Exciting new book subscription for kids aged 12+ from Parrot Street Book Club!

Macaws are here: great books by post for 12 to 14-year-olds

Young teen boy lying back on grass and reading a book, out of which the Parrot Street Book Club parrots are flying
There’s a new bird in town!

We’re excited to launch a new reading level for 12 to 14-year-olds. It will look and feel a bit different to our existing subscriptions but our focus on sending the very best books and encouraging a love of reading remains.

We know from personal experience that it’s hard to find books that feel grown-up enough for our 12-year-olds but don’t venture too far into the edgier realms of relationships, peer pressure and angst found in many young adult books.

Research shows that the quality and quantity of reading children do drops significantly as they progress through secondary school, so finding the right books to keep them engaged and enthusiastic feels more important than ever.




We can’t wait to curate a selection of brilliant, varied and unusual books for our Macaw subscribers to explore. We carefully consider every book we choose and only ever send titles we’d happily share with our own kids.

Reflecting their growing independence, Macaws will have the option to choose between two books each month, charting their own course through our recommendations. You can also keep the element of surprise if you prefer or even upgrade to receive both books each month.

Each book will be accompanied by book club-style questions, activity ideas and further reading recommendations.

Teen boy and girl smiling and looking at a book together

I love it – how can we sign up?

We’re running a limited, two-month trial in September and October and, all being well, will launch the new reading level soon after.

All the places on our trial are now taken, but make sure you’re on our email list so you can be the first to know when we launch:




Who is this subscription for?

This is an ideal book subscription for 12 to 14-year-olds who are in the early years of secondary school. We pick books that can be enjoyed equally by both girls and boys.

Enthusiastic readers will enjoy the variety of titles we send and we hope will discover new favourite authors and genres.

For more reluctant readers the subscription is a great way to keep them engaged with books – whether they read them independently or you share one great book together each month.


What sort of books will you send?

We’ll be picking books that we feel sit comfortably between the middle grade (usually aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds) and young adult categories. They will be challenging and thought-provoking with more complex themes than most middle grade novels but without focusing too much on the teenage angst and romantic struggles common in YA books.

As ever, we’ll focus on presenting a wide variety of books covering many genres and introducing subscribers to authors and stories they may not otherwise have tried. We’ve developed great relationships with publishers over the past 3 years and will work with them to discover the perfect books for this age group.

Luna: I received on of the trail boxes this month, see below:

Book Info: Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

‘A passionate and gripping book, about the importance of standing up for what we believe in, of not making judgements about others, of allowing each other to learn and grow, and the power of friendship’ JUNO Magazine

Zaynab is from Somaliland, a country that doesn’t exist because of politics and may soon be no more than a desert. Lucas is from rural Devon, which might as well be a world away. When they meet, they discover a common cause: the climate crisis. Together they overcome their differences to build a Fridays For Future group at their school and fight for their right to protest and make a real impact on the local community. But when Zaynab uncovers a plot which could destroy the environment and people’s lives back home in Somaliland, she will stop at nothing to expose it. Lucas must decide if he is with her or against her – even if Zaynab’s actions may prove dangerous…

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