Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

Staff Pick Badge
Words on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338275476
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Book by book, the Russian Cossack soldiers chip away at the idea of being Lithuanian. Book by book, smugglers risk themselves to keep Lithuania alive. Audra is a brewing storm, a heroine ready to join the resistance to save her parents and her people from disappearing all together. This story highlights the power of knowledge and the unyielding resilience of a nation. Even if you aren't a fan of historical fiction, you will love this book!

— Becky


Staff Pick Badge
Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell (Scary Children's Books for Kids Age 9 to 12, Ghost Stories for Middle Schoolers) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781452171289
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

These haunting short stories are guaranteed to keep you looking over your shoulder. The illustrations, stirring and mature, are sure to pull you into each tale as though it's happening to you at that very moment. A great gift for horror and scary stories fans.

— Lindsay A.


Staff Pick Badge
Cog Cover Image
By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062686077
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

A thrilling, entertaining, laugh out loud adventure, and potentially scary warning of what future scientific research may lead to. Follow Cog and his cohorts as they search for their creator and purposes for being.  This is a great story for all ages.

— Terri


Staff Pick Badge
Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984837127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2019

Beware! Once you slip into this book you won't want to leave until you're done! I surely didn't and was very glad it was a rainy day when I picked it up, because this story has everything I love: a cozy bookstore, a bit of a mystery, and a grand adventure. Pen and ink illustrations add to the charm of this tale of magical realism. And both Tilly and Oskar are well developed, likeable characters. A finely written, new found favorite for me!

— Susan


Staff Pick Badge
Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338282801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the great Jackie Robinson, tells her honest, heartfelt story in this beautiful memoir that shows what it's like to fight hate with love. The year is 1963: Sharon turns 13, and the governor Of Alabama declares “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” We learn about the Birmingham Children’s crusade, and what it means to be a teenager facing this kind of discrimination head on. This memoir reads like fiction and is a must have for school and home libraries.

— Tonya


Staff Pick Badge
Filigree's Midnight Ride (At the Heels of History) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534433328
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 27th, 2019

A historical fiction novel for 8-10 year olds who love animals. Filigree is a tiny dog who wants to prove he can help with the Revolutionary War too. This is the start of a fun new series! 

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
Crumbled! (The Misadventures of Nobbin Swill) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499809718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yellow Jacket - August 27th, 2019

Set in a village of fairytale characters, meet the charming and resourceful Nobbin who must help Prince Charming without revealing his true identity. Perfect for young middle grade readers and graphic novel fans. Gorgeous illustrations throughout.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

I felt like I was listening to a storyteller tell a wonderful fable that had been handed down through generations. At the same time, it speaks to leadership, courage, and kindness in a way that will make you cheer. This is a writer to savor! For fans of Grace Lin and Kelly Barnhill.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
Hearts of Ice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338332742
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Attention “Frozen” fans! Welcome to a unique frozen world, with characters that are complicated and loyal, an engaging plot, and a perfect ending. A delightful winter story.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
The Dog Who Lost His Bark Cover Image
By Eoin Colfer, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536204421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

A gentle story for younger middle grade, about a dog who finds his forever-home. Colfer does take us through the abusive home where Dog is born, the even more abusive home he is bought for, and then abandoned from, and finally to the sweet boy who will take good care of him. The boy, however, soon finds out he can have a dog because his parents are getting divorced. Nothing horrific happens, and Colfer handles the issues gently but realistically. Sensitive and well done, using both the Dog’s and Boy’s perspectives.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
The World Ends in April Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524767617
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Stacy McAnulty is a worrier; and so is her character, Eleanor, who becomes focused on The End of the World--WHICH COULD HAPPEN! I learned a lot about survivalists while also learning, with Eleanor, that maybe worries are less about what is really happening, and more about what happened in the past that you felt very UNPREPARED for. With her usual brilliant storytelling, McAnulty serves up another fantastic realistic fiction novel that will have you cheering.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191089
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

Amara’s journey to New York City shows her she has so much to learn about her family and herself. Beautifully written, full of heart and humor, this novel reminds us that there’s always more to the story and there’s always time left to forgive. 

— Becky


Staff Pick Badge
The Curse of the Werepenguin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451480446
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 13th, 2019

A hilariously scary tale of a teenage orphan who just wants to have a family to call his own, and will go to any lengths to find them – even far, far away to another land. This story has everything – a power hungry Baron, tidy bandits, a fortune teller and two very, very brave teens. But beware, you may not want to read this on any night with a full moon!

— Terri


Staff Pick Badge
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) Cover Image
By James Sturm, Rich Tommaso (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368042895
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 23rd, 2019

Satchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher that ever lived. This graphic novel pulls plenty of history, biography, and baseball together into a beautiful experience.

— Andrew


Staff Pick Badge
A Box of Bones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250172211
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 28th, 2019

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked Kallie—rigid, overly logical, and a little unimaginative. But Marina Cohen’s lyrical words kept tugging at my heart demanding that I keep reading, and suddenly I understood why Kallie was the way she was. That she had a story…just as all of us have a story, and I grew to care about Kallie and appreciate her transformation. A tale of magical realism that made me understand empathy on a whole new level. Add to that, there are two stories being told in this book that come together in the end.  

— Susan


Staff Pick Badge
Extraordinary Birds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547601004
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 30th, 2019

I picked this book up and couldn’t put it down! The story was full of characters my heart was rooting for and felt compelled to know more about. Finding a home can mean different things for different people; and for 11-year-old December, who lived with many different foster care families, it wasn’t something she thought was even possible. Full of compassion, heart, and superb storytelling, this should definitely be on your summer reading list! Here is a writer I will look to read again!

— Tonya


Staff Pick Badge
Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019

Mimi is an amazing baker who, because she’s the youngest surrounded by three talented siblings, feels like she isn’t noticed by her family. But everything changes in a highly unusual way when she meets new friend Vik. This lighthearted story has all the right ingredients for a perfect summer read: baking, family, an introduction to Shakespeare, and a dash of magical realism.  And I did try one of the two recipes at the end: Chocolate chunk thyme cookies with citrus zest…yum, it was scrumptious!

— Susan


Staff Pick Badge
Bad Order Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454931065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sterling Children's Books - June 4th, 2019

This perfect science fiction novel (NOT fantasy) is my favorite book this year. The aliens remind me of Galaxy Quest, and the sibling relationship between Mary and Albert is realistic and heartwarming. B. B. Ullman writes in a way that makes me think this could happen right now, in my backyard. Fans of Stranger Things or A Wrinkle in Time will devour this great summer read!

— Jamie


Staff Pick Badge
Planet Earth Is Blue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525646570
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 14th, 2019

Nova’s frustration is caused by her inability to articulate what she knows. The only one who understood her was her sister Bridget, who promised she would return when the Challenger was launched.  Discover how Nova adjusts to her new foster parents, a new school, and most of all how she learns to cope with “explosions” in her life.  A middle grade book everyone should read.

— Andie