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Subject: Need Book Advice for 13 Year Old
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:11 AM ET
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Hi everyone!

Good morning, and I hope everyone is well on this beautiful, warm, sunny day. Well, it's sunny here in South West Florida, anyways. For all the Northerners: hang in there, summer is coming soon!

I'm not quite sure if this is the place to post about it or not, but my daughter is turning 13 tomorrow. Aside from the regular presents I am getting her, I want to get her a really great book that she'll love. She's just like me; she absolutely loves to read, and you'll almost never see her without a book in hand. So, my question is, do any of you have any reccomendations for a girl her age? She's into almost all genres of books that are age appropriate, anyways. I've even let her read a couple from my Koontz collection. 

Also, if you have any suggestions for a 15 year old girl, I'd be much obliged. My other daughter is turning 15 in June and I want to get her inspired to read again! 


Thanks, everyone :)



Date Posted: 5/5/2014 11:58 PM ET
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My daughter is 18, but she loved (and still occasionally reads) R.L. Stine's Fear Street books and anything by Christopher Pike.  Teen horror.  She's also loved all of the bestsellers like Harry Potter and Twilight.  I can't think of anything else right now, but I bet if you post this in Club Member's Thoughts you'll get a lot more responses.

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Date Posted: 5/6/2014 12:03 AM ET
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I recently finished The Book Thief.  It was very good.  Sad, but very good.  It was told from the view point of Death.  I'd recommend it.  There is quite a bit of death, but it is tastefully done and it is on the YA reading list.  It deals with some complex issues, but it was overall very well done for a YA book. 

Unwind is about a time when abortion is no longer legal and children are "aborted" at age 13-15.  It was an award winner from a few years ago. My high schoolers loved it, even though it was about younger kids. 

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 10:52 AM ET
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My 13 yr loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 12:53 PM ET
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My daughter is now 16 and loves to read as well, mostly paranormal. These books were read between the ages of 10 -16. These are some of her favorites:

  • Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing 
  • Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer 
  • Maximum Ride series by James Patterson 
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riodan
  • Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
  • Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent 
  • Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  • Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
  • Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
  • Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
  • Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
  • Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • Nightshade series by Andrea Creamer

She has also read several Mary Higgins Clark books. Hope this list helps.



Date Posted: 5/6/2014 3:58 PM ET
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Both my 15 year old & I enjoy any books by these authors...(most are great contemporary summer reads too)

Simone Elkeles

Sarah Dessen

Huntley Fitzpatrick

Lauren Oliver

Stephanie Perkins

Kimberly Derting

Wendy Corsi Staub (her Lily Dale series)

Jennifer Brown

Rachel Hawkins

Date Posted: 5/7/2014 7:41 PM ET
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Is she interested in nature, adventure, animals, wildlife, etc.?  I have started reading Children and Young Adult books as a break from my other books.

Here are some that I really enjoyed.

White Dolphin: Gill Lewis

The Music Of Dolphins: Karen Hesse

Chomp: Carl Hiaasen

Lost Voices: Sarah Porter (Trilogy)

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer : John Grisham  (Series)

My Seven Years in Captivity: Tails And Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo: Bill Seaton

The Giver: Lois Lowry  (Quartet)

Storm Runners : Roland Smith  (Trilogy)






Subject: teen books
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 9:59 PM ET
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My children have shunned any of the YA books or school choices to promote discussion.  There are some titles that have promoted discussion, though, such as Memory Keeper's Daughter or the Secret Daughter by Gowda.  Catherine Ryan Hyde books are always good, particularily Don't Let Me Go.  Thousand Splendid Suns for your 15 yr. old.

The Saturdays series by Enright for your younger child.  Enid Blyton writes good mystery novels for a younger audience.

Some of my children have enjoyed the Redwall series.   The books are a bit long, so may need an avid reader.


Date Posted: 5/7/2014 11:16 PM ET
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If you're okay with some of the topics discussed (mainly, alternative families), I highly recommend any book by Francesca Lia Block. 

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 1:14 AM ET
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Here are some that either my 15 year old has read in the last year or so or ones that I have really enjoyed:

Sabrina the teenage witch based on the tv series


Shadow Thieves

Vampire kisses


Problem with sidney

Left behind the kids series


The graduation


Several I really enjoyed that the 15 year old might like are:

Growing up in a hurry

Acorn people

5 were missing(not on my shelf)

Lisa bright and dark(not on my shelf)

Kathleen please come home(not on my shelf)

I would think most of these books could be read my either the 13 or the 15 year old.

Most of these books are on my shelf and I am doing 5 books for 3 credits, 8 books for 4 credits, 15 books for 5 credits or 24 books for 6 credits. Some of them are series and I have several of the series on my shelf. Such as Sabrina the teen age witch, danger. com, vampire kisses, everworld, redwall, left behind kids. These books can be combined with the next post Phil(hubby).

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Date Posted: 5/8/2014 1:31 AM ET
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I have the following that my daughter read when she was 13-15 years old:

Auroa of North manitou Island

Charlotte of South Manitou Island

Chicken soup for the teen soul

Other chicken soup

Cat who mysteries

Eight tales of terror

Fuzzy bones



sisterchicks do the hula\

taste berries for teens (like a chicken soup)

  All of these are on my shelf. I am doing 5 books for 3 credits, 8 books for 4 credits, 15 books for 5 credits or 24 books for 6 credits. The books from this shelf can be combined with stampsarefun the post above.

Subject: A New Site
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 5:53 PM ET
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I am developing a new site that is called Myhomeschoollibrarian.com and it lists books by genre, reading level (lexile) and also recommended reading.  The site is up but not advertised at this time as the intro page is not perfected yet but the searchs are working. You might be able to find some recommended books and you can even make a list of ones you would like to read in the future via library, purchase, or paperbackswap. 

Let me know if you go and look at the site as it is still in developement stage. I want to give people a chance to pick books that are either on the reading level for their kids or on the recommended level for their kids. 

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 8:51 PM ET
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Helen, I looked at your site and found more books for my WL and RL.  Thank you.

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 9:21 PM ET
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My daughter loved the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. Both of your girls might like it. Pierce has an adult following, too.