recommended reading for ages 9-12


Can a twelve year old save the day?

Jennifer Minicus | 2007
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The real hero of fairy tales


There's no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 2007
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Another story about the four Conroy girls.


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

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A royal family learns the meaning of service.


Not exactly kissing cousins

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


Nine-year-old girl solves crime

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
The story of a girl who likes magic tricks.


Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max has the solution.


An author the NY Times called a genius

Jane Fagan | 2013
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 | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A curious mixture of fantasy and human reality.


A book that became a TV series

Tim Golden | 2002
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Who is George's real father?


Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism

Jane Fagan | 2012
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 | 2002
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.


Mastodons sighted in the American colonies

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Famous botanist John Bartram explores North America with his son.


Royal family disappears

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Only a magical castle can find them.


How big is your treehouse?

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Creativity trumps TV


Is there truth behind this legend?

Jennifer Minicus | 1979
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A possible origin of the Hungarian people.


Squirrel caught in vacuum survives

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.


Family feud

Tim Golden | 2004
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Copper has never met her family.


An anticipated sequel is released

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


Engaging characters bring this story to life

Tim Golden | 2011
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.

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