written for ages 9-12


It took only six chapters for this book to earn a "thumbs down"

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Sep 2016

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Disney-Hyperion's take on ancient mythology

Secret experiments on animals revealed

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Sep 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Raffa discovers the truth behind investments in scientific research.

Magical village discovered by local children

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Aug 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Even the neighborhood trolls couldn't find it...until now

Beauty is only skin deep

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Aug 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Character trumps looks in this charming fairy tale.

Woman saves 1,000 during WWII

Jane Fagan | 4 Aug 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

The story of Nancy Wake, war heroine

Predictable plot fails to impress

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Jul 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Young queen communicates with the dead.

Music has charms to soothe a savage ghost

Jane Fagan | 18 Jul 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

An engrossing thriller set in Victorian England

Book Reviews
What 'The Jungle Book' gets right about rules

Stephanie Cohen | 30 Jun 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Kipling put words into the mouths of animals to teach us about ourselves.

Award-winner underwhelms reviewer

Jane Fagan | 14 Jun 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A mystery in Victorian England

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.

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