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Best Books for 12-14 year olds

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In 2015, we put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

The books below are ones suitable for children and teens aged 12-14.

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: 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 esta…

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  • The Kite Rider

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

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  • The Kite Rider

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

    Haoyou feels powerless when the man responsible for his father's death demands to marry his mother. Determined to support her hims…

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: 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, b…

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly - but she can't fly forever...

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by…

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

    Seventeen-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a party. The two of them like each other immediately, and soon fall in love - but ar…

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