The lists below are some of the books we have for our Girls’ and Boys’ Book Clubs. Many that were purchased as “girls books” and many that were purchased as “boys books” transcend gender and would interest anyone just because they are great books.
“Girls” Age 9–12 years
- The Unicorn Quest – Kamilla Benko
- Refugee – Alan Gratz
- Right as Rain – Lindsey Stoddard
- The One and Only Bob – Katherine Applegate
- I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day
- Ruby in the Sky – Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
- The Bridge Home – Padma Venkatraman
- Counting by 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Bridge Home, by Padma Venkatraman, takes place in a city in India. The story is about sisterhood, chosen families, loss, and touches on social justice issues such as caste, child labour, and poverty.
Two sisters run away from an abusive father, ending up in a city living under a bridge making friends with a dog and two boys. Together they take care of each other, the five become a family, until tragedy strikes.
“Boys” Age 9–12 years
- Word of Mouse – James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
- Belly Up – Stuart Gibbs
- Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk
- Left Out – Tim Green
- The Apothecary – Maile Meloy
- Half Upon a Time – James Riley
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
- Dangerous Book for Boys – Hal Iggulden
- Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer – John Grisham
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham is the first book in a series about a 13 year old boy who wants to be a lawyer like his parents. Theo becomes involved in a murder trial where a murderer is about to go free. Full of intrigue and suspense both Boys and Girls book clubs have read this and loved it!