recommended reading for ages 9-12


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.


An audition for life

Tim Golden | 2002
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Children travel to a fantasy island to develop life skills.


Optimism and humor

Tim Golden | 2000
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
A fixture on school reading lists.


Beloved author continues to enchant young readers

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Imaginative characters never go out of style.


Blood is thicker than water

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | recommended
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.


Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.


Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?


Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.


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.

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