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Do you have any book suggestions for a 12-year-old?

My daughter is a real book worm and I'd like to get her a great book this Christmas. She's grown up a lot over the last year, and I know that the Jacqueline Wilson books she loved this time last year would be totally rejected(!) so I'd love some suggestions! She can handle quite grown up stuff, and pretty complex vocabulary. She did love Hunger Games and Twilight but I think she's out grown those. Any ideas?

Seeking Opinion E-books 3 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon
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Kent, UK

2 experts and 1 parent have answered

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Sean Braacx expert
Sean Braacx Dad & Founder @ Whys Learning Vancouver, CA
Technology expert

Around that age I loved Enders Game. As it is now a movie you can always go and watch it after!

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Dr Aaron Balick expert
Dr Aaron Balick Psychotherapist London, GB
Psychiatry/psychology expert

At the risk of some minor self-promotion here, I'd like to recommend my own book, Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life's pressures and stress. While most life lessons can be gleaned from Literature (a very valuable way to learn them), sometimes a direct approach to life's challenges is welcome, especially for young people. My richly illustrated book takes a friendly and direct approach to dealing with the challenges of this age -- those of family, friends, school, relationships, sexuality, and technology.

It's a really great resource for young people just your daughter's age. Parents who read it find it helpful too -- not only to help enable their children to learn the "soft skills" to better approach challenges in life and help them do the myriads of exercises it suggests, but also because the lessons apply equally to adults as they do children. In fact, the book simply applies long accepted psychological interventions that adults will be familiar with in a developmentally appropriate and child-friendly way.

I'm really proud of Keep Your Cool and am hopeful that it will be as helpful to your daughter as it has to the other young people I have heard from who have benefited from it:

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Opinion 3 years ago
Sarah Westwater
Sarah Westwater Social Science degree undergrad Jersey, Channel Islands

non fiction:

Soul Surfer: by Bethany Hamilton (totally inspiring bio), or

The Lion Children by Angus Mcneice, Maisie Mcneice and Travers Mcneice


CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (fab series, really exciting, not too girly)

Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale (definitely for girls; she writes some great classic fantasy too)

Gone by Michael Grant (better than the Hunger Games - real page turner)

when in need of inspiration:

Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen

I used to be a kids bookseller…teenage books are better than adults!


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