Great Reads for Tweens

In my experience, one of the most difficult age groups to find books for is 11 to 14 years old. For young teens and pre-teens, also known “tweens,” finding books can be tricky. As kids start to outgrow much of the independent reader section of the bookstore, heading to the Young Adult section might seem like a great choice. Unfortunately, some teen fiction often deals with very dark subject matter and is better suited to high school-aged teens.

So what’s the solution?

Great Reads for Tweens

I’ve compiled a list of great books that readers aged 11-14 will love, featuring challenging, thought-provoking children’s fiction and age-appropriate teen fiction. Check them out!


When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Contemporary Coming-of-Age

Sisterhood_Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm


Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Want to see more lists like this one? If you have a topic you’d like to see, leave me a comment!


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