Read-aloud Recommendations for 12-14-year-olds

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Advancing in age now in the recommended read-aloud series, here are my recommendations for 12-14-year-olds. Refer to the lists for earlier ages here and here.

Some may think, as I once did, that read-aloud is only for young children. But as I thought of what families reading aloud meant in pioneer times, my perspective completely changed. In the days of yesteryear, before TV and internet fought for our eye-glazing attention, families remained close and enjoyed marvelous adventures together during evenings spent reading aloud in front of the fireplace or in dim rooms lit by candle or lantern light. Lifelong memories were made in those cabins on the frontier, or Victorian homes on city streets, wherever they called home. It’s a beautiful scene that I wanted to re-create with my own children. I hope you’ll try it too. Your children will treasure it in future years far more than other activities.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

Tenggren’s Golden Tales From the Arabian Nights

by Gustaf Tenggren

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Born Free by Joy Adamson

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Helen Keller:  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin Wiker

The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick

The Captain’s Dog:  My Journey With the Lewis & Clark Tribe

by Roland Smith

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter

The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton

Amistad:  A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Lost Moon:  The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern

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