Books for Young Readers Pre Teens and Tweens: Ages 9-12
Pre Teens, tweens, and middle grade readers (books for ages nine 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.
With maturity developing and a wide range of reading abilities among preteens and tweens, middle grade novels launch readers into incredible worlds, a gentle increase in the complexities of social and emotional plot developments, smaller fonts, and more pages.
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 fun and enjoyable to stories that begin to raise difficult questions. You’ll find fantasy novels, mystery books, historical fiction, graphic novels (books formatted in comic book style), and much, much more.
Here Are a Few Middle Grade Book Lists to Get You Started:
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Books For Kids Ages 9, 10, 11, 12 and Up
Joseph S. Newman’s The Loneliest Not Lonely Bear is thought-provoking and heart-warming, perfect for shared discussion.
The novel Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl is a wickedly clever and funny read for children and adults alike.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a timeless classic that has captured the hearts of young and old readers for over a century.
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At its heart, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story full of wonder and whimsy, centered around a young girl named Alice who longs for more.
The Lightning Thief is the first book from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This novel follows Percy, a twelve-year-old boy with dyslexia and ADHD.
Anne of Green Gables is an extraordinary literary masterpiece that has stood the test of time and continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers worldwide.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is a masterful literary work that will instantaneously engage and captivate anyone with its richly detailed and vibrant illustrations.
Is Stargirl a good book? Jerry Spinelli’s kid-friendly masterpiece is an absolute must-read for those who seek to imbibe the value of self-acceptance.
The Tristan Strong trilogy is fast-paced, holding you gripped until the very last page of the final book in the series by Kwame Mbalia.