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CLEAN adventure and fantasy books for girls age 14-18

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Initial post: Aug 6, 2007 12:07:22 AM PDT
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Me and my 14 year old sister are looking for some new books. We've read books by Gail carson Levine and other popular books, but we are running out of books that are clean! My sis likes fantsay with romance and I like fantasy adventure with a little romance if I can find it. Any suggestions from other fantasy lovers would be great! We read anything from teen fantasy to regualr fantasy like R.A. Salvadore (The writer of the legends of Drizzt). We manly read books that take place in differnt worlds/realms. We'er not big fans of modernday themes that mix with fantasy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 8:00:23 AM PDT
The "Ranger's Apprentice" series By John Flanagan is pretty good from what I've read of it so far. There's three books in the series so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 10:21:45 AM PDT
S. Bennett says:
Well I'm a very well read person so my favorites are things mostly by Diana Wynne Jones. She's real good not to much romance though. Or you could try, though it's not very girl-ish, the Inheritence trilogy Eragon and Eldest the final book is yet to even have a title. You can check out the Twilight Trilogy too by Stephenie Meyer the third one is coming out tomorrow. (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse)

I hope I helped out if you'd like any other suggestions you can just holler.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 10:51:26 AM PDT
Why don't you give "His dark materials" by phillip pullman a try? There's three to that series. It's about a girl that is about your sister's age and it's pretty adventurous.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 10:54:15 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 1:55:26 PM PDT
I would like to recommend a book to you. It is just about the best book I have ever read. It is a book about two boys. One is a misfit and can barely read, the other is an excellent reader but crippled. These two form an unusual friendship, one that you won't forget. The title is Freak the Mighty. It was also made into a movie called The Mighty,which is available at any video store. The movie is excellent and it doesn't really matter if you see the movie first. The book just gives goes deeper into the story. While this story is about two boys, most importantly, it is about friendship.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 5:25:07 PM PDT
Holly Black's tithe, Valient and Ironsides are great YA fantasies.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 7:01:05 PM PDT
Musikal says:
There are tons of good (and clean!) books out there. My suggestion is to find authors you like and then read most everything by them.

I'm assuming you've already read Harry Potter. If you haven't read the Lord of the Rings, do that too!

May I suggest:
Robin Mckinnley: The Blue Sword, the Hero and the crown; (these two go together.) Great romance in both. She also has a number of fairy tale retellings- I adored Beauty when I was your age. All her books are good, but skip Deerskin and Sunshine as they have more adult themes- Deerskin especially is quite disturbing.

Try The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. The 1st one is called the Book of Three, there are 5 in the series. He has many, many other books, I read all of them when I was younger. There is a series called "Westmark"; that was my sister's favorite book of all time.

Patricia C Wrede and the Enchanted Forest Chronicles- very enjoyable. The first one is called "Dealing with Dragons"

Patricia McKillip- The Riddlemaster of Hed series first. Very good. She's written a whole lot in recent years and I don't think I've read a bad book that she's written.

You may also enjoy Diana Wynne Jones, she has a wide variety of books. Many have some romance.

I just read Wildwood Dancing by Juliette nd it was clean, romantic, and good.

Susan Cooper- the Dark is Rising series. Read it now before they ruin it with the movie..

I enjoyed David Eddings (now I can't remember all their names!) There are two 5-book series about Garion, the 1st one is called Pawn of Prophecy. These will be in the adult section, but they are pretty light and quick reading, with a lot of humor. I have not read all of his other series, just the 10 Garion books.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 7:41:36 AM PDT
fwa says:
The Kingdom Series
by Chuck Black

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 9:56:35 AM PDT
K. Keeley says:
You might like my book, "Molly Finn and the Seven Seas Fountain." It's a story about a girl whose trouble begins when she finds out she's a mermaid and just gets worse when she finds out why her parents have kept it a secret. It's a mixture of fantasy, romance, and adventure.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 11:41:50 AM PDT
critters says:
Try Tamora Pierce's stuff--Song of the Lioness, Immortals, Protector of the Small, and The Circle Opens are her series that I've read all or part of. Most of her main characters are "strong girls."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 12:42:01 PM PDT
Sheila Wood says:
When you said clean adventure, I thought of my novel, Harvey Girl. It's not fantasy. It's historical fiction. But it's clean and fun and has won some awards. Hope you enjoy it along with the fantasies. --sheila foard, author

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 3:21:06 PM PDT
A. Toomey says:
You might try the Dragonriders of Pern series or the Xanth series. Both do have some hints of romance, I thought it was pretty low key but..., so not sure about 14 year olds (though I was about that age when I started reading them).

