Coming of Age

Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Nine to Twelve

Staff Pick Logo
The Art of Miss Chew Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257032
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2012

A long-term substitute teacher sees only her reading difficulty, but Trisha’s talent is nurtured when Mr. Donovan sends her to Miss Chew’s special art class. Colorful representational paintings. (8-11)


Staff Pick Logo
Buddy Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780670014033
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking Children's Books - September 13th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Li’l T, his three-legged dog, Buddy, and a close-knit family face the hardship brought on by Hurricane Katrina and learn about survival and letting go. (10-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Caddy's World Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781442441057
Availability: Special Order
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 20th, 2012

Friends and family define twelve-year-old Cadmium “Caddy” Casson’s world, but now everything is changing. Stand-alone prequel to the Casson family series. (10-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Chained Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374312374
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 8th, 2012

A poor ten-year-old South Indian boy, Hastin, becomes an elephant keeper to help his sister afford necessary medical care. Fascinating elephant lore. (9-14)


Staff Pick Logo
Child of the Mountains Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780385740791
Availability: Special Order
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

In 1953 twelve-year-old Lydia confronts poverty, family deaths, and secrets in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. (9-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385742306
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 8th, 2012

In this zany romp, eighth grader Kevin collects data on romance, using his friends as subjects to approach his great love successfully. (10–13)


Staff Pick Logo
The Dogs of Winter Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780545399302
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2012

Five-year-old Ivan finds himself on the streets of Moscow alone. A pack of dogs accepts him as their own through the harsh winter and beyond. (9-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Don't Feed the Boy Cover Image
By Irene Latham, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781596437555
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 16th, 2012

A lonely eleven-year-old, tutored and living in the Alabama zoo his parents run, acquires a friend and learns about life outside the zoo. Black and white drawings. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Eva of the Farm Cover Image
By Dia Calhoun, Kate Slater (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781442417007
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

Life on an apple farm in eastern Washington is inspiring to a young poet but challenging for the family during hard economic times. Written in blank verse. Collagelike illustrations. (11-13)


Staff Pick Logo
The Island Horse Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781554535927
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kids Can Press - March 1st, 2012

Because of her father’s work, Ellie relocates to a lonely, windy Canadian island where wild horses roam. Who will be her new friends? Detailed, finely drawn black-and-white illustrations. (8-12)

 

 


Staff Pick Logo
Jake and Lily Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060281359
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 8th, 2012

Lily and Jake tell their stories, exploring their bond as twins. As they grow, each develops an individual life. (8-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom Cover Image
By Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250000811
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 8th, 2012

Justin is an excellent worrier. But having survived third grade, he thinks he should try going to day camp, despite his parents’ misgivings. Can he do it? Humorous black-and-white illustrations add to the fun . (8-10)


Staff Pick Logo
Keeping Safe the Stars Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780399254598
Availability: Special Order
Published: G. P. Putnam's Sons - October 11th, 2012

In 1974 in the Midwest, after their grandfather becomes ill, Pride attempts to keep her family together and avoid a return to foster care. (10-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Kizzy Ann Stamps Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763658953
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

In the first year of integration in her Virginia school, Kizzy Ann faces many challenges. Shag, a Border Collie, gives her loving support and the chance to develop skills. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Letters to Leo Cover Image
By Amy Hest, Julia Denos (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763636951
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 27th, 2012

Annie writes letters to her new dog, revealing the inner life of a New York City fourth grader who has lost her mother. Engaging sketches. (8-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Liar & Spy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780385737432
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 7th, 2012

When his dad loses his job and the family must move to an apartment, Georges meets Safer, who involves him in spying on another neighbor, Mr. X. (10-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Love, Amalia Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781442424029
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

A sixth-grade girl deals with the loss of her beloved grandmother through the discovery of her rich Hispanic cultural heritage. (8-11)


Staff Pick Logo
Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780374324964
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 7th, 2012

A new teacher inspires quiet sixth grader Minnie and her friend Amira to ask questions, think critically, and stand up for justice. (9-13)


Staff Pick Logo
The Moon Over High Street Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780545376365
Availability: Special Order
Published: Michael Di Capua Books - March 1st, 2012

Mr. Boulderwall, a millionaire, has big plans for orphan Joe’s future, but Joe has dreams of his own. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780547577395
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 8th, 2012

Twelve-year-old June really wants to win the Pie Competition, but coming to terms with her mother’s civil union to Eva is the real challenge. (8-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Wedding Drama (Nikki & Deja) Cover Image
By Karen English, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780544003248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 19th, 2013

When Ms. Shelby gets married, she invites two representatives from her elementary school class to the festivities. Wedding fever infects the group and affects two dear friends. Textured black-and-white illustrations. (8–12)


Staff Pick Logo
The Normal Kid Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780761380856
Availability: Special Order
Published: Carolrhoda Books - October 1st, 2012

Fifth grader Sylvan, adjusting to his parents’ break- up, just wants to be normal. Charity and Brian help him see that life is complicated. (10-13)


Staff Pick Logo
One for the Murphys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399256158
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 10th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Carley is placed in foster care after her stepfather badly beats her and her mother. Can kind Mrs. Murphy and her happy family break through Carley’s defenses? (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
One White Dolphin Cover Image
By Gill Lewis, Raquel Aparicio (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781442414471
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 26th, 2012

In a failing English fishing village, twelve-year-old Kara and Felix join forces to save a baby dolphin and discover ways to heal themselves. (10-13)


One Year in Coal Harbor Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780375869709
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - September 11th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Primrose tries to resolve what she sees as problems in her small fishing town, but sometimes she is misunderstood! Companion to Everything on a Waffle. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Outcasts of River Falls Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781550504804
Availability: Special Order
Published: Coteau Books - April 1st, 2012

When Kathryn, now orphaned, is sent to live with Aunt Belle in Western Canada, she learns that she is one of the Métis, a mixed-race people who have no rights. She fights for justice. (8-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Pie in the Sky Cover Image
By Jane Smiley, Elaine Clayton (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780375869686
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2012

Abby has great empathy for her horse’s feelings. As she enters high school, she learns to care about another girl’s feelings as well. Finely detailed black- and-white illustrations. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Seeing Cinderella (Mix) Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781442445505
Availability: Special Order
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 20th, 2012

Callie’s new glasses see more than what’s before her. Insight into her friends’ thinking deepens this middle-schooler’s vision. (9-13)


Staff Pick Logo
Summer of the Gypsy Moths Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061964206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 24th, 2012

When Great-Aunt Louise dies unexpectedly, her eleven-year-old wards, grandniece Stella and a foster child, Angel, must find a way to survive in unimaginable circumstances. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
Ten Good and Bad Things about My Life (So Far) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312642990
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 2nd, 2012

A canceled vacation trip and a fight with her best friend are among the many things fifth grader Pearl has to deal with after her father loses his job. (8-10)


Staff Pick Logo
True Colors: Gift Edition Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780375860997
Availability: Special Order
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 13th, 2012

The Korean War is raging, England is preparing for Elizabeth II’s coronation, and Blue Spooner, an orphan abandoned as an infant, is searching for her mother. (9-12)


Staff Pick Logo
The Whole Story of Half a Girl Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780385741286
Availability: Special Order
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

No one at the public school looks like Sonia—half South Indian, half Jewish. She uses her talents to try to make friends and find herself. (8-11)


Upcoming Events

No upcoming events available