recommended reading for ages 11-14


A battle with a dragon

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A book for fans of historical fiction and fantasy.


A friendship that crosses race barriers

Jennifer Minicus | 2003
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.


The origin of the universe

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Bernie has always wanted to create his own universe.


Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A story of quest and fantasy.


Newbery runner-up bewitches readers

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.


Britain bans use of technology

Tim Golden | 1991
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Will they survive?


The "weaker sex"?

Jennifer Minicus | 1997
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.


A story that needs to be told

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.


Should young ladies know how to swim?

Jennifer Minicus | 2011
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.


Cultures clash in the Middle East

Jennifer Minicus | 1999
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A suspenseful story of ancient civilizations.


Book Reviews

Popular sci fi novel hits the big screen in November

Jennifer Minicus | 1994
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
Read the book before heading to theaters.


Historical fiction makes learning entertaining

Tim Golden |
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
Six historical novels for children.


War pits brother against brother

Jennifer Minicus | 2002
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
An award winning book about the American Civil War.


A summer mystery

Kathleen Pacious | 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
An entertaining portrayal of every child's desire to find and solve a mystery.


A book that builds character

Kathleen Pacious | 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.


A Medieval Trilogy

Jennifer Minicus | 2011
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
An unpredictable plot and endearing protagonist make this trilogy an engaging "must read".


Witches, Wizards and Magical Children

Tim Golden | 2010
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
When a party of High Witches arrives on Earth,


One for the boys

Clare Cannon | 2013
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.


Up on Cloud Nine

Tim Golden | 2003
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
A story about unstinting love.


The Adventures of Richard Hannay

Tim Golden | 2010
written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended
A quintessential spy story.

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