Book List and Reviews for 9 and 10 Year Olds

Book Lists

Books make it onto the recommended titles list in several ways:
  • I read a book with one of my book clubs that I believe moms and daughters will learn something from, find something important to talk about, or have fun reading.
  • I review a book outside of my book club that meets the same criteria above.
  • Other readers and members of mother-daughter book clubs send in their lists of recommended books along with reviews.
Books are listed by age group, and you'll also find lists of favorite authors, books to make you laugh out loud, and even a list of good books for boys. You can find reviews for many of the books listed here; just click on the live link to be taken to a specific review. If a book doesn't have a review, that means it's been recommended by a club or a librarian, but no one has written a review yet.

Review Policy

Most of the book reviews at Mother Daughter Book have been written by me, Cindy Hudson. If there’s a guest review, I let everyone know who has written the review. I generally look for titles that may be widely available in libraries so book club members don’t necessarily have to buy copies to read it. I sometimes make exceptions, depending on the topic and how many books are on my review schedule. I get books for review from the library and from publishers who send me copies to read. I always give my honest opinion regardless of how I obtain books for review. While reviewing a book I focus less on whether I liked it or not and more on the issues to discuss in mother-daughter book clubs. I have been in clubs long enough to know that every reader has likes and dislikes. Each book typically is liked by some in the group and disliked by some in the group. It is rare to find a book that everyone likes, and that’s not always the best book for discussion. My philosophy in general is that if the issues are worth discussing and the book is fairly well written, it’s a good book club choice. The age recommendations are often my own, and they don’t always reflect publisher recommendations. If you feel strongly about a book you or your club has read and want to recommend it for other groups, feel free to send me your review at When you send in a review, please include your first name and last initial, city and state, and whether you are a mother, daughter, librarian, author or other interested reader. The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb 101 Puzzle Quizzes by the Grabarchuk Puzzle Family 100 Matchstick Puzzles by the Grabarchuk Family


A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck A True Princess by Diane Zahler A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton: Book I, Crash Landing on Ooleeoo by Angela Shelton Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rafael Domingos as if being 12-3/4 isn't bad enough, my mother is running for president! by Donna Gephart Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb


B by Sarah Kay The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wollf Becoming a Superhero by William Smith Becoming Naomi Leon by PamMunoz Ryan Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney Bloomability by Sharon Creech The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards Boston Jane by Jennifer Holm Boy by Roald Dahl Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse


Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olsen Callie Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Shecter The Crepe Makers' Bond by Julie Crabtree


Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor The Darlings in Love by Melissa Kantor Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson Don't Know Where, Don't Know When by Annette Laing Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li, illustrations by M. L. Herring


The Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher Falcon's Prey by Kristina Coia Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose by DianaLeszczynski Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi Foiled by Jane Yolen Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson


Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth by Lee Welles Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre The Glass Puzzle by Christine Brodien-Jones Goose Girl by Shannon Hale The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages


The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little The Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac Heaven's to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick Horrid Henry's Joke Book by Francesca Simon How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart


I Wish I May by David Stahler Jr. Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies by Ryan Ann Hunter Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall


Jane and the Raven King by Stephen Chambers Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan


Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O'Connor Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg Let's Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars Lymeria by Kristina Coia


The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant Masterpiece by Elise Broach May B. by Caroline Starr Rose The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce Mistress Masham's Repose by T. H. White Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick The Mother-Daughter Cook Book by Lynette Rohrer Shirk Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick


Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman Nissa's Place by A. LaFaye Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback


Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart One Came Home by Amy Timberlake Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy


The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder Petey by Ben Mikaelson The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The Pink Locker Society: Only Girls Allowed by Debra Moffitt The Pink Locker Society: Best Kept Secret by Debra Moffitt Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt The Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard by Janet Rising The Pony Whisperer: Team Challenge by Janet Rising Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom Promise the Night by Michaela Maccoll


The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell


Raja: Story of a Racehorse by Anne Hambleton Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Hèléne Boudreau Rebel in a Dress Series: Cowgirls and Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Melissa Sweet The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins Rocky Road by Rose Kent Rosie Flo's Coloring Fashion Show by Roz Streeten


