The Best Uplifting Books For Tweens

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This article showcases our top picks for the Uplifting Books For Tweens. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Daisy Woodworm Changes the World by Melissa Hart

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Thirteen-year-old Daisy Woodward loves insects, running track, and hanging out with her older brother, Sorrel, who has Down syndrome and adores men’s fashion. When her social studies teacher assigns each student a project to change the world for the better along with an oral report, Daisy fears the class bully—who calls her Woodworm— will make fun of her lisp. Still, she decides to help Sorrel fulfill his dream of becoming a YouTube fashion celebrity despite their parents’ refusal to allow him on social media. With the help of her best friend Poppy, and Miguel—the most popular boy in school and her former enemy—Daisy launches Sorrel’s publicity campaign. But catastrophe strikes when her parents discover him online along with hateful comments from a cyberbully. Daisy must regain her family’s trust and face her fears of public speaking to find her own unique and powerful voice, along with her classmates. This is a story to inspire and empower tween readers. School Library Journal says of Daisy, Readers will relate to Daisy’s worries and triumphs. Portrayals of teens with Down syndrome are sympathetic and realistic. . . .This realistic fiction title skillfully discusses a number of topics relevant to today’s young readers.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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This novel is about a high school student who has cancer and her relationship with an illegal immigrant. Despite the challenges in their lives, Hazel and Augustus make an incredible connection. This book is sure to tug at your heartstrings and help your tween learn about courage, love, and perseverance.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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This beloved novel follows the story of a young girl who is banned from school for being too smart. She escapes into her own fantastical world where she battles evil teachers and magical creatures. This book is sure to give your tween an appreciation for imagination and creativity.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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This blockbuster series follows young wizard Harry Potter as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He faces dangerous challenges including a battle with Lord Voldemort.

Parked By Danielle Svetcov

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Danielle Svetcov’s novel, Parked, is the story of 12-year-old Mia, who is trying to find her place in the world. Mia’s parents are divorced, and she feels like she doesn’t really belong anywhere. When her father gets a job in another city, Mia has to move away from her friends and start attending a new school. Mia is reluctant at first, but she soon discovers that her new school has a lot to offer. There are plenty of activities to get involved in, and Mia quickly makes new friends. Parked is a heartwarming story about finding where you belong.

Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy

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In this historical story set during World War II, Pixie copes with her hardships by striking out at her classmates with harsh nicknames. These problems include her adored sister being placed in quarantine with polio. After that, she takes care of an emaciated newborn lamb named Buster, which teaches her the importance of patience and puts everything into perspective. This charming and hilarious book by Bundy demonstrates the importance of avoiding the trap of placing excessive stock in one’s misfortune.

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

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Because Stead has made a career out of writing novels for young people that are thoughtful and compassionate, every one of her books is eligible for inclusion on our list. Her most recent work is on Bea, a ten-year-old girl who is obsessed with writing lists and whose father is about to remarry his boyfriend, so granting her the sibling she has always desired. It is impossible not to empathize with Bea as she attempts to make sense of the changes occurring in her life because of Stead’s skill for giving voice to the inner workings of the minds of tweens.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

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Ibi Zoboi, who won an award for her writing for young adults, made her debut writing a middle-grade novel that is both humorous and heartbreaking. The story took place in Harlem in 1984. To spend some time with her father in Harlem, Ebony-Grace Norfleet, who is now twelve years old, is required to spend some time away from Huntsville, Alabama, where her NASA engineer grandfather nurtured her. She carries with her several things, one of which is a love for science fiction that has been carefully cultivated over the years.. Even though she spends much of her time daydreaming and avoiding her new neighbors at first, she gradually realizes that her overactive imagination benefits her in adjusting to her new environment. This a wonderful book for preteens and teenagers who could use a kind reminder that their peculiarities are often their greatest strengths.

How to Adult by Jake Cousineau

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Managing personal finances is of utmost importance in the current economic setting. Hence, if you are a new college graduate and looking for an easy-to-understand finance book, then the *How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World by Jake Cousineau book *is perfect for you. This book touches on the basics of personal finance but also discusses how to build wealth as early as now. It shows how to avoid the common financial missteps that usually cause financial problems among people. It also teaches you how to budget, decide which insurance to get, and most especially,. how to file your taxes.

