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My 12 year old is a HUGE book reader. She has completed Twilight and has since read the series twice. I have a hard time finding good age aproperiate books for her. She is wayyy past chapter books and into novels now. She enjoys books on history such as true life stories of holocaust survivors and of course at 12 she loves a good mystery or young teen love stories. I just bought her the book "Wicked" since she loves the music from it. I bought this for her on Monday and she is almost done! any suggestions? iIdont mind letting her read books that toggle a bit above pg-13 with sex or violance.. just not hardcore harlequin please (eek!)

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When I was her age, I was dipping into the classics: Journey To the Center of the Earth, Robinson Cruiso, Around the World in 80 Days, Moby Dick... Huck Finn, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm. I dunno if shes into classics, but 12-13 was when I hit my classic novel period.

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Two of my kids are avid readers so let me share some of the books they LOVED that I think your daughter will also like:

Warrors by Erin Hunter there is probably 10 - 12 books in the series and they are a great read (a Tribe or warrior cats)
Redwall series by Brian Jacques again probably 10 - 12 books in the series (about the adventures of animals)
Guardians of GaHoole by Kathryn Lasky again a series of about 12 - 15 books (about these owls)
the Dragon Series (not sure what they call them) by Chris D'Lancey - about 10 books in the series
Eragon Trilogy by Christopher Paolini - 3 books (big books)

Those are books my kids still love and mind you teenages. There not little books either so they will take some time. I hyperlinked all so the series Big Grin

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Thank you sm! She has a $25.00 gift card still from Christmas from there.. soo perfect! I didn't even think about the classics. I can think of several now that she would like .. yay! thanks

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Wonderful! i just re-read your origional post. For mystery, I always go Agatha Christie. In 8th grade, I read "And Then There Were None" and it is still my favorite book to this day. Murder on the Orient Express, 3 Blind Mice, or any of the Miss Marple stories are also great reads. She crafts an amazing story. She, in my opinion, is the best mystery writer.

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"Little women " Louisa May Alcott
"Walk Two Moons" Sharon Creech
"the tale of despereaux", Kate
Anything by Lois Duncan (Locked in Time, I know What You Did Last Summer)
All of the "Dear Dumb Diary" Series by Jim Benton (I read this to my class and they love it, adults find it funny too)

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I was also an avid reader when I was younger (still am, but making the time is more difficult these days). These were books I enjoyed between the ages of 11 and 13 (I have also read the Twilight series twice!) and still do:

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Avi is an amazing author, but this one has always been my favourite. About a girl (Charlott Doyle) on voyage from Europe to the USA on a ship when a mutiny occurs. I read this book three times in a row!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
I don't even know how to explain this book. I loved it then and I still do.

The Anne of Green Gables Series by L. M. Montgomery
I don't know any girl who hasn't enjoyed these books! Smile The movies with Megan Follows (the first and second) are great.

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Our teacher read this to our class. Beautiful.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My favourite Agatha Christie novel. I couldn't put it down. Easy to read and I was trying to figure out the mystery the whole time!

Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy
Our teacher read this to my class, and we were all enthralled. A fantasy/fairytale of an orphaned girl and her quest.

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
These books are all so good, full of puns and immediately attention-capturing. I was introduced to this book for Battle of the Books. It is good for people in middle school on up (no "adult" situations).

One of my favourites of all time:
The Princess Bride by William Goldsmith
I borrowed this book so many times from the school library, that the librarian gave it to me! The book is amazing. And I love the movie as well! If you can, try to get a copy of the book that does not have the chapter, "Buttercup's Baby" because that didn't appear until the 25th Anniversary. The original ending is perfect. To add anything to it ultimately takes away from the whole story.

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Thank you so much for all these recomendations.. She is going to winter camp this weekend but after she gets back we will be taking a trip to the library and bookstore... I think I want to re-read a few from my younger days Smile

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The Silver Kiss - Annette Cutis Klause
It says it is for 14 and up but I read this when I was 10. I really enjoyed it and I think she will too.
Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
I read this one when I was about her age. I literally couldn't put it down as soon as I started reading it.

Those two books left lasting impressions on me. I still have copies of them today. In fact, I think I'm going to re-read them. Smile

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Green, you so rock! I was gonna go the half price bookstore today to pick up some books to ship to my 13 year old step daughter who also just finished the twilight books. I'm gonna print these recommendations out and take them with you.. Thank you guys so much.

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Re: Young Adult Recommendations
Oh boy did you ask me the right question, I used to work at Barnes & Noble in the children's section. This is what 12 year olds were reading in addition to what others already posted:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series (#1-10) by Louise Rennison

Any book by Sarah Dessen

The Book Thief by MarKus Zusak

The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Any books by Meg Cabot

Pigman by Paul Zindel

Before I Die by JennyDownham

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

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