I was asked by my wife to get a novel for our 12 year old niece today. At a small bookstore in our area I asked the worker there if there was a good novel for an advanced reading 12 year old girl. The books suggested to me by this worker were Catcher in The Rye, Brave New World, and Animal Farm. Even though I saw some Jane Austin novels next to them. I kid you not. What I ended up going with was a novel about Seabiscuit, as horses are sort of a thing in our family, and a good quality sketch book and drawing pen.