Books For 12 Year Olds

Great Books for 12 Year Olds and Above

Table of Contents

 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  |  2. Three Times Lucky  |  3. Dog Days   |  4. National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia  |  5. Middle School: Get Me out of Here  |  6. The Runaway King  |  Please leave your feedback



Today, hundreds and hundreds of books for 12 year olds are being published every day. If you are looking for books for your children that are full of adventures, hilarity, wit and wisdom, here are some of the fast-selling and increasingly popular books that are available in your nearest bookstore.

#1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Undoubtedly, the Harry Potter series is one of the good books for 12 year olds. J.K. Rowling’s last installment of the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is full of revelations, betrayals and battles.

In this unforgettable conclusion, Harry Potter deals with increasingly dangerous tales and be confronted face to face with the ultimate questions about love and loss, good and bad and honor and contempt.

The main core of the Book 7 is about the main character’s mission- not only his journey towards searching for the Horcruxes but more importantly his journey towards boyhood to manhood.



#2 Three Times Lucky

Written by a Newbery honor winner and Edgar Award Nominee Sheila Turnage, one of the best books for 12 year olds set on the Southern world is the Three Times Lucky.

The story is about a sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau who lives in Tupelo Landing. In this land, everyone holds no secrets against each other. More than a decade ago, Miss Moses LoBeau was washed ashore after a hurricane.

However, everything begins to change when a lawman arrives in the town and starts to investigate about a murder. Miss Moses together with her best friend takes the journey of uncovering the truth in order to save a family who she loved.


#3 Dog Days

The fourth installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, entitled Dog Days is currently one of the bestselling books for 12 year old boys and books for 12 year old girls.

In book 4, summer has come and Greg Heffley, an “indoor person” plays video games all day inside the house.

To be inside the house with no responsibilities and rules is his ultimate fantasy and this dream has finally come into reality.

However, his mother does not want Greg to be always inside the box so she thought of inviting the entire family for a summer getaway.


#4 National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia

One of the perfect books for teenagers that can give both enjoyment and authoritative information about the 2,500 species of animals is Lucy Spelman’s National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps and More.

Every young reader will surely enjoy over 1,000 colored photographs that are taken by the leading wild-life photographers in the world, the National Geographic.

Included in this book are the movements and nature of most animals like their defenses, habitat, adaptation, migration, life cycle and babies and the conservation of endangered species.


#5 Middle School: Get Me out of Here

Other good books for teenagers are the Middle School series. Authored by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets.

With stunning illustrations of Laura Park, this second installment, Get Me Out of Here, is the sequel of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Worst Years of My Life.

Rafe Khatchadorian’s story continues after he finished the sixth grade and now he’s on the seventh. He is now schooling in a big city and is enrolled in an art school.

Rafe thought that seventh grade is a math and history free zone but actually, it is more competitive and challenging than he ever imagined.


#6 The Runaway King

One of the outstanding teenage books that are available today is Jennifer A. Nielsen’s second installment of the Ascendance Trilogy, The Runaway King.

After Jaron’s ascent to the throne, his assassination has been plotted which brought him into a perilous situation.

Since rumors of war have been circulating among the walls of Carthya, the king decides to flee in order to save his kingdom from utter destruction.

The Runaway King will surely bring every young reader into a roller coaster ride full of murder and betrayals, voyages and adventures and a lot more fun.


It is true that more and more books for young readers are being syndicated every day. From fairy tales to adventures stories to comic-based stories, it is sometimes confusing what books you will choose for your children. However, if you want books that are jam-packed with chronicles of great young heroes, the books for 12 year olds listed above are surely worth reading.