal

    Hogwarts Journal

    Imagine, draw and create your perfect school experience! This journal covers everything you need to know for your year ahead at Hogwarts.


  • Wizards Unite: The Official Game Guide

    Wizards Unite: The Official Game Guide

    In this exclusive, official game guide, get all the insider tips and tricks straight from the game team. It's all here in the official game guide to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, your key to the wonders of the wizarding world.


  • Hidden Treasures

    Hidden Treasures

    From sunken wrecks to lost cities, can YOU track down treasure?


  • Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

    First in the epic trilogy: ice bears, witches, Arctic wonder. To read it is to witness magic. Look out for Philip Pullman's classic Carnegie Medal winner on BBC TV this Christmas!


  • I Got This

    I Got This

    Being small, Erin has big challenges - especially when starting her new secondary school - but she also has big dreams too. When an amazing opportunity comes by to take part in a mega-famous pop group's upcoming music video, Erin is certain she's perfect for it. But is her best friend trying to ruin her chances?


  • I Survived True Stories: Nature Attacks!

    I Survived True Stories: Nature Attacks!

    From fourteen-year-old lone survivor of the shark attacks of 1916, to nine-year-old who survived the Peshtigo fire of 1871 (which took place on the very same day in history as the Great Chicago Fire!), here are four unforgettable survivors who managed to beat the odds.


  • Jack from Earth

    Jack from Earth

    New from top talent Chris Wooding! Jack’s parents are rather odd. But inter-galactic thieves? Surely not...


  • Jamie Johnson 5 Book Set

    Jamie Johnson 5 Book Set

    Jamie's desperate to become Highwood School's star football player. But after he wrecks his chances at the trials, the pressure's on to prove himself. This five book set is the perfect pack for any football fan!


  • The Last Gate of the Emperor

    The Last Gate of the Emperor

    An action-packed Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime. He is a star player of the underground augmented reality game, The Hunt for Kaleb's Obelisk. But when a change in the game rules prompts Yared to log in with his real name, it triggers an attack that rocks the city.


  • Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking

    Stargazer, physicist, icon. Explore a legend’s life and incredible world.


  • Superpower Showdown

    Superpower Showdown

    Aurora Beam is reeling after the bombshell revelation of the secret supervillain's identity... but is there someone else even more powerful pulling the strings?


  • The Lion Above the Door

    The Lion Above the Door

    From Onjali Q. Rauf, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, comes an incredible story about missing histories and the concept of a universal family, told with humour and heart.


  • Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

    Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

    He’s little, he’s bad - and he’s saving his school from sinister imposters!


  • Little Women

    Little Women

    Curl up with your new best friends - the four March sisters, whose lives will bring tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart, and whose stories will stay with you forever.


  • Little Women and Good Wives

    Little Women and Good Wives

    A timeless tale of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - experiencing both hardship and adventure in Civil War New England. With an inspiring new foreword from Caitlin Moran.


  • Macbeth United

    Macbeth United

    The classic Shakespeare play has been reimagined as the story of Macbeth, a promising 12-year-old striker on the Shotfield football team, and his burning desire to become team captain. Macbeth's mum pushes him to do whatever it takes to get ahead and get noticed by academy scouts. So when it comes to the big game, fair is foul and fouls are fair.


  • My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar

    My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar

    Luke and his brother have swapped bodies and Luke has Zack's superpowers! Now all he needs is a world-threatening adventure to try them out...


  • My Family and Other Ghosts

    My Family and Other Ghosts

    When two living kids try to run a ramshackle haunted hotel, spooky chaos breaks out!


  • Blitz


    In 1940 with London under fire siblings Edie and her little brother are evacuated to Wales. Miles from home and missing her family, Edie is determined to be strong, but when life in the countryside proves tougher than in the capital she is torn between obeying her parents and protecting her brother...


  • My Super Awesome Journal

    My Super Awesome Journal

    This journal is super awesome, just like you! With lots of fill-in fun, My Super Awesome Journal has space to write down all your favourite things, try out fun quizzes and create cute crafts! Plus, there's room to decorate the pages with your own pretty doodles. Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years of age.


  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    'Troubled' kid Percy has just discovered that he is half-god, half-mortal and the Greek gods do exist! There's just one problem. Zeus thinks Percy has stolen his lightning bolt. Can Percy find it before a war of the gods erupts?


