Books for 11- Through 13-Year-Old Readers

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Numbered Titles

The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, supernatural)

101 Puzzle Quizzes by the Grabarchuk Puzzle Family puzzles)

100 Matchstick Puzzles by the Grabarchuk Family (puzzles)


A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing (fantasy, historical fiction)

A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (memoir)

A Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld (paranormal)

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, multicultural)

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (historical fiction, humor)

A True Princess by Diane Zahler (fantasy)

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (family issues, historical fiction, humor)

Abrakapow by Isaiah Campbell (friendship, historical fiction)

Ada Lace on the Case by Emily Calandrelli (contemporary fiction, friendship, family issues, mystery)

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton (family issues, fantasy, friendship)

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton: Book I, Crash Landing on Ooleeoo by Angela Shelton (fantasy)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Alchemy’s Daughter by Mary A. Osborne

All American Girl by Meg Cabot

All Summer Long by Hope Larson (contemporary fiction, friendship, graphic novel)

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys by Barbara Dee(contemporary fiction, friendship)

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull

An Invisible Thread: A Young Readers’ Edition by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (family issues, friendship, memoir, nonfiction)

Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah (cookbook)

The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rafael Domingos (poetry)

Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank (historical fiction, multicultural, race issues)

Art Play by Marion Deuchars(art, nonfiction)

Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee

as if being 12-3/4 isn’t bad enough, my mother is running for president! by Donna Gephart (contemporary fiction, family issues, humor)

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce (bullying, fantasy, friendship)

The Audition by Maddie Ziegler (contemporary fiction, dance, friendship)

Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, religious issues)

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Awesome Plays for Teen and Tweens by Christina Hamlett (nonfiction, plays)


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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

Be Prepared by Vera Bristol (family issues, friendship, graphic novel, humor, memoir)

Becoming a Superhero by William Smith (humor)

Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle (biography, graphic novel, nonfiction)

The Best Man by Richard Peck (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, humor)

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback (contemporary fiction, family issues, foreign adoption, friendship)

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney (family issues, friendship, historical fiction, race issues)

Bloom: A Girls Guide to Growing Up Gorgeous by Carmindy (fashion, nonfiction, self-esteem)

Bloomability by Sharon Creech (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Bodyguard: Recruit and Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford (adventure, contemporary fiction, friendship)

The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper (environmental issues, family issues, fantasy, Scottish folk tales

The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater (fantasy, family issues)

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards (adventure, fairy tales, fantasy, friendship)

Boy by Roald Dahl (humor, history, memoir, nonfiction)

Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano (contemporary fiction, friendship, soccer, sports)

Brightly Burning by Alexa Dunne (retold classic, science fiction)

Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse (historical fiction, immigration, multicultural)

Brothers of the Buffalo by Joseph Brushac

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (history, memory, nonfiction, race issues)


Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson

Callie Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Camp by Kayla Miller (contemporary fiction, friendship, graphic novel)

Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

Cast Off by Eve Yohalem

Castle in the Stars by Alex Alice

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman

Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret

Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

City of Grit and Gold by Maud Macrory Powell

City of Spies by Susan Kim and Laurance Klavan

The Civil War: The Struggle That Divided America by Judy Dodge Cummings

Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Shecter

Code 7 by Bryan R. Johnson

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman (inspirational, nonfiction)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Creepers by Joanne Dahme

The Crepe Makers’ Bond by Julie Crabtree

Curious Constructions by Michael Hurst

The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis


The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice TsuTsumi

Damselfly by Chandra Prasad (contemporary fiction, friendship, mystery)

Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes

The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings in Love by Melissa Kantor

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick

Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules by Tony Cliff (adventure, graphic novel)

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (adventure, graphic novel)

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

Dewey The Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson

Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham

Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When by Annette Laing

The Doorway and the Deep by K. E. Ormsbee

Dot to Dot by Kit Bakke

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Harden


Eruptions and Explosions by Judy Dodge Cummings (history, nonfiction, science, true tales)

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (adventure, fantasy)

Evolution by Carla Mooney (nonfiction, science)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (historical fiction, science)


Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy (fables, graphic novel)

Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman (history, nonfiction, true tales)

The Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher

Falcon’s Prey by Kristina Coia

Famous Phonies by Brianna DuMont (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Fantastic Fugitives by Brianna DuMont (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Fangirl by Ken Baker (contemporary fiction, romance)

Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates by Kathleen M. Reilly (nonfiction, science)

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose by Diana Leszczynski

The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous World of Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton

The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Beatty and Benny Zelkowicz (fantasy)

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber

Fishbone’s Song by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin (animals, contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship issues)

Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin (animals, fantasy)

Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward by Jennifer Castle and Deborah Reber (nonfiction, friendship issues)

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (historical fiction, family issues, friendship issues)

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (animals, family issues, fantasy, friendship issues)

Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson (history, nonfiction, female pilots, World War II)

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien (biography, history, nonfiction)

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship issues, multicultural)

The Forbidden Schoolhouse by Suzanne Jurmain (nonfiction, history, race issues)

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (art, contemporary fiction, family issues, humor)

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (fantasy, friendship issues, historical fiction)

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg

From an Idea to Disney by Lowey Bundy Sichol (biography, nonfiction)

From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle (contemporary fiction, family issues, grief)


Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth by Lee Welles

Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash by Donna Latham (environmental issues, nonfiction)

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

The Gift of Dark Hollow (Longburrow series) by Kieran Larwood (adventure, animals, fantasy)

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg

Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh (biography, nonfiction)

Girlwood by Claire Dean

The Giver: Graphic Novel adapted by P. Craig Russell (dystopian, graphic novel, science fiction)

The Glass Puzzle by Christine Brodien-Jones

Going Solo by Roald Dahl

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Great Escapes by Judy Dodge Cummings

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages


The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman

Heavens to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelance

Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan (biography, history, nonfiction)

Highlights Hidden Pictures Coloring Book for Grownup Children

Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick

The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee (family issues, paranormal, friendship)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

How to Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions by Judy Balan

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

I Kill the Mockingbird by David Acampora

I Wish I May by David Stahler Jr.

