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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

If you’re a huge fan of middle grade novels and a socialite, digitally speaking, and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for ages 9-12, then you can send us suggestions on books for preteens and tweens through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. We’re looking forward to connecting with our fellow bookworms!

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Boos for Ages 9-12

Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Verdick share three each of their family favorite kids books!

Matthew Landis, Author of The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody, shares 5 of his favorite middle grade books

A Chat with Borlen, aka Grump, From Liesl Shurtliff's Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves—meet a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Robert Beatty's spooky historical mystery-thriller Serafina series.

Steve Underwood’s The Borrowed Princess, the first in The Daughters of the Lost King series, presents a strong story of adventure, relationships, and royal family alliance-building.

Captain Superlative: Debut author J.S. Puller delivers an inspirational story full of heart, humor, and breathtaking revelations.

For the month of May, the very exciting novel Serafina and the Black Cloak is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.

We’ve picked 10 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of April.

We have 13 of the best new picture books to share with you this month.

Leslie Mechanic is a Senior Designer at Penguin Random House where she oversees design for middle-grade titles from concept to final product.

Marcus Emerson is the author of the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series and the Secret Agent 6th Grader series. Check out his selfie with The Super Life of Ben Braver.

In books, readers can find people just like them. They can see how others navigated struggles and solved problems.

Here are some of Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans, favorite puzzling books, and a few clever classics, too.

Get to know The Train of Lost Things from Ammi-Joan Paquette’s novel The Train of Lost Things—a magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things.

Which five words best describe The Parker Inheritance? Varian Johnson: Puzzle mystery, contemporary, historical, fun!

This picture-book tells the heart-breaking story of James Castle, an artist who grew up unloved by his family and community because of his deafness.

Here are five family favorites that stand out the most to Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Scott Magoon has been designing, writing, and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. Be inspired by Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. Remaining the same as last month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series For Kids (Walter Foster Jr.).

For the month of April, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is at the top of our best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store.