written for ages 9-12


Boy's unusual power makes him the object of political struggle

Jane Fagan | 27 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Archie's parents want to have their cake and eat it, too.

New fantasy series shows promise

Jennifer Minicus | 20 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A goblin queen learns that humans are her best allies.

Why helicopter parents need to read 'The Trumpet of the Swan'

Stephanie Cohen | 15 May 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Sometimes even parents are in need of redemption.

Growing Up: Little Women

Susan Reibel Moore | 13 Apr 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

The first in a series of articles about coming of age books.

Book Reviews
Australian pioneer women face great hardship

Jane Fagan | 15 Mar 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A fascinating chapter of Australia's history.

There is no place like home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Rendi did not know how hard running away would be.

Revenge-seeking ghosts steal ship from museum

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Lewis has unexpected roommates.

Not all popular books are worthwhile

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Nov 2015

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Best-selling fantasy story falls short.

Book Reviews
Best books for girls ages 10-12

Jocelyne Freundorfer | 27 Oct 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A school librarian provides a list of suggested titles.

Classic children's book elicits ambivalent reaction

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Should reviewers ignore personal taste?

Boy's imagination opens mysterious gate

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | acceptable

Teddy has a vivid imagination.

Book Reviews
Famous illustrator highlights courage of WWI soldiers

Jane Fagan | 16 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A slice of Australian history

Local bookstore worker solves mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Sep 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A warm story about family and literary classics.

Children seek to avert war in cultural exchange

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Aug 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Lexie's class is sending a Friendship Doll to Japan.

Orphans uncover kidnapping scheme

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Aug 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Caro befriends a mouse living in the walls of her orphanage.

Giant rats capture New Yorker

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Aug 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Gregor had no idea there was another world underground.

It takes a village - or a lighthouse

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Jul 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Can a school replace parents?

The book was better than the movie

Jane Fagan | 15 Jul 2015

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Two movie versions fail to capture Roald Dahl's story.

Toy canoe sails the St. Lawrence

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Jul 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A young boy sends his handmade boat on an adventure.

Boy nearly dies after bee attack

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Jun 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Native Americans befriend a young settler.

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