Looking for book ideas for your tween? Reading is such a great past-time for kids of all ages, stimulating their imagination, and keeping them occupied too. I started reading when I was three, and my Mum had no problem getting me to go to bed, but turning the light off and stopping me reading was a challenge! Here are The Best Books for Kids Aged 8 to 12 years – a mixture of best-sellers and classics, and all guaranteed page-turners.
1. Harry Potter Box Set
The best-selling Harry Potter series continues to be a big hit with kids (and adults) of all ages.
The series tells the story of Harry Potter – a teenager wizard who not only has to come to terms with his new found magic, but also has to face the darkest wizard of all who wants to take over everything.
Making J.K. Rowling a multimillionaire, and a blockbusting film series too, these books have to be on your child’s bookcase.
2. The Heroes of Olympus Boxset
All five books in the blockbuster Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, in paperback, have been collected in a boxed set fit for demigods!
It includes the best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
Readers who are experiencing Percy’s thrilling adventures with Greek gods and monsters for the first time, or fans who want to devour the saga again, will love this collection. No matter the ages these books will appeal to all.
3. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Winner of the 2014 Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year, this history teaching, time traveller takes us through all the important times in history in Rush Revere & The Brave Pilgrims – Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.
This cool teacher called Rush and his time travelling horse, Liberty, go back to 1620 and join the Mayflower and find out about all the brave families and pilgrims journeying to a new life.
There are lots of other books in this Rush Revere series too and all are based on periods in American history that are fun to read, and educational too.
4. Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark
These are seven books in the popular Kingdom Keepers series, by Ridley Pearson, about five teens tapped as theme park “guides”, who find themselves pitted against Disney villains, threatening both the future of Disney World and the stability of the world outside.
Disney After Dark is the first in series, telling the tale of Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids, who are transported into into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more.
Each book is a fun adventure in itself with a Kingdom Keeper, so can be read as stand alone. They are sure to keep your child gripped and on an adventure ride of their own!
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5. His Dark Materials
Since the first volume was published in 1995, and has now been filmed as THE GOLDEN COMPASS, the trilogy has been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, and has won the UK’s top awards for children’s literature.
Today, the story of Lyra and her daemon is read and loved by adults and children alike. They are a great read that takes the child into another world which will keep them enthralled for hours.
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6. Gangsta Granny
The infamous David Walliams has reinvented himself as a kids book writer and they are all fun capers, and enjoyable reads.
Gangsta Granny tells the story of our hero Ben, who is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma. 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…
Gangsta Granny was the first of David Walliam’s books to be made into a special TV episode. But any of his books will keep your child entertained and laughing as they read, which is a win win.
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7. Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales
The late, great Terry Pratchett has written many books that all children must read and Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales is just one of those.
This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and an unusually adventuresome tortoises.
Get your child started on Terry Pratchett’s world of adventure.
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8. Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles Series #1)
In this first novel, Gregor the Overlander, a boy embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny, and find his father. Young Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building and hurtles into the dark Underland.
This strange world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it though.
9. Dork Diaries : How to Dork Your Diary
How to Dork Your Diary, by Rachel Renee Russell, is a special, interactive addition to the “New York Times” bestselling Dork Diaries series.
Nikki Maxwell has been writing in a diary since the start of the school year, and she usually takes it everywhere she goes, so she can’t believe it, when one morning she can’t find her diary! The hunt is on, and while she looks, Nikki can’t help putting together a list of important diary-keeping lessons to remember in case of missing diary emergencies like this one.
“How to Dork Your Diary” is chock full of tips from Nikki on fun things to write about in your diary, with lots of space for readers to write and draw their own entries. Fans of the Dork Diaries will love this interactive book.
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10. The Chronicles of Narnia
And finishing with a classic series The Chronicles of Narnia have to be added to every tweens bookshelf. The entire collection of all seven books is available as a boxset or a combined one-book edition.
They have enchanted millions of readers for over sixty years, for here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns.
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Over to you! What books do your tweens have on their book shelves? What would you recommend? We’d love to hear in the comments below.