Shug by Jenny Han

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Shug is a book designed to help teens have a positive teenage mindset about making friends, how to interact with friends, and good behaviors that will help teens in life. Jenny Han is a good editor; however, this book has various great features like grammar. The grammar implemented in the book makes it easy for teenagers to understand.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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This is a book of awesome kids, and this book comes with some meaningful quotes that tweens should follow to have productive uplifting. The book emerges to list the 100 most influential people in the world and their stories on how they become successors while all this is to create a positive mindset among teenagers.

The Melting of Maggie Bean by Tricia Rayburn

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This book is the story of a student who has a great sense of humor but when overcoming several challenges that appear simultaneously, causing that student to have a hard time. The purpose of this book is how teenagers should follow to stay optimistic no matter how bad things turn out.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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Mark Twain presents us a witty story of an orphan who lives with his aunt Polly. Tom is a jolly and naughty boy. He is fond of reading adventure stories and sometimes plays truant from school. At the same time, he is kind and noble. The book is a real masterpiece and any generation of teenagers will read it with great pleasure.

Gracelyn’s Adventures by Monee Myers

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GraceLyn’s Adventure is a marvelous young adolescent mystery book for our ‘tweens’ audience by new author Monee Myers. The book centers around Detective Gracelyn as she tackles mysteries, eats delicious food, and helps people along the way. Our beloved protagonist is not your typical vigilante! When she is not battling bad guys and solving mysteries around town, Gracelyn loves to cook and share delicious food with her family using kid friendly recipes from the best-selling The Basic Art of Italian Cooking book series by award-winning celebrity chef Maria Liberati. With fun illustrations and an engaging plot line that will keep readers on their toes, Gracelyn’s Adventures cleverly introduces authentic, healthy, and appetizing Italian recipes – giving readers an enjoyable break from the mind-boggling detective works.

Anxiety Relief for Teens by Regine Galanti PhD

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Regine Galanti’s Anxiety Relief for Teens includes quizzes, self-assessments, and 30+ mindfulness practices to help you learn about CDT skills. Through cognitive behavior therapy, this masterpiece teaches teens mindful techniques for managing anxiety. Dr. Regina Galanti is a clinical psychologist who wrote this book for teenagers and young adults. This book provides real-world examples and concepts to those who suffer from anxiety-related panic attacks. Adults should read it. It provides the best lessons for dealing with situations.

It’s the End of the World as I Know It by Matthew Landis

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Derrick, the protagonist of the book, is an eighth-grader whose mother passed away in Iraq and who now spends most of his time planning for the end of the world. His next-door neighbor Misty recently underwent a kidney transplant, and she is taking the most proactive approach. The book will encourage tweens going through difficult times in their own lives because of the humorous and touching ways in which Landis’ characters deal with complex emotions.

The Roman Mysteries Series by Caroline Lawrence

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In this children’s series, Flavia Gemina is a girl-detective in first-century Rome (ages 9-14). Flavia and her father, a sea captain, reside in Ostia, the port of Rome. Together with a variety of friends from different walks of Roman life, she solves mysteries.

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

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While Barnaby Brocket, an ordinary 8-year-old boy in most respects, was born with a significant difference—he floats. Barnaby finds himself on a journey that takes him around the globe when the unthinkable occurs. The floating boy encounters a wide variety of people while traveling to places like Brazil, New York, Canada, Ireland, and even space. He also learns more about himself along the way. Middle school readers will adore this whimsical book, which will also have readers of all ages pondering what normal actually is.

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

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Ellie, a girl compelled to relocate to the forests of the titular mountain when financial ruin destroys everything her family owns, is the main character of Wolk’s novel, which is set during the Great Depression. Young readers will find inspiration in Ellie’s resourcefulness and the kindness of those around her during a time of great struggle after an accident leaves her father in a coma and she decides to go in search of the healing powers of a woman who lives at the mountaintop and is only known as the hag.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Young adult novels in Marissa Meyer’s New York Times bestselling Lunar Chronicles series retell traditional fairy tales in a dystopian future in which androids, cyborgs, and humans coexist. A teenage cyborg named Cinder deals with her evil stepmother finds love and learns things about herself in the first book. As the series progresses, Cinder forms a partnership with Winter, a Lunar princess, Cress, a jailed computer hacker, and Scarlet, a spaceship pilot. In order to overthrow the evil Queen Levana and potentially save the entire world, they must unite with a diverse group that includes a soldier, a criminal, and a royal guard.

Insecurity is a Seed by Lauren Martin

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A simple, powerful book for building confidence that carries an equally powerful message for children and adults. Through simple words and engaging pictures, this picture book shows readers of all ages how to transform insecurity into self-esteem, assertiveness and growth mindset.

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