Best books for 12-14 year olds

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We've put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

The books below are ones suitable for older children aged 12 to 14.

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness (From an idea by Siobhan Dowd) Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness (From an idea by Siobhan Dowd) Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute h…

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  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    Author: Ursula Le Guin

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    Author: Ursula Le Guin

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    The first in a classic series of fantasy novels, A Wizard of Earthsea follows a young boy’s development from goat herder…

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  • Liccle Bit

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Liccle Bit

    Author: Alex Wheatle

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    At school Lemar, also known as Liccle Bit due to his height, is like any teenage boy. He's in love with a girl who barely notices …

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  • Northern Lights

    Author: Philip Pullman

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Northern Lights

    Author: Philip Pullman

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 10+

    This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    Engagingly told in alternate chapters by four-foot, thirteen year-old Andi, in the UK, and her eight-foot, sixteen year-old half b…

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  • The Owl Service

    Author: Alan Garner

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Owl Service

    Author: Alan Garner

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    When Alison finds a curious dinner service in the attic, the discovery sets off a strange chain of events that look set to affect …

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  • Wonder

    Author: R J Palacio

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Wonder

    Author: R J Palacio

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    August ('Auggie') Pullman can't help but stand out - he was born with a severe facial deformity. Written in the first person, Wond…

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