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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

Gift-wrapped books that are delivered directly to the home can only have a positive impact on young readers.

The Children’s Book Review | May 15, 2019 James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series. James Riley's Selfie with The Revenge of Magic THE REVENGE OF MAGIC, the first in my new series of seven books, tends to surprise people who’ve read my books before, including me at times. Unlike my series STORY THIEVES or HALF UPON A TIME, REVENGE OF MAGIC takes place entirely in our world, just a version of it where magic returned thirteen years ago, and only kids born since then are able to use it. The government’s been hiding this from everyone, running a secret school on a military base to teach a select group of kids magic, but sometimes secrets get out, no matter how hard we try to keep them hidden … especially when one of those secrets ends up destroying Washington, D.C. in the first two chapters. James Riley's Shelfie Wow, dusty! Someone should clean better. These shelves contain some of my all-time favorite books, from Lloyd Alexander’s CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN series to Kelly Link’s short stories. If you know how meta I can get in STORY THIEVES (a book about

The volume focuses its exploration of the role of African-American women in the WWII military around the figure of Charity Adams and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

From fossils, facts, and favorite foods, here are six non-fiction books that cover the world of dinosaurs. 

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, these books embrace the seasons beautifully, highlighting the delights of our extraordinary weather and ecology here on Earth!

Sandy Stark-McGinniss uses beautifully lyrical prose to make this tender story sing like the extraordinary birds that she describes throughout her unique debut novel.

Whether you are searching for a collection of inspiring poems, a sweet rhyming picture book, or an outstanding novel written in verse

Can You Crack the Code? is a new volume on the history and science of cryptography published by Bloomsbury and written by a professional government cryptographer.

Robotpedia, written by Brenna Maloney, is an enjoyable volume, and a wonderful endorsement of STEAM for young readers.

Ridley Pearson is the best-selling coauthor (with Dave Barry) of Peter and the Starcatchers. Here he shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, the perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages!

Which five words best describe New Kid? Jerry Craft: Funny, Thought-Provoking, Conversation-Starter, Honest, Comforting

How about adding something quite a bit healthier to those Easter baskets? Bunny books!

Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are the co-authors behind the Epic Fails series, a hilarious look at some of history's most legendary failures—perfect for history buffs, non-fiction fans, and reluctant readers. 

In Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco, readers are introduced to fourteen different mammal babies as they travel from birth to maturity. This book is a Spanish translation of If My Mom Were a Platypus, which was published in 2002.

Get To Know Roona Louise Mulroney from Shaunta Grimes’ The Astonishing Maybe, a middle grade novel that beautifully portrays the meaning of family and friendship.

To celebrate Unicorn Day (and every other day a little magic is required), here are some of our favorite books about these splendid icons of wonder

Emma Strack and Guillaume Plantevin’s What’s the Difference? is a celebration of difference, and an exploration of the minute detail so important for diversity.

Beautifully designed and produced, Ocean: A Visual Miscellany would be equally wonderful as an educational tool or as a gift.

So many amazing new novels have been released in 2019, so far. The books featured here are the our favorite new books from January through March.