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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

In Curiosity House The Shrunken Head, four orphans with unique abilities find themselves thrust into a murderous, madcap adventure.

We highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump! by Carole P. Roman.

Come along with Carole P. Roman on the frightfully good Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump awareness tour.

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great impact on your life.

These books, in particular, have intriguing, well-written characters and are beautifully written. They will make you think, which most good books do.

I love novels that amuse, divert and make you think and genuinely feel. The five books for young people that I’ve selected all have these qualities in common.

Karen Banke's RiP tHe PaGe! AdVeNtUrEs In CrEAtIvE wRiTiNg (Roost Books/ Shambhala Publications, translated into Russian and soon Korean) helps to take the pressure off emerging and reluctant writers.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids, a kids book series of reference guides for book lovers of all ages and interests.

Children’s author Annie Parnell, the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald, is the creator of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series. 60 years later, Parnell has joined forces with Ann M. Martin to create Missy Piggle-Wiggle.

For the month of September, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store. Also listed is the 5 books we selected from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list, as seen on The New York Times.

Get to know Allie Navarro—seventh-grader/computer coder/soccer player—from Tamara Ireland Stone’s Click'd, an empowering novel for young girls that combines friendship and first crushes with computer programming.

17 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 17 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of September.

32 New Release Picture Books: Yes, you read that correctly. We have 32 excellent picture books to share with you this month. And there were so many more that we could have included, too!

Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times―bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, with over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Royal Crush, the third book in her middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, released this month. We asked Meg to share her top 5 favorite middle grade books

Check out Gigi Priebe’s selfie with The Long Way Home!

Jennifer Maschari is a classroom teacher and the author of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE and THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU. She is hard at work on her next middle grade novel

11 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond): We’ve picked 8 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens!

19 New Release Picture Books Our selection of best new picture books will give you plenty of outstanding reading material!

There’s nothing like a good picture book, and these rank at the top. The stories range from fun and silly to deep and meaningful.

We had a chat with Aunt Gladys Tulving from David Neilsen’s Beyond the Doors, a dark and creepy, humor-laced tale about four siblings who discover a mysterious world where secrets hide around every corner.