recommended reading for ages 9-12


There is no place like home

Jennifer Minicus | 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 | 2015
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Lewis has unexpected roommates.


Book Reviews

Best books for girls ages 10-12

Jocelyne Freundorfer |
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 | 2010
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Should reviewers ignore personal taste?


Book Reviews

Famous illustrator highlights courage of WWI soldiers

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A slice of Australian history


Local bookstore worker solves mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A warm story about family and literary classics.


Orphans uncover kidnapping scheme

Jennifer Minicus | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 2011
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Native Americans befriend a young settler.


Parents lose boy overseas

Tim Golden | 1994
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Peter makes the most of a tough situation.


Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 2007
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.


Banished to Siberia

Jennifer Minicus | 2003
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Two young children set out to find their exiled parents.


Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 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 | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.


Never trust a dictator

Jennifer Minicus | 2005
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Not even a "benevolent" one.


Authors are noticing Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Writer honors our request for a sequel.


A perfect book for boys who love sports but may not like to read

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
"The Captain" tells his story.


Baby gryphon hatches from blue stone

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A simple fantasy story.

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Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.


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