Tag Archives: Children’s Books: Ages 9-12: General

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (406 reviews) Author: Avi Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description A vicious captain, a mutinous crew — and a young girl caught in the middle Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did […]

The Scrambled States of America

Rating: (62 reviews) Author: Laurie Keller Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Amazon.com One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy. The other 49 states are stretching, yawning, and pouring maple syrup onto each other’s pancakes, but irritable Kansas announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made: “All day long […]

The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set (Flat Stanley)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Jeff Brown Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Stanley Lambchop is just a normal boy, with a normal younger brother named Arthur, and two normal parents. That is, until a bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him to half an inch thick! From this point on, Stanley will never […]

Warriors: Power of Three #5: Long Shadows (Warriors: Power of Three)

Author: Erin Hunter Publisher: HarperCollins

Waggit’s Tale

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Peter Howe Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description He is nameless. He is homeless. He is friendless. He is lost. Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park. And so he becomes Waggit, the […]

Howl’s Moving Castle

Rating: (190 reviews) Author: Diana Wynne Jones Publisher: Eos Product Description Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid […]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Wendy Mass Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will […]

Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them (American Girl)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Patti Kelley Criswell Publisher: American Girl Book Description FRIENDS gives girls everything they need to know about making new friends and making the most of the friendships they already have. The interactive book is full of quizzes, crafts, and thoughtful advice, including tips and true friendship stories from girls. Five mini […]

Grapes Of Math (bkshelf) (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Rating: (21 reviews) Author: Greg Tang Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Amazon.com How is it possible to count a complicated pattern of strawberry seeds or grapes on a vine or camel humps–in a blink of an eye? If children can open their minds to new ways of perceiving math, anything is possible! Greg Tang shows readers creative […]

Socks

Rating: (24 reviews) Author: Beverly Cleary Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Socks is one happy cat…. He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are […]

Old Yeller (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (123 reviews) Author: Fred Gipson Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description At first, Travis couldn’t stand the sight of Old Yeller The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a […]

“What’s Happening to Me?” A guide to puberty

Rating: (30 reviews) Author: Peter Mayle Publisher: Lyle Stuart

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids)

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Michaelene Mundy Publisher: Abbey Press

Sharing Nature With Children (20th Anniversary Edition, Revised and Expanded)

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Joseph Bharat Cornell Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA) Book Description As Joseph Cornell’s classic book reached its 20th anniversary, Cornell drew upon a wealth of experience in nature education to significantly revise and expand his book. New nature games—favorites from the field – and Cornell’s typically insightful commentary makes the second edition […]

Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Bruce Coville Publisher: Scholastic Press Product Description This is a tale of two quests: Cara Diana Hunter’s search for an ancient story that may unravel the secret of the long enmity between the unicorns and the delvers, and her father’s journey to free Cara’s mother from the Rainbow Prison. Cara’s journey […]

Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times Audiobook CD: From the Earliest Nomads to the Late Roman Empire, Revised Edition (7 CDs)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Susan Wise Bauer Publisher: Peace Hill Press Product Description The Story of the World CD audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice is “liquid gold” (CNN TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly). These spirited readings of the first volume […]

Heat

Rating: (65 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Puffin Product Description Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If […]

The Willoughbys

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Lois Lowry Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books Product Description Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A […]

The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, Book 6)

Author: Eoin Colfer Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children Product Description Artemis’s mother has contracted a deadly disease–and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

Author: Jeff Kinney Publisher: Amulet Books Product Description Now every kid can write like a Wimpy Kid! An exciting companion to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. “First of all, let me get something straight: This is a journal, not a diary.” This innovative interactive journal based on Greg Heffley’s own “diary” lets […]

Dear Mr. Henshaw (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (152 reviews) Author: Beverly Cleary Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Although her books have been enjoyed by generations of kids, Beverly Cleary herself didn’t enjoy reading as a child at least not at first. In first grade she was grouped with the slowest readers in her class. Amazon.com When, in second grade, Leigh writes to […]

Milkweed (Readers Circle)

Rating: (86 reviews) Author: Jerry Spinelli Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli (Maniac McGee, Stargirl) paints a vivid picture of the streets of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a curious, kind, heartbreakingly naïve orphan with many names. His name is Stopthief when people shout […]

The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to […]

Warriors: The Rise of Scourge (Warriors)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Erin Hunter, Dan Jolley Publisher: TokyoPop Product Description When kittypet Tiny crosses paths with some wild forest cats defending their territory, he is left with scars—and a bitter, deep-seated grudge. As his reputation grows among the strays and loners that live in the dirty brick alleyways of Twolegplace, he changes his […]

A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You

Rating: (16 reviews) Author: Ralph Fletcher Publisher: HarperTrophy Amazon.com Ages 8-12. Fans of Harriet the Spy who want to try keeping their own writer’s notebook will appreciate this inspiring handbook. Written in a direct, non-condescending style, writer-to-writer, it offers realistic, experienced advice on how to keep notes and use them to create stories and poems. […]

Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: DK Publishing Publisher: DK CHILDREN Book Description Since his debut in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, fans have followed the adventures of learned scholar and hunky professor Indiana Jones. He is the unlikely action-hero who undertakes perilous adventures involving snakes, rats, spiders, and villains, in order to stop powerful, mystical […]

Nancy Drew Starter Set (Nancy Drew)

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Carolyn Keene Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Book Description Teen sleuth Nancy Drew has been solving mysteries and delighting fans for over 60 years. You won’t believe her daring escapades and narrow escapes. What better way to introduce a girl to Nancy Drew then with the first 6 titles published in the […]

