written for ages 9-12


A perfect book for boys who love sports but may not like to read

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
"The Captain" tells his story.


Baby gryphon hatches from blue stone

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A simple fantasy story.


An audition for life

Tim Golden | 17 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Children travel to a fantasy island to develop life skills.


Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 10 Nov 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A fixture on school reading lists.


So-called "modern classic" promotes relativism

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
I will probably take some heat for this review.


Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 30 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Imaginative characters never go out of style.


Blood is thicker than water

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Oct 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.


Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Sep 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.


Too much information for children

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Sep 2014
written for ages 9-12 | not recommended
Nate really wants to be an actor.


Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Sep 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?


Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.


Can a twelve year old save the day?

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The real hero of fairy tales


There's no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 Aug 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Another story about the four Conroy girls.


Popular series has this reviewer yawning

Jennifer Minicus | 31 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | acceptable
For cat lovers only.


The grass is always greener on the other side of the moat

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A royal family learns the meaning of service.


Not exactly kissing cousins

Jane Fagan | 16 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Kieran would rather not share his home with his unusual cousin.


Like a dog and his bone

Jane Fagan | 11 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.


The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Jul 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations
How did Peter get to Neverland?


Nine-year-old girl solves crime

Jane Fagan | 16 May 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The story of a girl who likes magic tricks.


Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max has the solution.

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