What are the best books for 12 and 13 year old girls?

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    #1The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Nicholas Black
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books of all time. I picked it up when I was in middle school and couldn't put it down. Death as the narrator was an unexpected twist at the beginning, and it only got better from there. Great read!"
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    #2Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Samuel Carroll
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "one of the best books of all time and just a general joy to read"
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    #3Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    #4Pie

    Pie
    Pie is a novel about the mysterious death of Polly Portman, the woman whom Pie recipe is award-winning. After her death, her niece Alice with the help of his friend Charlie, investigate who killed her aunt.
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    Edward Keller
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "This is an excellent book and very well written and perfect for my kids to read and enjoy."
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    #5A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    Peter Ward
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A Wrinkle in Time is frequently pointed to as a classic example of a book that caused a lot of controversy that we today might find silly. At the time it was written, however, it was a brave exercise in pushing the envelope of societal norms in art and literature. For that reason, I believe any literary fan would say you owe it to L'Engle and freethinkers everywhere to give it a read and widen your perspective given your age; you'll be all the smarter for it later in life."
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    #6The Elite (The Selection)

    The Elite (The Selection)

     The Elite is the third book in the series The Selection. The plot of the novel is about how America will transform their government from democratic to monarchy so that he will reign as the King.

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    Gerald Rose
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "This seems like a great book for young girls to read. If you are looking for a book for one check this out."
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    #7Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Jordan Flores
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "Classic book! This is worth a read by any 12 or 13 year old girl. The story is the thing here and the fact that it takes place in a difficult time is the flavor. Lowry is a treasure and a giver. Every book of hers is well worth a read."
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    #8Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    #9The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    Andrea Morris
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "The Secret Garden is a good book for 12 and 13 year old girls "
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    #10Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
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    #11The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 

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    Cecilia Monroy
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Perfect next read for any fans of the Divergent series or The Hunger Games series. The Maze Runner is the first book is a fantastic young adult series set in a dystopian future. This book kept me thoroughly engaged and is likely to delight middle school age girls and boys alike."
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    #12City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.
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    Judith Mason
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The book itself is really great but it may not be right for 12-13 year olds. You may want to have your girls wait until they are more around 15 to read it. I thought some of the themes might be a little too old for tweens and such."
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    #1313 Treasures

    13 Treasures

    Thirteen treasures is a novel about a girl who can see fairies and other mythical creatures, but the fairies are not what we imagined. Her mother's disbelief made her send Tanya to her granny, but more creatures are waiting for her there.

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    Juan Uribe
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "I bought this for my niece for her birthday, and at first she wasn't very enthused to get a book as a gift, but since she started reading it she's started asking for more just like it. I don't know if it's part of a series or not, but I'll keep my eye out for similar titles. She's sure to love them."
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    #14Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.

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    Harry Powell
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I thought it was okay. I din't like how invested it made me get in her struggle with little payoff in this book. Maybe better if you read the rest of the series."
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    #15The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Dylan Hernandez
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "I have definitely given this book as a gift more than once because of how important its message of the importance of a persons uniqueness can have. It's darkly moody and highly introspective and it doesn't really give any easy answers and that's really amazing when you think about it, compared to modern VA fiction it does not paint everything in black and white. "
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    #16The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Richard Hall
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I bought the The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) book for my 13 year old daughter because she enjoy reading and wanted something new to read after finishing the HP series. She love it so much. I even borrowed the book from her and read it myself and I have to agree one of the best book for her age. The novel is truly addicting and filled with action pack with a slight of humor in the novel that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Also it has a lot of mythology in it which is a plus to me! Would highly recommend it."
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    #17Divergent

    Divergent

    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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    Adam Elliott
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I am a nerd and this novel was one of my favorites of all time. It was the best seller at the time I bought it. It makes you feel read the entire novel in a single night. The writer of the novel has tried to make the expressions as real as possible. "
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    #18The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Christina Rodriguez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This series of books is so good.It can be empowering for young girls, but I really think this is a great book for everyone. "
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    #19The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.

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    Louis Smith
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I had never read this (or seen the movie) but have heard a lot of good things about it. My niece is a huge fan of both, so she was delighted to get this as a gift for her birthday. She says it's one of her favorite books of all time, so I think I made a good choice here."
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    #20Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel:  A book about a girl who moved in a new house with her parents. She gets bored and discontented with her family until she found a door in their new house that leads her in a parallel world that will give her surprises and nightmares. 


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    Ling Sun
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "I bought this for my daughter and she said she liked it. She read it in about two days, so it must have been pretty good. My only complaint is that shipping took a week longer then expected. But all in all my daughter liked the book and enjoyed it."
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    #21Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!

    Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!
    Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!: An award wining novel about an imaginative mouse who dreams of being a queen. She has dreams of living an extravagant and beautiful life that is opposite to her real situation. 



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    Laura Freeman
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "What a great and entertaining read for a young girl! I always insist on pre-reading everything before I gift it to my grandchildren to make sure there's no content unsuitable for their age. Babymouse met all of my standards and exceeded them as well! I actually found myself enjoying it on its own merits! I highly recommend it!"
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    #22Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

    Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

    Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: A book about a young boy who seemed to be lousy and forgetful. His story is all about everyday failures of a typical and surpassing all those by believing in a fortune cookie. 

