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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

I am an English Language Learner promotes cultural inclusivity, celebrates diversity, and encourages empathy.

Melissa Campesi tells us how her experience as an ESL teacher inspired her to write I Am An English-Language Learner.

This book details the courage it takes to not only learn a second language but to also assimilate into a new country.

From book reviews and lists for all ages to literacy tips and book giveaways, here are the top ten list of kids books and literacy articles that have been trending on The Children's Book Review . . .

We explore colonial America, togetherness, farming, and gratitude. Go forth and feast on these five titles. You can thank us later!

Possibly the best part about ReadingIQ is that you can have up to three kids per account and—drum roll—you can try it for free for 30 days.

Great for reading in October and beyond, the books on this list span all ages and range from fun to freaky. You'll find stories about monsters, pumpkins, skeletons, pirates, witches, ghosts, and more, for toddlers through teens and everyone in between.

Author-Illustrator Bethan Woollvin is back with her third hilariously twisted fairy tale: HANSEL & GRETEL.

If a tale of both imagination and intellect appeal to you, The Boy Who Was Fire will likely have you thinking deeply.

Travel the world with this colorful and unique history atlas that’s easy enough for even young grade-schoolers to use.

A mixture of both contemporary and traditional stories, these fantastic fiction books are based on a variety of different themes: family, friendship, cultural pride, identity, and indigenous heritage.

This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you'll never look at middle school the same way again.

Recently awarded the Gold Mom's Choice award, Matt Monroe and the Haunted House is an action packed adventure for children ages 9-12.

If reading a book about kids with special powers, who reside in a town that is home to a haunted house, sounds thrilling to you, then Matt Monroe and the Haunted House could be exactly what you are looking for.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books to Help Kids Find Calm Through Breathing and Visualization: Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids by Whitney Stewart.

Just for fun, we asked Nicole Valentine (A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity) to tell us about her five favorite upper middle grade reads…

Which five words best describe Weird Little Robots? Carolyn Crimi: Quirky, magical, tender, scientific, funny.

Here are a few newer books that tell the stories of some of these women.  You may even learn a few new names!

Allison Steinfeld's latest book is Kid Activists written by Robin Stevenson for Quirk Books.

Go West! explores the history of the railway in North American from 1830 to the present, at the same time taking readers on an exciting journey west across this vast continent.