Reading Lists (ages 12-14)
Age 12-14 Recommended Reading List
The following is a recommended list of fiction books for children from 12-14 years old. This list is by no means exhaustive and I would recommend exploring your local bookshops and libraries as well as using this list. Many of the authors on this list have written many more books that I would encourage you to explore and enjoy. The list contains a mixture of both classic storybooks and more modern releases.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Bruno is exploring his new home at ‘Out-With’ when he meets Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence which surrounds a large camp in the grounds.
Looking for JJ
by Anne Cassidy
When a 10-year-old girl kills her best friend, she is convicted of manslaughter and locked away. Seven years later she is released on licence with a new identity.
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Welcome to Panem: its Capitol repressively rules twelve satellite Districts, enslaving the populations as workers and controlling them through hunger.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts.
by Sally Gardner
Hot Key Books
Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by the ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland.
The Owl Service
by Alan Garner
HarperCollins Children’s Books
When Alison finds a curious dinner service in the attic, the discovery sets off a strange chain of events that look set to effect everyone’s lives.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize
by Jamila Gavin
Coram Boy is the story of Toby, saved from an African ship as a child, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great estate.
The Alex Rider Series
by Anthony Horowitz
Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his life turned upside down on discovering that his late uncle wasn’t a mild-mannered banker, but instead a field agent for MI6.
The Kite Rider
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Oxford University Press
Haoyou feels powerless when the man responsible for his father’s death demands to marry his mother. Determined to support her himself, the young boy joins a travelling circus.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
The first in a series, this enthralling sci-fi/fantasy novel grips readers throughout, presenting them with tough questions about identity, ethics and the nature of truth.
by Philip Pullman
This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman’s multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy.
The Ruby in the Smoke
by Philip Pullman
Determined to discover the truth about her father’s tragic death, Sally Lockhart is plunged into a dangerous and terrifying adventure that takes her to the dark heart of Victorian London.
by Philip Reeve
London is on the move again: the traction city trawls the world on wheels, capturing and eating smaller towns.
by Marcus Sedgwick
Orion Children’s Books
‘They say dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.’
The Fellowship of The Ring
by J R R Tolkien
The first part of J R R Tolkien’s epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, this is the story of young hobbit Frodo Baggins, who finds himself faced with an immense and terrible duty.
by Sophie McKenzie
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham.
by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harper Collins Children’s Books
The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
Harper Collins Children’s Books
Milo’s extraordinary voyage takes him into such places as the Land of Expectation, the Doldrums, the Mountains of Ignorance and the Castle in the Air. He meets the weirdest and most unexpected characters and, once home, can hardly wait to try out the Tollbooth again.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.
The Diary of a Young Girl
By Anne Frank
In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up.
By George Orwell
George Orwell’s 1945 satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: “Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.”
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Faber & Faber
A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.
The Call of the Wild
By Jack London
The Call of the Wild is an adventure novel by Jack London set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, the story focuses on three animal characters in a bucolic version of England, and is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie.
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Penguin Modern Classics
Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back – and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.