Here are our recommendations for readers ages eight to twelve.
Middle school is bad enough, but it’s a particular challenge when you’re an Iranian expat in 1979 California.
The children’s evacuation of London during WWII gives nine-year-old Ada fresh hope and a new life.
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.
This medieval tale of unlikely allies and a quest to save a holy text is exquisite and not to be missed.
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.
A real-life escape room game draws in a group of tween gamers and leads them to solve a WWII-era mystery.
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.
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.
This original fantasy is at turns delightful and, dark and readers of The Greenglass House and Harry Potter are sure to enjoy it!
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.
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.
Sick of being bored, Haggis and Tank head out on the high seas in this zany adventure packed with fun puns and humorous homophones.
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.
Most people know about Jane Goodall and the chimps. Now meet Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas and their equally influential work with other primates.
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.
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.
A riveting illustrated account of the 1930s Dust Bowl, its causes and consequences.
The remarkable story of Nellie Bly and her shocking investigative journalism. A riveting true story. (10+)
40 extraordinary women from 430 BCE to 2016 who changed the world in whatever way they could. An inspiring volume for every reader!