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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

Come along with author Eric Bower on the The Splendid Baron Submarine awareness tour. Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues?

Which five words best describe The War I Finally Won? Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: Once safe, Ada can heal.

Rohan Eason is an illustrator based in London who works predominantly in pen and ink. He is the cover artist of A Voyage Through Air and The Secret Throne, among many other children’s books including My First Kafka, The Gobblings and Wildwitch: Wildfire.

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 the Nuggies illustrated children’s book series.

For the month of November, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange, is an EXCELLENT novel that you will not want to put down!

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 October.

We have 20 A-mazing picture books to share with you this month. We're almost positive there are some soon-to-be award-winners hidden among this list.

WINDFALL, by Jennifer E. Smith, perfectly illustrates how sometimes getting everything you want can be a bit of a curse.

In Here’s How to Deal: The Dance Dilemma, the aim is to help middle schoolers navigate their changing social environments by providing them with a set of common hurdles and tools to overcome them.

These fantastically narrated audiobooks bring stories to life, and have the ability to educate in a way that just feels like fun.

Get to know Aissa from Wendy Orr's Dragonfly Song, an intriguing mythological portrayal of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization.

Enter this giveaway in Celebration of Children's Musical Theater with MM Allen and Deborah Wynne. Giveaway begins October 23, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 23, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

This valuable and unique perspective, coupled with Lucy’s determination and Wilbur’s endearing spirit, paint The Crystal Navigator as an entertaining and inspiring novel suitable to be shared aloud with boys and girls.

Check out Shelly Brown and Chad Morris’s selfie from the shelfie with Mustaches for Maddie.

All’s Faire in Middle School is a relatable story and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Adventure through this rough journey and discover that true friends let you be who you are.

Baby Animals and Animals on the Move are two more beautiful additions to the Animal Bites series, which takes young readers for a walk through many different natural habitats and introduces them to the extraordinary diversity of wildlife on our planet.

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue introduces reader to the diversity of ocean life, from the rainbow hues of reef fish, to strange creatures like the blobfish and the gulper eel.

Here you will get to have a peek inside Doogie Horner's studio and his artistic process for Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers.

Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale, is the next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.