Gifts for kid readers

If you’re thinking about what to get the special kids in your life for the holidays, keep in mind that books make perfect gifts. To help you choose the best books for your middle-grade reader, I’m putting up my reviews of some of the books I’ve read over the last year. To see book reviews by kids, go to the bottom of this page.

 
 

For the history enthusiast

UnfortunateThe Unfortunate Son (15th century life, slavery, & some pirates)

Golden DreamThe Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (a treasure hunt in the desert, Don Quixote style)

Princess ElizabethPrincess Elizabeth’s Spy (for the young adult, mystery in war-recovering England)
 
 

For the princess admirer

Two PrincessesThe Two Princesses of Bamarre (for the older middle-grader, becoming brave in a fantasy kingdom)

OceanMiri Attwater and the Ocean’s Secret (being a mermaid princess isn’t as easy as you thought)

 
 

For the action seeker

MiddleworldMiddleworld (jungle adventure & Maya myth)

LawlessLawless (when the good guys are bad guys)

DoorThe Door in the Dragon’s Throat (digging up & defeating spirits)

ArtemisArtemis Fowl (a little James Bond brought to fantasy)

TigerThe Five Ancestors: Tiger (kung-fu in 15th century China)

MazeThe 39 Clues: Maze of Bones (every chapter is a surprise)

 
 

For the fantasy lover

MoonThe Moon Coin (world-hopping fantasy, Narnia style)

DragonetThe Dragonet Prophecy (dragons saving the world)

OceanMiri Attwater and the Ocean’s Secret (being a mermaid princess isn’t as easy as you thought)
 
 

For the epic adventurer

MiddleworldMiddleworld (jungle adventure & Maya myth)

DragonetThe Dragonet Prophecy(dragons saving the world)

societysSociety’s Traitor (searching for a golden city & a magical bird)

MinotaurThe Minotaur Riddle (olympic adventure & the Labyrinth)

Lion WitchThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (a witch & talking animals)
 
 

For the picture looker

OliviaOlivia and the Missing Toy (a funny picture book for younger kids)
 
 

For the comic laugher

DarthDarth Paper (middle school truth from a finger puppet)
 
 

For the myth buff

SavageThe Savage Fortress (for the older middle-grader, Hindu monsters & gods)

societysSociety’s Traitor (searching for a golden city & a magical bird)

MinotaurThe Minotaur Riddle (olympic adventure & the Labyrinth)

13thThe 13th Cycle (for the young adult, a college girl’s snooping to learn about the Maya & the end of the world)

MiddleworldMiddleworld (jungle adventure & Maya myth)

TimekeepersThe Last TimeKeepers and the Arch of Atlantis (for the older middle-grader, time traveling fantasy)

 
 
Already have a book in mind? See what other kids have to say about it! Check out a list of kid-reviewed books on Reviewed by Kids.
 
 

2 Comments

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    E.S. Ivy December 10, 2013 (7:12 pm)

    Princess Elizabeth’s Spy look realy intriguing – I”ll have to check it out. Reading on down, I *love* the 2 Princess of Bamarre – I agree an excellent choice.

    Then I was so surprised! I’m so honored that my book is included!

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    VKF December 10, 2013 (9:16 pm)

    I’m glad you found some interesting books! And, of course Miri Attwater is up here — my 9-yr-old loved it! 🙂