Summer Bridge Activities: 5th to 6th Grade

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Hobbs Ann Julia, Carla Fisher Publisher: Rainbow Bridge Publishing (UT) Book Description NEW and Improved Summer Bridge Activities for 2006! This year the bestselling summer workbook features new covers, new activities, new reading lists, updated bonus sections, and a whole lot more to give kids a summer learning experience they won’t […]

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Rating: (64 reviews) Author: Trenton Lee Stewart Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But […]

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts!: The First Experiment (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. Macguire)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell Publisher: Aladdin Product Description Here’s what you need to know about Phineas L. MacGuire, boy-scientistextraordinaire, aka Mac: 1. He’s allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can proveit. 2. He’s probably the world’s expert on mold, including which has thehighest stink potential. 3. He does not have […]

What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Sleep (What to Do Guides for Kids)

Rating: (1 reviews) Author: Dawn Huebner Publisher: Magination Press Book Description Wouldn’t it be great if you could climb into bed, snuggle under your covers, and fall asleep without any fuss or fear? Without listening for noises or thinking about bad guys? Without an extra drink, or an extra hug, or an extra trip to […]

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Rating: (204 reviews) Author: Kate Dicamillo Publisher: Candlewick Product Description Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. […]

How to Eat Fried Worms

Rating: (138 reviews) Author: Thomas Rockwell Publisher: Yearling Amazon.com How to Eat Fried Worms has happily repulsed children since its original publication in 1973. Now youngsters can experience this classic story in a whole new yucky way, by listening to it on audiocassette. Narrator Jay O. Sanders gives extra kick and vitality to this already […]

The View from Saturday

Rating: (283 reviews) Author: E. L. Konigsburg Publisher: Aladdin Amazon.com A powerhouse sixth-grade Academic Bowl team from Epiphany Middle School; the art of calligraphy; the retirees of Century Village, Florida; a genius dog named Ginger; and a holiday production of “Annie” all figure heavily in the latest book by E. L. Konigsburg, who has produced […]

The People of Sparks (Books of Ember)

Rating: (94 reviews) Author: Jeanne Duprau Publisher: Yearling Amazon.com When teenagers Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow lead their people up out of the Earth, fleeing their dying underground city of Ember, everything is new and a little frightening to the refugees–the sun and the moon, birds, trees, fire…and the people of Ember are strange to […]

This is Paris (This is . . .)

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Miroslav Sasek Publisher: Universe Publishing Product Description Following on the runaway success of This is New York, Universe is thrilled to reissue two more titles from M. Sasek’s beloved children’s travel series: This is London and This is Paris. Like This is New York and This is San Francisco, This is […]

Holes

Rating: (3279 reviews) Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Yearling Amazon.com “If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there […]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

Rating: (2599 reviews) Author: J.K. Rowling Publisher: Scholastic Amazon.com For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who’s forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series catapults into action when the […]

Where the Red Fern Grows (A Bantam Starfire Book)

Rating: (1201 reviews) Author: Wilson Rawls Publisher: Laurel Leaf Product Description A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Paperback. Amazon.com Author Wilson Rawls spent […]

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia CD Box Set

Rating: (38 reviews) Author: C. S. Lewis Publisher: HarperAudio Product Description Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil — what more could any reader ask for? The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis, had all this and more. But […]

Best Travel Activity Book Ever (Backseat Books)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Rand McNally Publisher: Rand McNally & Company

Summer Bridge Activities: 4th to 5th Grade

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Hobbs Ann Julia, Carla Fisher Publisher: Rainbow Bridge Publishing (UT) Book Description NEW and Improved Summer Bridge Activities for 2006! This year the bestselling summer workbook features new covers, new activities, new reading lists, updated bonus sections, and a whole lot more to give kids a summer learning experience they won’t […]

Inkdeath

Author: Cornelia Funke Publisher: The Chicken House Product Description The Adderhead–his immortality bound in a book by Meggie’s father, Mo–has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants’ only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay–Mo’s fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, […]

Swindle

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Gordon Korman Publisher: Scholastic Press Product Description After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle’s compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way — a menacing […]

The Big Field

Rating: (7 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Philomel Book Description For Hutch, shortstop has always been home. It’s where his father once played professionally, before injuries relegated him to watching games on TV instead of playing them. And it’s where Hutch himself has always played and starred. Until now. The arrival of Darryl “D-Will” Williams, […]

Reckoning (Star Wars: Last of the Jedi, Book 10)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Judy Blundell Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Product Description Former Jedi apprentice Ferus Olin must choose — the way of the Jedi… or the dark side? The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.

The Underneath

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Kathi Appelt Publisher: Atheneum Product Description There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of […]

A Wrinkle in Time

Rating: (61 reviews) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Publisher: Square Fish Product Description It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights are my glory,” […]

Sword Quest (Swordbird)

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Nancy Yi Fan Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description Wind-voice the half-dove, formerly enslaved, is now free, and Maldeor, the one-winged archaeopteryx, hungers for supreme power. Can Wind-voice and his valiant companions—Ewingerale, the wood-pecker scribe; Stormac, the myna warrior; and Fleydur, the musician eagle—save the future of their world? An exciting prequel to […]

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

Rating: (27 reviews) Author: Sharon Lovejoy Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Amazon.com Green thumbs and non-green thumbs alike will fall in love with Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, a remarkably fun and informative introduction to the wonderful world of gardening–and more specifically, gardening with children. Learn how to make everything from a pizza garden (pizza-pie-shaped, with […]