If you are looking for books for your pre-teen child, these six might be worth having a closer look at. Some are old, some are new, some are packed with action, others take it at a more leisurely pace, but common for them all are that they have been enjoyed by millions of children and adults across the world (myself included!)
In random order:
– Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
A series of books following the ever curious Anne, from she arrives with her new foster parents and until she gets children of her own.
– The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
After the death of her parents young Mary comes to live with her uncle in his large and rather creepy old house. At first she finds it very hard to settle in, but slowly as she discovers more of the secrets of the house and makes some friends, things start to change for her. And also for the other members of the household.
– Rowan of Rin, by Emily Rodda
A series of 5 books following the boy Rowan on his many quests and adventures and watching him grow from a fearful child to a strong young man. Emily Rodda is also the author of the Deltora Quest series and The Three Doors trilogy. Her books are definitely worth looking into if you have children or young teenagers.
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
A series of 7 books following young Harry and his friends through their journey into the wizarding world. They face many dangers and must go through many quests, while facing important questions about who they are, who can be trusted and what really is right and wrong. It’s a thrilling and exciting series, but keep in mind that as Harry grows older through the books, so does the nature of the story and the recommended reader’s age. The last few books are rather dark and I would not recommend them for an eleven year old quite yet.
– The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
A secret land beyond a wardrobe and in a time that is not ours. Adventures are waiting and answers need to be found. A lion who can speak, an evil queen, magic and children who can be heroes. What more is needed for a perfectly exciting adventure to happen?
– Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This series of books follows Laura and her family from their life in the forest and through their journey as new settles on the prairie in the late 1800s.