Classic Page Turning Books for 9 – 12 years

If you have a tween in your life who is either a reluctant reader or is just looking for another great book to read, check out this list of classic page turners for 9-12 year-olds from Brightly. We have almost all of these on our selves! To read the original post, click HERE.

Page-Turning Classics for
9- to 12-Year-Olds

by Tom Burns

The word “classic” gets thrown around a lot when we talk about books, and it conjures different meanings for different people. For some readers, the term makes them think of a dusty, centuries-old brick of a book, the kind a particularly unsympathetic teacher might assign for summer reading.

But for others, classic means something magical. It means this book is special, unique, potentially life-changing. It means it’s the kind of book that you firmly press into the hands of your best friend and say, “OMG, you have to read this right now!”

If you want to introduce your tween reader to a book they can’t live without, here’s a selection of true classics they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives.

  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs, illustrated by Edward Gorey Yes, the movie adaptation with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett is pretty great — but that’s probably because it was based on a pretty great book. Originally published in 1973, Bellairs’ macabre tale of witchcraft and suspense has been casting a spell over young readers for over 40 years. Kids love imagining themselves in the role of Lewis, the young orphan who moves into his uncle’s eccentric house and discovers that magic really exists. Plus, the sublime illustrations from legend Edward Gorey set the tone perfectly.
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin This Newbery Medal-winning classic is one of the best juvenile mystery stories ever written. It’s all about a group of strangers who must solve an elaborate mystery surrounding the death of a reclusive millionaire. There are generations of kids who grew up to become obsessed with Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and the Clue movie, all thanks to a love of mysteries that originated with The Westing Game. A
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls This book is the 1961 version of those animal videos you encounter online and then find yourself happy-crying about all week. It’s one of those foundational books where kids learn about the bittersweet joy of loving another living creature. We’re told the story of Billy, growing up in the Ozarks and bonding with his two remarkable coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. Their adventures together teach readers about friendship, empathy, and loss — lessons worthy of a true classic.
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis One of the characteristics of an all-time great book is that it has a lead character whose voice you can hear in your head — the kind of character you can’t forget about when the book is over. That’s definitely the case with Bud. Curtis won the Newbery Medal for his exceptional tale of a young foster child in the 1930s who decides to track down his long-lost father. Bud is quick-witted, funny, and wise beyond his years. His voice draws readers in and never lets them go.
  • His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman It’s hard not to slip into hyperbole when talking about Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. It’s an epic fantasy in the grand tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien, Kwame Alexander, and C.S. Lewis, but it’s also so timeless and emotional that it will leave modern middle schoolers breathless. The tale of young Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon exploring the infinite universe is unforgettable, and the recent addition to the series, The Book of Dust, is an absolute rarity: a prequel that doesn’t disappoint.
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake Let’s be honest. I could’ve picked ANY Dahl book, called it a classic, and I would’ve been right. The literary legacy of Roald Dahl is remarkable. He’s that rare adult writer who can speak to the fantasies and anxieties of children, but in a way that thrills and delights all readers. The Witches is one of his best. It’s the story of a kindhearted young boy who gets turned into a mouse — and rather enjoys it — then defeats a cadre of evil witches simply because it’s the right thing to do.
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor The true classics are the ones that impress upon their readers a genuine sense of empathy. They not only offer a glimpse into a character’s life, but they also make sense of the character’s feelings. It’s impossible to read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry without experiencing profound empathy for young Cassie Logan and her family. Set during the Great Depression in America’s Deep South, this award-winning novel makes readers feel both the insidious harm of institutionalized racism and the unrelenting dignity of the Logan family in the face of such prejudice. It’s an extraordinary, vitally important book for all ages.
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen This is a book that kids go wild for. If you meet a young Hoot fan, they’ll beam while talking about it. (They’ll talk your ear off, too!) Hiassen, famous for his crime novels, does a fantastic job translating his mastery of dialogue and suspense for young readers. He introduces us to Roy, a new kid in Florida, who finds himself facing bullies, befriending local eccentrics, and becoming an environmental activist to protect a family of burrowing owls. It’s fast, fun, and offers kids a lot to get excited about, while also teaching them about making friends and taking stands.

Original post from Brightly.com

Library Events: LETS Senior Arts & Smash Bros. Tournament

We’ve got two really fun events happening this week at WSPL! Both events require that you call ahead to the library to reserve your spot.

