Popular books for 9-12 year olds

More popular books for this age group (in my school library) include the “I Survived”  series by Tarshis such as “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic,” “I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor,” “I Survived Hurricane Katrina,”  and “I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1918.”  They have a lot of action and are good for boys and girls.  The new Big Nate book that just came out is also a hot item.  “Marley and Me” continues to get checked out a lot (the kid’s version as well as the adult).  Wendy Mass books are popular, too (“Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall,” “The Candymakers,” and “13 Gifts.”

A Wrinkle in Time

This year Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I’ve always enjoyed L’Engle’s writing. I would recommend this for children who like their science fiction with a thread of good vs. evil running through it. In the novel, Meg has to rescue her brother Charles, who has travelled to another “world” where everyone’s minds are controlled by an evil “IT”. She is a strong character who takes huge risks to save her family. It’s such a great book!

Love in a Nutshell Review

I recently read the new Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly book Love in a NutshellIt was a decent quirky novel- something that you’ve come to expect from Janet EvanovichThe characters are likeable and quirky with a spoiled, overly-aggressive poodle and a three-legged dog thrown in for a little added quirkiness.  The whole premise is that Matt Culhane is a successful business in upstate Michigan who is a victim of sabotage.  Kate comes into his business, desperate for a job, and gets him to agree to give her a job, but she has to work as a spy to find the saboteur.  There are various complications (i.e. he holds the mortgage to her childhood home that she has aspirations of turning into a B&B), but they manage to fall in love.

What I found interesting was that I could tell which parts Evanovich wrote and which parts were most likely written by the other author.  Any time something completely random happened, I found myself thinking, ‘That’s such an Evanovich thing to do!’  A decent book- I give it a B-.