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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

Which five words best describe Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century? Sue Macy: Bumpy Muddy Determined Triumphant Heroic

In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl’s world — and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

This is a book list that helps both boys and girls know that we can all be heroes!

Our list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children's Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series and Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries.

All students, aspiring writers, and writers needing a creativity boost should check out our best selling book from this month: Rip the Page!

Get to know Addie Bell, the main character in Jessica Brody’s Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up.

18 New Middle Grade Books for Ages 7-14 (and Beyond) Talk about March Madness! There are so many amazing books releasing this month.

The Children's Book Review | March 1, 2017 24 New Release Picture Books From a heartwarming story about finding the courage to make a friend, to an exuberantly colorful Lucy Cousins book, to a Newbery Medalist and Caldecott Medalist collaboration, to a story about courage and cultural legacy, our selection of best new picture books that release during March, will give you plenty of outstanding reading material! This is a star-studded lineup of children's picture book authors and illustrators; including R.J. Palacio, Helen Oxenbury, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, and Peter H. Rynolds

Two human body books for two age groups: Introducing the immense topic of human anatomy to children with ease, style, and fun.

In this exciting new series of non-fiction books, children are taken on an adventure from a bug’s-eye-view.

By turns heart-stopping and hilarious, The Blazing Bridge brings the Blood Guard trilogy to a surprising, clever, and altogether thrilling conclusion.

There is no doubt that If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars will make an excellent addition to the home library of any young astronomers.

Replete with pirate lore, tales of friendship, two strange men and a shaman, Eye of an Eagle: A Peter Poppin Adventure is a fast-paced and mystical coming-of-age tale set in the 19th century.

We just love Salina Yoon's A DUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE BOOK series, and this month it is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

In an endearing, funny, pitch-perfect middle grade voice, Caroline Starr Rose tells another stellar historical adventure young readers will long remember.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe is not only a wonderful ghost story, but also an insightful portrayal of how folklore and superstition can lay bare the troubled human soul.

For Soldier Song (by Debbie Levy), on top of a lot of visual research on the Civil War, I wanted to create a silkscreen and woodblock print effect for the entire eighty pages of the book.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse.

Which five words best describe SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR? Debbie Levy: We’re all in this together.

Our selection of books picked from the nationwide best-selling hardcover middle grade list on The New York Times, includes Rick Riordan's The Trials of Apollo: Book One: The Hidden Oracle.