Category Archives: 8-12 years of age

#Mx3 Review: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Age Range: 9 – 12 years Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (August 26, 2014) ISBN: 9780385371032 Source: Publisher Twelve year-old Gabriel Finley has lived with his Aunt Jasmine in her old Brooklyn brownstone since his father disappeared three years ago. As he gets older, he has increasingly more questions about his father’s disappearance. […]

Review: Party Games: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine

  Grade Level: 7 – 12 Series: Fear Street Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 30, 2014) ISBN: 9781250051615 Source: Publisher When Rachel Martin is invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s home on Fear Island, she can’t resist. Despite her friends’ warnings, her crush on Brendan clouds her judgement and […]

Guest Review: Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic by Mark Tatulli

Age Range: 7 – 12 years Series: Amp! Comics for Kids Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 1, 2013) ISBN-10: 1449435483 Source: Publisher Today, I’m excited to welcome my youngest son, Justin (8), for a guest review! He’s only reviewed a few books for me but, as he gets older, he’s interested in […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: Guys Read: Other Worlds by Jon Scieszka

Tales of a (formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my oldest son John,  a formerly reluctant reader) discusses books that he thinks other reluctant readers (former or not) will enjoy!  Today’s book is Guys Read: Other Worlds : Age Range: 8 and up Grade Level: 3 – 7 Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Walden […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Tales of a (formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my thirteen year old son, John (a formerly reluctant reader) shares this thoughts on books geared toward reluctant readers. The review below is entirely his own with no alterations other than corrections in spelling. Age Range: 8 and up Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Walden […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: I Have Opinions

Typically, this feature is reserved for my formerly reluctant reader son, John-John, to discuss books that he’s read recently. Specifically, books that he believes will appeal to reluctant readers. Instead, I’m turning over the blog today to John-John so he can discuss some issues he’s been having with books and the opinions he’s aching to […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: Star Wars, Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my twelve year old son, a formerly reluctant reader, reviews a book he particularly enjoyed! These words are his own and in no way influenced by his mother Reading level: Ages 7 and up Hardcover: 96 pages Publisher: DK CHILDREN (August 15, 2011) ISBN-10: 0756686911 Source: Publisher We […]

Review: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Reading level: Ages 12 and up Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0545290147 Source: Big Honcho Media Some time in the past, the United States went to war with China and its allies, using militarized weapons like nuclear bombs.  China responded with P11H3, a strengthened version of the flu.  It was referred to […]

Frightful Friday: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. Feel free to grab the button & join in!   This week’s featured book is: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover:224 pages Publisher:Candlewick (September 15, 2011) ISBN-10: 0763655597 Source:  […]

Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

  Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Walden Pond Press (September 27, 2011) ISBN-10: 0062015052 Source: Publisher Hazel is having a difficult time adjusting to a new school, her parents’ divorce, and life in general. Her neighbor, Jack, is the only real friend she has. He understands her, sticks up for her when school bullies pick on […]