BOOKISH GIFT IDEAS (Ages 9-14) plus MG Book Review | Skylar Robbins Mystery Series by Carrie Cross

The hardest loved ones to buy gifts for are the ones who are ages 9-14. They have out grown most toys and are too young to be wowed by gift cards, but what to get them? I have compiled a little list here with a few 5 star reads which you may not have run across as well as some age appropriate bookish items that are very popular.

Great Book Idea for the Adventurous and Imaginative Kids (9-14) on your List!!!!!

1. Mystery Series – ages 9 and up

Book description

Xandra Collins was rich, famous, and missing. After inheriting a fortune, she vanished without a trace, leaving her 100-year-old mansion abandoned. A frightening enemy had been stalking the wealthy heiress. Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins moves into the deserted estate with her family, and vows to crack the case. Skylar teams up with her BFF Alexa, and Daniel Gannon—the most brilliant boy in middle school—to solve the mystery of Xandra Collins’s disappearance.

Secret codes and mystifying clues lead to a hidden key. Skylar and Daniel must outsmart Xandra’s enemies and brave life-threatening waves to locate the lock and solve the mystery. Can the team determine how the heiress went missing…before Skylar suffers the same fate?

My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A mystery series perfect for ages 9-14, it is reminiscent of the Trixie Belden mystery series of the 1950s and ’60s (reprinted in the early 2000s).  Skylar is the typical 13-year-old, dealing with puberty, bullies, and boys, with an atypical ability to solve mysteries.  She is completely endearing, from the serious determination she exemplifies when tackling puzzles to the self-talk she employs when dealing with bullies.  I fell instantly in love with her, and I imagine young girls will as well.  The plot is fast-paced and holds the reader’s interest without fail.  The cast of support characters is an equally lovable cross-section you’d find in any US Middle School today.  The Skylar Robbins Mystery series is perfect for 21st-century middle-grade detectives at heart. I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Please continue to the bottom of the post for Amazon information and a free preview of the book.

2. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fantasy Book Series – Ages 9 and Up

Awa and the Dreamrealm by Isa Pearl Ritchie – review and description were posted yesterday, just click here.

The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen – review and description were posted yesterday, just click here.

Bookish Gift Ideas

Uncommon Goods, Signals, and Amazon are great places to find bookish gifts for any age. Below are a few that caught my eye and where you can find them.

3. Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set by J.K. Rowling (

4. Funko Pops (

These little figures are loved by kids and adults (ages 3 and up), and come in many popular forms such as marvel, Disney, Harry Potter, and much more. Prices vary.

5. Banned Book Socks (

Socks are very popular for all ages and for the book lover, especially 9 and up, these are particularly fun. And they only cost $10.

6. Hero Bookends (

I love these bookends. They have a heroine version as well, and either can be purchased for $25.

7. Literary Candles (

The teen on your list will love these candles based on popular classics. They are $16 each on the Uncommongoods website.

Disclaimer: The products on this page are my finds by researching the internet. I am not paid to endorse these products nor do I accept responsibility or liability should you decide to buy any product mentioned on this blog site. Responsibility is solely carried by the seller and/or manufacturer of the product.

5 Replies to “BOOKISH GIFT IDEAS (Ages 9-14) plus MG Book Review | Skylar Robbins Mystery Series by Carrie Cross”

  1. Great ideas. I love the superhero bookends and the banned book socks. Ha ha. My grandson is 6, so not quite old enough for “puberty” books, but I can’t wait to start reading MG books with him. Skylar sounds like a fun one for the hard to shop for girl in the family. 🙂 Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. I decided to get all my nieces and nephews books for Christmas. I was totally inspired by Carrie Cross’ mystery series. It was just so fun. The bookends are totally cool too 😊

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