age 10-12

6 books I would give my little brother for Christmas

With Christmas coming, I thought it might be helpful to share some books I think would be good to give as gifts. Book Boy Junior is my nine-year-old brother, and these are some books I think would be good for him, or any other nine-year-old boy. Click the title link to read more about the…

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Review: Adam Spencer’s Big Book Of Numbers

Title: Adam Spencer’s Big Book Of Numbers Author: Adam Spencer Publisher: Xoum About the book: This book contains all the weird, wonderful and wacky facts about the numbers 1 to 100. It includes quizzes and problems so that you can test your maths skills as you learn. What I thought: I thought this book was…

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Review: Counting by 7s

Title: Counting by 7s Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Publisher: Scholastic Australia About the book: Willow Chance is 12 years old and a genius. She is obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions. She also finds it comforting to count by sevens. Adopted as a baby, Willow is independent and not concerned about her oddness at…

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Review: KidGlovz

Title: KidGlovz Author: Julie Hunt Illustrator: Dale Newman Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book: In this graphic novel, KidGlovz is a musical prodigy with a gift so precious that he is kept under lock and key by his manager (also his uncle). When a thief helps him to escape, Kid must go on a…

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Review: The 78-Storey Treehouse

Title: The 78-Storey Treehouse Author: Andy Griffiths Illustrator: Terry Denton Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia About the book: Andy and Terry are back at it again in their ‘spectacular 78-storey treehouse’. They’ve added 13 new levels, including an all-ball sports stadium, a combining machine, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. When…

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Review: The Other Christy

Title: The Other Christy Author: Oliver Phommavanh Publisher: Penguin Books Australia About the book: Christy is in a class with another girl called Christie. Christy doesn’t get noticed much whereas the other Christie is popular … and mean. Christy would like for just once to be noticed, and to have a real friend. What I thought: This…

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Review: Steve Jobs Insanely Great

Title: Steve Jobs: Insanely Great Author + Illustrator: Jessie Hartland Publisher: Random House About the book: This graphic novel is about the life of the creator of Apple technology, Steve Jobs. I thought that it was really clever putting it into graphic novel format because it makes it easier to understand and it makes a…

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Review: The Turners

Title: The Turners Author: Mick Elliott Publisher: Lothian Books I’m handing over to Book Boy Junior (aged 9) for this review. About the book: Leo Lennox has an epic problem. You’d think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is…

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Review: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan Author: John Flanagan Publisher: Penguin Random House About the book: This book is a prequel to the very popular Ranger’s Apprentice series. It is about Crowley as a young ranger who is trying to thwart the plans of the evil Lord Morgarath. He is accompanied by Halt, a…

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Review: My Life And Other Massive Mistakes

Title: My life and other massive mistakes Author: Tristan Bancks Illustrator: Gus Gordon Publisher: Random House Australia About the book: My life and other massive mistakes is a series of short stories, much like the Just series by Andy Griffiths. Tom Weekly is the main character in these stories and some of the hilarious antics he…

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