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Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11) by Jeff Kinney ($10.50)

This first title will come as no surprise to parents or carers of children who are fans of the phenomenally successful series – they probably put their requests in months ago. It’s priced very reasonably, too. A great stocking filler.

Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell ($18.50)

The second in the Stella Montgomery Intrigue (great name) series – the first being the award-winning Withering-By-Sea – I know a lot of readers have been looking forward to Wormwood Mire. Like the Child book below, mystery/spy/detective books have been a godsend for me when trying to encourage my not-so-adventurous reader to try new things. It’s a lovely book to hold in your hand.

Blink and You Die by Lauren Child ($16.75)

Those words ‘Series Finale’ will bring a chill to Ruby Redfort fans. Keira is *almost* too old for these, but has all the others so I’m sure would appreciate rounding out her collection. As a parent, I feel in safe hands with Lauren Child – I think she is fantastic. I still quote Charlie and Lola daily.

The Unforgettable What’s His Name by Paul Jennings and Craig Smith ($11.95)

The latest from perennial children’s favourite Paul Jennings and prolific illustrator Craig Smith (over 380 books and counting!) has this hook:

Even before all this happened I had never been like the other kids. I tried not to be seen. If I climbed a tree or hid among the bins, no one could find me. ‘Where’s What’s His Name?’ they’d say.

Then, one weekend, I got what I wanted. First, I blended in with things. But on the second day I changed.

I mean, really changed.

If you’re interested, Allen & Unwin share a find-a-word activity sheet on their website.

The Poppy Stories: 4 Books in One  by Gabrielle Wang ($20.80)

I’m starting to see more middle-grade books in a series being bundled together into a larger compendium and these ‘Our Australian Girl’ Poppy stories are no exception, offering terrific value – especially for a hardback – and the opportunity for your child to satiate their reading appetite in one big go (plus getting an extra, new chapter at the end!). This is a well-respected and popular series.

The prices quoted in this post were found on Booktopia and were correct at the time of writing. Christmas ordering details are as follows – you will need to do so by 1st December for non-stocked items and the 8th December for in-stock items. Full disclosure: I am an affiliate of Booktopia, which means I earn a small commission if you click through from this site and make a purchase. But – books! Yay, books!
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Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity (October, 2017).