recommended reading for ages 9-12


Growing Up: Little Women

Susan Reibel Moore | 13 Apr 2016 | 2014

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 | 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A fascinating chapter of Australia's history.

There is no place like home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Nov 2015 | 2014

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 | 2015

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Lewis has unexpected roommates.

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 | 2010

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Should reviewers ignore personal taste?

Book Reviews
Famous illustrator highlights courage of WWI soldiers

Jane Fagan | 16 Sep 2015 | 2014

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A slice of Australian history

Local bookstore worker solves mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Sep 2015 | 2014

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A warm story about family and literary classics.

Orphans uncover kidnapping scheme

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Aug 2015 | 2014

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Caro befriends a mouse living in the walls of her orphanage.

Giant rats capture New Yorker

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Aug 2015 | 2004

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Gregor had no idea there was another world underground.

The book was better than the movie

Jane Fagan | 15 Jul 2015 | 2007

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Two movie versions fail to capture Roald Dahl's story.

Toy canoe sails the St. Lawrence

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Jul 2015 | 1980

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A young boy sends his handmade boat on an adventure.

Boy nearly dies after bee attack

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Jun 2015 | 2011

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Native Americans befriend a young settler.

Parents lose boy overseas

Tim Golden | 5 May 2015 | 1994

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Peter makes the most of a tough situation.

Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 1 May 2015 | 2007

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.

Banished to Siberia

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Apr 2015 | 2003

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Two young children set out to find their exiled parents.

Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Feb 2015 | 2006

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.

Fighting the war at home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Jan 2015 | 2014

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Young Ike dreams of joining the army.

Never trust a dictator

Jennifer Minicus | 15 Jan 2015 | 2005

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Not even a "benevolent" one.

Authors are noticing Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Jan 2015 | 2014

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Writer honors our request for a sequel.

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