Making the Most of Self-Isolation
In part 3 of our ‘Making the Most of Self-Isolation’ series, Accounts Assistant Kat, tells us about her favourite books for 9-12 year olds.
#3: Read (The Best Books for 9 to 12s)
Keeping yourself entertained in self-isolation is difficult, especially when your activities are limited. So, I’m here to recommend my favourite middle-grade books.
Reading is a great hobby (I know, I have quite the book collection) but my favourite thing about it, other than escaping to different worlds, is the fact that reading for just 10 minutes reduces your stress and anxiety levels by about 70%. Don’t worry if you can’t get hold of physical copies of these books, libraries are also great for finding new books and most of them also have apps such as Borrowbox or Overdrive that you can use to read if you can’t leave the house.
So, without further delay, here are some of my favourite books with a brief description to get you hooked.
The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis
This is an oldie but goody – this is the first book in the Deptford Mice series and has been a favourite of mine since I was little. In the sewers of Deptford, there lurks a dark presence that fills the tunnels with fear. The rats worship it in the blackness and name it “Jupiter, Lord of All.” Into this twilight realm wanders a small and frightened mouse-the unwitting trigger of a chain of events that hurtles the Deptford mice into a world of heroic adventure and terror.
Malamander by Thomas Taylor
This is a new find but I loved it! Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy, especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander.
The Secret Dragon by E.J. Clarke
When would-be palaeontologist Mari finds a tiny dragon while out fossil hunting on a Welsh beach, she knows it’s a discovery that could change science – and her life – forever.
The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone
Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dream Snatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows… The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dream Snatcher’s dark magic.
A Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick
Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no-one’s idea of a hero. But then he discovers a deadly truth – the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose. With the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing Dracogriff, Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all.
If you want some more recommendations, here’s a picture of all of my middle-grade books – I’ve read and enjoyed most of them!