9 Unforgettable Books 9-12 year-olds Shouldn't Miss Out On

Olivia Merrit


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When kids reach ages 9 to 12, they start going through lots of changes, and by this time, they can read longer books for extended periods. So I have narrowed down nine unforgettable books that 9-12-year-olds shouldn’t miss out on.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

You can never go wrong with this classic fantasy book filled with magic, ghosts, and creatures. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is an excellent book to start your child’s journey through the magical life of Harry Potter. This book has inspired so many generations of children and even adults to read the whole series. 

We follow an 11-year-old orphan boy in his unexpected journey to be the best wizard in a wizarding school called Hogwarts, where he makes friends and learns about magic. Along the way, he unlocks the mysteries within his school and the challenges he’ll face.


The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Another fantasy-filled book that features Greek gods, demigods with magical abilities, and monsters from the depths of the underworld. Surely, a book that even adults would want to read again and again.

Percy Jackson leads us on an adventure after being expelled from school and is forced to go camping Half-Blood. After learning that the friend and the teacher he adores so much are not human, he learns that his dad is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, and about his cool water abilities. Unfortunately, he starts getting attacked by weird monsters and is accused of stealing something from the gods. The only person who can fix this big misunderstanding is Percy and his friends.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia

Who doesn’t love a good book about kings and queens in a magical land, defeating an evil witch, and friendly, talking animals and creatures? 

Four siblings accidentally discover a magical land called Narnia while playing hide-and-go-seek and are suddenly given a huge responsibility to fulfill the destiny of defeating the witch. She cursed this world with everlasting winter.  

The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events

If the fantasy genre gets a bit too tiring and your child wants a good laugh, this book is the one for them. 

A story about three siblings called the Baudelaires, who become orphans after losing their parents in a fire. They are now sent to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf. They learn that Count Olaf is a greedy man who is out for their enormous wealth. In a series of unfortunate events, they try to run from Count Olaf and find a nice new home.


The Diary of a Wimpy Kid

friend, and his family. Plus, you get to read his diary with his doodles about it! 

As Greg first entered middle school, all he wanted is to be popular among the students. Unfortunately, all his plans and attempts to make his dream a reality only end in embarrassment and ridiculous situations. 

A Wrinkle in Time

A book filled with adventure, discoveries, and the importance of teamwork. Your child will learn good vs. evil in this universe and rely on their peers and friends to achieve their own goals.

Meg, along with her younger brother named Charles and their best friend Calvin, set out on an adventure to look for their dad, who supposedly goes missing after working on his project. They travel through time and space to save their dad from the evil forces from another planet.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There’s nothing more fun than getting to win a ticket to tour the world’s biggest and most famous chocolate factory.

After finding money on the street, the poor boy Charlie buys a bar of chocolate and wins a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s most famous chocolate factory. Charlie and his grandpa, along with four other kids —who are spoiled and not the kindest— go on the tour with Willy Wonka himself! Along the way, bad things start happening to the mean children, and we uncover Willy Wonka’s true intentions on tour.

The Lorax

Who said stories couldn’t be fun and be filled with essential lessons? The Lorax teaches us about the importance of keeping our planet Earth safe from humanity’s greediness and that we should take care of it.

In a town called Thneedville, where nature and trees don’t exist, Ted tries to win the heart of the girl he loves, but to do so; he must seek what she desires, a Truffula tree. He goes on an adventure to find one and meets Lorax, the forest guardian filled with Truffula trees. He learns the sad reality about the “Once-ler” who ruined mother nature for his greediness and decided to take action against him.

The Little Prince

An outstanding children’s classic about a lot of life lessons. Although it’s shorter than the other stories, it teaches us that amidst troubles and challenges, we learn to be better. Indeed, this is a story that a child should never live without.

A pilot crashes in a desert and wakes up to find a little prince, who teaches him many lessons about life and the value of friendship.

There you have it

This list sums up nine books that 9-12-year-olds should never miss out on, which I had personally read when I was growing up that until this day, along with millions of others, love and adore. These books will not only morally teach your children, but they also get to broaden their vocabulary and reading skills. It might even inspire them to get creative and start writing their own stories!