Sunday, January 14, 2018

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Ages 12+


270 books in the 12+ category. I've read 30. Ugh! Please note that you shouldn't assume that my list is complete or accurate. I tried, but, there are likely mistakes. I always recommend just owning this book. If you are going to put in the thousands of hours to actually read the list, you might as well buy the $20 book discussing it. I am not affiliated with the book at all and don't benefit at all by recommending it.



Bertoldo, Bertoldino, and Cacasenno – Giulio Cesare Croce and A. BanchieriN
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel DefoeY
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan SwiftN
The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen – Gottfried August BurgerN
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas, Sr.N
The Children of New Forest – Captain Frederick MarryatN
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel HawthorneY
The Rose and the Ring – William Makepeace ThackerayN
Tom Brown’s Schooldays – Thomas HughesN
The Coral Island – Robert Michael BallantyneN
Eric, or Little by Little – Frederic W. FarrarN
Captain Fracasse – Theophile GautierN
Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules VerneN
The Good Little Devil – Comtesse de SegurN
Little Women – Louisa May AlcottY
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules VerneN
What Katy Did – Susan CoolidgeN
Around the World in 80 Days – Jules VerneN
Heidi’s Wandering and Learning Years – Johanna SpyriN
The Fifth Form at St. Dominic’s – Talbot Baines ReedN
With Clive in India – George Alfred HentyN
Kidnapped – Robert Louis StevensonN
Heart – Edmondo De AmicisN
Seven Little Australians – Ethel TurnerN
The Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony HopeN
The Treasure in Silver Lake – Karl MayN
Eclipse of the Crescent Moon – Geza GardonyiN
The Tigers of Mompracem – Emilio SalgariN
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan DoyleY
The Call of the Wild – Jack LondonY
Jolanda, Daughter of the Black Corsair – Emilio SalgariN
White Fang – Jack LondonY
The Railway Children – E. NesbitN
The Fortunes of Philippa – Angela BrazilN
Jock of the Bushveld – Percy FitzpatrickN
The Mystery of the Yellow Room – Gaston LerouxN
A Girl of the Limberlost – Gene Stratton-PorterN
The War of the Buttons – Louis PergaudN
Tales of the Jungle – Horacio QuirogaN
The Cave Children – Alois Theodor SonnleitnerN
The Dark Frigate – Charles HawesY
In Medeleni – Ionel TeodoreanuN
Emily Climbs – Lucy Maud MontgomeryY
Tarka the Otter – Henry WilliamsonN
Ede and Unku – Alex WeddingN
Biggles: The Camels Are ComingN
The Children from Number 67 – Lisa Tetzner and Kurt HeldN
Missing from Saint-Agil – Pierre VeryN
Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie BrinkN
The Happy Return – C.S. ForesterN
The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsY
Cue for Treason – Geoffrey TreaseN
Red Zora – Kurt HeldN
We Couldn’t Leave Dinah – Mary TreadgoldN
My Friend Flicka – Mary O’HaraY
Johnny Tremain – Esther ForbesY
Woods of Windri – Violet NeedhamN
The Otterbury Incident – Cecil Day-LewisN
I Captured the Castle – Dodie SmithN
Metropolis – Osamu TezukaN
The Path – Miguel DelibesN
Big Tiger and Christian – Fritz MuhlenwegN
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. SalingerN
The Wool-Pack: A Tale of Adventure – Cynthia HarnettN
The Sons of the Great Bear – Liselotte Welskopf-HenrichN
Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanhui – Rafael Sanchez FerlosioN
The Cloven Viscount – Italo CalvinoN
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table – Roger Lancelyn GreenN
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray BradburyN
Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary SutcliffN
