Books for ages 10-12

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Harry Potter is surely feeling a little tired by now. He and his mates have been casting spells for longer than most middle schoolers have been alive. It's time for a new kid book obsession and I reckon AL Tait's new Maven & Reeve series might just be it. The...

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

This book review of Holes is by my little brother Book Boy Jr (12). Title: Holes Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury About the book: This book follows the story of Stanley Yelnats, who has been cursed by his pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has been...

Book review: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston

Book review: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston

Title: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend Author: Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books About the book: This is the life story of the rugby league Johnathan Thurston. It follows his younger years and upbringing through to where...

Book review: The New Kid (Unpopular Me) by James O’Loghlin

Book review: The New Kid (Unpopular Me) by James O’Loghlin

This book review of The New Kid is brought to you by Book Boy Jr, aged 12.   Title: The New Kid (Unpopular Me) Author: James O'Loghlin (ill. Matthew Martin) Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia About the book: This book is about a boy named Sam who moves to...

Book review: Natural Born Loser by Oliver Phommavanh

Book review: Natural Born Loser by Oliver Phommavanh

This book review is brought to you by my brother Book Boy Jr (11). Title: Natural Born Leader Loser Author: Oliver Phommavanh Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia About the book: This book is about a kid named Raymond, a natural born follower, who is...

Book review: The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

Book review: The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

This book review of The Skeleton Tree is brought to you by Book Boy Jr, aged 11.   Title: The Skeleton Tree Author: Iain Lawrence Publisher: Tundra/Penguin Random House About the book: I got this book during a recent visit to Canada. It was recommended by Sarah...

Book review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This week's review is brought to you by my little brother Book Boy Jr (aged 11). Title: Wonder Author: R.J. Palacio Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK/ Penguin Books Australia About the book: Wonder is a book about a boy named August Pullman who was...

Book review: Karl, The Universe And Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Book review: Karl, The Universe And Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Title: Karl, The Universe And Everything Author: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia About the book: Why do books smell like books? Why are some people always late? What causes earworms? If you have ever wanted to know the answer to any of these...

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