2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's 8-12

Here are our recommendations for readers ages eight to twelve.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544612310
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

Middle school is bad enough, but it’s a particular challenge when you’re an Iranian expat in 1979 California.


The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

The children’s evacuation of London during WWII gives nine-year-old Ada fresh hope and a new life.


One Half from the East Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062421906
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

Obayda does not want to become a bacha posh (a preteen girl acting as a boy in modern Afghanistan) until she learns the freedom her new role brings.


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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525426165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

This medieval tale of unlikely allies and a quest to save a holy text is exquisite and not to be missed.


President of the Whole Sixth Grade Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316377249
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

In this sequel to President of the Whole Fifth Grade, Brianna deals with middle school and evolving friendships and learns the difference between being bossy and being a leader as she heads up fundraising for the sixth-grade class trip to Washington. Gradually, Brianna discovers that there are some things she cares about more than raising money.


Click Here to Start Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101931875
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Delacorte Press - July 19th, 2016

A real-life escape room game draws in a group of tween gamers and leads them to solve a WWII-era mystery.


The Book of Three Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780805080483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 16th, 2006

One of the most popular fantasy series ever before Harry Potter. A wonderful mix of Welsh mythology, adventure and humor—and a fortune-telling pig.


Woundabout Cover Image
By Lev Rosen, Ellis Rosen (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316370783
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2015

An orphaned boy and his sister, accompanied by their pet capybara, go to live with their aunt in a town where nothing seems to change. A fun story with quirky characters.


The Evil Wizard Smallbone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763688059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

This original fantasy is at turns delightful and, dark and readers of The Greenglass House and Harry Potter are sure to enjoy it!


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My Brother Is a Superhero Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451474773
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 21st, 2015

A boy who desperately wants to be a superhero finds out the universe bestowed great powers on his older brother instead. A very funny portrait of sibling jealousy and love.


The Iron Tomb Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481445788
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 2nd, 2016

First book in a fun series about a boy who goes to spend the summer with his uncle in Egypt—only to discover his uncle has been kidnapped.


All Paws on Deck Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545818865
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 5th, 2016

Sick of being bored, Haggis and Tank head out on the high seas in this zany adventure packed with fun puns and humorous homophones.


Ghosts Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

A beautiful story of the intersection of fear and love. Raina Telgemeier has created another spellbinding read that will help readers put aside their own fears and learn to accept the joys of life.


Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas Cover Image
By Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250062932
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - August 4th, 2015

Most people know about Jane Goodall and the chimps. Now meet Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas and their equally influential work with other primates.


The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781626723399
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: First Second - September 13th, 2016

When Charles discovers a monster in his closet, he contacts Margo Maloo and is thrust into the world of monsters. A delightful, original story about accepting differences and solving problems with non-violence.


Mighty Jack Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626722644
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: First Second - September 6th, 2016

Jack swaps his mother’s car for a box of seeds and the resulting garden is startling—and definitely not of this world. Hatke takes the premise of Jack and Beanstalk and runs with it in this inventive, exciting beginning to a new series.


The Great American Dust Bowl Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547815503
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - October 8th, 2013

A riveting illustrated account of the 1930s Dust Bowl, its causes and consequences.


Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803740174
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016

The remarkable story of Nellie Bly and her shocking investigative journalism. A riveting true story. (10+)


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780399578861
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

40 extraordinary women from 430 BCE to 2016 who changed the world in whatever way they could. An inspiring volume for every reader!