#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Books for 10-13 Year Olds


Our Young Adult list is brimming with gems, it took us a longtime and a lot of debating to whittle down our Top 5 books for 10-13 Year Olds.

Has your favourite made the cut? 

Page By Paige Laura Lee Gulledge Abrams

Page by Paige is a unique, honest and heartfelt story. Laura Lee Gulledge’s thought-provoking, funny and emotionally resonant panels earned their place in out Top 5 books for 10-13 year olds as we found solace for our own secret dreams in Paige’s story.

Paige has just moved to New York with her family, and she’s having trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries out different identities, including the ultra-secret one: ARTIST…

Heart of a Samurai
Heart of a Samurai
Margi Preus


This incredible story from author extraordinaire Margi Preus is part of our Top 5 books for 10-13 year olds on it’s own merit, but also as part of our complete collection of books from Margi. Her thoughtful, factual and riveting novels transport us across time and space. Carrying us on an adventure page by page.

In Heart of a Samurai, a Japanese fishing vessel in 1841 sinks and its crew is rescued by a passing American ship. Our hero is Manjiro, a 14 year old boy, is adopted by the captain of the western ship. Eventually he makes his way back to Japan where he helps the emperor to lower the wall around Japan. The emperor calls him a samurai, the boy’s ultimate dream.

The Meaning of Maggie
The Meaning of Maggie
Megan Jean Sovern
Chronicle Books

Megan Jean Sovern’s incredibly powerful novel The Meaning of Maggie turns a serious and emotional subject into a relatable and heartwarming story of family, growing-up and self-discovery. Maggie made us laugh and cry, we couldn’t have a Top 5 list of books for 10 – 13 year olds without her.

Turning eleven means it’s time to do a lot of things. But, winning Student of the Month for the fifth or sixth time doesn’t matter as much as making a new friend or having a crush on the beautiful new boy in town. It also means it’s finally time to understand why your cool-dude dad is in a wheelchair, why he had to quit his job, and what you can do to fix him. But she’s about to find out the truth is big and complicated–even for an A plus plus student like herself.

The Clockwork Scarab
Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel
Colleen Gleason
Chronicle Books

Tonight, I ask, on behalf of Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales: Will you do what no other young woman is called to do and place your life at the feet of your country?’

The Clockwork Scarab, book one of the Stoker & Holmes series is a lively and fast-paced introduction to the steampunk world of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Their tenacity gets two thumbs up from us and earned them a place in our Top 5 books for 10-13 Year olds!

Pride & Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen, illustrated by Robert Deas, adapted by Ian Edginton

A well known story, retold in graphic novel format. We are so pleased to have this adaption of Pride and Prejudice in our Top 5 books for 10-13 Year olds.

“a thoroughly entertaining read… it’s an accessible and enjoyable route in” Andy Shaw – Grovel.com

This graphic novel adaption of Pride & Prejudice is suitable for all ages, but we think it is an excellent introduction for younger readers to the Bennett family.