Reading Lists for Twelve Year Olds +
What are the best books for 12 year olds, you ask? You’ve come to the right place!
I spoken a lot about how much I love a good list, just yesterday I gave some suggested reading lists for nine year olds +. I’ve been compiling reading lists for different age groups for many years now and you can see my most updated ones for all the ages and stages here.
Reading lists are perfect for encouraging reluctant readers to ‘have a go’, or for having a ready supply of book suggestions for avid readers. Reading lists can be given to grandparents for present ideas, can be taken to your local library to place books on hold, or used as a shopping list whether you’re shopping with Booktopia, Amazon, Book Depository or your local independent bookstore.
Best books for 12 year olds
Today I have four lists, all of which are for one of my favourite reading age groups. I’ve labelled them 12 years old +, but this will of course be dependent on reading ability and maturity level. I find this age range so fascinating. They are at that tricky time in their ‘reading life’ where they feel too grown up for Tashi or fairy books, but are not yet ready for adult, or even young adult (YA) books. Some in this age range will love the more mature subject matter in YA books, whilst many others are not yet ready to tackle the often confronting world issues or mature subjects which can feature in YA books. I run a Mother Daughter Book Club for this age group and I love it!
Literature is a wonderful way to explore ‘issues’. Literature deals with the most complex and sometimes upsetting of topics. High quality writing allows us to see things from the perspective of others, to delve inside the head or body of a character who may be vastly different from ourselves, or to see our life and its issues reflected in a literary character. For a child there can be enormous comfort in finding that someone/a character thinks and feels the same way they do, or who has been through the same life experiences they have.
A few readers yesterday very rightly asked why I split the reading lists into male and female lists. On the actual lists they are not labelled as male or female (the file does contain this distinction) as they can indeed be used with both sexes. However, having worked in a co-ed, then a boys school, now a girls school…I have witnessed first-hand the differences in reading preferences. This is an over generalisation of course and there are exceptions to the rule. I’ve also read enough YA over the years to note that publishers often target books at males or females, again there are always exceptions. Please use the lists as best fits your child, student or library patrons!
Links to PDF lists are below.
Special thanks to Trisha Buckley who has helped with most of the titles on the ‘male’ lists. As a TL working in a secondary boys school for many years now she is far more wised up than I. She is also a former CBCA judge, a blogger, book reviewer and all round obsessive reader.
Books recommended in these lists can be purchased through Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here.
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