Looking for new chapter books for kids ages 8 – 12 to read? Here is a list of Fall 2017 chapter books for tweens including Big Brother’s thoughts on a few of them (9 years old).
New Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 – 12
by Max Brallier
Ages 8 – 12 years
When Jack and his friends find a one-way radio broadcasting live updates, they realize they might not be the last kids on Earth after all. June, Quint, and Dirk are thrilled because this means they could get to see their parents again someday, but Jack is bummed. Living in a tree house with his best friends, racing through town on tricked-out Go-Karts, playing tug-of-war with monsters, successfully battling the Destroyer of Worlds–it’s the happiest he’s ever been, and he doesn’t want it to end. If Jack can make his friends understand how fun it is here, maybe they’ll never want to leave him. And if he teams up with the probably extremely evil King Wretch monster–a monster who’s capable of giving him visions, even predicting the future–maybe he can do just that…
Big Brother’s Review – Age: 9
The book was probably one of the most adventurous, yet funny books I’ve ever read. It took my attention away from the whole world. For example, while I was reading I forgot about the things going on around me. It was like I was really there.
by Jeff Kinney
Ages 8 – 12 years
This is the newest book of the popular series that is currently available for preorder. I definitely will be getting this book for my son for Christmas. We own The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down, both of which he LOVES! I often catch him laughing to himself while reading these books with the cutest smile.
In this book, the family goes on an island getaway which, of course, goes anything but smoothly. Between sun poisoning and stomach yuckiness, it sounds exactly like another book that is sure to be a hit with my son. *Will update with my son’s review after the new year.
by Michelle Cuevas
Ages 8 – 12 years
About the Book
A girl’s friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness in this original, funny, and touching middle grade novel for fans of Crenshaw and Flora & Ulysses.
This book takes you on a journey of dealing with grief and the healing process after the death of a loved one. The main character’s father had died, but she also gained a pet black hole around the same time. The black hole swallows up everything around it. The ugly sweaters from her aunt, all the painful reminders of her dad… and eventually even her little brother and dog. She realizes that she had let her grief consume her.
This book provides a great way to talk with kids about a difficult topic, but not in a sad way.
Big Brother’s Review, Age: 9
I thought the was good and funny. I really liked the beginner’s guide to caring for a black hole. This book would be SUPER popular with kids who like space. After I read this book, Michelle Cuevas became one of my most favorite authors.
by David Barclay Moore
Ages 10 and Up
“A great book can open a door and show the reader a complex world that entertains, enlightens and informs. David Barclay Moore’s debut, “The Stars Beneath Our Feet,” is the right story at the right time, and it’s set in the right place. It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for.” — The New York Times
A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity.
David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
*Will update with my son’s review of the books once he reads it.
More Fall 2017 Chapter Books for Tweens
- The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
- Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renée Russell
- Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by by Ben Hatke
- Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang
- The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett
- Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
- Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson