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Subject: Book Suggestions for Teen Girl ??
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I have a teenage step-daughter who was abused before she came to live with us.  She has come a long way in her healing, but is still learning social skills that most kids learn naturally at a much younger age.

My daughter is now almost 16.  And, she has just begun to enjoy reading.  I would like to find some books that she would enjoy.  She loves animals (especially horses), music and her problem area is "drama" (as in teen girls getting too involved in petty dramas).  Christian-based books would be great.  

I should mention here that her reading level as far as vocabulary and speed are not that of a "typical" 16 year old.  She is probably on more like a 7th grade or 13 year old level in that respect....... but her TOPIC choice would be more like a 16 year old.

I want to encourage her newfound reading hobby, so I could use some suggestions of different books.


Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:06 PM ET
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Melody Carlson has some great books out that are good for teens. They are Christian based but the topics are edgy so they don't feel preachy.

Try her Diary of a Teenage Girl series, Notes of a Spinning Planet series, or True Colors series.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:44 PM ET
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Pure by Terra Elan McVoy

Faithgirlz series by Nancy N. Rue

There is also a newer series called Sweet Seasons. The latest one is The Spring of Candy Apples. It's written by Debbie Viguié

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Subject: Thanks for the suggestions!
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 9:02 AM ET
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I will check each of them out.

A few weeks ago, I saw books on someone's bookshelf that were a series about a girl named Amy.... who lived on a Ranch, lost people she loved, etc.  I wanted to read more about them, but failed to write down anything....  Are any of you familiar with a series like that?


Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:18 PM ET
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I looked on NoveList, and found this:

Heartland series by Lauren Brooke.

Amy's mother founded Heartland, a place for healing traumatized horses, but Amy, who inherited her mother's skills with horses, must continue her work after an accident on a stormy night kills her mother.

The first book in the series is titled Coming Home. There are 14 other books in the series.

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Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:44 PM ET
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If she likes animals, she may enjoy Watership Down.  It was absolutely one of my favorite books growing up.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 3:49 PM ET
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If she likes romance (rated G, of course) you could even direct her towards some Janette Oke.  She's one of the first Christian authors I started reading (probably around 13 or so).  They aren't complicated or difficult to read, but they are still satisfying.  At 16, she could probably tackle most regular, adult Christian fiction novels.  From what I've found, they're all fairly easy to read.  When I was her age I was reading Gilbert Morris, Lynn Austin, Lori Copeland and Linda Windsor.  They almost all have adulte protagonists, but they're wholesome and fun to read. 

It also depends on her maturity level.  She could read books like the Saddle Club, but those are generally for pre-teens.  She could also try out secular (but still clean) novels like Shannon Hales Book of a Thousand Days, Eva Ibbotson's novels, or something that really might challenge her imagination like Suzanne Collins's The Hunger GamesA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is pretty interesting, but it's a little more... PG-13 and, of course, there's ALWAYS Twilight.  Twilight is one of those books that girls can get together and talk about how much they l-o-v-e Edward or how they swoon over Jacob.  It bonds them :)    


Subject: Thanks EVERYONE!!!
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:44 PM ET
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So many great suggestions!  Thank you all so much.  I'm going to spend much of the summer ordering her books, so I will try some of these out.

Those books by Lauren Brooke, they ARE the ones I was looking for, thank you so much for finding it for me!!

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 10:54 PM ET
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There's the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Hey, I'm MR, new member :) As a teenage girl, I can assure you that the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray is outstanding. It defines "tragic beauty" and has intriguing gothic, historical, and supernatural elements. Her books are my personal favorites. However, the Max Ride books by James Patterson might be a safer bet. Their plot is fast-paced and they're amazing easy to read. Good luck!
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 2:11 AM ET
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I highly recommend the "Holly's Heart" series by Beverly Lewis - filled with drama and romance but in a Christian perpspective for preteens/teens. I have read some of the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn, and they are pretty good.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 10:44 AM ET
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Hi there- I would suggest maybe the Princess Diaries series (or really anything by Meg Cabot), and maybe the book "Prophecy of the Stones". The latter is a little more like fantasy, but it has three strong female characters. As for the Gemma Doyle trilogy, I really loved it, but the books do deal with some adult content, so I'm not sure if that's what you think is ok. God be with you, your daughter, and your family as she continues to heal.