Savvy by Ingrid Law
Use these children's books and classic stories to teach tweens 10 to 12 years old the joy of reading!

By Ingrid Law*

Mibs Beaumont is about to turn 13, and she knows that this means she will receive her "savvy," supernatural power that she will need to learn to control in order to not create chaos and arouse suspicion. Before Mibs gets a chance to celebrate her birthday, her father is in a bad car accident and is unconscious in the hospital. Mibs is sure that her savvy (when she figures out what it is) will wake up her dad, so she heads off on a wild road trip in a pink bus with her brothers and the preacher's kids.

Dial, 2008. ISBN: 9780803733060

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Dave McKean*
After the murder of his parents, Nobody Owens finds his way to the graveyard where he is raised by ghosts who protect him from the murderer still at large.

HarperCollins, 2008. ISBN: 9780060530921

Ten Things I Hate about Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Ten Things I Hate about Me
By Randa Abdel-Fattah*
Lebanese-Australian Jamilah so wants to fit into her school and avoid being labeled as an outsider that she attempts to hide her heritage by calling herself Jamie, dyeing her hair blond, and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses. As the tension between her school persona and her Muslim and Lebanese home life mounts, she begins to realize that she sees herself as a stereotype and decides to just be her true self.

Orchard Books/Scholastic, 2009.  ISBN: 9780545050555

Edward's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
Edward's Eyes
By Patricia MacLachlan
Edward's eyes and his self-taught ability to throw the perfect knuckleball are part of what make him extra special in an already large and loving family. The connection he shared with his siblings continues after his untimely death through a well-matched organ donation recipient.

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2007. ISBN: 9781416927433

Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac
By Joseph Bruchac; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Baron knows that the "Bearwalker" is a half-human, half-animal beast that appears in tales told by his Mohawk people. When a school camping trip goes wrong, however, he finds himself facing a real, live monster who is just as deadly and dangerous as the creature from the legend.

HarperCollins, 2007. ISBN 9780061123092

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
By Lewis Carroll; illustrated by Chistopher Myers
The classic nonsense poem at last makes sense when brilliantly illustrated as an urban playground one-on-one basketball game where intimidating size meets quickness and skill.

Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2007. ISBN: 9781423103721

Women Daredevils by Julie Cummins
Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills
By Julie Cummins; illustrated by Cheryl Harness
What were women doing between 1880 and 1929? These 14 fascinating women were performing death-defying feats such as walking on the wings of airplanes, taming tigers, diving 60 feet into a tank of water on horseback and more.

Dutton, 2008. ISBN:9780525479482

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
The London Eye Mystery
By Siobhan Dowd
When Ted's cousin, Salim, disappears while riding the London Eye, it's up to Ted and his sister, Kat, to figure out what has happened. Ted comes up with many interesting theories because, as he states, his brain operates on a different system (he has been diagnosed as having a "syndrome"). Will one of these theories solve the mystery?

David Fickling, 2008. ISBN: 9780375849763

Brendan Buckley???s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It
By Sundee T. Frazier
Brendan has a notebook full of questions, and he hopes to find all the answers during his summer vacation. Then, he meets the grandfather he never knew about, and new questions need to be answered: Does his grandpa want him around? And, if not, does it have anything to do with the color of Brendan's skin?

Delacorte, 2007. ISBN 9780385734394

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
Igraine the Brave
By Cornelia Funke
The daughter of two magicians, Igraine wants to be a knight. When their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor, Igraine proves her bravery.

Scholastic 2007. ISBN: 9780439903790

Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam
By Cynthia Kadohata
A German shepherd must leave his boy to joins a military canine unit stationed in wartime Vietnam. His new job: using his acute sense of smell to sniff out deadly booby traps. A first-rate tale for readers who like animals and adventure.

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2007. ISBN 9781416906377

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley???s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal
By Jeff Kinney
Greg and his best friend, Rowley, adjust to middle school, where they are undersized weaklings. When Rowley grows more popular, Greg kicks off a chain of events that tests their friendship.

Abrams/Amulet, c2007. ISBN: 9780810993136

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys
By Lois Lowry
Orphans, neglectful parents, a baby on the doorstep and a lonely billionaire are some classic themes in children's literature that receive a humorous twist in this delightful, slim volume.

Houghton/Walter Lorraine, 2008. ISBN: 9780618979745

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
By Kadir Nelson
From 1920 to 1945, some of the roughest, fastest and most amazing baseball games took place in the Negro Leagues. Magnificent paintings and fascinating anecdotes introduce Rube Foster, Oscar Charleston and many other unsung heroes of the sport.

Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2008. ISBN: 9780786808328

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Keeping Score
By Linda Sue Park
Maggie knows everything there is to know about the sport of baseball and her favorite team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. She makes friends with a firefighter who shares her interest (even though he's a Giants fan), but their relationship changes when he is shipped off to fight in the Korean War.

Clarion, 2008. ISBN 9780618927999

Billy Creekmore: A Novel by Tracey Porter
Billy Creekmore: A Novel
By Tracey Porter
In 1905, 10-year-old Billy, storyteller extraordinaire, is rescued from an orphanage by his aunt and uncle. His life continues to take on many twists and turns, from the West Virginia mines to the circus, and he discovers much about himself along the way in this fast-paced, Dickensian-style novel.

HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler, 2007. ISBN: 9780060775704

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
By Lauren Tarshis
Quirky Emma-Jean loves to observe her fellow seventh graders' behavior from afar. When she decides to help a few classmates with their problems, tension and humor ensues.

Dial, 2007. ISBN: 9780803731646

Nurk by Ursula Vernon
Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew
By Ursula Vernon
In this animal fantasy, Nurk, a shrew who likes clean socks, sets out hoping (sort of) for adventure. Inspired by his famous and heroic grandmother, he paddles down a stream in a boat he made from a snail shell. He rescues a dragonfly princess from the stream and becomes a reluctant hero who is happy to return to his quiet life at home.

Harcourt, 2008. ISBN: 9780152063757

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
By Jacqueline Woodson
Frannie can see that the new boy in school doesn't fit in. His skin color is different, and everyone calls him "Jesus Boy," but something about him fills her with curiosity, sympathy and a surprising feeling of hope.

Putnam, 2007. ISBN 9780399239892

Are your kids ahead of their time? Try some classics for kids 10 to 12 years old.

* 2009 list addition


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