Double Act, My Sister Jodie, Little Darlings by Jaqueline Wilson
At twelve a lot of what I read was Jaqueline Wilson. I found her books really engaging and I appreciated how although her books were aimed at a younger audience, she wasn’t afraid to delve into more serious topics such as death, relationships and illness. These are a few of my favourite Wilson books.
Ingo series by Helen Dunmore
At some point I was really into supernatural books and was obsessed with mermaid. The Ingo series is about a girl whose Dad goes missing. At some point she realises that Mer (mermaids) exist when visits the beach near her home. After she and her brother both hear the ‘oceans call’ she befriends a Mer boy who teaches them about the oceans wonders below the surface.
Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
This is a short-ish novel about a British girl who finds out she was not only adopted, but stolen from her biological American family. The adventure begins when Lauren decides to find out for herself what actually happened the day she was taken from her parents. I really loved this book. This was basically an action type book for twelve year old me and I found the writing really gripping. I was quite literally on the end of my seat as I read it.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This series was always just so fun to read. I like how Kinney incorporated comics into each chapter which added to the humor. Of course I had to see the films as well which were just as funny.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
I read anything by Dahl back in the day. Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you name it. The one book that I remember the most was The BFG. I liked the thought of what you’d imagine to be a scary monster to actually be just a friendly giant. A nice thought for 8 year old me, who had frequent nightmares about the monster that lived outside my window. It turns out it was just a tree branch being blown against the glass, but you would have had a tough time trying to convince me of that back then.