Please enter books which you think would be appopriate for reading with children between 8 and 12 years old

Book title and author
Brief description of the book
Theme
Book type
Board book / hardback / No text etc
Toad Rage
Very amusing book about the adventures of a cane toad who is most put out at the careless ways of humans and wants to find out just what humans have agains them, given the way they run toads over with such disregard. There's an adventure and a journey, with some sport thrown in for good measure - I have to confess to having edited some parts when reading aloud though! It has some great use of vocabulary that implies it is set in another culture very early on in the story - very helpful when introducing a unit - but then some great fun throughout which appealed to children's sense of humour!
stories from other cultures
paperback; short novel
Shadow Of The Minotaur -by Alan Gibbons
I read this book after seeing Bill Lord's tweet about it. He said he was up until the early hours one morning reading it and couldn't put it down. I can understand why. From the opening chapter, which is breathtaking, to the big finish I loved this book. I could see how a class of children would be griped by this. The story is about a boy who is the son of a software games developer. He tries out his Dad's game which involves wearing a second skin that allows him to sense everything. However an evil presence is on hand which draws him into the game, quite ;literally. He has to move through a series of worlds and meet challenges to move up levels. This book is part of the Legendeer series.
Greek myths meet Sci Fi
Paperback.
Scar Night - Alan Campbell
This book gripped me as the world Alan Campbell created was so vivid. The idea of an angel battling the devil isn't a new one, but the way that it's written has you turning pages late into the night.
For nine hundred generations, the city of Deepgate has hung suspended by giant chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. In the unfathomable darkness below is said to reside the dread god Ulcis, 'hoarder of souls', with his army of ghosts. Outside the city extend the barren wastes of Deadsands, inhabited by the enemy Heshette, so that safe access is guaranteed only by a fleet of airships.
At the hub of the city itself rises the Temple, in one of whose many crumbling spires resides a youthful angel, Dill, the last of his line. Descendant of heroic battle-archons, yet barely able to wield the great sword he has inherited from his forebears, he lives a sheltered existence under the watchful eye of Presbyter Sypes, who rules the Temple. For despite his sense of purposelessness, Dill has a destiny about to unfold - one that will take him down into terrifying depths of the pit in a desperate quest to save the teeming but precarious city from total annihilation at the hands of a cunning and resourceful traitor.

Sci Fi
Paperback