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Awesome Reads for Pre-Teen!

by onetreeview, January 7, 2014

Awesome Reads for Pre-Teen (11 to 14 years)


In my experience, it can be very difficult to find age appropriate books for 11-14 year olds.  As kids start to outgrow the young chapter books, they tend to gravitate to the next book genre: Young Adult books.  Unfortunately, some Young Adult fiction often contains inappropriate matter and is better fitted for high school-aged teens.

So what’s the best answer?


I’ve searched online for a compiled list of awesome books that young readers aged 11-14 will enjoy. Check them out!


when-you-reach-me (tween)

When You Reach Me  by Rebecca Stead

hugo-cabret tween

The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick

the-giver tween

The Giver  by Lois Lowry

coraline tween

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Contemporary Coming-of-Age

sisterhood_traveling-pants tween

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

stargirl tween

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

middleschoolmeatloaf tween

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm


little-women tween

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

tree-grows-in-brooklyn tween

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

the-outsiders tween

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

huckleberry-finn tween

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


the-hobbit tween

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

hatchet tween

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

treasure-island tween

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson



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