Here is our list of great books for pre-teens and teens. Seeing as we just entered this point in our lives, check back for updates as we read more and more books! All the books here were read by my older son, who is 13 now, and some of them I read as well. We enjoyed all of these.
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1. Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson
3. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. Holes By Louis Sachar. We also loved the movie, it was wonderful!
5. The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
8. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
9. The Secret Zoo by Brian Chick
10. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By E.L. Konigsburg
11. A Wrinkle In Time and other books by Madeleine L’Engle
12. The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
13. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? It is such a wonderful series of books. Just beware: the further you get into the series, the darker the books become. When my son was 8-9, he read the first book, but wasn’t emotionally ready for the last few. We had to wait a bit to finish the series.
14. The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
15. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. For the longest time I resisted reading these books. Finally, my oldest asked me if he can read them. I don’t say no to that sort of question when it comes to books. He loved them so much that he asked me to read them. When reading these you have to keep in mind that they are not written for adult readers, but for the pre-teens, hence the simpler language. The story was captivating and interesting.
16. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
17. Books of Beginning Trilogy by John Stephens
18. The Great Book Of Amber by Roger Zelazny. This is for the older reader. Wonderful fantasy, one of my favorites as well.
19. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
20. Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Master, and so many other books set in Midkemia by Raymond Feist. Also a great fantasy series for a young adult.
21. Jack Blank Adventure Trilogy by Matt Myklusch. There is The Accidental Hero, The Secret War, and The End of Infinity.
22. The Charlie Bone Series by Jenny Nimmo
23. The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson
24. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson. This trilogy also includes Dandelion Fire and Chestnut King.
25. Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull. Recommended by Heidi from onecreativemommy.com: Another great series where kids discover magic and save the day! Thank you, Heidi. This sounds like something my older one would really enjoy! Will definitely give it a try!
26. Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. Who hasn’t heard of Divergent by this time. We were late to this party. I read the book first. It is a quick read, and if you enjoy dystopian books, this one is for you. My 13 year old is now reading it and can’t put it down. Definitely a good read.
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. He only read the first book, but is really excited for the next books.
28. Have Space Suit, Will Travel Robert A. Heinlein. This one is on our list to read next, but it is an old time favorite.