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Top 10 Best Books for 12-year-olds

Featuring poignant tales, adrenaline-pumping adventures and fascinating fact-filled compendiums, kids will love the books featured in this list of the top 10 best books for 12-year-olds.

1. Hunger Games Collection - 3 books

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Suzanne Collins

This world-famous trilogy follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her adrenaline-pumping adventures. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem consists of twelve 'districts' - most of them horribly oppressed and gloomy places. But Katniss has the chance to change everything when she ends up participating in the brutal 'Hunger Games', a televised fight to the death between a group of teenagers. Be taken in by the intense action and gritty atmosphere of this epic series.

2. Wonder

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R. J. Palacio

At the heart of this funny and poignant book is 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement. He is about to start middle school after being home-schooled for years by his mother - but, inevitably, this will be a tough challenge. August must deal with malicious bullies and childish cruelty, but will show a courageous attitude and a wonderful humour that will inspire those around him.

3. The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, this captivating story follows Liesel, an avid young booklover and determined book thief at a time when thousands of books were being destroyed. When Liesel has to help hide a Jewish boy in the basement, the power of words and books to enrich the soul is explored by both youngsters as they try to evade danger and even death. This spellbinding yet shocking story is a must for any young booklover.

4. Paper Towns

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John Green

Quentin is honoured when Margo Roth Speigelman - whose adventures have become the stuff of legend at their school - summons him to join her on an all-night road trip. He's always had a crush on her and can't help but follow as she embarks on a mission to get revenge. But then, she disappears. Now, Quentin must uncover her whereabouts through a series of clues - which have all been left just for him... This heart-pounding adventure is sure to enthral kids.

5. What's Happening to Me? (Boys/Girls)

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Alex Frith/Susan Meredith

With separate titles for boys and girls, these insightful books tell children approaching puberty all about the physiological and emotional changes they can expect in an engaging, reassuring manner. Fun and witty illustrations make them funny and accessible guides to the changes every child will face as they grow up.

6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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Anne Frank & Otto Frank

Discover the heart-breaking story of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old girl who spent two long years in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne writes candidly about her experiences with honesty, humour and enthusiasm - but this is ultimately a harrowing read that ends abruptly when she and her family are discovered by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp. Children will be absorbed by this gripping true story.

7. A Monster Calls

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Patrick Ness

This award-winning novel features an ancient monster, made up of leaves and branches, who visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley each night at 12.07am. The monster offers to tell Conor three stories - if Conor will tell his own story afterwards. We learn that Conor's mother has cancer, Conor is bullied at school, and that he has strained relationships with his father and grandmother, but the monster has come to heal him. Friendship, love and overcoming loss are central to this poignant tale.

8. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

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Sue Townsend

This fantastically funny fictional diary stars Adrian Mole, a spotty teenager who faces a host of typical teenage troubles. Featuring embarrassing parents, unrequited love, bullies and bad poetry, this modern classic will enchant children approaching their teenage years.

9. Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies

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Michelle Elliott

This heartening self-help book will benefit any child struggling with bullying or anyone who simply wants to know more about it. It answers many compelling questions, such as: Can you do anything to stop being bullied? How can you learn to make friends and respect yourself? This essential guide is hugely encouraging and informative for any child, and will help them develop their self-esteem and overcome bullies of all kinds.

10. 100 People Who Made History

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Discover the people who shaped the world as we know it today in this brilliant bumper book. Uncover the lives of inventors, explorers, politicians, sports stars, entertainers and more, from Marco Polo to Marie Curie. This book features incredible individuals from all over the world and is bursting with amazing graphics and fascinating facts.

The Book People's Top 10 Best Books, Inspirational Books and Very Good Books for 12-year-olds

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • What's Happening to Me? by Alex Frith/Susan Mederith
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank and Otto Frank
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  • Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michelle Elliott
  • 100 People Who Made History by DK