written for ages 9-12


Children confront tyrannical alligator

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Jan 2018

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Blue Montgomery always loses, but he's hoping to change his fate.

Classic adventure story still captivates readers

Jennifer Minicus | 16 Nov 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A classic adventure story for animal lovers

Fairy tale treasures from Scotland

Susan Reibel Moore | 6 Nov 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

An introduction to the folklore surrounding selkies

Sometimes it is harder to forgive oneself than to forgive others

J. Farrell Peternal | 9 Oct 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Ethan blames himself for his friend's death.

Invisible circus unveiled

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Sep 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Micah is determined to find a magician to save his grandfather.

Lost Raphael found in Manhattan

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Sep 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Theodora has an art mystery on her hands.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Jennifer Minicus | 25 May 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Mo Wren loves her neighborhood with all its flaws.

Child's game turns deadly for inventor

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Apr 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A book for mystery and puzzle-lovers alike

Wanted: good heroines in children's lit

Jon Dykstra | 16 Apr 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A fun romp with all sorts of inventive ingredients

Novel examines social challenges of pre-teens

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Mar 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Starting middle school can be nerve-wracking.

Could this be the next Harry Potter?

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Feb 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Fantasy, historical fiction and fast-paced adventure

It's a hard-knocked life

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Feb 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Tabitha's parents want to send her back to the orphanage.

Star of Deltora: Book 2

Jane Fagan | 6 Feb 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Britta struggles to complete her quest.

Fans clamor for new series

Jane Fagan | 16 Jan 2017

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

This book is amazing on a number of levels.

Explorers lost in Antartica

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Dec 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

Archer is determined to find his famous grandparents.

Star pitcher quits baseball

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Nov 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Quinnen grieves for her deceased sister.

Author forgets to develop plot in book

Jennifer Minicus | 9 Nov 2016

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Social agenda overshadows story line

Desperate times call for desperate measures

Jennifer Minicus | 20 Oct 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended with reservations

Raymie wants her father to come home.

Authors escape war with important manuscripts

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Oct 2016

written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended

A biography about the creators of a beloved monkey

It took only six chapters for this book to earn a "thumbs down"

Jennifer Minicus | 30 Sep 2016

written for ages 9-12 | not recommended

Disney-Hyperion's take on ancient mythology

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