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Books About Friendship for Tween Readers

Explore a thoughtfully selected collection of books about friendship for tween readers, perfect for International Friendship Day. These stories delve into the complexities of pre-adolescent relationships, addressing themes of loyalty, self-discovery, and enduring bonds. From heartfelt narratives to adventures celebrating true companionship, this collection is crafted to resonate with tweens navigating the challenges and triumphs of friendships. Discover the power of these amazing books about friendship as an essential resource for tweens during this pivotal stage of their lives.

Ella on the Outside

Written by Cath Howe
9-12
Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret. Ella can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want?…
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Olivia’s First Term

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Olivia is sad and lonely and angry - angry that she's been dumped with her sister, Eel, at her grandmother's school, and angrier still that that school turns out to be a stage school where there's no encouragement for her to do what she loves best: practise her circus skills.…
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The Insiders

Written by Cath Howe
9-12
Secrets. Lies. Promises. Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous. Callie, Ted, Zara, and Nico are best friends. More than friends - they're like family to each other. But since being embarrassed at school in a practical joke gone wrong, Ted has stopped talking to the rest of the gang. And…
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The Middler

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12
"I was special. I was a hero. I lost the best friend I ever had." Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam. Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered…
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Splash

Written by Charli Howard
9-12
"A much-needed book that will strike a chord with so many girls - and help them dare to be different." - Jacqueline Wilson Molly is in her final year of primary school, with secret dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Having always lived in the shadow of her manipulative friend,…
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The Weird Friends Fan Club

Written by Catherine Wilkins
9-12
Erin and Grace are very different people. Erin has a monobrow and a slight problem with negativity; Grace is very #blessed and obsessed with her #girlsquad. One thing they have in common is a love of Charlotte Brontë and writing stories. And through their teacher-imposed critique group, they learn to…
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Luna Rae is Not Alone

Written by Hayley Webster
9-12
"The thing about a new house is everything's new. That sounds really obvious, I know, but if you think about it, one of the things about where you live is that you build up all this stuff there ... You get used to old things. New things take getting used…
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The After School Crime Club

Written by Hayley Webster
9-12
Willow has always felt like an outsider at school, but she and her Nanna were so alike that she never felt alone. Now Nanna is gone and Willow is adrift. So when a group of girls offer her friendship in exchange for "fun" stealing dares, Willow can't say no. But…
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The Boy Who Saved a Bear

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
A boy and a bear meet, become friends and have the adventure of their lives! From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. The fourth thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka is jam-packed with peril, thieves and a terrifying bear! Nuwan works…
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Looking for Emily

Written by Fiona Longmuir
9-12
A hugely gripping, fast-paced mystery adventure, with brilliant twists and turns, from a fresh and exciting new voice in children's books. When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she's sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon…
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Always, Clementine

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. <i>I am an optimist. A very difficult thing to be, sometimes, at three inches tall.</i> Clementine is a genius. She can calculate pi to 69,689…
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Black Hole Cinema Club

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
Another edge-of-your-seat adventure from the award-winning author of Escape Room, Christopher Edge. A trip to the cinema will never be the same... When Lucas meets his friends at the local cinema - nicknamed 'The Black Hole' - they're excited about the movie marathon ahead. Non-stop action, blockbuster special effects and…
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Fledgling

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12
A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn't all that he seems to be... A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival…
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The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
"If you go into the woods, Old Crony will get you." Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster... What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost…
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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Written by Barry Hutchison Illustrated by Rob Biddulph
9-12
Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it's too difficult, then there's a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and spooky is their speciality. Realising…
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My Best Friend and Other Enemies

Written by Catherine Wilkins Illustrated by Sarah Horne
9-12
When Jessica's best friend goes off with new-girl Amelia, Jessica is hurt but determined not to take it lying down. She has a plan, and a secret weapon - her felt-tips. The pen is mightier than the sword, after all, and having a sense of humour wins Jessica far more…
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My Life as a Cat

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12
A wise, funny and moving story of what it means to find a family, from the best-selling author of I, Cosmo. Leonard has never had a name. Or a body. Or a best friend. But he is excited to try being a human. On their three-hundredth-birthday, every alien from Leonard's…
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TrooFriend

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12
Imagine having the perfect friend, one who never steals, lies or bullies. Now you can, with the TrooFriend 560, the latest in artificial intelligence! What can go wrong with a robot buddy? Especially one that's developing human characteristics and feelings, and who has just run away with her human? A…
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