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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

Join us as we go on the 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up tour with the founder of The Children's Book Review, Bianca Schulze.

Frazzled is a story that I wrote and illustrated about Abbie Wu, a kid who is always freaking out. Abbie is just starting middle school and has to navigate a whole new world with its 8th grade nemeses, corrupt cafeteria system, and lunch room politics.

The art of recreating prehistoric life has been coined paleoart (paleo for paleontology) fairly recently and has become a growing segment of scientific art.

WOLF HOLLOW is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching book for readers of all ages. Middle grade readers will be drawn to Annabelle's heart and courage, young adult readers to the mystery, and adults to the crushing dam of emotion Wolk skillfully portrays.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is J.K. Rowling's famously famous Harry Potter series

Keeping the list of middle grade books to only five is a big challenge for a reader like Tink, but here are a few she wouldn’t want you to forget.

The good news is there are a few handy tips to help your imaginary outsider authentically walk apart from the crowd.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best selling middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.

From the many middle grade books that release this month, we’ve picked 16 of the best new middle grade books for kids ages 7 through 12. You'll find non-fiction, sports fan fiction, an outstanding Raina Telgemier graphic novel, contemporary tales, an embarrassingly honest look at growing up, a novel in verse, and a hilariously scary chapter book perfect for the upcoming spooky season.

Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series, a fantastical and mythological middle grade series.

Which five words best describe The Voyage to Magical North? Claire Fayers: Swashbuckling, pirates, sea monsters, librarians.

Tone Almhjell received a master’s degree in English literature and The Twistrose Key was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and is an international bestseller.

Ellen Potter was never one who fantasized about her wedding day. Instead, she daydreamed about the bookshelves of her yet-to-be-born children.

David Neilsen is the author of odd, weird, supernatural, and occasionally slightly disturbing stories. His debut novel, Doctor Fell and the Playground of Doom, is a Middle Grade horror story

The wildly popular The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is at the top of our best selling middle grade books sold through our affiliate store

Award-winning author Carole P. Roman’s spin-off series for older children, IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVILIZATIONS THROUGHOUT TIME, has launched to great acclaim. Where will Roman’s time machine be taking readers next? AMERICA WEST, ANCIENT CHINA, and the MIDDLE AGES.

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories Oh, my! We have a truck load of amazing books to share with you during August.

Join us as we go on tour with award-winning author Carole P. Roman

Phyllis Perry discusses Stand Up and Whistle, an intelligently written work that young readers will certainly enjoy.