The Borribles by Michael de Larrabeiti

*This website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn a small commission when you click through affiliate links. Please read more in our disclaimer.

Recommended by Jonny Kay (@jonnykayteacher)

Form and genre: prose novel, fantasy, young adult

Length: 224 pages

Summary: Borribles are outcast runaways who live in London. Apart from their pointed ears, they look just like children and have one enemy: the Rumbles – giant, rat-shaped creatures who are their ancient enemy. Fearing an invasion of Rumbles, an elite group of Borribles set out on The Great Rumble Hunt.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Occasional offensive language. I’d recommend this for Y8.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Written in the late 70s (with 2 additional books making up a trilogy), the books have a strong anti-authoritarian flavour. The third book was written to coincide with the 1985 riots in London and was not published due to its anti-authoritarian content (it was later published as part of a trilogy).