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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

Which five words best describe Art in Action? Matthew "Levee" Chavez: Curious, fun, challenging, transforming, thoughtful.

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series.

Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, co-authors of The Darkdeep, selected these six family favorite books.

Today we’re joined by Alabasel Frond, guildmistress of the infamous Adventurers Guild. Frond has brought along her two newest apprentices, Zed and Brock, as part of their ongoing education.

Melissa Sarno, author of Just Under the Clouds, selected these ‘5 Books that Inspired Melissa Sarno to Write Middle Grade.’

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Tom Fletcher's The Christmasaurus, an instant Christmas classic! 

We all know a Potterhead that can't get enough of the magical wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, the author of the much-loved seven-book Harry Potter series. Here are 7 books that will charm even the most qualified wizards! 

We have curated a list of seven of the best Jewish books for kids that released during 2018.

Two new kids book series, that are geared toward young girls, have emerged. 

Goblins, brownies, and pixies, oh my! A Dreadful Fairy Bookis anything but dreadful. In fact, it is an unexpectedly funny ode to books and the knowledge that they bring.

Cassandra and the Night Sky is an interesting take on the tales of constellations in the night sky.

The carefully curated lists will aim to fulfill the desires of each individual young reader on your list.

This imaginative novel will appeal to young readers, ages 6-10, that enjoy adventure, fantastic surroundings and mysterious beings, with a joyous Christmas message to boot.

From beautifully illustrated picture books that walk readers through yoga poses, to activity books that teach meditation and other mindful techniques, these kids mindfulness and yoga books will add just the right amount of calm to your busy.

We have some amazing kids' Christmas Books picked out for young readers: activity books, picture books, and novels.

Which five words best describe The Little Guides to Great Lives? Isabel Thomas: Inspirational true stories for everyone.

This updated edition of the bestselling Girls Think of Everything, by Sibert-winner Catherine Thimmesh and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, retains all the integrity of the original but includes expanded coverage of inventions.

Set in the countryside south of London in the fall of 1903, Arty and J.J. Pips find themselves in a perilous situation. Getting out of it will require some courage and resourcefulness.

Come along with author Jon Etter and narrator Quentin Q. Quacksworth, Esq on the A Dreadful Fairy Book awareness tour.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. This month the most popular kids book series sold was the Indestructibles.