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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

Thanks to the lively cast of characters, young listeners, ages seven and up, will readily follow this tale of an unlikely conqueror.

From danger to bravery to equality for all, A Little Spark offers just the right amount of magic and adventure to captivate readers and encourage them to venture out into the world with a spark of their own.

The Little Prince is a thin book with its mere ninety-eight pages, but don't be fooled; it's a brilliant book meant to be deeply thought about and to encourage you to build castles in the air.

A newspaper columnist, editor, and award-winning game designer, Patrick Matthews’ first novel was published by Scholastic in 2013. Here we discuss his third published novel, Bradley’s Dragons.

Ethan's Moon Tower is an engrossing novel that would appeal to engineer, inventor, and astronomer types, as well as readers who enjoy rich settings and danger that comes in the form of wild dust storms and feuding neighbors.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the Black Lives Matter Book List for Kids and Teens.

The Weirn Books: Be Wary of the Silent Woods is an easy pick for both reluctant and ravenous readers who appreciate a fast-paced story. An excellent choice for fans of Scooby-doo and pals, too.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book featured in our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent:

These middle-grade audiobooks run the gamut from silly to serious to out of this world. In each case, strong, empathetic performances from the narrators make the characters and stories relatable to a wide range of listeners.

Bradley's Dragons is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy thought-provoking, thrilling, and suspenseful fantasy stories!

Each book in the EQ Explorers series is designed to educate and inspire children through beautifully illustrated, creative-yet-relatable tales. With each story, the author shares a simple and powerful principle of happiness and emotional wellness—one adventure at a time.

America, meet Gizmo, the fun-loving canine candidate who is cruising the campaign trail and joining paws with his best pals to save the seas.

Gizmo 4 President is packed with summer fun, doggy pals, messages of eco-conservation and activism, and even includes a lesson in civics.

Chad Sell's first children's graphic novel was The Cardboard Kingdom, which he illustrated and co-wrote with a team of ten collaborators. Doodleville is his first full-length solo project.

No one is too young to learn to code! Programming and all things technology are here to stay and will be dictating our future. Here are some great picks to get your child interested!

A kidnapping, a banished sorcerer, and the protagonist’s desire to be loved and find a place to call home make this an exciting and action-filled story that will very likely appeal to fans of the fantasy genre.

From cakes to tarts to ice cream sandwiches, this book has every summer treat you can imagine. Paired with easy instructions and delightfully bright photography and fun tips in pop-outs, this is an excellent gift for any emerging baker.

Written by Grammy-winning Terry Abrahamson, whose work has been performed by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Prince, The Blues Parade takes two friends, Pork Chop and One-Nose Willie, through the history of Blues music.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a title included in the list of 12 Kids Books That Are Inspiring The Next Generation Of Activists!

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson—a picture book selection from the Black Lives Matter Book List for Kids and Teens.