School is back in session and the time has come for everyone to hit the books. If you don’t already have a reading list for the upcoming months, don’t fret! We’ve put together the perfect list of tween must-reads that are sure to win over your hearts. Check out our top 10 below!
1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
This bestselling novel is perfect for those looking to find a “coming-of-age” classic. Centered around the life of a young Latina girl in Chicago, the story follows her journey to self-discovery. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel enlightened all in the same read!
2. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
On a more lighthearted note, Clementine is a relatable figure who has just had a really, really terrible week at school. Despite this, she’s able to persevere and be optimistic. Clementine is a character that everyone can learn from in their day-to-day!
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Like Clementine, Matilda is struggling. However, Matilda has a much larger problem in that she is stuck with an unappreciative family. Matilda finds an unexpected friendship in her teacher, Miss Honey as she learns to fight for what is right or both herself and others.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
If you're the one for the mysterious and eerie genre, this 13 book series is surely it. Following the lives of three orphaned siblings, this series doesn’t hold back in giving these children the worst of the worst. Regardless of the tragedies, the ways these children rise above their circumstances is both humorous and impressive.
5. Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
Nim may be used to island life, but she isn’t prepared to lose contact with her father and truly be alone in it all. This is an adventurous tale of a young girls journey to brave the storm and survive on her own.
6. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
If you’re a puppy lover, then Winn Dixie is your new favorite furry friend! Found in the parking lot of a grocery store, this stray dog has quite the story upon being rescued.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is a classic that everyone must read at least once, but it leaves a stronger impact when read at a younger age.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Green is the king of creating a tragic, but beautiful love story. This novel is a prime example of just this and worth a read.
9. Tuesday’s at The Castle by Jessica Day George
Princess Celie and her days spent within Castle Glower are nothing short but magical and entertaining. Each day, something changes and with each page, you’ll be more eager to learn how.
10. The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Think a younger Sabrina The Teenage Witch and you’re halfway there. Luna is raised by a witch and must learn how to master the art of being a “good witch” herself.
Know any good reads that we left off the list? Let us know and we’ll add it to the bunch! Happy reading!