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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

Our most popular kids series sold was the witty Mrs. Noodlekugel series for beginner readers, written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Adam Stower.

Fairy tales have become one of the most popular tropes for the exploration of identity in popular culture. Here are 3 favorites.

Author Loretta Neff's Sip Tea with Mad Hatter at KAMP.™ provides kids with an enjoyable approach to manners and etiquette.

Sarah Jean Horwitz, author of Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers, selected these '5 Middle Grade Books to Grow Up, Out, and Old With.'

Cindy Wang is the crochet ninja known as the Geeky Hooker. Discover Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books.

For young readers who feel the pressure of school and life weighing on them, this story will provide a realistic perspective and a lovely reminder of how to take a step back and breathe.

Our best selling middle grade book is currently Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, by Carole P. Roman.

We’ve picked 14 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of May.

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is a Western at heart with some steampunk influences. Find out what inspired Eric Bower to write the novel.

A heart-to-heart with Crow from Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family.

Beginning with the table of contents that hosts the creatively named chapters—such as “I Felt Like a Marshmallow Wrapped in a Doily”—The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is an entertaining middle grade novel set in 1891 in the wild west.

Here are five classic books Ruth Behar read and reread with her son, while her thoughts sometimes wandered . . .

For readers who have been enthralled by what sci-fi has to offer, Phoenix, by S. F. Said, is a fantastic offering.

10 Books of Poetry and Rhyme: This collection of books is filled with bright and gorgeous poems, verses, and rhymes ready to sweep up readers and inspire their imaginations to soar.

My Life as a Ninja is book 6 in the bestselling My Life series! Enjoy this funny interview between the author and illustrator.

For young fiction readers that have an interest in imaginative stories, this book will be the perfect fit.

Come along with Carole P. Roman as she wins over busy young readers on the Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag awareness tour.

Can swashbuckling pirates from a magical world work with two regular kids to catch naughty monster Atticus? Or will he escape again?

If You Were Me and Lived In … The Mayan Empire is a great choice for classroom and book report studies.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the funny BALLET CAT series for beginner readers, by Bob Shea.