Episode 24: YA for Tweens

March 24, 2023

In episode 24 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

YA books for Tweens

YA books for tween readers. While there is an entire ‘middle-grade’ (8-12) section of the bookshelf available, many younger readers (tweens), particularly advanced readers, want to move up. They want to read what older kids are reading and, often, they’ve read the library dry of the books deemed appropriate for their age group. Megan and Allison look at YA books suitable for tweens and middle-grade books that might give them the ‘feel’ they want without the themes. Plus, Megan has advice for taking books outdoors, and Allison has three tips for teaching kids to read like writers.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Gilded Cage’ by Lynette Noni

‘The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere’ by Jacyln Moriarty. Ilustrated by Kelly Canby

‘The Magic of Magnolia Moon’ by Edwinna Wyatt

‘Awesome Emu’ by Gregg Driese

‘The Book for Happy Hearts’ by Maggie Hutchings. Illustrated by Jess Racklyeft

YA books for tweens

Monument duology by Will Kostakis

Maven and Reeve series  by Allison Tait

‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’ by Karen Foxlee

‘The Edge of Thirteen’ by Nova Weetman

‘Are You There Buddha’ by Pip Harry

‘Catch me if I Fall’ by Barry Jonsberg

Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson

Raymie Nightingale collection by Kate DiCamillo

Elementals series by Amie Kaufman

‘Good Girls Guide To Murder’ by Holly Jackson

‘Elsewhere Girls’ by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman

‘Missing’ by Sue Whiting

‘The Book of Chance’ by Sue Whiting

‘Arkanae: The Medoran Chronicles’ by Lynette Noni


Jazzy’s Bookshelf – lots of recommendations based on her wonderful  reviews here on Children’s Books Daily.

6o YA Books for Tweens by Allison Tait

Quick tips

Children’s books about gardening

How to make a dinosaur garden (in your yard)

How to make a dinosaur garden (in a pot)

How to make a fairy garden (1)

How to make a fairy garden (2)

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Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.