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies by Ryan Ann Hunter

Isabella for Real by Margie Palatini (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship issues, humor)

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Duman


Jane and the Raven King by Stephen Chambers

Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher (adventure, animals, good books for boys, historical fiction)

Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan


Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske

The Keening by A. LaFaye

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor

Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent

Knock Out by K. A. Holt (contemporary fiction, family issues)


Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Tinari (biography, history, nonfiction)

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Longburrow: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

Love, Meg by C. Leigh Purtill

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

Lymeria by Kristina Coia


The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis (adventure, fantasy)

Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari (graphic novel, historical fiction)

March Forward, Girl by Melba Patillo Beals (memoir, civil rights, race issues)

Masterpiece by Elise Broach (humor, animals)

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (historical fiction, pioneers)

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (biography)

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee (animals, contemporary fiction, fantasy)

Maze Quest by Travis Nichols (puzzles)

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (contemporary fiction, family issues, fantasy, grief)

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

The Mother-Daughter Cook Book by Lynette Rohrer Shirl (cookbook)

Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick (contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih (historical fiction, World War II Ukraine)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart (mystery, adventure)


Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

Nissa’s Place by A. LaFaye

Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht

Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

The Nora Notebooks #1: The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills


Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

Older Than Dirt by Don Brown and Dr. Mike Perfit

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser

Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

Ophelia’s Oracle by Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo (memoir)

Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendships)

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

Petey by Ben Mikaelson

Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick

Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis and Jerel Dye

The Pink Locker Society: Only Girls Allowed by Debra Moffitt

The Pink Locker Society: Best Kept Secret by Debra Moffitt

Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories by Tom McCarthy

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy (history, memoir, nonfiction, war in Iraq)

The Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard by Janet Rising

The Pony Whisperer: Team Challenge by Janet Rising

Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom

The Postcard by Tony Abbott

The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Michaela MacColl

Project Jackalope by Emily Eckton

Promise the Night by Michaela Maccoll


The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell


Raja: Story of a Racehorse by Anne Hambleton (animals, contemporary fiction)

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (bullying, graphic novel, memoir)

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hèléne Boudreau (fantasy, family issues)

Rebel in a Dress Series: Cowgirls and Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Rebels and Revolutions by Judy Dodge Cummings (history, nonfiction, true tales)

Red: The Next Generation of American Writers edited by Amy Goldwasser

Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang (history, memoir, Chinese Cultural Revolution)

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (family issues, Cuba, historical fiction, multicultural)

Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger (adventure, contemporary fiction)

The Revelation of Louisa May by Michael MacColl (historical fiction, mystery)

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Ricky’s Atlas by Judith L. Li, illustrations by M. L. Herring

Ringside 1925 by Jen Bryant

Robots and Drones by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabot (graphic novel, nonfiction)

Rocky Road by Rose Kent (contemporary fiction, family issues, mental illness)

Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols (family issues, historical fiction)

Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman


The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused by Kari Lee Townsend

The Saturday Cooking Club: Kitchen Chaos by Deborah A. Levine and JillEllyn Riley

The Saturday Cooking Club: The Icing on the Cake by Deborah A. Levine and JillEllyn Riley

Saturdays With Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Science Comics: The Brain by Tory Woollcott (graphic novel, nonfiction, science)

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsay Leavitt

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Secret Garden: Artist’s Edition by Johanna Basford

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland

The Short Seller by Elissa Brent Weissman

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Skylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli (family issues, friendship, historical fiction, World War II France

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn

Soccer Sisters: Lily Out of Bounds by Andrea Montalbano

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor

The Space Race by Matthew Brendan Wood (history, nonfiction

Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind by Halley Bondy

The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason

Spud by Jon van de Ruit

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stolen Voices edited by Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger

Storm Walker by Mike Revell

Strange But True, America by John Hafnor

Strimko Book 1 by the Grabarchuk Family

The Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

Survival: True Stories by Tom McCarthy

Survivor Diaries: Lost by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, contemporary fiction, true tales)

Survivor Diaries: Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson (adventure, contemporary fiction, true tales)

Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge by Ramey Channell

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg


The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, written by Ellis Weiner, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught

The Thirteenth Summer by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

This is Me from Now On by Barbara Dee

Thrilling Thieves by Brianna DuMont (biography, nonfiction, true tales)

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship

Tomb Raiders by Judy Dodge Cummngs (nonfiction, true tales, Mystery & Mayhem series))

Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee

The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills

This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy (civil rights, history, memoir, nonfiction, school integration)

Tru and Nelle: A Christmas Story by G. Neri

The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The Truth: I’m Smart, I’m a Girl and I Know Everything by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

The Truth About Faking by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee

Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris, Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

The Turnip Princess by Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World story by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrations by Ethan Long

Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

Under Shifting Glass by Nicky Singer

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn (animal stories, mythology, friendship)

Uprooted by Lynne Reid Banks

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

Upside Down Magic: Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins


The Vietnam War by Barbara Diggs (history nonfiction)

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth


Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton

Walter, The Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba, illustrated by Donna Diamond

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

The Water and the Wild by K. E. Ormsbee

Water Steps by A. LaFaye

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders (civil rights, history, nonfiction)

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Whatever After: Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages

Why? Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy

Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage


The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy

The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg

Yuri’s Brush with Magic by Maureen Crane Wartski


Zitface by Emily Howse

Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic





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