KCLS Recommends: Children's - Book Club Picks for Ages 9-12
Annotation:When Boowie reads the diary that his grandmother sends him, he learns of her childhood in World War II England when American and British soldiers practiced for D-Day's invasion in the area of her home, and about her beloved cat, Adolphus Tip.
Annotation:In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking, leading them to save the life of a condemned man.
Annotation:"One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?"-- From dust jacket flap.
Annotation:When fifth-graders Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that along with its benefits there are also dangerous consequences.
Annotation:It's 1962 and it seems the whole country is living in fear and Franny Chapman just wants some peace which is hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head.
Annotation:Ten-year-old Gim Lew leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare to pass a grueling test--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where officials strive to keep out unwanted immigrants.
Annotation:It's the end of the 21st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humans’ every need; your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you, and your closest friend can be—a machine?
Annotation:Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Annotation:Brought together to watch a rare solar eclipse at the isolated Moon Shadow Campground, Ally, Bree, and Jack may have arrived as strangers but the experience of what they witness makes them connect with each other in ways they could have never imagined.
Annotation:Living in a small Canadian fishing village, eleven-year-old Primrose recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
Annotation:As letters flow back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides, sixth-grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and eleven-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.
Annotation:When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Annotation:When twelve-year-old Janna, who lives in a small house with her single mother, helps a homeless woman who turns out to be a genie, she discovers how interconnected the world really is.
Annotation:Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her.
Annotation:Longing for his mother missing somewhere in an African refugee camp, Kek, a refugee, is confronted by many strange things at his new Minneapolis home and in his new fifth grade classroom but finds a sense of peace and comfort in the company of an American cow and her owner.
Annotation:Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward.
Annotation:A young immigrant girl is teased about wearing the same faded dress to school every day and telling a fib about owning one hundred dresses results in even more teasing.
Annotation:Ten-year-old Jake's widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas while her sister and best friend are both away so a grandfather Jake barely remembers comes to Baltimore to help a neighbor take care of him.
Annotation:To adjust moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, and being picked on at school, seventh-grader Georges begins helping Safer, a neighbor boy, spy on another resident of their building.
Annotation:In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
Annotation:Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital.
Annotation:When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of a safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
Annotation:Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.
Annotation:In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white and things are good or bad; anything in between is confusing. She relies on her older brother to explain in-between things until his death forces her to cope with feelings and develop self-reliance.
Annotation:While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Annotation:In 1966, 12 year old Ji-li Jian an outstanding student and a leader of her class, had a shining future in Chairman Mao's New China. This unforgettable memoir gives a child's-eye view of the Chinese Revolution and of one family's indomitable courage under fire.
Annotation:A fictionalized account based on a true story of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance as a cowboy.
Annotation:Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
Annotation:After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route, along the way recounting the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
Annotation:Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now when he's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and being the new kid is going to be extra hard. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
Annotation:Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. Told in words and pictures.
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