Great Reads for Ages 12 and up (7th Grade)

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I feel like I am repeating myself but I can’t help it. Before you explore this list, check out the previous age categories first because those lists contain a lot of books for this age group but perhaps they could be enjoyed by a 10- or 11-year-old already so the book is there and not here.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy 
lizzie bright

The Music of Dolphins
the music of dolphins

Homeless Bird
homeless bird

Watership Down
watership down

Peak  My son read it in 5th grade and liked it.
peak

The Cay We listened to the audio book when my kids were in 4th and 6th grade.
the cay

Stardust
stardust

Small Steps is sequel to Holes.
small steps

The Raft
the raft

The Outsiders
the outsiders

The Giver For a list of books in the Giver Quartet series click here. My daughter read it in school in 6th grade.
the giver

Gathering Blue
gathering blue

The Maze Runner For a list of books in this series click here.
the maze runner

Runaway Twin
runaway twin

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Read more reviews here. If you like it check out the sequel Moribito: Guardian of the Darkness
moribito

Someone Named Eva Read more reviews here. Since we are from the Czech Republic, I would like my daughter to read this book when she reaches this age. No need to be Czech though to understand the story.
someone named eva

Crash
crash

The Cupcake Queen
cupcake queen

Splendors and Glooms
splendors and gloom

Touching Spirit Bear
touching spirit bear

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
miss peregrine

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
then again maybe I wont

Deenie
deenie

Tiger Eyes
tiger eyes

The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings Read more reviews here.
the bromeliad trilogy

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl My daughter read it over the summer before entering 7th grade and enjoyed it very much.
anne frank

Catherine, Called Birdy
catherine clled birdy

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be
the dog who wouldnt be

Just As Long As We’re Together
just as long as we are together

The Breadwinner
the breadwinner

A Summer to Die (a very sad book)
a summer to die

The Arrival
the arrival

The House of the Scorpion
the house of scorpion

Little Women
little women

Hope Was Here
hope was here

Dead End in Norvelt (starts slow, be patient) For a list of books in this series click here.
dead end

Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon  My son read it in 5th grade.
bomb

The Way of the Warrior For a list of books in this series click here.
the way of the warrior

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The Wrath & the Dawn   For a list of books click here.

Leap Day

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall

The Face on the Milk Carton For a series of books in this series click here.

Zero Day

Notes From The Midnight Driver

What Light

We Are All Made of Molecules

Finding Audrey

Larklight For a list of books in this series click here.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Black Wings Beating For a list of books in this series click here.

The Poet X

Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy

Hey, Kiddo

Deadly
deadly

Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins) For a list of books in this series click here.
death cloud

The Call of the Wild
the call of the wild

A Girl Named Digit Click here for sequels.
a girl anmed digit

A Corner of White: Book 1 of The Colors of Madeleine Click here for the sequel (one as of now).
a corned of white

The Rithmatist
rithmatist

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
truce

The Hunchback Assignments For a list of books in this series click here.
the hunchback assignments

Treasure Island
treasure island

Poison
poison

The Heartbreak Messenger
the heartbreak messanger

Evil Genius  For a list of books in the Genius series click here.
evil genius

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
the adventures of tom sawyer

Hattie Big Sky
hattie big sky

Cut
cut

Mimus
mimus

Starters For a list of books in this series click here.
starters

Nation
nation

A Monster Calls
a monster calls

Seraphina For a list of books in this series click here.
seraphina

Enchanted For a list of books in The Woodcutter Sisters series click here.
enchanted

Rules of the Road
rules of the road

Variant For a list of books in this series click here.
variant

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
carry on mr bowditch

The Running Dream
the running dream

If I Ever Get Out of Here
if I ever get out of here

Woods Runner
woods runner

Downriver
downriver

Anya’s Ghost (graphic novel)
anyas ghost

An Ember in the Ashes For a list of books in this series click here.
an ember in the ashes

The Boy in the Black Suit
The Boy in the Black Suit

Shadowshaper
Shadowshaper

Dragonsong  (for lovers of dragons) For a list of books in Harper Hall Trilogy click here.
Dragonsong

 

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 For a list of books in this series click here.
Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25

The Novice For a list of books in this series click here.
The Novice

Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky

12 or 13?

Children of Blood and Bone For a list of books in the series Legacy of Orisha click here. My daughter read it in 7th grade.

Caraval For a list of books in this series click here.

Long Way Down We listened to it over the summer when my son was 11 and she was 13.

Heartless
Heartless

Illuminae For a list of books in this series click here.
Illuminae

All American Boys
all american boys

I Am Number Four For a list of books in this series click here.
I Am Number Four

His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
golden compass

This One Summer graphic novel
this one summer

Turnabout
turnabout

Also Known As For a list of books in this series click here.
also known as

The Testing For a list of books in The Testing series click here. My son read it in 5th grade.
the testing

The Count of Monte Cristo
the count of monte christo

Life As We Knew It  For a list of books in the Life As We Knew It Series click here.
life as we knew it

Enclave  For a list of books in The Razorland Trilogy click here.
enclave

How to Save a Life
how to save a life

Trash
trash

Bamboo People
bamboo people

Far Far Away
far far away

Boy21
Boy21

The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1 For a list of books in this series click here.
the paladin prophecy

Ender’s Game Kids read the The Ender Quintet series at the age of 10 but there is a lot of violence in this militaristic story so I think this age is probably more appropriate for it. Some websites recommend it for ages 13 or 14. My son read it when he finished 5th grade, my daughter at the end of 7th.
enders game

Ender’s Shadow  For a list of books in The Shadow Series click here.
enders shadow

Anna and the French Kiss For a list of books by this author click here.

Six of Crows Check out the sequel here. You can read it before you read Shadow and Bone (trilogy) although it contains some spoilers. Generally, most people liked Six of Crows better than Shadow and Bone but both are very good. Some people read just Six of Crows.
Six of Crows

If you are looking for more books, check out the following reading lists:

List 1 (Grades 7 & 8)

List 2 (Grades 7 & 8)

 

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