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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

Here are some of Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans, favorite puzzling books, and a few clever classics, too.

Get to know The Train of Lost Things from Ammi-Joan Paquette’s novel The Train of Lost Things—a magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things.

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

This picture-book tells the heart-breaking story of James Castle, an artist who grew up unloved by his family and community because of his deafness.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. Be inspired by Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Remaining the same as last month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

For the month of April, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

A writer of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for audiences of all ages, Sheila is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University, where she also serves as the fiction editor for Water~Stone Review.

Real Friends is a memoir by Shannon Hale about friendship. Journey through this excellent graphic novel and find the true meaning of friendship.

These books are the springboard to help children to bring their ideas to reality by creating apps and games. Coding is the future.

We’ve picked 15 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of March.

We have 10 excellent picture books to share with you this month.

Middle grade is an exciting, creative field of literature. It was hard to pick five favorite books, but this is a narrowed-down list of books Diane Magras reread again and again . . .

Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is sure to take root in readers' hearts!

KidLit is Shaking Things Up: Author Susan Hood discusses how children's books are inspiring the next generation of activists.

The book list on this page contains books featured in author Susan Hood's article How Children’s Books Are Inspiring The Next Generation Of Activists.

David Litchfield is the creator of the award-winning The Bear and the Piano and the illustrator of several other books for young readers, including When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel.

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in education. Her nonfiction for ages ten and up—Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII—was released by Simon and Schuster in February, 2018.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).