Tween Summer Reading Book Quiz

Which Novel Should You Read Next? 

Take this short quiz and discover which tween literature best suits your personality!

~ Keep track of your responses ~

1) What quality do you most
value in a friend?

a) Adaptability
b) Chatty
c) Creativity
d) Imagination
e) Courage

2) Which was your favorite Harry Potter class?

a) Transfiguration
b) History of Magic
c) Charms
d) Care of Magical Creatures
e) Defence Against the Dark Arts

3) What is your dream job?

a) Actor
b) History Teacher
c) Artist
d) Animal Trainer
e) Astronaut

4) Which movie would you rather watch?

a) Sing
b) The Lightning Thief
c) Raya and the Last Dragon
d) How to Train Your Dragon
e) Jumanji

5) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

a) Shapeshifting
b) Time Travel
c) Transmutation
d) Talking to Animals
e) Super Speed

6) Which Percy Jackson character are you most similar to?

a) Grover Underwood
b) Rachel Elizabeth Dare
c) Annabeth Chase
d) Chiron
e) Percy Jackson

7) What are you looking for in
the next book you read?

a) I want to see a talking animal
b) I want to revisit fairytales
c) I want to discover new worlds
d) I want to meet new creatures
e) I want to explore the unknown

8) What does your average Saturday afternoon look like?

a) Talking to my pet
b) Hanging with my family
c) Working on my stories
d) Going to the zoo
e) Hiking

Artwork by Victoria Rivera

Artwork created by Victoria R.

Scroll down to see your recommendations. Clicking on the titles will take you to the book.

Answered Mostly A


Answered Mostly A: Animals

You will love these novels featuring animals.

Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris’s plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

Twelve-year-old Willa, grieving the loss of her mother, a renowned marine biologist, discovers she can talk to whales.

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry 

For [the killer whale] Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Answered Mostly B


Answered Mostly B: Friendship

You will love these novels all about friendship.

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

When a Hollywood director starts filming a blockbuster action film on the otherwise sleepy island of Martha’s Vineyard, thirteen-year-old Gayle and her friends set out to make their own film and solve an island mystery.

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callendar

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother.

Shouting At The Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a “regular family,” especially after her best friend outgrows her.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But there’s nothing exotic about it to Clara. She loves eating ripe mangoes off the ground, running outside in the rain with her Papa during rainy season, and going to her secret hideout with Gaynah–even though lately she’s not acting like a best friend. The only thing out of the ordinary for Clara is that something happened to her memory that made her forget everything that happened last summer after a hurricane hit. But this summer is going to be different for Clara. Everyone is buzzing with excitement over a new girl in the village who is not like other visitors. She is about to make big waves on the island–and give Clara a summer she won’t forget.

Answered Mostly C


Answered Mostly C: Fantasy

You will love these fantasy novels because of their intricate new worlds, the magical adventures, and fantastical dragons.

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly 

Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest–how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?

The Adventures of John Blake by Phillip Pullman

John Blake and his mysterious ship are doomed to sail between centuries and when he meets a shipwrecked girl named Serena he promises to help get her back to her time, but first they must stop the sinister and powerful Dahlberg Corporation.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan 

In this story inspired by Jules Verne’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,’ Ana Dakkar, a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy–a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world–makes astounding discoveries about her heritage and puts her leadership skills to the test against deadly enemies from a rival school.

Answered Mostly D


Answered Mostly D: Non-fiction

You will love these non-fiction titles about real places and people!

Where is the Great Barrier Reef? by Nico Medina

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system. Stretching more than 1,400 miles, it provides a home to a wide diversity of creatures. Designated a World Heritage Site, the reef is suffering from the effects of climate change but this fascinating book shows this spectacular part of our planet.

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining first hand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region’s culture and religion, [the author]…masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission.

Oceans:Making Waves by Dan Green

Uses cartoon-style characters and everyday situations to explain the different layers of the ocean, the plants and animals that live there, and how pollution is affecting the world’s oceans.

Who Is Greta Thunberg? by Jill Leonard

Profiles the young environmental activist, detailing the actions she has taken worldwide to combat climate change.

Dive! By Deborah Hopkinson

The story of America’s little known war-within-a war — that of the “silent service” — U.S. submarine warfare during World War II.

Answered Mostly E

Adventure and Survival

Answered Mostly E: Adventure and Survival

You will love these novels because of their brave characters and the exciting challenges they must face.

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

On an island where one child is delivered each year while the eldest is taken away, nine children live under the leadership of new elder Jinny, who trains the latest newcomer and wonders what will happen when her own departure occurs.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history.

Northwind by Gary Paulsen

When sickness decimates his fishing village, an orphan named Leif flees north in a cedar canoe, journeying along a brutal but beautiful coastline.

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner

Petrel is an outcast on the ancient ship, an icebreaker, that has been following the same course for 300 years. In that time, the ship’s crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes. Everyone has a tribe except Petrol. Nicknamed the Nothing Girl, Petrel has been ostracized ever since her parents were thrown overboard as punishment for a terrible crime. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the ship’s darkest corners, and trusts no one except two large gray rats – that is, until a mysterious boy is discovered barely alive on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. He claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don’t trust strangers, so Petrel hides the boy, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn’t know is that the ship guards a secret – a secret the boy has been sent to destroy.\

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

In 1940, a group of British children, their escorts, and some sailors struggle to survive in a lifeboat when the ship taking them to safety in Canada is torpedoed.