Here are some suggestions for a thirteen year old that are good stories
but not violent or explicit.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a
family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in
isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces
him that the government is wrong.
Everything on a Waffle - Polly Horvath.
Have you ever just believed in something because you knew in your heart
it was true despite all the evidence to the contrary? If so, you can
completely understand why Primrose refuses to believe her parents have
perished at sea, despite all the supposed evidence and everyone else's
refusal to see the truth. All she has left are a couple of hand-knit
sweaters and her mom's notepad with a recipe for glazed carrots, but
that's not enough for Primrose to give up hope. From hockey-playing
ghosts to a guidance counselor who offers absolutely no guidance, this
book, like its title promises, serves up everything on a waffle,
laughter, hardships, recipes and maybe even lessons on love.
The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau.
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to
be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city,
perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. The sequel is The People of
Sparks, and the third, The Prophet of Yonwood is the prequel to the City