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. TolkienY
Lord of the Flies – William GoldingN
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch – Jean Lee LathamN
Viking’s Dawn – Henry TreeceN
Captain Thunder – Victor MoraN
Neitah: A Girl in the Far North – Edith KlattN
The Silver Sword – Ian SerraillierN
The Cherry Kids – Constantin ChiritaN
Rifles for Watie – Harold KeithN
The Baron in the Trees – Italo CalvinoN
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George SpeareY
The Silver Brumby – Elyne MitchellN
Marianne Dreams – Catherine StorrN
The Lion – Joseph KesselN
Friday’s Tunnel – John VerneyN
Zazie in the Metro – Raymond QueneauN
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead GeorgeN
The Non Existant Knight – Italo CalvinoN
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper LeeY
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan GarnerN
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’DellY
Tangara – Nan ChauncyN
Friedrich – Hans-Peter RichterN
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’EngleY
The Letter to the King – Tonke DragtN
The Twelve and the Genii – Pauline ClarkeN
Time of Trial – Hester BurtonN
I Am David – Anne HolmN
Pastures of the Blue Crane – H.F. BrinsmeadN
The Stowaway of the Ulysses – Ana Maria MatuteN
Gentle Ben – Walk MoreyN
The Min-Min – Mavis Thorpe ClarkN
The Owl Service – Alan GarnerN
The Outsiders – S.E. HintonN
Flambards – K.M. PeytonN
Smith – Leon GarfieldN
The Dolphin Crossing – Jill Paton WalshN
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan LindsayN
The Pigman – Paul ZindelN
A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry HinesN
Chocky – John WyndhamN
The Cay – Theodore TaylorN
Sounder – William H. ArmstrongY
Where the Lilies Bloom – Vera and Bill CleaverN
The Edge of the Cloud – K.M. PeytonN
Oscar at the South Pole – Carmen KurtzN
The Summer of the Swans – Betsy ByarsN
The Lark and the Lauren – Barbara WillardN
Grover – Vera and Bill CleaverN
I’m the King of the Castle – Susan HillN
A Long Way from Verona – Jane GardamN
Winter in Wartime – Jan TerlouwN
No Way of Tellin –Emma SmithN
Across the Barricades – Joan LingardN
The Summer Book – Tove JanssonY
Julie of the Wolves – J. Craighead GeorgeY
Stories from the Year One Thousand – Tonino GuerraN
The Spirit Wind – Max FatchenN
Fly Away Home! – Christine NostlingerN
The Nargun and the Stars – Patricia WrightsonN
The Slave Dancer – Paula FoxN
The Friends – Rosa GuyN
The Dark is Rising – Susan CooperN
Carrie’s War – Nina BawdenN
M.C. Higgins – Virginia HamiltonY
Nobody’s Family is Going to Change – Louise FitzhughN
The Trouble with Donovan Croft – Bernard AshleyN
Who Does This Kid Take After? – Eva JanikovszkyN
The Chocolate War – Robert CormierN
Twopence a Tub – Susan PriceN
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie BabbittY
The Machine Gunners – Robert WestallN
The Peppermint Pig – Nina BawdenN
Crisis on Conshelf Ten – Monica HughesN
The October Child – Eleanor SpenceN
Dragonsong – Anne McCaffreyN
Bilgewater – Jane GardamN
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. TaylorN
Thunder and Lightnings – Jan MarkN
First of Midnight – Marjorie DarkeN
Underground to Canada – Barbara SmuckerN
The Westing Game – Ellen RaskinN
Hay, Dollface – Deborah HautzigN
After the First Death – Robert CormierN
Tulku – Peter DickinsonN
Neverending Story – Michael EndeY
My One-Legged Friend and Me – Anna-Liisa HaakanaN
Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth ParkN
The Sentinels – Peter CarterN
Homecoming – Cynthia VoightN
The Scarecrows – Robert WestallN
Agnes Cecilia – Maria GripeN
The Island on Bird Street – Uri OrlevN
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue TownsendN
The Village by the Sea – Anita DesalN
