Best Books of the Month for Kids & Teens: August 2012

Each month our editors select 12 of the best books for kids and teens--see below for this month's favorites in Picture Books, books for Middle Grade readers, and books for Young Adults .

Looking for more? Check out all of this year's picks so far in children's and teens, and the Best Books of the Month for Adults.


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1. Liar & Spy
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
4.3 out of 5 stars (145 customer reviews)
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Wendy Lamb Books
August 7, 2012
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Gr 5-8-Georges's life is turned upside down when his father loses his job, forcing his mother to take on extra nursing shifts and prompting the family to move from their house into an unfamiliar Brooklyn apartment. At school, Georges is a bit of an outcast... Read more

2. The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins
The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins
by Lesley M. M. Blume
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
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Knopf Books for Young Readers
August 7, 2012
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Gr 4-6-In 1850, shortly after completing his graduate studies, Dr. Wendell Wiggins sailed from England on a scientific mission that would occupy the remainder of his life. Wiggins believed that life on Earth was much more ancient than was generally assumed... Read more

3. Gustav Gloom and the People Taker #1
Gustav Gloom and the People Taker #1
by Adam-Troy Castro
4.7 out of 5 stars (19 customer reviews)
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Grosset & Dunlap
August 16, 2012
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Gr 4-6-Here's a great read for fans of dark tales with happy endings, not to mention wonderful graphite illustrations. Ten-year-old Fernie and her 12-year-old sister, Pearlie, have just moved into their brightly painted house on Sunnyside Terrace amid all ... Read more

4. After Eli
After Eli
by Rebecca Rupp
4.2 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)
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Candlewick
August 14, 2012
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Gr 7 Up-Though it's been three years since his older brother was killed during the Iraq War, 14-year-old Danny Anderson is still coming to terms with this senseless tragedy. His parents can't offer solace because they're deeply mired in their own grief. As... Read more