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    Henry Keller
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "The link is to an Amazon product page for the book Big Nate: In a Class by Himself. The book Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: is a book about a young boy who seemed to be lousy and forgetful. His story is all about everyday failures of a typical and surpassing all those by believing in a fortune cookie. The book has received 4.5 out of 5 stars from 168 customers."
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    #23The Last Council (Amulet #4)

    The Last Council (Amulet #4)
    The Last Council (Amulet #4):The book is about Emily and her friends who went to the cloud city of Cielis to ask for help. When they arrive in the said city, they notice something unusual and that started their journey. 
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    Ralph Nichols
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "My niece loves reading, so I bought her this book. I thought it might have been a bit too hard for her, but she read it all and loved it. She's 11."
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    #24El Deafo

    El Deafo
    El Deafo is a story by Cece Bell about a young deaf girl who struggles with finding friendship and fitting in a peer. Her bulky hearing aid will give her super powers that will make her a super hero.
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    Helen Henderson
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "This book is better for kids that are a little younger. What a great story though."
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    #25American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese: A book that shows how it is to live as a Chinese-American. There are three characters who represents the different kinds of Chinese-Americans. It shows the characters' journey in life.

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    Juan Phillips
    Written on February 22, 2018
    "American Born Chinese is a good book for kids and young teens. It has a great message. The story line and characters are well-developed. It is easy to see why the book has won several awards. It is very engaging and has great illustrations."
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    #26Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

    Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

    Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief is the first book in Wendelin Van Draanen's mystery and comedy series for pre-teens and young adults. It was first released in 1999 and won an Edgar Award.

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    Cheryl Willis
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A very fascinating mystery book. The characters are very delightful. The story was very engrossing. I would read again."
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    #27The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

    The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)
    The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3): Emily and her friends set off in a journey to find the lost city of Cielis. They will encounter challenges and they will find their way to conquer it all.
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    Laura Simpson
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "Oh I've heard good things about the Amulet series. Not quite sure why the poster is recommending starting with book number three through. "
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    #28Soccer Chick Rules

    Soccer Chick Rules
    Soccer Chick Rules is a fiction book written by Dawn FitzGerald. It was originally published in 2006, and it tells the story of a 13-year-old girl as she tries to win a soccer game.
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    Lawrence Martin
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Soccer Chick Rules is a good feeling story that will help the self-confidence of any young sports star, girl or boy. It teaches values like trust, commitment and honor which relay into everyday life and can help any young teen girl get through the toughest times. A team is always there for you and when Tess needs them most, she turns to them and succeeds."
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    #29So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening is a novel about the struggles of Isabella Kirkwood in moving to a different town. Forced by the circumstance that her parents separated ways, she will be facing her new world alone.

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    Kenneth Fowler
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "This is a good book for 12 and 13 year old girls. I like this book."
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    #30Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade

    Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade

    Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade is a young adult fiction novel written by Barthe DeClements. This teenage book for girls is first published in 1981 by Scholastic. 

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    Harry Spencer
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I read this in 5th grade and generations after generations of 5th grades love it also. It's full of adventure and fun. It's a honest book for 5th graders and i love it."
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    #31Stranger Than Fanfiction

    Stranger Than Fanfiction
    Stranger Than Fanfiction is a book by New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer that tells a story of the world-famous actor Cash Carter. Some of his fans invited him to a road trip and he surprisingly came.
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    Phillip Webb
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I bought this for my daughter and she liked it. It was an easy read for her and she laughed a lot with some of the stories it told. "
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    #32I'm So Sure (Charmed Life)

    I'm So Sure (Charmed Life)

    I'm So Sure is a novel about the teenage girl Bella who got involved in a reality show because of his stepfather. It's like having a camera wherever she goes and she will live with it while experiencing typical teenage problems.

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    Adam Mason
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "I got this for my daughter for her birthday. She loved it! It was great to see her reading a book instead of scrolling through her phone!"
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    #33The Neptune Project

    The Neptune Project
    The Neptune Project is the first book in the science fiction series The Neptune Project written by Polly Holyoke which centers on Nere who feels more comfortable in the water than the land and finds out the truth behind it. 
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    Jane Chapman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Thoroughly enjoyed it. Had to pick up the 2nd book in the series, too! Thought the 2nd was even better than the 1st! Read it with my 8 year old son - he loved the idea of an underwater colony, and the dolphin interactions, but was a little disturbed by by the fighting/deaths/things lurking in the deep not to mention kids off by themselves. I can see where that would appeal to many kids, but if yours is sensitive be forewarned."
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    #34Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst)

    Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst)
    Raising Dragons is the first book in the series Dragons in our Midst. The story is about a girl and a boy who has dragon pasts. They team up together to fight the evil forces and as they brawl the evil love will grow. 
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    Eugene Nelson
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "Very nice idea not much out here like this i would use if available "
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    #35Struck By Lightning

    Struck By Lightning
    Struck By Lightning is a book by Chris Colfer that tells the story of Carson. He will blackmail one of the most famous students in their school just to make his college application pleasing.
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    Mildred Lopez
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Hard to really tell how much anyone else likes this book. Might be a good read for young readers. There seems to be a lot of paid reviews on Amazon, as with many products, so that makes things less clear."

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Best What are the best books for 12 and 13 year old girls
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Book ThiefBooks 42 Paid
2Anne of Green GablesBooks 38 Paid
3Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 35 Paid
4PieBooks 34 Paid
5A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 31 Paid
6The Elite (The Selection)Books 29 Paid
7Number the StarsBooks 28 Paid
8HolesBooks 26 Paid
9The Secret GardenBooks 24 Paid
10Charlotte's WebBooks 23 Paid
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