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15 Terrific Books For Tween Girls To Try

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Some of the best books for tween girls are the ones that are full of adventure, relationships, events that they can relate to, and stories that fill their imaginations.

In the tween years, it can be hard to find books that really keep their interest. At this age, they have so many things going on. Through these years, reading a book is a great way to escape and join the world of impossible things where magic happens and interesting stories unfold.

These books for tween girls tell the stories of remarkable adventures and heartfelt stories tween girls can relate to and follow along with as they turn the pages.

Before we jump in, book lovers may also want to check out:

Best Tween Girl Books to Try in 2024

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Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

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Cayote and her dad have lived in an old school bus as they travel the nation ever since her mom and two sisters died in a car crash. While they haven’t really been home, she learns that the park that holds so many memories for her and her family is set to be demolished.

On their journey back home to help save the park, they meet a strange crew of misfit travelers that turns into memories, friends, and a happily ever after.

The Girl Who Looked Beyond the Stars (Sheena Meyer Book 1)

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The Girl Who Looked Beyond the Stars follows the story of a young girl named Sheena, who is just an ordinary girl the loves helping others.

When she finds out her dad is in the hospital because of a car accident, Sheena goes to visit him and realizes that she’s not just an ordinary girl anymore. She can see things that normal people can’t, magical things keep happening to her, and she meets some very odd new people. When the Murk finds out about her magical powers and sets out to find Sheena, she must protect herself and keep her friends and family safe.

Hook’s Daughter: The Untold Tale of a Pirate Princess

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Rommy counts down the days to the time when she gets to see her father. His sea adventures only bring him home twice a year, and with each visit, she hopes he takes her with him. When her father doesn’t show up, Rommy gets worried and sneaks out of school to travel through London.

When she discovers more questions than answers, she finds out that she has to go to the magical island of Neverland and fight the most notorious villain of them all in order to save her father.

Ava & Carol Detective Agency Series

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Like the Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, and Hardy Boys books, this collection is all about adventure, excitement, and unforgettable journeys.

Join the girls on the adventures of foiling plans of thieves who plan on smuggling diamonds, solve the mystery of a man who goes missing, and figure out who is terrorizing the neighborhood on Halloween.

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

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Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look.

When Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself but needs to juggle it all while she keeps her family past a secret. When Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her things spiral out of control, and Pippa wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate.

Friendship or Fame: Mia Finds Her Voice

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Mia Vigore has an amazing voice and loves to sing, but she’s an introvert who doesn’t like the attention or being out in front of a crowd.

When her best friend Siarra helps her find the courage to join the Senior Choir, Mia learns to share her talent and appreciate the attention that she gets.

The story is full of wonders that young girls can relate to and tells the story of Mia, a girl who overcomes her fears to stand out and succeed.

The Book Jumper

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Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House―but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings dangers that she must overcome.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.

Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things.

This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.


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Charlie Reese is an 11-year-old girl who has been making the same secret wish every day since she was in 4th grade. When she is sent to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with a family she barely knows, it seems like her wish will never come true. While in North Carolina, she meets a stray dog named Wishbone and learns that what she thought she wanted may not be what she really needs.

The Book Thief

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Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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Margaret Simon, an 11-year-old girl, likes long hair, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends.

When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. This is a classic coming-of-age book for tween girls as they become older and are about to experience new things in life.

Anything is Possible

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The tween years can be tricky. You’re not quite a teenager, but you’re also not a little kid. It’s a time when you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you want to be. And sometimes, that can be scary.

This book lets your tween girl know that she’s not alone and that many have faced the same challenges and overcome them. These stories of women and girls will truly inspire your tween girl.

Between Shades of Gray

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Life is normal for Lina, a Lithuanian girl until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. When she’s separated from her father and forced onto a train with her mother and brother to a Siberian work camp, Lina and her family is forced to survive and fight for their lives.

Serafina and the Black Cloak

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A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age.

Her grandfather, the estate’s maintenance man, has warned her to hide herself from the fancy folk living on the floors above. When children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a dark and dangerous mystery the estate holds.


If you’re still looking for more gift ideas ideal for the pre-teen in your life, you may also want to check out these bumper gift guides by age and gender:

Boy Gifts 9-years-old
Boy Gifts 10-years-old
Boy Gifts 11-years-old
Boy Gifts 12-years-old
Girl Gifts 9-years-old
Girl Gifts 10-years-old
Girl Gifts 11-years-old
Girl Gifts 12-years-old
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