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Spectacular Scottish books for young readers

Age group: 9-11
Topics: Scots

Highlighting the very best of Scotland! From the best Scottish authors and illustrators, to great books set in Scotland and books written in glorious Scots! There are books here to tickle your Scottish taste-buds.

Julia Paton Vivian French The Spectacular Revenge of Suzi Sims

This is a quirky school-based story about standing up to bullies and proving yourself. Nasty Miss Grit and Barbie Meek are brought to life with Vivian's lively dialogue and Julia Patton's expressive illustrations. We were cheering on Suzi as Sports Day approaches and she plans to get her own back…

Elizabeth Laird Welcome to Nowhere

We adore this beautifully told story by Elizabeth Laird of life in Syria and a child’s experience of civil war. It is powerful, heart-breaking and compelling.

Christopher Nielsen Gill Arbuthnott Balloon to the Moon

This beautiful non-fiction books celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing. We love the chapter countdown- you definitely feel as if you are preparing for landing as you read!

Kate Leiper Theresa Breslin An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures

We love the gorgeous illustrations by Kate Leiper which beautifully complement the traditional tales, expertly retold by Theresa Breslin. This will make you want to delve deeper into more Scottish myths and traditional tales!

Lindsay Littleston The Titanic Detective Agency

This retelling of the Titanic disaster from the perspective of adventurous Aberdonian Bertha Watt is sure to have you hooked from the first page. Lindsey’s retelling is gripping and adds mystery and intrigue to the fateful voyage…

Chae Strathie Marisa Morea So You think You Got It Bad: A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece

We love this entertaining and tongue-in-cheek look at life in Ancient Greece for boys and girls by the hilarious Chae Strathie. This book is perfect for every history lover- and is filled with fascinating facts and gorgeous illustrations.

Jeff Kinney Thomas Clark Diary of a Wimpy Wean

We love this Scots version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Greg Heffley’s laughter, gags and disasters are just as hilarious (if not more so) in Scots!

Jane Yolen Robert J Harris The Girl in the Cage

This tells the story of Marjorie, daughter of Robert the Bruce, when she is captured by the King of England, Edward Longshanks, and imprisoned in a wooden cage. Such an engaging account of the struggles of one little girl.

Victoria Williamson The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

This is a touching exploration of moving to a new and unfamiliar country, and the importance of kindness and friendship. Set in Glasgow, Victoria Williamson carefully weaves a convincing tale that explores the refugee crisis and its presence in contemporary Scotland.

Joseph Lamb The God of All Small Boys

Set in Dundee during WW1 this is a story about friendship, growing up and resilience. It is a great read.

Kimberlie Hamilton Scotland’s Animal Superstars: True Stories about Braw Birds and Beasties

There’s a wow factor about how many wonderful animal stars we have in Scotland, makes us feel proud and curious!

J.K. Rowling Matthew Fitt Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane

We love this first chapter in Harry’s story as he starts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and hearing it translated into Scots by Matthew Fitt brings the words to life in a wonderful new way!

Jill Calder Simon Holland The Picture Atlas

We love this beautiful atlas – a great way to learn about different parts of the world or plan an epic adventure.

Theresa Breslin Divided City

We love this Scottish classic for its sensitive look at the divides and conflicts in our society, and our shared humanity beneath them.

Pamela Butchart Tony Ross Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull

We’ve always loved this detective club, so it is brilliant to have a great new adventure to read about, with Pamela’ Butchart’s fantastic humour and storytelling.

Alexander McCall Smith Iain McIntosh School Ship Tobermory

We loved jumping on board this very unusual school ship and found plenty of mystery and adventure to read about.

Ross MacKenzie The Nowhere Emporium

This is an enchanting story which captured our imagination as we followed the emporium from Glasgow across the world and watched its secrets unfold!

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