  • Philip Pullman: Four Tales

    Philip Pullman: Four Tales

    Four Tales brings together four of Philip Pullman's classic fairy tales for younger readers: The Firework-Maker's Daughter, I Was a Rat!, The Scarecrow and his Servant and Clockwork.


  • Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds

    Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds

    Tail-wagging tales of real-life Rebel Dogs! Get your paws on the stories and secrets of some of history's most heroic hounds! An engaging collection packed with over 30 real-life dogs. Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years of age.


  • The Rollercoaster Boy

    The Rollercoaster Boy

    One day, in the middle of the summer holidays and in the middle of a manic episode, Todd and Laurie's dad takes them to stay in the hotel he spent most of his childhood holidays in. Todd and Laurie have the run of the place and they soon start to uncover a few secrets...


  • Runaway Girls

    Runaway Girls

    Victorian London, 1851. When Lucy runs away from home, Kitty shows Lucy how to survive - where to find the best picnic leftovers in the park, and which trees makes the best beds.


  • Runaway Robot

    Runaway Robot

    One bionic boy. One rogue robot. Can they help each other out? When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds more than he bargained for. There's a giant robot called Eric hidden on the shelves!


  • Stories from Around the World

    Stories from Around the World

    Travel a world of stories! Simbad the sailor, warrior Hua Mulan and lots more.


  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    If you believe in miracles, this one is for you. In a grand house full of grief, newly orphaned Mary finds a locked garden in the grounds. Behind the gate is a magical place which will transform Mary's lonely life.


  • The Smart Girl's Guide to Life

    The Smart Girl's Guide to Life

    Every smart girl knows the importance of friendship as she grows up - best friends share support, love and laughter, but what happens when things go wrong?


  • Star Switch

    Star Switch

    Naomi is the biggest pop star on the planet at the age of fifteen. Ruby is Naomi's biggest fan. When the girls have an unexpected encounter and magically swap bodies, will Naomi discover she can be a huge celebrity and a normal girl after all?


  • The Taylor Turbochaser

    The Taylor Turbochaser

    A rickety wheelchair becomes a supercar that whisks Amy off on a trip of dreams! Amy would love to be a racing driver so dreams really do come true when her best friend turns her wheelchair into the Taylor TurboChaser.


  • Random Acts of Fun

    Random Acts of Fun

    The new laugh-out-loud, packed-with-pictures Tom Gates bestseller - Tom has fractured is ankle and its up to his friends, family and Rooster the dog to keep him entertained!


  • Spectacular School Trip (Really...)

    Spectacular School Trip (Really...)

    Tom's doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he's got three sad faces on the school achievement chart. One more and he won't get to go on the school trip. The future of Tom's school trip depends on an emoji! Hardback edition.


  • Ten Tremendous Tales

    Ten Tremendous Tales

    The brand new bestseller from multi-million copy selling author and illustrator Liz Pichon. A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes!


  • What Monster?

    What Monster?

    What's that? A MONSTER? How has this scary beast escaped into Tom's sort-of-normal world? Is it one of his doodles? Is it Delia on the rampage? Or is it Mr Fullerman at full moon? All will be revealed in this book.


  • Diver's Daughter: A Tudor Story (Voices #2)

    Diver's Daughter: A Tudor Story (Voices #2)

    A gripping adventure told from the perspective of a young girl whose mother was taken away from her family in Mozambique. Award-winning author, Patrice Lawrence, continues this exciting series that explores authentic and moving accounts of unheard voices from British history.


  • We Are the Beaker Girls

    We Are the Beaker Girls

    Tracy Beaker has come a long way since escaping from the Dumping Ground. Now Tracy and her daughter, Jess, have moved to a new seaside home but trouble is hot on their heels.


  • When Fishes Flew

    When Fishes Flew

    Australian-Greek girl Nandi travels to her ancestors' home in Ithaca, and discovers - through a friendship with an extremely unusual flying fish - the extraordinary story of her great-aunt Elena; of how she fell in love, in the hardest of times, and how of how she became an unsung hero of World War Two.


  • The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times

    The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times

    Most of us never fight a war against evil magic. Xar and Wish now face a third quest. With the power of Magic and Iron together, they're sure to prevail. Won't they?


  • Wonder


    Auggie Pullman's facial deformity has prevented him from going to school—until now. He feels normal inside. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them?


  • You Go, Girl!

    You Go, Girl!

    A celebration of talent, friendship and girl power. You Go, Girl! is the perfect guide to the lives of your fave feminist icons from around the world.


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