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good books for a 13 year old girl...suggestions...

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Posted on Nov 14, 2010 5:40:32 AM PST
Grimlock says:
I was going to suggest the Pretty Little Liars, but I have to disagree. No sex, true, but there are hints, and descriptions of hook ups in bars, and I'd have to say that it does get violent by the seventh book, including graphic description of a dead body. This may not be the series for the OPs daughter, as much as I love them.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 5:44:57 AM PST
S. Kuleck says:
I would recommend any of the Sarah Dessen books. Her novel Just Listen was absolutely terrific. And, I've enjoyed all the others. They are all young adult novels, but as an adult, I found them to be wonderful. I've recommended her books to my daughter and her friends as well as most of my friends with teenage daughters.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 5:55:03 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 14, 2010 6:40:44 AM PST
Debi says:
My Granddaughter liked the Lemony Snicket Series that was free awhile back.
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 8:36:14 AM PST
Age appropriate Judy Blume... NOT Forever or any of her adult books. My daughter is 13 and she has enjoyed:

Are you there God? It's me Margaret
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2010 8:45:34 AM PST
I was also going to recommend Hunger Games but see that Angie has already mentioned it.
Another suggestion is to call her school and see what the librarian says the other kids her age are reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2010 9:01:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2010 9:04:14 AM PST
CLB77 says:
As much as I loved them too, PLL are also not exactly grounded in reality either. There's little that's remotely realistic about these girls' lives, and even less realistic in how adults are portrayed in the series. Fun fluff though. Maybe for when she's older.

Sounds like from your further posts that both Percy Jackson & the Hunger Games series are out. Neither are realistic, and the Hunger Games is definitely upsetting. How about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the follow ups? Sharon Creech or Jerry Spinelli, a la The Wanderer, Stargirl? They've both got quite a few books.

I wish I could offer more suggestions... I read a lot of YA (I was a middle school teacher and just love the stuff), but unfortunately it's mostly paranormal and/or historical. To be entirely honest too, by 13 I was reading adult books. Dean Koontz, etc. YA wasn't so big a genre of its own then as it is now. So I see nothing wrong with her reading books that aren't specifically YA, if she's capable.

ETA- if you're not opposed to Christian Fiction, the Katie Parker books are well-reviewed. One of them was free a while ago, but looks like it's not anymore. In Between: A Katie Parker Production (Act I)

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 5:37:05 PM PDT
dancer28 says:
Nancy Rue is good, although some of her topic stuff can get hard. She's a Christian author, but she writes about tough topics like bullying in the schools, so if that kind of thing bothers her, you might want to preview them.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 9:07:08 PM PDT
J. Long says:
The sisterhood of the traveling pants series is really good

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 9:59:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2012 10:00:05 PM PDT
Kieri says:
When I was her age I really liked Francesca Lia Block's books, and they have aged pretty well...

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
Violet & Claire
I Was a Teenage Fairy (Ageless Books)

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 10:30:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2012 10:39:04 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
This is an old thread, so I doubt the original poster is still following, and her 13 year old is now closer to 15. But others might find the thread interesting, so I figure I'll add a suggestion for my personal favorite YA book that my precocious 12 year old niece enjoyed: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

ETA: Actually, the audio book might be even more fun. Neil Gaiman reads it, and unlike many authors, he has a *wonderful voice and does it true justice, he's a remarkable story teller. It's probably available from your local library via Overdrive, but here's the audible link:

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 8:56:53 AM PDT
if she likes fantasy then i loved the Ann McCaffrey "Dragon Riders of Pern" and "Harper Hall of Pern" series. her son took over writing the series so it is still going today over 20 years later....

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 9:16:19 AM PDT
My 12 year old would recommend "The 13th Unicorn"
I even read it and thought it was one of the best reads I've read in a long time.
It was quite a refreshing change from the ones that i read by Dean Koontz.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 9:21:02 AM PDT
If she likes kind of scary books, the best children oriented one that i believe, is :The Thief Of always" By Clive Barker.
Sadly they still do not have it for the KF, so i guess that null and voids this post.
Shame though. Very good book.
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