Dragonriders, by Anne McCaffrey is an action fantasy. They are split into two semi-series, one is more science fiction-esc about how the dragons came to be, the other (which was written first) is about how a group of dragonriders who are almost extinct have to fight to save their people. The first one of these that I'd suggest is called "Dragonflight" though you might also be able to find the first 3 books combined into one called "Dragonriders of Pern".

Xanth books are fantasy comedies, by Piers Anthony, they are full of puns. First one is called "A Spell for Chameleon". A young man goes on an adventure to find his magic talent so he doesn't get exiled from his culture where everyone has to have a magic talent.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 11:50:10 AM PDT
Florentius says:
I would definitely try "Niamh and the Hermit" by Emiliy Snyder. Sounds like it's right up your alley. Fantasy, adventure, and a little romance too!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 11:53:43 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 2:52:50 PM PDT
cartobum says:
You would both LOVE Elissa's Quest. It's the first book of a fantasy trilogy for tweens (and teens). It's clean, and loads of fun! Elissa is a girl who can talk to animals. Aside from her magical Gift, she is a lovable character with gorgeous green eyes. The animals are hilarious. The first book is mostly adventure, but I think there will be some romance in the next book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 3:19:47 PM PDT
I have read some of her stuff but she does have people naked in some of those books, which me and my sister didn't like. Thank you for the suggestion though. They where really good books.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 3:20:47 PM PDT
Juliet Marillier has two series, one about Norsemen and one based on Celtic traditions. They are both great books that pull in a lot of magic and ancient pagan customs. Her Seven Waters Trilogy is about a family where the old ways are dying, but three of the children have the ancient abilities of the druids that are dying out. The Norsemen books also follow a family, but I don't remember the names. The first was something like Wolfskin. Another author is Naomi Kritzer, whose books are Fires of the Faithful and Turning the Storm. They are about a teenage girl who employs magic to help save her people when they are being turned into slaves. Very good read.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 3:22:26 PM PDT
Thank you so much for sending this to me. My sis was wondering about wildwood danceing and this will help her. Thanks for the other recomandations to, I plan on looking into them all.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2007 8:35:11 PM PDT
duskstarjds says:
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 12:07:44 AM PDT
Wow, great suggestions! Diana Wynne Jones is great - try Archer's Goon or Howl's Moving Castle (the movie doesn't follow the book very closely). Lloyd Alexander's Vesper Holly series is fun - basically Indiana Jones as a young indomitable woman. And as The Mighty is a favorite movie, I'm sure the book is even better.

I assume from the "CLEAN adventure and fantasy" that you don't mind magic but could be offended by a couple suggestions put forth. Piers Anthony's Xanth series is fun but some of the humor is pretty adult - or then again it might go over your head - and don't grab up all of his series without a little research (some are much more adult). David Eddings's Belgariad series has a lot of drinking and some sexuality, and for that and other reasons I'd be wary about letting a young teen read it - also, although I loved the series, I've heard others criticise the plot.

Phillip Pullman wrote His Dark Materials as an atheist on an explicitly anti-Narnia kick, so be aware that they come from a staunchly atheist viewpoint.

Did no one yet mention The Chronicles of Narnia?

As for my suggestions... not sure of the age range, since I'm 28 and I STILL enjoy these books, but they might be a bit young for you:

H. M. Hoover: This Time of Darkness (girl tries to escape from a tightly-controlled futuristic city, hoping to just once see the outside world) and Away Is a Strange Place to Be (kids get kidnapped to work as slaves building a space colony).

Monica Hughes: Space Trap (three kids get captured by slug-like aliens; one goes to a zoo, one is sold as a pet, and the middle child has to escape from a research complex to find her siblings, free them, and get them safely home) and Invitation to the Game (after graduating school, most kids can't get work because robots do most jobs better - but there's something else going on here (great story)).

Nancy Farmer: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. It's a wild ride thru futuristic Zimbabwe as three kids try to escape from their kidnappers and three mutant detectives try to find the kids. The underlying religious elements are distinctly non-Christian, but important to the setting and plot, especially the ending.

Lensey Namioka's Zenta series is set in feudal Japan and follows two Ronin (masterless samurai). The Village of the Vampire Cat (which isn't the first book but I would recommend reading first) seems to have fantasy elements at first until the mystery is solved. Very good.

