When you pass that line between being twelve and thirteen, it feels a bit as though you’re expected to just stop reading children’s literature, and move on to YA lit. But that doesn’t mean that children’s literature is bad, or that you’re not allowed to read it anymore. There are a ton of great children’s books that are still just as great to read when you’re older as they were when you were younger. Here are a few of my favorites!
First Test by Tamora Pierce. Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to try for her knight’s shield under the new law that women can attempt knighthood. She applies, and gets accepted to the training program, but under one condition—she must undergo one year of probation, and then it will be decided if she is allowed to continue. Kel must prove her worth to the men running the program, and show them that women are just as good at men in a fight. Continue reading