Something to read | 10 kid-approved books for tweens

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Here at Beano Parents, we live by the motto ‘if you can’t think of anything to get them, get them a book’ (catchy, eh?). But which book to buy? We asked five kids to share their top tips for Christmas books for tweens.

Stan, aged 8

What are you reading at the moment?
Head Kid by David Baddiel

What’s it about?
A boy who gets into a lot of trouble very often. His old head teacher leaves school and theres’ a new really bossy Scottish head teacher and he swaps bodies with him.

What do you like about it?
It’s really funny and it’s very very exciting. I really want to know what happens next. It’s got quite hard words in but the story is interesting enough to read it. I love David Baddiel books, I’ve only got one more to complete the collection.

Like this? Try:
The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

Flo, aged 10

What are you reading at the moment?
Lighting Girl by Alisha Dixon

What’s it about?
It’s about a girl who doesn’t know she has powers and her mum is actually a superhero. she finds out she has powers and right now where I am in the book she’s going on her first mission to save the world.

What do you like about it?
It always leaves you on a cliffhanger at the end of the chapter and it’s got loads of description and detail to it. It kind of feels like it’s really real, like it’s not just a book. It feels like it’s all happening.

Like this? Try:
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Archer, aged 12

What are you reading at the moment?
Warhammer 40,000 Crusade

What’s it about?
It’s about the great crusade. The ship is damaged in the warp, they go into a planet to repair their ship but they find out the planet’s been taken over by the death guard. They find out there are some humans on the planet so they go to try to rescue the humans. The main character Cassian finds a way to overpower the death guard even though they’re outnumbered.

What do you like about it?
The storyline – I really enjoy this type of book. I like the detail of the different factions, what they’re fighting for. I like a mythology.

Like this? Try:
The Hobbit

Arthur, aged 11

books for tweensWhat are you reading at the moment?
Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) by Liz Pichon

What’s it about?
It’s about the life of a 10-year-old boy called Tom Gates who likes music and his favourite band is a band called Dude Three. He’s got a really annoying sister called Delia and then he gets these new neighbours who are really annoying.

What do you like about it?
I like how it’s a book that you don’t have to try hard. It’a easy and simple to read and you can dip in and out of it. I like that it’s got illustrations on the page as well. It’s really funny too.

Like this? Try:
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Ted, aged 8

What are you reading at the moment?
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

What’s it about?
A girl called Lucy who wakes up one day and all the grown ups are gone. It seems good for some children but then they start missing their parents. So she goes down to fight the creakers and get their parents back.

What do you like about it?
It’s great because the story has a big plotline. And also it’s very inspiring. The characters’ detail are very good.

Like this? Try:
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher or The Ice Monster by David Walliams

 

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