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September Book

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen


Book Kids' book of the month is Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddleby George Hagen. Recommended for ages 9-12. How can twelve-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin--a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature--he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father... or to his death.  Read more

Welcome to Book Kids Tween & Teen Book Club

These books are selected each month by our team of tweens and teens, to read along with other tween and teen readers. Our book picks consist of best sellers, new releases, award winners and all others in between. Throughout the month, tweens and teens (with parental permission and guidance) are invited to read and discuss the book on our website. They are also welcome to offer book recommendations and reviews of other books they've read or are reading. We would love to hear from you. Now let's dive into some books!

October Book

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. No "wonder" our tweens and teens' book club pick for October is Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Recommended for ages 8-12. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face... or can they?  Read more

Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn

November Book

Book Kids' pick for November is Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn. Recommended for ages 9-12. By now, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden should have inherited the family gift: the ability to see the future. But when she holds a house key in her hand like her dad does to read its owner's destiny, she can't see anything. Maybe it's because she can't get over the loss of her beloved dog, Sky, who died mysteriously. Read more

December Book

Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids

Book Kids' pick for December is Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids. This book has proven to be a great choice because it is jam-packed with 25 heartwarming, true stories (one per day in December through Christmas) that will truly melt the heart and warm the soul. Through these stories, "kids will learn about the 'angels among us' who give selflessly to those in need; they'll learn that sometimes the best gifts aren't bought at a store; they'll discover that giving to others can be more joyous than getting everything on their list; Read more

January Book

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Bringing in the New Year with our tween/ teen's January book selection, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. During the Great Depression, Esperanza is compelled to abandon her comfortable lifestyle in Mexico and enter into one filled with physical, emotional, social, and financial hardships and challenges in America. How does she cope and overcome? Read more