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Stuck for reading ideas for 12-yr-old

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winterwhite Sun 10-Nov-19 18:05:36

Hoping this may click with someone re easing the move out of children's literature. Poss running scared of 'romance' so rejects teenage fiction. Doesn't like Jean Plaidy-type historical fiction or Agatha Christie which helped my 3 DDs through this stage. Her sister has cornered the Gerald Durrell scene. She much enjoyed Michelle Obama, also, Three men in a boat, and A town like Alice, which she had from the school library, and Simon Hoggart's Christmas Letters which she found in a bookcase here and was heard hooting over. Should be an easy clean slate and I'd be happy to get more than one book if I knew what to get (her mother at a loss too). I think book tokens a bit of a cop out, also that at 12 it's still nice to have a proper present to unwrap under the tree. Many many thanks if anyone else has hit this and remembers the answer.

Luckygirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:21:33

Harry Potter

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:23:08

I remember when my son was 12, he was into the Sherlock Holmes books.

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:25:00

Ah, didn't notice this was for a young girl. Not so sure a girl would like Sherlock.

Lilypops Sun 10-Nov-19 18:26:16

Jacqueline Wilson , Lucy Wordsley history written for 12 year olds ,, Jenny Nimmo, Michael Mortago , just a few suggestions my 12 year old GD loves these authors , hope it helps ,

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:27:03

King Arthur books?

ninathenana Sun 10-Nov-19 18:29:56

Have a look at The Book People web site. They sell books at major discounts. Even if you don't buy from there they do give a recommended age range which will give you ideas. My grandsons aged 7 and 10 have enjoyed the books I've chosen through B.P.

ninathenana Sun 10-Nov-19 18:31:40

Lilypops our 10 yr old GS loves Michael Mortago

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:34:53

Not being rude, but do you mean Michael Morpurgo?what did Michael Mortago write? I've never heard of him.

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:36:02

Oh God! I didn't mean the first part of that post to appear! Meant to scrub it. blush

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:38:41

He might be a bit young for a girl who enjoyed A Town Like Alice, and Three Men in a Boat.

lemongrove Sun 10-Nov-19 18:42:53

Jane Austen books?
It all depends on what she actually likes, 12 Year olds vary wildly.
Philip Pulman books appeal to many at that sort of age.
Harry Potter ( although she has probably gone through those already?)

Elrel Sun 10-Nov-19 18:46:26

You should be able to get suggestions from a local library and from bookshops.

Some schools have reading lists (suggested, not compulsory) for each year group. Perhaps you can get Y7 and Y8 ones from friends. There may be some fresh ideas on the list.

Has your granddaughter tried anything by Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole etc), or Terry Pratchett (the Disc World Series)?

Anyway, good luck, great that you’re making the effort to find the right book for your granddaughter.

BBbevan Sun 10-Nov-19 18:47:10

Google , books to read before you are 12. or 13 if you prefer. We have done this for our GDs as soon as they were good readers, They love looking at the list and mark each book they have read and give it a score out of 20

Gonegirl Sun 10-Nov-19 18:47:18

Simon Scarrow books. They are so good.

Septimia Sun 10-Nov-19 18:52:27

I can't have been much older than 12 when I discovered Alistair MacLean and Hammond Innes, but they're probably a bit old-fashioned now.

I also read a lot of real life adventures like Kon-tiki.

DS moved on to Sherlock Holmes.

If she's interested in whodunnits there are lots of current authors whose books are intriguing without being too gruesome. Some stories are set in real localities, so maybe you can find a series set somewhere she knows.

Elrel Sun 10-Nov-19 18:55:56

I just searched for girls’ school reading lists Y8 and got some interesting results.

anniezzz09 Sun 10-Nov-19 19:00:53

Harry Potter, Philip Pullman, Ursula Leguin, Meg Rosoff, Hunger Games trilogy.

Whilst plumbing my memory, I trawled Google for a bit of help and came across this article which I thought was pretty useful :

Elrel Sun 10-Nov-19 19:01:01

has lists for every year group from reception

MountainAsh Sun 10-Nov-19 19:32:30

I discovered Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the age of 12 and I’m definitely a girl. I loved them
IMHO Books are non gender

winterwhite Sun 10-Nov-19 19:35:01

Oh how kind everyone is to go to this trouble! Thank you very much indeed. Lots of suggestions here to follow up. Yes, Michael Morpurgo and Harry Potter already consumed. The Kon tiki expedition might hit the bulls eye. Simon Scarrow, Meg Roscoff and Jean Nimmo are new names to me. Lots to go on

anniezzz09 Sun 10-Nov-19 19:42:27

I loved reading the age group books too with my children! If you don't know Ursula Leguin, her Earthsea trilogy is well known young adult fare. Thinking about it, Lord of the Rings can also be young adult fiction but has possibly been wrecked as reading material by the films!

GagaJo Sun 10-Nov-19 20:23:03

If she liked Michelle Obama, what about To Kill a Mockingbird? It's from the perspective of a tween girl, so is OK for kids.

She sounds like a maturer reader for her age so:

Lord of the Flies.

Of Mice and Men.

The Life of Pi

Anita and Me (Meera Syall)

To name but a few.

M0nica Sun 10-Nov-19 20:28:05

Pride and Prejudice - an introduction to Jane Austen - and could open up an author who will give pleasure for a lifetime.

At 12 I also read Jane Eyre, again an introduction to the Brontes

Callistemon Sun 10-Nov-19 21:01:07

DGS loves the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan
(But don't ask me any more!)