Guest post by 12 year old Charlotte – last minute Christmas book recommendations for 10-13 year old set.


CharlotteI asked my 12 year old to put together a guest post today with book recommendations for 10-13year olds. Here is what she came up with. She is an avid reader but she focussed on series that she thinks have mass appeal to both boys and girls.


For a series of action packed books that’s great for girls and guys the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson is a brilliant choice. I’d recommend this book to ages 12 and up. It’s an awesome book about six kids who are 2% bird and have wings along with multiple other strange abilities. They’ve escaped from a science facility that’s trying to destroy them but now they have to destroy it before it destroys the world for a reason they’re not quite sure of. It’s an amazing series and I couldn’t stop reading it I was never sure what would happen next and the narrator, a girl called Maximum Ride, was always making witty comments making me laugh or smirk.

Despite the action packed awesomeness there were hidden messages in it about loyalty, friendship and how just because we’re different that doesn’t mean we’re not awesome. This is a great series and I really hope you read it and it brings you as much joy as it did me. For rating this 1-10 this is a definite 10.

Another series that will captivate kids is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This is a spectacular series about a boy called Percy Jackson the son of the Greek god Poseidon, god of the sea. He goes from a normal life into one full of monsters, magic and other dangerous things he couldn’t even begin to imagine. He meets new friends, enemies and has to overcome challenges he didn’t think he could. I’m in love with this series and am currently enjoying the sequel to the brilliant series and seeing some of my favourite characters come back to face stunning challenges. I recommend this book for ages 11 to fourteen and the second series 11 to maybe 16 or possibly 17. On a scale of 1-10 this series is a 9 ¾. This book is great for guys and girls.

A trilogy of books that is also brilliant is the Sun Sword trilogy by Belinda Murrell. The trilogy is about four kids in a strange world where their land has been invaded by an invading country and they take it upon themselves to save it. But what can a princess, a tailor’s son, a healer’s daughter and a horseman’s son do against a trained and armed army? If you read you’ll find out won’t you. I’m crazy about these books and have read the trilogy 3 times. I recommend this book for ages 10-13 or maybe 14. On a scale of 1-10 this book would be an eight or a nine. I hope you love this Aussie author’s books just as much as I did and still do.

by Charlotte


12/21/2012 09:20:38 am

What a great post, Charlotte! My sister who is quite a few years past her teens enjoyed the Maximum Ride series, too. You may have persuaded me to give them a read.

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