Ok, so my child may have just turned 13, but had a whole year of looking for books for 12-year-old girls! So, I thought today I would have some fun by helping your parents of tweens out there. Reading at this age is very important for a child. You want them to have great reading habits through high school so this is a vital age to make that happen.
The problem is there are like a million books out there! To help you narrow it down, I have 12 books 12 years old will love. These are all books that my own daughter has enjoyed so I am sure there will be at least a couple on here your special lady will too.
Katherine Marsh, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
This is a book that my daughter loves and one of the best books for 12-year-old girls! It is about a girl called Mary who lives in an orphanage. One day she is taken by a strange lady called, Madame Z. She lives in a strange house and has many secrets and she is certainly not someone Mary should trust! Luckily for her, she meets a friend in a town called Jacob and the two of them discover what Madame Z really is!
Brown Girl Dreaming
This is one of the more interesting books on the list. It is a kind of “my story” by Jacqueline Woodson where she talks about growing up in South Carolina and New York and her memories of the Civil Rights movement in the USA. It is pretty powerful stuff and great if you want her to read something with some real substance.
The Mighty Odds
The Mighty Odds is not just one of the best books for 12-year-old girls, it is one of the best series! This is a really cool series about how a group of people on a school bus end up with superpowers after an accident. It has a lot of humour to it as well as some mystery so it is a series she will really get into.
Ok, so kind of cheating here again as this is a series, not just one book. What is really interesting about this is that on one hand, it is the story if a boy and his sister trying to find a load of money and solve puzzles. However, the reader goes on this fantastic journey with the brother and sister as they read and it actually will make your daughter think a lot about the story.
This is the kind of book that kids will just go nuts for. The best way to think of Furthermore is as a new twist on the Alice in Wonderland formula. Alice is the name of the main character and here she is looking for her father who has gone missing. It is a very interesting and well- written story with some very memorable characters. It is easy to see why this book features on so many best books for 12 year old girls lists.
This is actually a trilogy of books, but my daughter blew through all three of them in a little over a week as she was so hooked. The 17 th century London setting and the fact that the book deals with murders may put off some parents. However, if you feel that your child is mature enough for a story as deep and twisting as this one here. She will certainly thank you for it as this is a great series of books.
As Brave As You
What we have with As Brave As You is a story about two brothers who go to visit their grandparents who live in a rather rural part of Virginia. There is an interesting dynamic with one of the boys and their blind grandfather and there is a bit of a mystery element here to that will make this a real page-turner for your child.
Jennifer A. Nielson
The Scourge is a very action-packed kind of story and great if your child has read things like Mazerunner. The story is about Ani who ends up captured and then tested for this disease which leads her to be sent to a colony. Here she learns what is really going on and she and some of the other people in this colony plot their freedom. If your daughter likes stories that are really thrilling and exciting, she will have a great time with this.
Here is an interesting one for our best books for 12 year old girls list. I was worried that the 1892 setting would not be something my kid could get into. However, the story of Max and Lucy trying to stop a war by building this ancient machine was something she really got into. If you want a story that is pretty hard-hitting and ideal for more advanced readers, this one is worth picking up for your child.
We have a few Nathan Hale books in our house and you really cannot go wrong with any of them. His Hazardous Tales series sees him talk about all kinds of interesting parts of the history of our world. He makes history really come alive and she will be learning a ton of interesting information as she laughs and turns every page. If you want her to learn as she reads, this is a series she must have in her collection.
Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Superheroes are all the rage these days and this book kind of fits into that genre. You have three characters, Jeanne, Willian and Jacob and each one has their own story and their own special powers that they need to learn to use and use to good effect in order to help others and also improve their own situation. It is pretty interesting stuff and sure to be a book she gets a lot out of.
Golden Mountain Chronicles
Ok, so rounding off our list of best books for 12-year-old girls is another series. The Golden Mountain Chronicles are a bit of an epic at around 10 books in the series. This is a series that is about the Young family and it spans around two centuries! Featuring different characters and situations. It deals with a lot of hard-hitting stuff such as racism and harsh living conditions.