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Best books for 12 year old girls

Updated on December 9, 2015

In this article we review some of the best books written for 12 year old girls, but we also look at some of the most popular contemporary works. I recommend that you keep the personality of the girl for whom you are buying a book in mind, when you pick one.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

This book is about a 12-year-old American Indian girl, Karana. Her people are moved by ship from the island on which they lived. As the ship leaves the island she realizes that her little brother has been left behind. She leaps into the water and swims back to the island to save him.

He dies shortly thereafter leaving her stranded and alone on the island. This is the story of how she survived on the island for 18 years. The book is based on a real life event.

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a winner of the "The Newberry Medal for Best Children's Book" and deservedly so, it is an absolutely inspiring tale.


This book is narrowly targeted at tween girls, certainly not for the rest of us. It explores the forbidden love between a human and a vampire, taking time to explore the emotions involved.

The story, like the movie, is pretty straight forward. It is well written and the author sets up several enjoyable interactions and scenarios for the characters. Bottom line, if you liked the movie, you'll love the book.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winning book written by Harper Lee. The book tells the story of two children, Scout and her brother Jem. It is set in 1930 Alabama during the Great Depression. As the summer starts Scout is struggling with her change from a child into a lady. Then her father, a lawyer in the town, is assigned to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Considering what a great classic To Kill a Mockingbird is, it is very easy to read.

Miles to Go

Miley Cyrus AKA Hannah Montana is a wildly popular music/TV star. Very popular with 12 year old girls, not so much with the rest of us. The book is her well written autobiography and a must read for all her fans.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The book is a quirky comedy about Claudia Kincaid an almost 12 year old who is fed up with her limited television choices and low allowance. Together with her middle brother she runs away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This starts them off on a charming adventure.

The Princess Diaries

This is a silly but entertaining story about a girl who lives a simple life with her mother. One day she finds out that her father is actually prince making her the crown princess. She goes of to their European country on an adventure.

The lead character has all the problems of a young teen: flat chest, bad hair, feet too big, cute boy doesn't khow she is alive.

The City of Ember

This is the story of 2 12 year olds, Lina and Doon. They live in the underground city of Ember. The city is having all kinds of problems with power cuts and food shortages. It turns out that the city was only built as a temporary shelter and the nuclear power plant is running out of fuel.

The builders wrote a plan for the citizens to leave Ember when this happens, but the document was lost. Lina who works as a messenger discovers the document.

The strongest points of the book are the relationship between Lina and Doon and the peculiarities of the society in the city of Ember. The book is a must read for your boys and girls alike.

If you enjoyed best books for 12 year old girls you should also read best toys for 3 year old girls and best books for 10 year old boys.

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