written for ages 9-12


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.


An author the NY Times called a genius

Jane Fagan | 25 Apr 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
According to Billy's parents, it is the Year of Billy Miller!


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.

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