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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

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Boos for Ages 9-12

Which five words best describe Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl? Susan Lubner:  Hope, Signs, Family, Friendship, Cats

Review sponsored by Stories Untold LLC The Children’s Book Review | January 15, 2019 The Crowns of Croswald: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow Written by D.E. Night Age Range: 10 and up Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Stories Untold LLC (January 23, 2019) ISBN: 978-0996948661 What to expect: Fantasy, Magical Powers, Mystery History and destiny come together to create a compelling and complex tale of the present in the fantastical realm of Croswald. Quills dance, precious stones possess magic, and magical creatures and folk fill the pages of this fantasy series by author D.E. Night. In this second installment of The Crowns of Croswald, the cloud cover over the protected town of Belzebuthe is as dense as ever. The air is thick with magic, and colder than usual. Since the reclusive Dark Queen made an appearance at the Masquerade Ball at Halls of Ivy, the wellbeing of the scrivenistsis now in question.  With a magic quill appearing at the same time that another famous quill disappears, there are many questions to be answered. Unbeknownst to many, orphaned Ivy Lovely, known as the girl who stood up to the queen, has royalty in her blood and is in possession of one-third of the Kindred Stone—a stone the Dark Queen would murder for. Ivy

From author Erik DeLeo, The Squirrel Squire and the Tournament of Oaksis the first book in the A Fantastic Tails Adventure series for kids ages 8 and up.

Gregory Funaro's newest book, WATCH HOLLOW, from HarperCollins in February 2019 is out now.

Emma Wunsch, author of Miranda and Maude: The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess – the premier book of the series, combined her daughter’s “love for all things princess” with a silly, impromptu story to create the characters.

A funny chapter book, inspiring non-fiction, a wordless graphic novel, a diverse selection of characters, magical realism, historical fiction, a bunch of middle grade debuts, and a little fantasy are what you will find in this list of 33 brilliant books for kids ages 6 through 14.

Here are 19 of our favorite non-fiction picture books from 2018—and be sure to check out our list of the best fiction picture books from 2018.

Chula the Fox makes a great addition to the important “own voice” movement, in which the main character and author share an identity. Filled with hard truths and the importance of family, this is an enthralling middle grade novel deserving of a spot on home and library bookshelves.

Filled with wisdom, knowledge, and courage—just like the Chickasaw elders—readers ages 6 and up are sure to be fascinated by this educational picture book.

Liberty Frye and the Emperor’s Tomb is the third book in a wonderful series of adventures. Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen and Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate are the first two installments in the trilogy.

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, written by Ben Brooks and illustrated by Quinton Wintor! Giveaway begins December 19, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends January 19, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Which five words best describe Art in Action? Matthew "Levee" Chavez: Curious, fun, challenging, transforming, thoughtful.

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series.

Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, co-authors of The Darkdeep, selected these six family favorite books.

Today we’re joined by Alabasel Frond, guildmistress of the infamous Adventurers Guild. Frond has brought along her two newest apprentices, Zed and Brock, as part of their ongoing education.

Melissa Sarno, author of Just Under the Clouds, selected these ‘5 Books that Inspired Melissa Sarno to Write Middle Grade.’

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Tom Fletcher's The Christmasaurus, an instant Christmas classic! 

We all know a Potterhead that can't get enough of the magical wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, the author of the much-loved seven-book Harry Potter series. Here are 7 books that will charm even the most qualified wizards! 

We have curated a list of seven of the best Jewish books for kids that released during 2018.

Two new kids book series, that are geared toward young girls, have emerged.