I encourage parents to research and read these books before allowing your tween to read them. I try to read, review and/or preview what my kids are reading–especially at the tween age! You know what is best and most appropriate for your child.
|Annagrace in her Erudite/Candor/Abnegation/Dauntless/Amity outfit.
We loved Divergent!
So technically, I am still a tween. I am 12 years old, but I read many books intended for ages 13+. However, when I was younger I read books for the 9-12 age range and I have many recommendations! Here are my favorite books for tweenagers:
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
If your tween is into fantasy but isn’t quite ready for the intense Deatheaters in Harry Potter, this is a good way to go. Percy Jackson is a twelve year old boy who discovers that he is a a half-human, half-Greek god son of Poseidon. This is a clean series without any swearing (a few OMGs and a National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation-esque Hoover dam scene) but it does have mentions of Hades and the underworld (which Percy and his friends visit at one point in the first book) that are a little frightening. I wouldn’t say that this series is “educational” but you do learn the names of the Greek gods and their meaning.
Holes byLouis Sachar
After Stanley is wrongly accused of stealing a baseball player’s shoes he is given a choice: jail, or Camp Green Lake. Thinking that it’s the average summer camp, Stanley chooses camp. Turns out, Camp Green Lake is in the middle of a dried up lake, where all of the boys in the camp are forced to dig a 5 foot wide, 5 foot deep hole every day until they have served their time. Stanley suspects something is up when he meets the warden, and his family history comes into play.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
I’m sure many of you have heard of this Newberry medal winning book. It’s about a ten year old boy named Jess who lives with his four sisters and his less than perfect father. He meets Leslie and they create “Terabithia” an imaginary land in which they rule. I won’t spoil it for you, but you might shed some tears.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snickets
This is a very clever and kind of weird series. It follows the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny as they try to find a permanent home and escape Count Olaf. This series takes a little commitment as there are thirteen books in all. They aren’t as long as the Harry Potter books so you aren’t trudging along through each book. Plus, you’ll grow your vocabulary! Who knew the word ersatz before this series?
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Bryan Selznick
I know that this books looks intimidating, but don’t let the 526 pages fool you! There are 284 beautifully drawn black and white pictures throughout the book. You could easily read Hugo Cabaret and watch the movie on an 8 hour road trip (even less if you read fast). I also have to mention Wonderstruck by the same author. Again, more beautiful pictures, with a cute twist at the end about the little girl.
Thanks, Annagrace for sharing these books! Happy reading!