There are so many amazing new middle grade books available, making this the perfect opportunity to let your child set off on a new adventure with a new book this festive season. I’ve chosen my top new children’s middle grade books (recommended for children aged eight to twelve years) from Pan Macmillan, and I hope this gift guide will give you some inspiration for Christmas. Books make excellent presents and promise to deliver many hours of magic to your child during the coming weeks.
The 130-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (R170)
There’s a new book in the number one bestselling Treehouse series, and The 130-Storey Treehouse is guaranteed to get more laughs with 13 new levels to the Treehouse! Look out for the soap bubble blaster, a GRABINATOR which can grab anything from anywhere at any time, a time-wasting level, a toilet paper factory and even an extra-terrestrial observation centre. Whether your child is a fan of the series or is just starting their journey to the Treehouse this should definitely be on your wishlist.
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend (R289)
The Nevermoor series promises to captivate young readers, and your child will love to return to the magical world of Nevermoor in this new story of hope and imagination. Morrigan Crow finds herself challenged to find a cure for the Hollowpox, a strange illness that has taken hold of Nevermoor. This new adventure, the third book in the series, promises to take your child on an extraordinary adventure and is a great gift for children who love to read. Also look out for books number 1 and 2 in this series, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow.
The Ickabog, J.K. Rowling (R330)
This original fairy tale is about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, a beautiful hardback edition that features full colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog Illustration competition. The kingdom of Cornucopia is a prosperous land, but there is also the dark shadow that lies over the Misty Mountains where legend has it that the mythical monster the Ickabog lives. But sometimes myths can be true, and two children will set out on an incredible adventure that will test their bravery.
Wizards of Once: Never and Forever, Cressida Cowell (R251)
The fourth and final book in the number one bestselling Wizards of Once series from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. In Never and Forever “Warriors and Wizards combine forces against the dreadful power of the Kingwitch, whose searing evil threatens not only the Wildwoods, but all its creatures.” Will Xar and Wish be able to unite their worlds in time to save the Wildwoods? They have “found the ingredients for the Spell-to-get-rid-of-Witches. Now the Kingwitch is calling them to the lake of the lost. But first they must mix the potion in the Cup of Second Chances.”
Zack is Back!, Jaco Jacobs/Alex Van Houwelingen (R159)
Zack is Back! is a collection of three short stories for children written by Jaco Jacobs. The stories are the perfect length for those young readers just starting out reading chapter books together with a parent and make a great choice for story time. The stories of Zack’s adventures are filled with so much humour that we were giggling as we read this book together. Also be sure to check out Zack Attack! and Grandpa Zombie by Jaco Jacobs as well as his other awesome Afrikaans titles.
Guinness World Records 2021 (R429)
This is the perfect book for the whole family to enjoy reading together this holiday. There are so many different records to pour over, from a record 5306 Funko Pop! figurines to Mario being the most ubiquitous videogame character there is guaranteed to be something to delight everyone. We’ve loved exploring this new edition together, even more so since we were a part of our own Guinness World Record earlier this year (the largest online art lesson with Rob Biddulph as part of his Draw with Rob series).
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sponsoring this awesome guide.