Nausicaa – Hayao MiyazakiN
Handles – Jan MarkN
A Parcel of Patterns – Jill Paton WalshN
Talking in Whispers – James WatsonN
Hating Alison Ashley – Robin KleinN
Brother in the Land – Robert SwindellsN
Badger on the Barge – Janni HowkerN
The Changeover – Margaret MahyN
The Ruby in the Smoke – Philip PullmanN
Johnny, My Friend – Peter PohlN
Hatchet – Gary PaulsenY
Taronga – Victor KelleherN
The Ghost Drum – Susan PriceN
Madame Doubtfire – Anne FineN
Strollers – Lesley BeakeN
The Cloud – Gudrun PausewangN
Alex – Tessa DuderN
The Devil’s Arithmetic – Jane YolenN
A Pack of Lies – Geraldine McCaughreanN
Caperucita in Manhattan – Carmen Martin GaiteN
Number the Stars – Lois LowryY
Thunderwith – Libby HathornN
Strange Objects – Gary CrewN
Redwork – Michael BedardN
Rocco – Sherryl JordanN
The Visits – Silvia SchujerN
Dear Nobody – Berlie DohertyN
Listen to My Heart – Bianca PitzornoN
Memoirs of a Basque Cow – Bernando AtxagaN
Looking for Alibrandi – Melina MarchettaN
There Will be Wolves – Karleen BradfordN
Pagan’s Crusade – Catherine JinksN
Flour Babies – Anne FineN
Titeuf – ZepN
See Ya, Simon – David HillN
Heart’s Delight – Per NilssonN
Tomorrow, When the War Began – John MarsdenN
Some of the Kinder Planets – Tim Wynne-JonesN
Rowan of Rin – Emily RoddaN
The Gathering – Isobelle CarmodyN
Gold Dust – Geraldine McCaughreanN
Dougy – James MoloneyN
Stone Cold – Robert SwindellsN
Foxspell – Gillian RubinsteinN
Walk Two Moons – Sharon CreechY
Switchers – Kate ThompsonN
Whispers in the Graveyeard – Theresa BreslinN
See How They Run – David McRobbieN
A Jump into the Other World – Bruno TognoliniN
When the World Was Still Young – Jurg SchubigerN
Northern Lights – Philip PullmanY
When the Snow Fell – Hanning MankellN
Peeling the Onion – Wendy OrrN
The Gifting – Sophie MassonN
Out of the Dust – Karen HesseY
Deadly, Unna? – Phillip GwynneN
River Boy – Tim BowlerN
Pig-heart Boy – Malorie BlackmanN
Holes – Louis SacharY
The Crowstarver – Dick King-SmithN
I Am Not Esther – Fleur BealeN
Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul CurtisY
Stony Heart Country – David MetzenthenN
The Illustrated Mum – Jacqueline WilsonN
Not Chicago. Not Here – Kirsten BoieN
Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan ChambersN
Thursday’s Child – Sonya HartnettN
The Wind Singer – William NicholsonN
Troy – Adele GerasN
Witch Child – Celia ReesN
Oh, Boy! – Marie-Aude MurallN
Arthur – Kevin Crossley-HollandN
Coram Boy – Jamila GavinN
Refugee Boy – Benjamin ZephaniahN
Noughts & Crosses – Malorie BlackmanN
I Am Polleke – Guus KuijerN
Walking Naked – Alyssa BrugmanN
The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley – Martine MurayN
Across the Nightingale Floor – Lian HearnN
Parvana’s Journey – Deborah EllisN
I Am the Messenger – Markus ZusakN
Dragonkeeper – Carole WilkinsonN
Crispin – AviN
Four Sisters – Malika FerdjoukhN
Slaves of Quentaris – Paul CollinsN
The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday – Garth NixN
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark HaddonN
The Fire-Eaters – David AlmondN
Private Peaceful – Michael MorpurgoN
Keeper – Mal PeetN
The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan StroudN
The Running Man – Michael Gerard BauerN
By the River – Steven HerrickN
A Boat in the Forest – Paola MastrocolaN
How I Live Now – Meg RosoffN
Memories of Idhun: The Resistance – Laura GallegoN
Twilight – Stephanie MeyerY
Grimpow – Rafael AbalosN
New Policeman – Kate ThompsonN
My Big Birkett – Lisa ShanahanN
The Red Shoe – Ursula DubosarskyN
Toby Alone – Timothee de FombelleN
Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling – David CornishN
Winter Song – Jean-Claude MourlevatN
The Silver Jaguar – Hermann SchulzN
Finding Violet Park – Jenny ValentineN
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