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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Preteen and Tween, Ages 9-12


With maturity developing and a wide range of reading abilities among preteens and tweens, middle grade novels (books for ages 9 and up) begin to soar with well-developed fantastical worlds, a gentle increase in the complexities of social and emotional plot developments, smaller fonts, and more pages.


Children's Book Reviews for ages 9 to 12

While kids used to read books featuring characters around their age, preteens and tweens begin to “read up”–they often like to read about characters older than themselves, while also reserving the right to “read down” at any moment in time. We believe that our job here at The Children’s Book Review is to select excellent middle grade books that cover the many interests, maturity levels, and varying ranges of emotional readiness of kids ages 9-12. Our middle grade book reviews and book lists cover everything from the simply fun to stories that begin to raise difficult questions. You’ll find fantasy novels, mystery books, historical fiction, graphic novels (books that are formatted in comic book style), and much, much more.

Here are a few middle grade book lists to get you started:

5 Laugh-Out-Loud and Reach-for-the-Kleenex Middle Grade Novels

5 Amazing Middle Grade Books

5 Middle Grade Books That I’ll Never Lend Out to Anyone Ever

If you’re a huge fan of middle grade novels and a socialite, digitally speaking, and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for ages 9-12, then you can send us suggestions on books for preteens and tweens through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. We’re looking forward to connecting with our fellow bookworms!

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Boos for Ages 9-12

Can swashbuckling pirates from a magical world work with two regular kids to catch naughty monster Atticus? Or will he escape again?

If You Were Me and Lived In … The Mayan Empire is a great choice for classroom and book report studies.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the funny BALLET CAT series for beginner readers, by Bob Shea.

My Writing and Reading Life: Johanna Hurwitz, Author of Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list on The New York Times, includes a great choice for National Poetry Month.

Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern discusses writing a book from a dog’s point of view. (Chester & Gus, HarperCollins, 2017)

Benjamin Schipper is the illustrator of Henry and the Chalk Dragon. Get to know more about him and his latest book.

CAROL WESTON has been the “Dear Carol” advice columnist at Girls' Life since 1994. Speed of Life is her latest novel.

We’ve picked 11 new middle grade books that we think are the some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of April.

Which five words best describe Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century? Sue Macy: Bumpy Muddy Determined Triumphant Heroic

In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl’s world — and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

This is a book list that helps both boys and girls know that we can all be heroes!

Our list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series and Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries.

All students, aspiring writers, and writers needing a creativity boost should check out our best selling book from this month: Rip the Page!

Get to know Addie Bell, the main character in Jessica Brody’s Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up.

18 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) Talk about March Madness! There are so many amazing books releasing this month.

The Children's Book Review | March 1, 2017 24 New Release Picture Books From a heartwarming story about finding the courage to make a friend, to an exuberantly colorful Lucy Cousins book, to a Newbery Medalist and Caldecott Medalist collaboration, to a story about courage and cultural legacy, our selection of best new picture books that release during March, will give you plenty of outstanding reading material! This is a star-studded lineup of children's picture book authors and illustrators; including R.J. Palacio, Helen Oxenbury, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, and Peter H. Rynolds

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

In this exciting new series of non-fiction books, children are taken on an adventure from a bug’s-eye-view.

By turns heart-stopping and hilarious, The Blazing Bridge brings the Blood Guard trilogy to a surprising, clever, and altogether thrilling conclusion.