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The Best Fun Books for 12 Year Olds

Discover a collection of fun books for 12 year olds, perfect for gifting. From exciting tales of magical quests, hilarious escapades with unlikely heroes to laugh-out-loud funny stories about friendships, our books are bound to spark imagination and keep readers hooked from cover to cover. Give the gift of joy and exploration with these delightful fun reads that promise to be cherished additions to any young reader’s library!

You’re Not the Boss of Me!

Written by Catherine Wilkins
9-12
A laugh-out-loud story about fighting for your right to steal the show, from the much-loved author of the My Best Friend and Other Enemies series. Amy Miller is a very positive person and she is fully prepared to be the star of the school Comedy Show. But when Harry is…
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Spectre Collectors: Rise of the Ghostfather!

Written by Barry Hutchison
9-12
In their third and final spooky adventure, Denzel and his friends face the biggest, baddest ghost of all: The Ghostfather. He's making a comeback, and he needs Denzel's help, whether he likes it or not! For readers who like their funny stories to be just a little bit spooky too...</p…
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My Cousin Is a Time Traveller

Written by David Solomons
9-12
Luke's dad has bought a lot of gadgets recently and not one of them works as it's supposed to. Maybe it's because a machine-from-the-future is stalking Bromley, playing havoc with all the tech and trying to stop Star Lad going on a date. Could this be the Rise of the…
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We Won an Island

Written by Charlotte Lo
9-12
One of The Telegraph's Top 50 Books of 2019! When Luna's family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don't go entirely to plan - no one expects Luna's younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for example -…
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Spectre Collectors: A New York Nightmare!

Written by Barry Hutchison Illustrated by Rob Biddulph
9-12
The second in Barry's Hutchison's very funny series about Denzel and his unusual friend, Smithy, full of ghouls, magic and outrageous battles. Denzel and Smithy are summoned to the US by the New York branch of the Spectre Collectors, who turn out to be two kids called Weinberg and Martinez.…
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My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain In a Jar

Written by David Solomons
9-12
Luke and his brother have swapped bodies by accident. Zack's got Luke's weird feet while Luke has Zack's SUPERPOWERS! Now he needs another world-threatening adventure to try them out. Could a family mini-break at Great Minds Leisure Park be his chance? Probably, because that's where his super-clever arch-enemy lurks, fermenting…
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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 Evil Twin Is a Supervillain

Written by David Solomons Illustrated by Rob Biddulph
9-12
When Luke is confronted with Stellar, his superpowered twin from another dimension, he is highly suspicious. No one travels through time and space without a plan, and that plan is usually EVIL. So what does Stellar want? And why is he so UNBELIEVABLY IRRITATING? From his superhero hair to his…
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Witchwild

Written by Emma Fischel Illustrated by Chris Riddell
9-12
I stared. At the small hissing nibbet, at its glowing green eyes. And I felt the hairs on the back of my neck - slowly, slowly - stand up on end. Every single one. Witchen Week is here, the best holiday of the year! Flo loves to go swimming in…
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My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord

Written by David Solomons Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
9-12
Zack and Lara have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the…
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Witchmyth

Written by Emma Fischel Illustrated by Chris Riddell
9-12
The brilliant sequel to WITCHWORLD finds Flo pitched into battle with another dire creature thought to be extinct - the terrible Haggfiend! Armed only with Old Magic, can Flo stop the dreadful threat to Witchworld? Her batty old grandma thinks she can, and so battle commences... Another funny, excitingly witchy…
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My Brother Is a Superhero

Written by David Solomons
9-12
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke' s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.…
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Witchworld

Written by Emma Fischel Illustrated by Chris Riddell
9-12
The witches of Witchworld have no need for old-fashioned wands or broomsticks, not when they have shiny Spellsticks and super-whizzy Skyriders instead. And no one has a cauldron anymore, just a cupboard full of Potions2Go. Flo Skritchett lives with her mother, the editor-in-chief of celebrity and Lifestyle magazine, Hocus Pocus,…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy

Written by David Solomons
9-12
A brilliantly funny story of what happens when a galactic princess moves in next door and almost brings about the end of the world. Exciting new fiction from the bestselling, award-winning author of My Brother is a Superhero. Gavin's got a new neighbour and she's really annoying. Niki follows him…
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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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When Good Geeks Go Bad

Written by Catherine Wilkins
9-12
A laugh-out-loud take on early teenage life by the author of My Best Friend and Other Enemies. When Ella's dad refuses to let her have cool school shoes or stay up later than 9:30, Ella decides to take things into her own hands. Being good hasn't got her anywhere, so…
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Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Gemma Correll
9-12
A hilarious novel about how to fit in when you don't want to conform, with brilliant illustrations throughout by world-renowned Gemma Correll. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Holly Smale. Now with a brand-new look! Petunia Perry has decided to write her memoirs. She wants the world to know…
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Danny Danger and the Space Twister

Written by Adam Frost
7-9
The evil Space Twister has stolen Danny's cosmic remote and is running amok with it. Can Danny's new gadget, the Time Tablet, untwist everything? And what if, with one touch of the screen, Danny could delete the Space Twister for ever?
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Danny Danger and the Cosmic Remote

Written by Adam Frost
7-9
Danny Danger might just be the luckiest boy alive. He's got a cosmic remote that can muck about with time, getting him into and (sometimes) out of trouble at the press of a button. If you like stories with villainous villains, awesome adventures and gadgets galore, then Danny Danger is…
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