The first event is the last installment of our Senior Creative Arts classes which has been thanks to a partnership with the LETS Center and a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. This class is for seniors (ages 55+) and they will be making domino pendants and magnets.

The second event is for our younger patrons. On Saturday, we will be hosting a Smash Bros. Tournament, where tweens and teens will battle it out in a video game tournament.

See flyers below for more info!

THIS WEEK @ WSPL

WEEK OF MAY 13

Welcome to our weekly blog post keeping you up to date on everything that is happening at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library. Check here for our upcoming events, important dates, and to see the list of new books being released on our shelves each week. You can also follow us on Goodreads!

LIBRARY EVENTS

Summer Reading Program Registration: May 1st – 31st

Library Trustee Meeting: Monday, May 13 @ 6:30 PM

Story Time with Carol: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Senior Creative Art Class: Domino Necklace: Thursday, May 16 @ 10AM

Toddler Time with Megan: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Smash Bros. Tournament: Saturday, May 18 10:30 AM


We would like to thank the following for their help and support to make our Glow-a-thon Fundraiser a success:
Jay & Cindy Thrapp- Thrapp Electric
Shelby Ladehoff – Hairitage
Pharmacy on 8 th
Wellman Co-Op Telephone
Sunrise Child Care
Vetters Culligan – Sean and Melissa McCarthy


Summer Reading Program registration is now open! You may register either at the library or on-line at http://www.wellmanlibrary.org. Registration is open until May 31 st ! We have many fun activities planned, hope to see many readers this summer!

The summer Reading Program isn’t just for kids! We have something for tween/teens and adults too! Registration is not necessary, you can stop in and inquire, or start reading your favorite author starting in June! There are plenty of prizes to claim.


*Make an online donation to WSPL’s Renovation Fund on our new DONATION PAGE*


** Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for the most recent updates! **


NEW ITEMS THIS WEEK

Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads or Common Sense Media review. To view a complete list of recently released books from WSPL from the last 6 weeks, check out our New Books page. 

NEW ADULT FICTION


When All Is Said by Anne Griffin The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg
Neon Prey by John Sandford
Women Talking by Miriam Toews


NEW ADULT NON-FICTION

A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield


NEW JUNIOR FICTION

Farm Friends Escape by Gail Herman
Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols


NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko
Lizzy McTizzy and The Busy Dizzy Day by Sarah Weeks

Library Happenings

We had a busy day this past weekend! We started out our Saturday morning by hosting 2 Iowa authors, Heather Gudenkauf and Kimberly Stuart for a morning chat about their outstanding books (we have almost all of them here at WSPL, come check one out!). They were both wonderful and we were so grateful to have them visit our library!

Our activities went on in to the evening with our first ever glow-a-thon held as a fundraiser for our library renovation project. We gathered at North Park at dusk with games, music, a glow walk and lots of fun!

A big thanks to everyone who helped organize these events and those folks in the community who came out to support the library!!

Our director, Carol (center), with authors Heather Gudenkauf (left) and Kimberly Stuart (right.

This Week @ WSPL

WEEK OF MAY 6

Welcome to our weekly blog post keeping you up to date on everything that is happening at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library. Check here for our upcoming events, important dates, and to see the list of new books being released on our shelves each week. You can also follow us on Goodreads!

LIBRARY EVENTS

Story Time with Carol: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Time with Megan: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Summer Reading Program Registration: May 1st – 31st

Library Trustee Meeting: Monday, May 13 @ 6:30 PM

Senior Creative Art Class: Domino Necklace: Thursday, May 16 @ 10AM

Smash Bros. Tournament: Saturday, May 18 10:30 AM


*Make an online donation to WSPL’s Renovation Fund on our new DONATION PAGE*


** Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for the most recent updates! **


NEW ITEMS THIS WEEK

Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads or Common Sense Media review. To view a complete list of recently released books from WSPL from the last 6 weeks, check out our New Books page. 


