Your Kid’s Next Read #BOOKSTIVE list for readers 12-14

Books for 12 year olds for Christmas
Posted on December 7, 2022

If you’re looking for books to give as gifts for readers aged 12-14 this festive season, I’ve got a shopping list for you!

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying as a gift in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 10-12 year olds. (Find links to book lists for younger readers at the end of this post.)

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!




We are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad


The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley


Books for 12 year olds for ChristmasThe Wizard In My Shed by Simon Farnaby


The Fire Star by A. L. Tait


The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon


Interned by Pamela Rushby


Books for 12 year old for ChristmasTiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim


The Stand-In by Allison Rushby


Alone by Megan E. Freeman


Unraveller by Frances Hardinge


books for 12 year old for ChristmasAmari and the Night Brothers (series) by B. B. Alston


Runt by Craig Silvey


The Wearing Of The Green by Claire Saxby


Waiting For The Storks by Katrina Nannestad


Books for 12 year old for christmasThe Inheritance Games (series) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 13+


Touching The Void by Joe Simpson 14+


Unnecessary Drama by Nina Kenwood 14+


The Killing Code by Ellie Marney 14+


Books for 14 year old for ChristmasThe Museum of Broken Things by Lauren Draper 14+


Take A Bow Noah Mitchell by Tobias Madden 14+



YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 6-8

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 8-10

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 10-12


Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!


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