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Popular Series for 11-13 Year Olds

Use the book and author suggestions below to match the reading level and interests of your preteen.

Learning Benefits

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Be aware that there is a wide array of reading abilities across this age. Look throughout the below suggestions and select those that match the reading level and interests of your child. Don’t limit your child to books he or she can read — explore the books together! 

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Authors Who “Get” This Age Group

  • Gary Paulsen
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Kathryn Lasky
  • Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Erin Hunter
  • Brian Selznick
  • Elizabeth George Speare
  • Tamara Pierce
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Jack London
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Kate Camilla
  • Natalie Babbitt
  • Roahl Dahl
  • Avi
  • Scott O'Dell
  • Louis Sachar
  • E. L. Konigsburg
  • E. B. White
  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • Sharon Creech
  • Karen Hesse
  • Natalie Babbitt
  • Jerry Spinelli
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • David Wiesner
  • Peter Reynolds


Magazines: Magazines are a wonderful way to gain knowledge and expertise in a topic of interest or to extend reading to new genres or venues. Some great ones to choose from:


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