The list author says: "So many great books for tweens, so little time to preview them. Here is a list of (eventually 40) books that my kids and I liked or loved, in no particular order, that are appropriate for 10 to 12 year olds (plus or minus). Happy Reading!"
"A very nerdy middle schooler named Dwight engages the prophetic abilities (or not) of his origami Yoda puppet to help solve his friends' problems in this neat, unique story. Good in audio version too-my rating 5 stars."
"Best enjoyed in audiobook format performed by the amazing Katherine Kellgren, this is an action packed, interesting story about a plucky young governess whose three charges were raised by wolves-my rating 5 stars."
"Remember the super scary fairy tales of your youth? Author Adam Gidwitz put together this story about Hansel and Gretel's adventures without pulling any punches. Appropriate for those who have a high tolerance for the super scary-my rating 4 stars."
"Except for some talk about alcoholism and violence, this tale about not bowing to peer pressure about a boy with electrical superpowers, is, I think, entirely appropriate for tweens-my rating 5 stars."
"This is one of my all time favorite books for its fast-paced action, smart writing, and clever chapter titles. I've only read the first one by my son raced through the entire series and continued on with next-my rating 5 stars."
"After reading this, the first in the series about two orphans who are preyed upon by a nefarious villain, we raced through all 13 books, full of robust vocabulary, action, adventure, and plenty of literary references-my rating 5 stars."
"Okay, so tweens will likely find this very easy reading, but the story of the Lorax and what happened to the trees is an excellent lesson about the environment for earthlings of all ages-my rating 5 stars."
"Loved this one so much, I've listened to the audiobook twice, once with my kids and once without. An amazing cricket who unexpectedly ended up in Times Square makes beautiful music, and friends-my rating 5 stars."
"A cool feature, the sketch of a rat falling from a branch along the side of the text, is one of several things I liked about this book about a shy girl with absent parents, a healthful nanny, and a talking rat whose actions lead to plenty of mischief-my rating 4 stars."
"When Clarice Bean's friend moves away, she struggles, and resents the attention her classmates bestow on the new girl, but using techniques learned in her Ruby Redfort book, she helps solve a mystery and gain a friend-my rating 5 stars."
"The "weird Watsons," show readers what it was like to grow up as an African-American family in Flint, Michigan during 1963. Their trip to Birmingham places them in the middle of the church bombing that resulted in the death of four girls. Appropriate for older tweens (11 or 12). Excellent in audio format-my rating 5 stars."
"A 12-year-old girl's efforts to make friends with a new neighbor are hampered by her autistic brother's behavior. Befriending a wheelchair-bound boy, she is forced to make a difficult choice-my rating 5 stars."
"Although the connection between the main characters of the two tales in this book is obvious, its superior sketches are very necessary to tell the story. Thunderstorms is a recurring theme-my rating 4 stars."
"In spite of being a bit dated and referencing marijuana, the backstory in the 35th anniversary edition makes it worthwhile. A 12-year-old girl runs away to a museum where she and her brother try to solve a mystery-my rating 4 stars."
"A boy whose assignment to an extremely important job learns more than he bargained for about the goings on in his town is one of my favorite books in the genre. Better for older tweens-my rating 5 stars."
"A bored boy ends up in a strange, magical world in this story stuffed to the gills with wordplay. Kids may need some encouragement (or read aloud time with a parent) to help them wade through it-my rating 4 stars."
"When their father is taken away unexpectedly, a woman and her three children move to the countryside to save money. Crammed with heroic acts, it's still a good story about dealing with diversity-my rating 4 stars."
"Loved this one as a child just as much (the audio version) with my kids. It has a few contrived moments (notably, near the end) but is still a great, clean, classic about tougher, simpler bygone days-my rating 4 stars."
"This sad but beautifully written story follows a year in the life of a 10-year-old girl named HÃ , who escapes Vietnam during the war only to find that life in Alabama is also difficult, though in different ways. The excellent audioversion allows listeners to properly experience Vietnamese words-my rating 5 stars."
"A brave, resourceful Native American girl finds herself alone on an island, not only does she survive, she thrives. This is one of my top five favorite Newbery Award winners, even better when enjoyed in audio format performed by Tantoo Cardinal-my rating 5 stars."
"This coming of age story is about a boy whose family wants more than anything else for his autism-afflicted sister to be allowed entry into a special school. In spite of having to deal with a new school, new home, and new friends, Moose Flanagan ingeniously achieves the goal in this entertaining story (excellent in audio format)-my rating 5 stars."