I recently decided to expand Ink Spells’ charter to include reading/reviewing/talking about books for Young Teens. The first Young Teens book I reviewed was The Dark Deeps, and the recently reviewed Behemoth tread close to the dividing line between Middle Grade (ages 8-12) and Young Teens (12-14).
I described books for Young Teens as such:
These books generally feature younger teen protagonists, aged 14-16, and are almost clean enough to be considered middle grade reads – except that they generally have darker, more mature themes, often more sophisticated subject matter, and have some kind of underlying (yet not heavily explored) romance themes.
If a book is all about kissing and dating in the high school scene, I would consider that firmly in the YA (young adult) territory. If there are explicit sex or violence themes, or very dark subject matter, I would similarly consider that out of the realm of Young Teens. But there are many great books out there, that fit nicely into the Young Teens definition above, and I look forward to reading them!
Do you have any suggested reads you think would be appropriate for Young Teens?