20 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 13

Your young, independent reader will surely enjoy these classic and unforgettable titles before entering the teen years.



20 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 13

The titles on this list are books your child will remember reading for a whole lifetime. That's because these stories offer a lifeline through "the awkward years" of late elementary and middle school.  The young protagonists in these adventures face loneliness, discouragement and a yearning for more as they navigate school life, family secrets and serious hard knocks.  Kids will came away from these books full of hope that they, too, will persevere — and even thrive.  Explore this list and encourage your child to read these enlightening books before hitting the teenage years. 

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