The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused by Kari Lee Townsend Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Short Seller by Elissa Brent Weissman Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman Soccer Sisters: Lily Out of Bounds by Andrea Montalbano Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor St. Viper's School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery by Kim Donovan Strange but True, America by John Hafnor The Summer I Saved the 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz


The Hermit Thrush Sings by Susan Butler The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, written by Ellis Weiner, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt The Truth, I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein This is Me from Now On by Barbara Dee Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Appelt Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris, Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo


The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World story by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrations by Ethan Long The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana


Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth


Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton Walter, the Story of a Rat by by Barbara Wersba, illustrated by Donna Diamond Water Steps by A. LaFaye Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage


The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy Yuri's Brush with Magic by Maureen Crane Wartski


Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke Zitface by Emily Howse


  1. Kelana says:

    Do you think Zitface, The Truth or Dogsled Dreams is better for a 4th grade mother daughter book club?We are a new club and just starting out.


  2. admin says:

    I think they would all be good, but Dogsled Dreams may be a good one to start with.

  3. colleen says:

    wondering if i can get some advice for starting a book club with my daughter… 8 1/2 year olds – 9 year olds

    any books you can suggest?

    i have 3 i was thinking of… “The Tail of Emily Windsnap”

    or “From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”

    or “The Magician’s Elephant”

    Any other ideas? and do you think 3rd grade 8-9 year olds is too young to start a book club?
    thanks for any help you can give me

  4. admin says:

    Hi Colleen – I don’t think 3rd grade is too young; just be sure to look for books you think will be fun for the girls to read. You don’t want it to end up as a chore for them to be in book club. The titles you named are all great. To that list I would add Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin, The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell, and Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Good luck with your new club. And if you’d like more advice on getting started and keeping your club going, you may want to refer to my guidebook, Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs. You may be able to get it on loan from your local library or as an inter-library loan. It’s also available at,, and bookstores.

  5. Deborah Martinelli says:

    I am a local bookseller and former teacher of literature for grades 5-8, who has been asked by our local library to conduct a “Mother-Daughter’s Book Club” this summer. We are a seasonal resort at the Jersey Shore, and the administrators of the library have asked that I host 3 meetings, one for June, July, and August, for ages 8/9-12, and select two titles, one fiction and one biography. Each meeting will be an hour and a half in length.

    My thoughts are to select books that will combine humor along with the issues that will face moms and daughters as they approach the dreaded ages of middle school. Or, should I just give them a fun, relaxing read to match the mood of summer?

    Have you any suggestions for two books that would work together thematically to take the members on a journey of discovery together?

    Thank you for your time and advice.

    Deborah Martinelli

  6. admin says:

    Hello Deborah –

    It’s so great that you’ve taken on this book club for the summer. And I’m so honored that you’re asking my thoughts on what to read. With your direction to choose fiction and biography, as well as to think about issues as the girls approach middle school I do have a few recommendations for you. My favorite pairing would be Matilda by Roald Dahl followed by his memoir, Boy: Tales of Childhood. Matilda has to find her voice and believe in herself as well as to find someone who believes in her and loves her as she is; important messages for anyone. It’s also funny and fun to read, so the lessons don’t hit you over the head. Boy has been a family and book club favorite of mine for some time, and it’s great to read after Matilda. It shows where Roald Dahl got the inspiration for some of his wildest characters, like Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, while it works in a bit of history about the times he grew up in. His stories of having his tonsils out, going to boarding school, putting a dead rat in a candy jar to get back at a mean sweet shop owner, and playing a joke on his sister’s boyfriend are all fascinating and often funny.

    I find that biography is sometimes a little dry for this age group, but there are a few other memoirs I can recommend if you want to look at other titles.

    Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic show a recent conflict from a child’s perspective.
    Dewey the Library Cat:A True Story by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter is all about libraries and how this one cat brought so many people together.
    Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry may also be a good pairing with one of her fictional books, like Number the Stars or The Giver. But that my be a bit too old for the group you’ll be leading. I think of those as more appropriate for 10 to 12 year olds, which sounds like the upper end of you club.
    Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl is fiction, but it’s based on the childhood in Africa of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo west across the Atlantic.

    I hope these suggestions help. Please write again to let me know how it goes. — Cindy Hudson

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