I'm going to tutor a 12-year-old kid in English soon and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for the texts we might use. I am a firm believer in reading, but I'd want the texts to be fun, creative, imaginative, and preferably short. The format of this book is kind of fun (well, it's not so much for reading, just an example of a creative approach), but it's not for kids. This text is an even better example: the "experiments" are short, memorable, clearly written, and they all start from everyday situations... Except that it's obviously not for kids either.
I don't have a good sense of what literature might interest a 12-year-old, as I've never worked with kids. Any suggestions would be welcome!