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Subject: Need book recommendations for my daughter
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Hi All,

My daughter loves to read BUT she's picky about what she reads.  Right now, her two most favorite authors are Anthony Horowitz and James Patterson - she loves Horowitz's Alex Rider spy series and his fantasy Gate series.   For Patterson, she likes his Max series about the "mutant" kids that fly.   When I ask her what grabs her about those she shrugs but does eventually tell me she likes that they are teenage characters and that the books move!  (I like the Max series myself). 

She has finished reading most of those books though (and re-reading some of them) and needs more.  Does anyone have any suggestions for books she might try?  Thanks!




Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:59 PM ET
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my 14 yr old loves the Maximum Ride series and also loves the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.  Tamora Pierce has a few fantasy series for young adults that are very good as well.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 1:02 AM ET
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Since she likes spy type reads she might like Ally Carter's series. The first one is called I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you. The sequel is called cross my heart and hope to spy. the third is about to be released June 9, it's called don't judge a girl by her cover.

She might also like Meg Cabot's mediator series. You didn't specify her age but either way the mediator series doesn't have anything inappropriate. That series has a bit of mystery but no spy stuff I'm sorry haha If she ends up liking Meg Cabot's writing, she should then try the Princess Diaries series. They are hilarious! I've only read up to the fifth book in the series so I can't say how the rest of it is appropriate wise I mean. But sometimes it does have some pg-13 material.

I can't think of anymore. I hope that helps and that she likes them if she tries them. Since she's picky with books I suggest you have her try some reads at a library instead of purchasing them, it'll save you a lot of money. :)



Date Posted: 6/7/2009 2:17 AM ET
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The Gone series by Michael Grant (Gone is Book 1, Hunger is Book 2) is pretty good if she's looking for an action-thriller read. Similar is any of Scott Westerfeld's books, particularly the Uglies trilogy (Uglies - Book 1, Pretties - Book 2, Specials - Book 3) which deal with a dystopian world where people are born ugly and must be made beautiful using mind-altering surgery). The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor retells Alice in Wonderland from a darker point of view. And I seem to be recommending only series! All of these books are action- and plot-heavy and light on the romance, because from her favorite books I'm not sure how into that she is. Good luck!
Subject: Thank you
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:54 AM ET
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Thanks everyone!  I greatly appreciate it!

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 12:24 PM ET
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My daughter also loves the Warrior series. Then there's :

The Guardians of Ga'Hoole seires by Kathryn Lasky (I think),

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, 

Mary "Jacky" Faber series by L.A. Meyer,

Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull,

The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud,

The Keys to the Kingdon series by Garth Nix, 

The Bar Code Tattoo books by Suzanne Weyn,

The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix,

The City if Ember books by Jeanne DuPrau,

Cornelia Funke has several books that she might like and Anthony Horowitz has 2 other series that I can think of. One is The Gatekeepers.

Hope that helps! :)

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 3:36 PM ET
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Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City and Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb by Kristen Miller

These are great books that I wish I'd had when I was a teen.