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Books for talented 12 year old readers

Kerryann Kenney "Kerryann"
The list author says: "List I created as a reference for my bookworms"
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
"All space pioneer books are enthralling for someone looking for a good non fiction or biography. Note: there is a scene with a chimp where the F word is used but since the chimp is blasting into space it is supposed to suggest what he is thinking. Normally I don't like that word and kids (who does) but it is minor and the rest of the book is excellent."
Bambi
Bambi
"Not what you think. Yes, the Disney cartoon is based on this book, but this book is a delight for the animal loving student (male or female)"
All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small
"First in a trilogy of books based on the experiences of a country vet in Great Britain. This is a big, densely written book. I think I first read it as a reader's digest condensed book, but it is a little forgotten and any animal And word loving child will enjoy it."
War Horse: (Movie Cover)
War Horse: (Movie Cover)
"Excellent book and I noticed the review included suggestions for other animal/war books...another related boom is the short classic All Quiet on the Western Front or Sea Biscuit by Laura Hillenbrand"
Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics)
Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics)
"As a child I loved the rich detail about life with the perfect pet, a baby raccoon. As an adult I reread it with pleasure and enjoyed the immersion in a bygone time. The setting and escape that this book provides is tremendous. Great writing. I consider this book and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat as a pair. Great choices for the budding naturalist child."
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
"This is a book to read on an ereader because of all the 19th century thieves jargon. A fabulous heist book and a short book to boot. Very manageable."
Alive
Alive
"This true tale of a plane crash was a huge hit in my middle school. The adventure was gripping and the incidence of cannibalism made this book irresistible...If you want to continue the morbid miserable streak, look up The Donner Party on Wikipedia"
A Night to Remember (Holt Paperback)
A Night to Remember (Holt Paperback)
"This is my go to recommend for anyone looking for a great non fiction. This slim book chronicles the sinking of the titanic brilliantly."
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
"Many versions abound about Shackleton's far south expedition. Read this one first and be sure to look up Frank Hurley's incredible black and white photos. Possibly the best book I ever read and I am not alone in that opinion."
In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
"The book that invented the true crime genre. I also like The Stranger Beside me by Ann Rule and Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. These books are graphic and violent. I remember loving these morbid books because like most kids, it was unreal to me."
Fear Is the Key
Fear Is the Key
"This author is better known for his book The Guns Of Navarone. A great adventure writer...check out any of his books. I love his use of technical detail and pacing"
The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel)
The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel)
"Another super satisfying thriller because of all the glorious technical detail...my dad passed  me this book when it came out, I can still remember his hardcover with the Naval Institute Press imprint."
Special Service : The Best Poems Of Robert W. Service
Special Service : The Best Poems Of Robert W. Service
"I love story poems. My favorite The Ballad of Dan McGrew is just right for a read aloud at campfire or to kick off a string of far north reads like White Fang by Jack London"
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
"I could not put this book down. Devastating and sensational and true. Also read Into The Wild by the same author."
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (P.S.)
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (P.S.)
"More man against nature. Another good one is Isaac's storm by Erik Larson about the Galveston Hurricane... If you still like that genre a book a high schooler might tackle is Johnstown by David McCullough. And I loved Into the Wild by Kraukauer."
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen
"Switching gears, this book was a huge favorite because it was true, it was funny and it had loads of detail about the pioneering days of motion study."
The Birchbark House
The Birchbark House
"If you loved the Little House on the Prairie books then this first book in a series about a young Obijawa Native American girl delivers on great writing, great research, great read"
The Crystal Cave (The Arthurian Saga, Book 1)
The Crystal Cave (The Arthurian Saga, Book 1)
"Changing gears again, this time to the Arthurrian Saga. If you liked Watership Down or The Hobbit, dive into Mary Stuart."
The Count of Monte Cristo (Everyman's Library)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Everyman's Library)
"I suggest the abridged version and tackle the unabridged version later in life as a summer challenge. I love the theme of obsession and revenge that dominate this book."
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Signet Classics)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Signet Classics)
"All of Twain is worth reading, but these two first and then over again later"
The Woman in White (Hardcover Classics)
The Woman in White (Hardcover Classics)
"Wonderful ghost story, by contemporary of Charles Dickens. Warning, this is a big big book...a challenging book to tackle but an engross g story"
Different Seasons (Signet)
Different Seasons (Signet)
"I remember visiting my cousins in the summer and reading their books. I had a summer or two where I read just Stephen King. Cujo, Christine, Firestarter, Carrie, Pet Sematary, Dead Zone. King uses graphic language but he is an amazing storyteller."
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1)
"If you are looking for a sic fi fantasy series, loom no further. This is a home run series."
The Graveyard Book: A Novel
The Graveyard Book: A Novel
"I love Gaiman as a writer, as a blogger, as a tastemaker, a proponent of the arts. I love this book, the Sandman series is brilliant..next on my list by Gaiman is Stardust. His children's book Blueberry Girl is on YouTube. check that out too, and don't forget to read his blog."
The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others
The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others
"Back to horror, read Poe. read The Monkey's Paw...you will never forget it"
The Jungle Book (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
The Jungle Book (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
"Brilliant vocabulary, great stories. I also recommend The Just So Stories read aloud by Boris Karloff"
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
"I could not put this book down. I was totally sucked in. When i came up for air after I obsessively read the trilogy, I thought I don't think I will reread this series but what a ride the first time around..."
Twenty Days: A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Twenty Days: A Narrative in Text and Pictures of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
"Various editions of this title abound. It will help you kick off a life long interest in Lincoln."
Four Days
Four Days
"The collected articles about JfK assassination and state funeral. incredible book. lots of photos. Highly recommend."
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
"This is great. Roots is great. Uncle Tom's Cabin (fiction) Books like this fed my need for great historical reads."
One Second After
One Second After
"Post apocalyptic story of survival in small North Carolina town. many great reads in this genre...also try Hiroshima by John Hersey. True and unforgettable."
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
"I love the rich descriptive language and the unforgettable Anne Shirley"
The Swiss Family Robinson: or, Adventures in a desert island
The Swiss Family Robinson: or, Adventures in a desert island
"Loads of detail about surviving in a new world. I reread this many times. I always wished to be shipwrecked, adopted or to win a match race."
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
"I read this book many times and it spurred an interest in WWIi and the resistance movement"