Books for Kids (Ages 9-12)
The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate; illus. Patricia Castelao
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 8-12 years)
Ivan is a gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. Since he remembers little about his jungle home, he is resigned to life in a cage until the arrival of a baby elephant makes him realize that he and the other animals deserve a better life. The touching and funny first-person narration will have you cheering for the one and only Ivan! (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
By Tracey Fern; illus. Boris Kulikov
(Juvenile Biography; ages 8-12 years)
Barnum Brown’s parents expected big things from their son. They didn’t expect that he could accomplish big things by digging in the dirt. But he did. In fact, he dug up dinosaurs. Barnum was the man who discovered one of the most famous dinosaurs in the world, the T. Rex. (Format: Print)
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
By James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts; illus. Laura Park
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 9-13 years)
Rafe has survived sixth grade. Heading to a big city art school for seventh grade and what he believes will be an easy school year, Rafe is in for a big surprise. His new plan to survive has him doing a lot of new things – including uncovering some family secrets. This sequel to Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is full of illustrations and adventure. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)
By Holly Black
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 10 and up)
A creepy doll that may or may not be haunted leads three friends on an adventure. Zach, Poppy, and Alice have played a game since they were young, in which a bone-china doll rules a world of make-believe. Disturbing dreams begin to plague Poppy, who says that the doll is based upon a once-living girl, and must be buried in a grave in East Liverpool, Ohio to bring her peace. The story is chilling and the characters engaging. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)
The Elephant from Baghdad
By Mary Taveneer Holmes and John C. Harris; illus. Jon Cannell
(Picture Book; ages 7-12 years)
What’s better than a pony for a gift? How about an elephant? This is the true story of Charlemagne, the emperor, and Abu, the white elephant sent to Charlemagne from the caliph of Baghdad. A thoroughly interesting and touching story of an unexpected friendship from the annals of history. (Format: print)
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
By Claire Legrand; illus. Sarah Watts
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 10-12 years)
Victoria likes everything to be perfect. And everything is perfect, except for Lawrence, her only friend. When Lawrence goes missing, Victoria finds out the things in her town aren’t as perfect as she thought. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls isn’t what it appears to be, and Victoria needs to get to the bottom of things if she wants to save Lawrence. A perfect book for fans of Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. (Print format)
Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti
By Arthur Salm
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 8-12 years)
It all started with Max sitting on a plate of spaghetti. Traveling to places where no one knows him, this tween transforms himself into Mad Max with a reputation that embellishes his so-called boring life. Footnotes in hand-typed lettering add to every chapter and make this a fun, realistic read. (Print format)
Summer at Forsaken Lake
By Michael D. Beil
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 9-12 years)
When their father must travel to Africa for the summer, Nicolas and his two younger sisters have to spend their vacation at Forsaken Lake. They aren’t very excited about staying with an uncle they hardly know, until Nicolas discovers an unfinished movie his father made as a young man about the Seaweed Strangler, a mysterious local legend. Why did his father never complete it? Who is the Seaweed Strangler?
The Westing Game
By Ellen Raskin
(Juvenile / Teen Fiction; ages 10 and up)
Intrigue and mystery abound in this marvelous classic. The old Westing mansion sits empty, except for the rotting corpse of old man Westing, or so the locals say. Turtle takes a bet and slips into the mansion – only to actually find the corpse of Samuel Westing! And the game begins with the reading of his will. Sixteen people are paired to find the answer to the will’s puzzles and potentially, become the Westing heir. But who will survive the perils along the way? This is a clever book that will appeal to older children, teens, and adult mystery fans.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
By Grace Lin
(Juvenile Fiction; ages 9-12)
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
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