recommended reading for ages 11-14


An unexpected hero

Tim Golden | 17 Apr 2015 | 2013

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

An Italian family hides Allied servicemen from the Nazis.

True confessions

Jennifer Minicus | 2 Mar 2015 | 2012

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.

A book that became a TV show

Tim Golden | 1 Dec 2014 | 2003

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.

A battle with a dragon

Jennifer Minicus | 4 Nov 2014 | 2014

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A book for fans of historical fiction and fantasy.

A friendship that crosses race barriers

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Oct 2014 | 2003

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.

The origin of the universe

Jennifer Minicus | 24 Sep 2014 | 2014

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Bernie has always wanted to create his own universe.

Imaginative book for mature readers to be released this month

Jane Fagan | 11 Aug 2014 | 2014

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A story of quest and fantasy.

Newbery runner-up bewitches readers

Jennifer Minicus | 13 May 2014 | 2014

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

An extremely well-written Victorian Gothic novel.

Britain bans use of technology

Tim Golden | 11 Apr 2014 | 1991

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Will they survive?

The "weaker sex"?

Jennifer Minicus | 8 Apr 2014 | 1997

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.

A story that needs to be told

Jane Fagan | 7 Feb 2014 | 2013

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.

Should young ladies know how to swim?

Jennifer Minicus | 9 Dec 2013 | 2011

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.

Cultures clash in the Middle East

Jennifer Minicus | 25 Nov 2013 | 1999

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

A suspenseful story of ancient civilizations.

Book Reviews
Popular sci fi novel hits the big screen in November

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Sep 2013 | 1994

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Read the book before heading to theaters.

Historical fiction makes learning entertaining

Tim Golden | 20 Sep 2013 |

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

Six historical novels for children.

War pits brother against brother

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Aug 2013 | 2002

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

An award winning book about the American Civil War.

A summer mystery

Kathleen Pacious | 6 Aug 2013 | 2013

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

An entertaining portrayal of every child's desire to find and solve a mystery.

A book that builds character

Kathleen Pacious | 21 Jul 2013 | 2013

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.

A Medieval Trilogy

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Jul 2013 | 2011

written for ages 11-14 | highly recommended

An unpredictable plot and endearing protagonist make this trilogy an engaging "must read".

Witches, Wizards and Magical Children

Tim Golden | 28 Jun 2013 | 2010

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

When a party of High Witches arrives on Earth,

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