Top 12 books for girls to read before they turn 12

Your search for the best books for 12 year old girls is now over! My daughter has always loved to read and that is why today we are looking at her bookcase to find you 12 awesome books that your own daughter will have a lot of fun with.

These are books that are just ideal for that “tween” age demographic. Which is a very important age and you want to make sure that they are reading regularly and with books like these they will be having a great time as they read.

Bridge to Terabithia

Kathrine Patterson

Bridge to Terabithia is one of the best books for 12-year-old girls as it has it all. It is about a tween friendship between Jess and Leslie. These two play in the world of Terabithia, a fantasy world that Leslie creatures filled with creatures, adventure and more. What is great about this book is that while it has many fantasy elements, it deals with some hard-hitting real-world stuff too.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

Kind of cheating with this one as it is a series, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid is awesome! This is the story of Greg Heffley and his dealings with school, his family and the strangeness of growing up. This is a very relatable series of books for most kids and it features a ton of laugh out loud moments. You cannot go wrong with this series!

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle

Do not be put off by the less than great movie of the same name. A Wrinkle in Time is a real classic about a very smart young lady, her brother and the quest to save her missing dad. What makes this a great story is that it is more sci-fi based and this is a genre that not enough girls read. This is most certainly one of the more interesting “classic” books for 12 year old girls.

Inside Out & Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again is the kind of book that your child will read and never forget. This is basically the memoirs of Thanhha Lai and what it was like for her to experience the fall of Saigon and emigrate to America. It is very well written hard-hitting and thought-provoking stuff. So, if you want your daughter to read something with a bit more substance, you cannot go wrong with this.

My Side of the Mountain

Jean George

Here we have one of the very popular books for 12 year old girls, My Side of the Mountain. This is a very exciting story about Sam who is sick of living in the city, in a very cramped apartment. He runs away to the mountains and learns a whole lot about himself and what it takes to survive out in the wilderness.

The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition

Anne Frank

You do not get much more classic than this. Reading about what this young girl went through as she grew up under the oppressive rule of a Hitler led Germany. It sounds the kind of thing that would not be ideal for a young girl to read, but this is a book that children have been reading for over half a century and there is a very good reason for that! If you want her to read a classic that she will actually enjoy, this is it!

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech

Trying to explain to someone the plot of Walk Two Moons is super hard! This is a fantastically well-written book that will have your daughter not wanting to stop reading. It has mystery, a missing parent, some awesome humour and some of the most interesting grandparents that have ever been written about. No doubt, this book here is a real page- turner!


R.J. Palacio

Wonder has become one of the most popular books for 12 year old girls thanks to the hit movie of the same name. This is about Auggie who just wants to be a regular kid. Auggie though has a rare facial abnormality that makes going to school one of the scariest things he has ever done. It is a wonderful story that will make her laugh, cry and think. It probably has the most heart of any book that is on our list.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Ok, so we are lumping all three books into one here. However, the story of Katniss Everdeen and her rise from a simple girl to the leader of a rebellion is very powerful and inspiring stuff for any young lady to read. While these may be more famous for the movies they spawned. There is no denying that these are some of the most exciting books with a strong female lead ever written.

Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

With a very heavy sci-fi plot, Ender’s Game may seem like a strange choice for a list of books for 12 year old girls. This is one very exciting story about an alien invasion that can only be stopped thanks to the help of one very smart young boy. If she loves the excitement in her books, she will really get into this.


Marie Lu

If she loves books like The Hunger Games, she is going to really love Legend. Set in a dystopian future, in this world nothing is at first what it seems. This has become a really big hit with tweens all over the world so if you want her to read something that other kids are really into, you cannot go wrong with Legend.

Hold Fast

Blue Balliett

For kids who love mystery stories, Hold Fast is going to really suck them in! Early’s dad has gone missing in very strange circumstances. Not only that, but her mum and her brother are now in danger too! Early realizes something is very wrong and she sets out on a quest to try and find where he is and also why he went missing in the first place!

All of the books we have looked at today are very popular books for 12 year old girls. You really cannot go wrong with any of these and if you are looking for a book that she will not only love. But also be something that is going to make her actually want to read more, any of the books we have looked at today will certainly be ideal.

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