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Subject: Can anyone recommend?
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 4:44 PM ET
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My daughter started reading the Twilight series and really liked it (she ended up getting the second book first and has read this three times since she got it last weekend) and I was wondering if anyone could recommend any other type books/authors like this that would be good for an almost 13 yr old.


Date Posted: 9/15/2009 5:26 PM ET
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The Mediator series by Meg Cabot might be interesting for her.  I also really liked Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials).  What other books has she liked?

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 2:34 AM ET
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Definately the books by PC Cast and Kristen Cast; the Marked series.  It does mention a BJ, but not in detail or action.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:08 AM ET
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I second the Mediator series. I have read through book 5 and they are great! Actually any of Meg Cabot's YA books are really fun. I just read Airhead a few weeks ago and loved it.

Ellen Schribner has a series I think the first one is Vampire Kisses? Its about a girl who is traveling with her mom all over Europe as part of a gypsy fair type thing. Very light and funny.

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Date Posted: 9/21/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/22/2009 5:28 PM ET
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Eragon series about a boy and a dragon adventure series, Don't die Dragonfly (seer #1) teenage girl gifted with visions of the future, septimus heap series Magyk is the first book- much like harry potter, blood and chocolate- werewolf novel, anything by ellen hopkins, though her books might be a little old for her- Crank and glass are the "true" story of a young girls addition to meth, very powerful and scary.  My son introduced me to these books at age 14.  Just wanted you to be aware.  The others should be fine and I enjoyed all of them.

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 11:50 PM ET
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She might like Garth Nix's Abhorsen triology - Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen.  It features a teenage girl who has the power (and duty) to protect a magical kingdom from the undead - she crosses over into death in order to bind them.  Some of the most creative worldbuilding to be found in YA fiction. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 6:05 AM ET
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Well, you asked for other types of books, so one I would recommend is Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence.  It's perfect (in my opinion!) for a young girl of 13 because they're usually so self-critical and unsure of themselves (or at least I was back then!!).  Anyway, it's about a yong boy, Harold, who is an Albino and just completely uncomfortable in his own skin.  He's an outsider, lonely and taunted, sad at home, but kind and sweet on the inside.  And one day he somehow meets up with the circus and falls in with "the freaks" who welcome him warmly and little by little he comes out of his shell.  I could not put this book down.  The characters are so charming, the story so fun and enjoyable, the writing is perfect, I just fell in love with this book.  In fact, I first read it in paperback just a few months ago, and have since ordered it here at PBS in hardcover for my "keeper shelf".  Ghost Boy is definitely a hidden gem!!   

Subject: for 13 yr old
Date Posted: 9/26/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Some of the Terry Pratchett books are suitable for pre/teens and a lot of fun.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series is YA.


Subject: never mind
Date Posted: 11/5/2009 12:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/6/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Your daughter might like The Vampire Diaries by L J Smith.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:41 PM ET
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You should try the Hunger Games and the sequel Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  Me, my son, and my 14 year old stepdaughter all read them and LOVED them. 

Subject: I agree with Arica
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 2:24 PM ET
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I read the Vampire Diaries and LOVED them when they first came out. I was in middle school then and all my friends passed the books around over and over.  :)

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:18 PM ET
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The Chronicles of Narnia

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 2:46 AM ET
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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. Her Protector of the Small quartet is pretty good too, though I really enjoyed her Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen. They're all set in the same world, but provided she reads the Lioness quartet, she'll be able to follow any of them.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Johhny Tremain by Esther Forbes. This one is a historical fiction rather than fantasy, not my usual style, but I've loved it since I was about 14.

Dealing with Dragons quartet by Patricia Wrede

Robin McKinley is a wonderful author, who writes both YA and adult fiction. Most of her books are youth appropriate, but Deerskin (one of her best) does deal with a father molesting his daughter, so avoid that one. Others such as Beauty, Chalice, Spindle's End, those are all almost more like YA versions of fairy tales.

Terry Pratchett is a good choice, again both YA and adult. He doesn't deal with anything too adult though (discounting murder in his adult books) and he's not graphic. The Wee Free Men is very funny, though a far cry from Twilight.

I've heard very good things about the Ugliesseries mentioned above. And Meg Cabot has some pretty good books too. She's most well know for the Princess Diaries, but I liked All American Girl more. There's also a series called the Overlander series, I think. I like the first book best, the others just sort of draw is out, it's called Gregor the Overlander.

I hope these help! Sorry if my aging guesses are off, some may be to young or to old for her.

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 12:49 PM ET
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Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass) was really good and is in the same genre/age category. An urban fantasy about a 16-yr-old girl who finds out she's a Shadowhunter (supernatural policeman/demon slayer), it's kinda like Buffy the Vampire Slayer mashed-up with Harry Potter; very fast paced, entertaining, and PG-13.

I second Robin McKinley, especially The Hero and the Crown (Newberry winner) and The Blue Sword, both set in the fictional land of Damar; they're still two of my favorite books.

For general fantasy, there's Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book), Madeleine L'Engle (Wrinkle in Time series - I think Meg, the protagonist, is right around 13), Gail Levine's Ella Enchanted, and I was right around 13 when I first read Tolkien.

Word of caution: PC Cast's House of Night series, though very fun, does have at least one sex scene around book 3-4, and the occasional scene of a sexual nature (mystical vampire stuff + bloodlust + willing ex boyfriend = grinding while feeding)

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 3:41 PM ET
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Claudia Grays Evernight Series

There's two books Evernight and Stargazer. The third is coming out next month it's called Hourglass.