written for ages 11-14


Children try to overcome prejudice

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 5 May 2016

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A story about a unique cultural exchange.

Growing Up: being Southern Black in the 1930's

Susan Reibel Moore | 27 Apr 2016

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

9-year-old Cassie Logan is one of literature's most endearing heroines.

Abused children escape WWII bombings

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Apr 2016

written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations

Ada has never been allowed to go outside.

Loyalty never goes out of style

Jennifer Minicus | 6 Apr 2016

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Randal does what is right despite the cost.

A harmonica that makes more than music

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Mar 2016

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

The magic of music changes the lives of several children.

This book was a terrible disappointment

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Jan 2016

written for ages 11-14 | not recommended

I could not force myself to finish it.

Bullied teen finds an unexpected friend

Barb Szyszkiewicz | 18 Dec 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A suspenseful read, appropriate for middle- and high-school.

Tragedy at sea leads to mystery and suspense

Tim Golden | 28 Aug 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

At age fifteen, Adam must take control of his family's business in 17th century Amsterdam.

Cursed knight rescues damsel in distress

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Aug 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

A quick summer read.

Everything tastes better on a waffle

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Jul 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

Primrose's parents are lost at sea.

Life is nothing but a board game

Tim Golden | 24 Jun 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

A cross between science fiction and fantasy.

City boy meets country boy

Tim Golden | 5 Jun 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A series of short stories.

A determined young patriot saves West Point

Jennifer Minicus | 22 May 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Sophia's patriotism is put to the test.

Boy travels through time to find parents

Tim Golden | 27 Apr 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

Inoffensive but uninspiring.

An unexpected hero

Tim Golden | 17 Apr 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

An Italian family hides Allied servicemen from the Nazis.

Poetry takes the Newbery

Jennifer Minicus | 2 Apr 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

This year's finalists lack literary merit.

True confessions

Jennifer Minicus | 2 Mar 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.

Djinni, magic and revenge, part 2

Tim Golden | 27 Feb 2015

written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations

The Bartimaeus Trilogy's middle book.

Soccer player solves murder mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 6 Feb 2015

written for ages 11-14 | acceptable

Ingrid is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan.

A book that became a TV show

Tim Golden | 1 Dec 2014

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.

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