80+ Trustworthy Books for Tweens, Part II

80+ Trustworthy Books for Tweens, Part II

80+ Trustworthy Books for Your Tween | sarahdamm.comLast week, I shared my 12-year-old daughter’s love for reading. How it started when she was a baby, and even though she has grown out of many “little girl” things, reading remains a very big part of her life.

The hard part is that I can’t keep up with her, and I don’t always trust the selection at our library or book store. So, I posed a question to some friends on social media, asking them for quality book recommendations that their tweens have enjoyed. I received a tremendous response, so I am going to share that list here on my blog. I figure, if I need book recommendations for my 12-year-old daughter, it’s likely that other moms could benefit from them, too.

A few notes:

  • The list is long, and it will keep her (and any child) busy well past the summer. I am providing it in two parts, so that it isn’t so overwhelming.
  • I made an attempt to categorize these books, but they could easily cross categories. I posted Part I here, which includes the largest categories: About Girls and Historical Fiction. Part II, below, includes Animal Favorites, Family and Friends, Adventure/Mystery, and Faith-based books.
  • Please note that my daughter (nor I) has not read all of these books. (The ones she has read are in bold.) You will have to decide if a particular book is right for your child, or not.
  • Please also note that I have linked these to Amazon.com, of which I am an associate, but I am sure many are available at the local library.

Family and Friends

All-of-a-Kind Family
The Moffats

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
The Penderwicks
The Railway Children
Eight Cousins

Jack and Jill
Jo’s Boys
Little Men
A Fair Barbarian
The Golden Road
The Story Girl
The Good Master
The Singing Tree
The Mitchell’s Five for Victory
Canadian Summer
Friendly Gables
Under the Lilacs

Animal Favorites

Redwall (entire series)
Ginger Pye
Watership Down
The Small War of Sargent Donkey
Misty of Chincotague (entire series)
Summer of the Monkeys


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Narnia series)
Adventures of the Northwoods 
(entire series)
Trixie Belden series
Nancy Drew series
Hardy Boys series

The Mysterious Benedict Society
A Wrinkle in Time
Alvin Fernald series
Francie on the Run
Winterling (entire series)
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (Books 1 & 2)
The Sherwood Ring

Faith-based Books

Mary Fabyan Windeatt saint books series
Olivia and the Little Way
Olivia’s Gift

Happy reading! Oh! And if you and your tween have a favorite book that’s not on the list, please feel free to share it in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “80+ Trustworthy Books for Tweens, Part II

  1. Love so many of these books! Eight Cousins was my favorite and now it’s my 11 year old daughter’s favorite too (she read it when she was ten). A few others we have loved reading together are: The Mother Daughter Book Club (the whole series) and the Betsy Tacy Series.

    1. Hi Pam! Thanks for stopping by! I admit, I haven’t read “Eight Cousins,” yet … My 12yo will beat me in finishing “Little Women” this summer! She also read “The Mother Daughter Book Club” series this summer and LOVED it! See, I just can’t keep up with her 🙂 Oh! And Betsy-Tacy is adorable! She hasn’t read the later ones, yet … But we both loved the first 3!

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