recommended reading for ages 9-12


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.


Book Reviews

Abel Tasman sails the high seas

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A great contribution to historical fiction for confident, independent readers.


Is a car more than the sum of its parts?

Tim Golden | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


What is your favorite book from the twentieth century?

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Margaret Mahy recommended one by Eden Phillpott.


One of Amazon's "Top 20" for 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Imagine growing up without a local public library.


A Treasured Classic Revisited

Tim Golden | 1999
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A fitting conclusion to the trials of Mister Toad.


Add this author to my list of favorites!

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A charming story filled with believable characters and reverence for family relationships.


A Modern Epic Poem

Tim Golden | 2003
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A story of one man's redemption.


A "Must Have" for Every Child's Personal Library

Jennifer Minicus | 2003
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
An absolutely charming collection of stories from the woman who wrote the lyrics to "Morning Has Broken."

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