- Rosemary Sutcliffe's Roman trilogy starting with The Eagle of the Ninth.
- The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett. There are other books by this author that I haven't read but understand to be high quality children's historical fiction.
- Lord of the Forest by BB.
- Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series. In my experience, this series is either loved or hated!
- Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine adventure series.
- Douglas Bond's Crown and Covenant series set in the Scotland of the Covenanters.
- Ned by Barbara Coyle which is the story of a Barnardo boy in Victorian London.
- GA Henty books are historical fiction some of which is set in the UK. I haven't read many but one of my sons tells me that the plots become "sameish" after a while. Many are available free on line.
- Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat.
- Saint Patrick: author Michael McHugh
- The Railway children, The Treasure Seekers, Five children and It by E Nesbit. These seem to be available free for Kindle.
- James Herriot books about his life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales.
- Scholastic Double Take book about 1066.
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian. This story of a World War II evacuee is more suitable for the older end of this age range due to the child abuse described.
- Again, for the older end of the range, is Moonfleet by J Meade Falkner. This is free on Kindle.
Please add your own suggestions.
I have some other book lists for anyone looking for books for avid readers: