22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

Ah the Tween years. The preteens. Most children in this age group can read chapter books easily on their own, and your hope is to really get them hooked on books during this phase. You need good, quality books that are entertaining and keep your child coming back for more, but you also want clean language, pure content, and storylines that won’t keep him up at night.

These are some of our favorite books for this age group. All of these books are books that my preteens have read and loved. Most are books we had to own because they are liked so much. You can find more great suggestions in my 15 Chapter Books for Girls post and my Chapter Books for Boys post. These books are in no particular order. This post contains affiliate links. 

Wonder by R. J. Placio

Kaitlyn declares this book the best book ever written.

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

Kaitlyn and McKenna are both completely obsessed with this series right now.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

If your child handles this book well, have him/her move on to the Lord of The Rings series as he/she gets on the older half of the preteen age.

22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

This is Brayden’s current favorite.

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Huge hit in my house, and a huge hit among all fourth graders at our school right now.

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

A great follow-up for the Percy Jackson fans.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

One of the best books ever written. Save it for an older preteen age range–10-12.

Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull

Five Kingdoms by Toby Neighbors

I accidentally found this book when searching for the Five Kingdoms above. It has come to be a favorite of Brayden and my husband.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

A must-have for any book list.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

The Sorcerer’s Ring by Mogan Rice

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Ranger’s Apprentice by John A. Flanagen

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Spirit Animals by Various Authors

Survivors by Eric Hunter

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

Beyonders by Brandon Mull

The Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey

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