NEW ADULT FICTION

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
The Fall of Crazy House by James Patterson
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall


NEW BIOGRAPHY

Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah


NEW JUNIOR FICTION

The Missing Bully by Steven Brezenoff
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Avalanche by Terry Lynn Johnson
Marley: Not a Peep! By Susan Hill


NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Pig the Stinker by Aaron Blabey
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Little Yellow Truck by Eve Bunting
Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Raise Your Hand by Alice Paul Tapper
Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day by Sarah Weeks
Arthur’s Jelly Beans by Marc Brown

This Week @ WSPL

WEEK OF APRIL 29

Welcome to our weekly blog post keeping you up to date on everything that is happening at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library. Check here for our upcoming events, important dates, and to see the list of new books being released on our shelves each week. You can also follow us on Goodreads!

LIBRARY EVENTS

Story Time with Carol: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Time with Megan: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Summer Reading Program Registration: May 1st – 31st

Iowa Authors, Heather Gudenkauf & Kimberly Stuart Visit WSPL: Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 AM

Glow-A-Thon Walk: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM

Senior Creative Art Class: Domino Necklace: Thursday, May 16 @ 10AM

Smash Bros. Tournament: Saturday, May 18 10:30 AM


*Make an online donation to WSPL’s Renovation Fund on our new DONATION PAGE*


** Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for the most recent updates! **


NEW ITEMS THIS WEEK

Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads or Common Sense Media review. To view a complete list of recently released books from WSPL from the last 6 weeks, check out our New Books page. 

NEW ADULT FICTION

Outbreak by Davis Bunn

A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston
Before She was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

JUNIOR FICTION

Diary of an Awesome Friendly kid by Jeff Kinney
Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes
The Transparency Tonic by Frank Cole

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers
Arrr, Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Summer is getting closer and that means that here at the library we are busily preparing for our summer reading program. This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories and so we are planning all kinds of outer space themed fun! As we do every summer, we will have a reading log for participants to keep track of their summer reading and earn rewards each week. To participate in the reading program, be sure to register your children before May 31st. You can register in person at the library or here on our website (registration opens May 1).

We’ve scheduled some really great programs to go along with your summer reading. Check out the flyers below for all the info! If you want to keep up with everything we’re planning, be sure to follow the Wellman-Scofield Public Library Facebook pageor you can view our online events calendar HERE.

This Week @ WSPL

WEEK OF APRIL 22

Welcome to our weekly blog post keeping you up to date on everything that is happening at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library. Check here for our upcoming events, important dates, and to see the list of new books being released on our shelves each week. You can also follow us on Goodreads!

LIBRARY EVENTS

Story Time with Carol: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Time with Megan: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Summer Reading Program Registration: May 1st – 31st

Iowa Authors, Heather Gudenkauf & Kimberly Stuart Visit WSPL: Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 AM

Glow-A-Thon Walk: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM

Senior Creative Art Class: Domino Necklace: Thursday, May 16 @ 10AM

Smash Bros. Tournament: Saturday, May 18 10:30 AM


*Make an online donation to WSPL’s Renovation Fund on our new DONATION PAGE*


** Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for the most recent updates! **


NEW ITEMS THIS WEEK

Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads or Common Sense Media review. To view a complete list of recently released books from WSPL from the last 6 weeks, check out our New Books page. 

NEW ADULT FICTION

Snap by Belinda Bauer

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
The A list by J. A. Jance
The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
Stone Bridges by Carla Neggers
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Large print)

NEW JUNIOR FICTION

The Eternity Elixir by Frank Cole

Meena Meets Her Match by Karla Manternach
Big Nate: Payback Time! By Lincoln Peirce
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

NEW DVDs

Expendables 3
First kill

THIS WEEK @ WSPL


WEEK OF APRIL 15

Welcome to our weekly blog post keeping you up to date on everything that is happening at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library. Check here for our upcoming events, important dates, and to see the list of new books being released on our shelves each week. You can also follow us on Goodreads!

LIBRARY EVENTS

Story Time with Carol: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Time with Megan: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Iowa Authors, Heather Gudenkauf & Kimberly Stuart Visit WSPL: Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 AM

Glow-A-Thon Walk: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM –Registration flyers available at Wellman Library & Wellman City Hall

Senior Creative Art Class: Domino Necklace: Thursday, May 16 @ 10AM


NEW ADULT FICTION

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis
Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels
Half Finished by Lauraine Snelling
The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

NEW JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Where is Our Solar System by Stephanie Sabol
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris

NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Break the Ice: Paw Patrol

NEW DVDs

The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Old Man and the Gun