written for ages 9-12


It's a dog's life

Tim Golden | 18 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A curious mixture of fantasy and human reality.


A book that became a TV series

Tim Golden | 30 Mar 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Who is George's real father?


Toads, ghosts and dead knights

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Mar 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
The only way to fight a ghost is with another ghost.


Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism

Jane Fagan | 28 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.


When should a child be told he is adopted?

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.


Award winning author churns out one that lacks passion

Jane Fagan | 14 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
I expect more from a Carnegie/Newbery winner.


Mastodons sighted in the American colonies

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Famous botanist John Bartram explores North America with his son.


Royal family disappears

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Feb 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Only a magical castle can find them.


Rush Limbaugh's book for kids sells 200,000 in first week

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jan 2014
written for ages 9-12 | acceptable
But is his version of early American history worth the hype?


How big is your treehouse?

Jane Fagan | 14 Jan 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Creativity trumps TV


Is there truth behind this legend?

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Jan 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A possible origin of the Hungarian people.


Squirrel caught in vacuum survives

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Jan 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.


Family feud

Tim Golden | 4 Jan 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Copper has never met her family.


An anticipated sequel is released

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Kitto's disability does not prevent him from becoming a hero.


Book Reviews

Reverse discrimination evident in children's book

Jane Fagan | 21 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
A terrible mixture of animals and feminism.


Engaging characters bring this story to life

Tim Golden | 15 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.


Book Reviews

Abel Tasman sails the high seas

Jane Fagan | 11 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A great contribution to historical fiction for confident, independent readers.


Is a car more than the sum of its parts?

Tim Golden | 5 Nov 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


What is your favorite book from the twentieth century?

Jane Fagan | 27 Oct 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Margaret Mahy recommended one by Eden Phillpott.


One of Amazon's "Top 20" for 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Jul 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Imagine growing up without a local public library.

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