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Subject: need book ideas for a Christian tween girl
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 2:30 AM ET
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My daughter's turning eleven next month and I was hoping to get some book ideas for her. She loves reading and been known to finish two or three hundred page books in as many days. She loves mysteries and reading bout historical girl figures (such as the American Girl series and some of the Royal Diaries books) as well as books such as the Left Behind: the Kids series, the Lily series, and the Raising Dragons series by Bryan Davis so her tastes can be a bit varied. I'd like for the books to be written from a Christian perspective ideally, but am open to other suggestions provided they're not too graphic (i.e. the Goosebumps series). We don't allow her to read books that have vampires, glorify witchcraft (i.e. nothing with "good" witches), and ones that focus on dating, though. Thanks :)


Date Posted: 9/11/2009 8:20 AM ET
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How about the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard? They are about a girl in the early 1900's and her adventures. I read them at your daughter's age and still have them! Published by a Christian publisher. The first book is Mandie and the Secret Tunnel and there are 40 in the set. There is even a movie coming out soon based on the books. Hope this helps! :)

Subject: Winnie
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 8:33 AM ET
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Subject: horses
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 8:34 AM ET
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If  she likes horses, she'll love the Winnie series.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 9:03 AM ET
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if she likes mysteries the Boarding School mysteries by Kristi Holl

other good ones

The Girls of 622 Harbor View series by Melody Carlson

Hidden Diary series by Sandra Byrd

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 9:31 PM ET
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At that age I loved Janette Oke books. Great historical fiction, and quite Christian.  And there are a lot of them :)

Also, Laura Ingalls Wilder, of course.  Ann Rinaldi writes great YA historical fiction, but it's not Christian.  There is sometimes some romance, but it's not graphic at all.

Madeleine L'Engle is classic.  Her YA books, not the adult ones. The adult ones are a bit graphic at times. She is Christian but it does not come through very strongly in her fiction. 

Good luck monitoring her reading too heavily, though.  She sounds like me, and I read everything I could get my hands on.  Really, I think being open with her about subjects you disagree with will be much more effective than censoring her. She is less likely to feel the need to hide her reading from you. And there is so much beautiful YA fantasy... it's a shame to miss it. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:53 PM ET
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I first read Janette Oke when I was 10 (A Gown of Spanish Lace is still my favorite to this day!) and pretty much devoured books by her and other Christian authors in my preteen and early teen years. Beverly Lewis and Lori Wick being the main ones I read then in addition to Oke. I would suggest Christy by Catherine Marshall. I recently bought the Christy tv series based on the books which is a lot of fun to watch and compare to the book!

Subject: Summerhill Secrets series by Beverly Lewis
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 12:22 AM ET
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My 15 year old just read these and loved them. 

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 3:12 AM ET
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The Forbidden Doors series by Bill Myers


Any of Lee Roddy's series, start with Danger on Thunder Mountain and whatever series it's in, GREAT series, I love it as a preteen-teen

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Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:47 AM ET
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Thanks to everyone who posted. Now I've got a pretty good list to shop for. Some of the books that were suggested we already have and I'd forgotten bout (i.e. bout ten of the Mandie series) but a lot of them are new to me :). Happy swapping everyone, Erica

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 11:00 PM ET
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If she enjoys historical books, I highly recommend the Betsy-Tacy series, by Maud Hart Lovelace.  The first four books are for younger readers (as they are about the main character, Betsy, when she is young) but the last six book in the series are for YA. 

Four of the later six are for each year Betsy is in high school, and the remaining two are about her adult life.  There is mention of dating, but it is the early 1900s version of dating and is not at all like modern dating.  Betsy learns a lot about herself and reflects on lessons she learns by writing in her journal.

They aren't meant to be Christian books but Betsy does contemplate her faith as she grows up.  The stories are fiction but are based on the author's life growing up in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Minnesota.

Heaven to Betsy (freshman year)

Betsy in Spite of Herself (sophomore year)

Betsy was a Junior

Betsy and Joe (senior year)

Betsy and the Great World (travelling in Europe pre-WWI)

Betsy's Wedding