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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

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.

Stand Up and Whistle is an intelligently written work that young readers will certainly enjoy. It powerfully combines social protest, environmentalism, and some very effective education on ecosystems—especially as it pertains to the often-overlooked role of more modest creatures like prairie dogs.

MARK CRILLEY is the author of Mastering Manga, Mastering Manga 2, and The Realism Challenge, as well as several manga novels, including the Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody's Ghost series.

Cole’s Perfect Puppy is the first book in the PERFECT PUPPIES series—a new series of Christian novels written by Frances Crossno. This heartwarming tale is about a young boy, his love of dogs, and the importance of kindness.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's The Book Scavenger series, an adventurous middle grade series filled with clues.

Peter Brown's The Wild Robot, a heartwarming and action packed middle grade novel, is at the top of our best selling middle grade books sold through our affiliate store.

The picture books have it! What an abundance of cute, fun, and thought-provoking stories to choose from.

Stumbling on a Tale would be an excellent book for children learning about the medieval time period. What a fun way to introduce historical facts in this exciting adventure!

Author William Weger sets out to encourage readers to think outside of the box with Marshmallows Over Manhattan: A Novel, which grew from a bedtime story that he used to tell his daughter.

This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is Anthony Horowitz's ALEX RIDER, a collection of spy novels for young adult readers.

Here are five middle grade books I don’t think you should ever share with anyone.