100+ books for tweens full of mystery, history and adventure

books for tweens mystery history adventure
Posted on October 19, 2020

As part of the launch of The Fire Star last month, I’ve been very busy putting together booklists for readers of all ages. But, mostly, books for tweens.

Mystery books for tweens. Adventure books for tweens. Fantasy books for tweens.

You name it, I’ve rounded them up.

Now I’m bringing them all together here in one place for easy reference.

Click on the links below to discover some fabulous new books for your young reader.

20 novels for tweens who like history

21 fantastic books for older girls

22 great new book series by Australian authors

Adventure series for tween readers by Australian authors

15 new books for 12-14 year olds

22 mystery novels for tweens


I’ve also got some tips here to help you to keep the very tricky tween age group engaged in reading.

3 top tips to keep your tween interested in reading

3 tips to get girls reading books again


Lastly, some new reviews of THE FIRE STAR!

A mystery, an adventure, a secret society and an unlikely friendship between a maid and squire… ‘The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery’ by A.L. Tait has it all.” – Megan Daley, Children’s Books Daily

“This is an adventure/mystery that will immediately capture the imaginations of middle grade readers with immensely likeable heroes as well as thoroughly unpleasant villains.

Maven and Reeve make a terrific pairing as both bring their own backgrounds, upbringing and personal standards to a narrative that is fast-paced and full of excitement.

Highly recommended for readers from around ten years upwards.” – Sue Warren, Just So Stories

Chapters jump between third- and first-person perspective as the story switches between Reeve and Maven’s point of view but the author writes so clearly this does not present a problem. This middle-grade historical adventure novel is suitable for readers aged nine and older and is sure to be enjoyed by AL Tait’s fans.” – Dianne Bates, Buzz Words Magazine


A L Tait The Fire StarAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries (you’ll find book #1 THE FIRE STAR here).

 You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.


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