Emily Rodda: The Deltora Quest series is excellent. A young man tries to track down seven jewels to use their power to free the land from its demonic overlord. A very strong heroine: a girl who grew up in the woods and can talk to animals. Also try Rowan of Rin and the other four in that series: Rowan is the smallest, weakest, most cowardly child in his tribe, but when the stream runs dry, he must brave the forbidden mountain to find out what has blocked the stream and, if he can, unblock it. Both series are a testament to Rodda's incredible gift for fantasy worlds where nothing is ever as it seems and even field of flowers may not be safe to walk on.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 12:48:41 AM PDT
Can't believe I forgot this: WATERSHIP DOWN!

It's about rabbits. My dad used to read me parts of it, and when I was little I tried to read it myself, but I never liked it, never understood it, never got very far. Then as a teenager I picked it up and was all like "This is the greatest book in the world! Why did I not understand that??!!" Now it's one of my favorites for re-reading.

Hazel's little brother Fiver has a vision about their warren (rabbit home) being destroyed, but Hazel can't convince the chief rabbit to listen. So Hazel and Fiver round up all the rabbits who will listen to them and head out.

They pass many dangers along the way, but finally make it to a large hill, from which they can see all around for miles. So they could spot any danger coming, hours before it arrived. They make their home there (and call it Watership Down, hence the title).

Then they realize something: They forgot to bring any does (female rabbits). (Hey, they're just dumb rabbits. Heh.)

So they have to find some girls, or they won't be able to have babies and start a new warren. They find a couple female rabbits at a farm (which is a dangerous adventure in and of itself), but it's not enough.

They end up learning about this warren that's run like a prison camp by General Woundwort, a fierce and hard-headed rabbit who's insanely paranoid about being discovered by humans. There are a bunch of does who want to leave because the place is overpopulated, but Woundwort won't let them go.

Bigwig, the strongest rabbit among all our heroes, manages to infiltrate Woundwort's colony and arrange for an escape. The main tribe manages to get a bunch of does out of Woundwort's colony, but Woundwort tracks them down to Watership Down, where the tribe has a final show-down with the insane dictator.

Surrounding the excellent plot is a thick dose of rabbit culture. There's the rabbit language, Lapine (hrair means "many, or more than four" which is all the higher the rabbits can count; embleer means "stinking, like the smell of a fox"; hrududil means any large, loud, moving machinery, like a car, truck, or tractor; etc.). There's the fact that the rabbits aren't as smart as humans and cannot, for example, grasp the idea that a board can float on top of the water and a rabbit on top of the board (the movie does a poor job with this part).

And there's the folk lore. The rabbits worship the sun, Frith, who created all things. Their hero is El-hrair-rah, the Prince with a Thousand Enemies, the first rabbit, who seems very similar in character to Anansi the spider (if you're familiar with Anansi), always full of tricks and deceptions. They tell countless tales about El-hrair-rah and how he did this or that, even to the point where he visited the Black Rabbit of Inle (darkness), trying to save his people from a powerful enemy; he tried to gamble the Black Rabbit into owing him a favor, but the Black Rabbit won every time, until El-hrair-rah had gambled away even his ears and his tail. And all the stories pay off in the end chapter.

Don't miss this piece of incredible literature. If you have to, fast-forward a few chapters and re-read the start later, but read the whole book. It's incredible.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 1:03:10 PM PDT

I teach middle school language arts and I highly recommend to you and your sister the trilogy by Scott Westerfeld starting with Uglies. Perhaps you already read them?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 1:49:52 PM PDT
S. Ulrich says:
Hi, I have a few fun books to add, and most of these are going to be made into movies soon, which I always find interesting (read the book, then see the movie).
-City of Ember/People of Sparks/Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau -a very creative adventure.
-Inkheart/Inkspell by Cornelia Funke- I am reading Inkspell right now, but Inkheart was amazing, I read it very quickly...couldn't get enough.
-House of the Scorpian by Nancy Farmer
And anything by Dianna Wynne Jones - she is so creative, all her books are very different and clever. I loved A Tale of Time City and Power of Three.
**I would be careful with His Dark Materials Trilogy- the movie The Golden Compass is coming out soon, so you may want to check it out, but make sure you've got someone to give you some guidance when you get to Philip Pullman's obvious atheistic plugs. He's not very nice to Christianity/Catholocism if that will bother you. If you can handle his bitterness in certain parts, the trilogy is an AMAZING work.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 7:18:14 PM PDT
Try Warrior Girl by SFX Fantasy. It is a fantasy romance adventure, though the start of the book might be a little too scary for the faint hearted.
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