The following book list contains titles to appeal to children aged 8-9 in Year 4 of primary school. The books consist of a range of titles to cover all ability ranges including the less able and the more able. This list was last updated on
Desirable by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A funny story about George – unpopular at school – who receives an old bottle of aftershave from a relative for his birthday. Disappointed, George is stunned to find that the contents of the bottle change his life and suddenly everyone likes him.
The 13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
A cartoon illustrated story about the most amazing treehouse ever. Secret science labs, catapaults and a clever marshmallow machine are just some of the unexpected things found inside. Great for reluctant readers, many eight and nine year olds will read this in one sitting.
Frank Enstein and the Antimatter Motor
A funny and clever story about Frank Enstein, who likes to take things apart and put them back together again in new and interesting ways. A great book for children interested in science, contraptions and making things. Great illustrations by Brian Biggs.
The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden
Polly, the youngest in her family, finds it difficult to adjust to a sudden change at home, until she acquires a special pet pig.
Operation Gadgetman! by Malorie Blackman
Beans calls her dad ‘Gadgetman’ because of the amazing gadgets he invents – everything from exploding biscuits to Spy Kits.
The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston
Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the old house of Green Knowe and makes friends with three children who lived there in the three hundred years ago…
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Follow the adventures of Hiccup and friends in Viking times, as they trains dragons to be pets.
Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell
Everyone in the village where Lizzie lives thinks she daydreams – so it’s no surprise no-one believes her when she says she’s seen a witch.
The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross
When the elephant came to town, Tad and Cissie went to the show like everyone else. Little did they know it would change their lives for ever.
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Mr and Mrs Twit are the most unpleasant couple in the world. They like playing mean jokes and making their pet monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They want revenge…
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl,
Charlie Bucket loves chocolate. And Mr Willy Wonka, the most amazing inventor in the world is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It’s the prize of a lifetime and Charlie want to win it.
War Game by Michael Foreman
An illustrated children’s novel about a football game in Word War 1.
Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman
Limpy’s family don’t think humans hate toads, but Limpy knows otherwise. He’s spotted the signs: the stares, the nasty comments and the way they squash toads with their cars…
The Last Castaways by Harry Horse
The adventures of Grandfather and his dog Roo on the good ship ‘Unsinkable’ including voyages to find the Door to the Sea, the entranceway to the Forgotten Sea, and the Great Cod Bank.
The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz
The first book in the Diamond Brothers series. When a lot of money is left in the hands of Tim Diamond, he suddenly has every criminal looking for him.
The House That Sailed Away by Pat Hutchins
Grandma, Mother, Father, Morgan, the baby and Tailcat find themselves thrown into the strangest adventures when their house floats off down the street.
Fairy Tales by Terry Jones
Thirty new fairy tales with a modern twist by Monty Python member Terry Jones.
The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith
Max the hedgehog lives with his family on the wrong side of the road from the Park – where there’s a lily pond paradise with fabulous gourmet slugs.
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Mildred Hubble’s is possibly the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. She can’t fly her broom, command her kitten, or make the right spells.
The Way to Sattin Shore by Philippa Pearce
When her father’s name vanishes from a tombstone in the graveyard, Kate is thrown into a mystery. Is her father really dead?
The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman
A long time ago lived a firework-maker named Lalchand and his daughter, Lila. Lila knows almost everything about fireworks, but there’s one secret her father hasn’t yet told her.
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
Andrea West’s parents have divorced and she really doesn’t want to move home.
George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
George’s Grandma is a horrible and ugly with small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. George decides to poison her.
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Joe has all the money and all the possessions anyone could ever want. There’s just one thing he doesn’t have – a friend.
Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson
When unsporty Tim goes on an adventure holiday, he tries canoeing and rock climbing and finds out that he is braver than he realised.
The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth by Eoin Colfer
Not much scares brothers Will and Marty Woodman until they visit a small seaside town famous for its frightening ghost.
The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
When her parents can’t afford a dog, Janie invents one – Henry, an invisible Great Dane.
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak by Philippa Pearce
When Sid’s mother discovers he has a pair of gerbils – Bubble and Squeak – she tells him he cannot keep them. But Sid has other ideas…
Give Peas A Chance by Morris Gleitzman
14 extremely funny short stories, including: Surprise your mum with a chainsaw, be a bigger star than Tom Cruise, rescue your family with a tomato, send your dad into a panic with a tractor,and upset your auntie with ten kilos of chocolate.
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
Lizzy and her family have to move out of their home, and her beloved cat, Tips, goes missing. Lizzy explores the danger zone to try to find her.
The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings
Living a bleak country life, young Jody adopts an abandoned fawn, which transforms his every moment – until the day comes when they must finally part.