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Subject: Books for extra reading, need recommendations
Date Posted: 2/12/2011 11:52 AM ET
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My sisters are looking for some new books to read.  They are 12 and 14, but do not want all the romancy stuff.  They REALLY liked the Forbidden Doors series by Bill Myers.  So I think we are looking for either mystery or adventure.  I used to read Lee Roddy, but I can't remember which age group that was for.  Does anyone have some recommendations.  I showed them some of Ted Dekker's books, but they don't want a lot of murder.

Jodie -
Date Posted: 2/12/2011 8:11 PM ET
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The Seven Sleepers Series by Gilbert Morris are Adventure/Science Fiction

Also the Cooper Kids Adventure Series and the Veritas Project by Frank Peretti are good for that age.



Date Posted: 2/15/2011 11:38 AM ET
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This is non fiction but a good book for this age group is... A Young Woman's Guide to Making RIght Choices by Elizabeth George.  I run my church bookstore and get a lot of good feed back on this from young women

Date Posted: 2/16/2011 11:19 AM ET
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My teen son likes these series:

  • Alex Rider (a teen MI-6 agent - Bond w/o the alcohol & sex)
  • Silverwing
  • Mistmantle Chronicles
  • 39 Clues
  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Ted Dekker's Circle series (he has some teen ones, too)
  • ...and he reads a LOT of the classic lit since the Young Adult section/series are so "lame" and "messed up" (his words)


Date Posted: 2/17/2011 11:45 AM ET
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Those are great suggestions. I would also add Margaret Peterson Haddix, Gail Carson Levine and the Sisters Grimm series.

Date Posted: 3/13/2011 3:57 PM ET
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I just re-read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry for my Child Lit college class. I liked it even better the second time around and it has a good message. Not Christian, but shows man's attempt to create a perfect world and how that doesn't work in our puny human strength and wisdom.

Date Posted: 4/21/2011 9:14 AM ET
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Frank Peretti has some kid books that are good, and also Patricia St. John.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 6:26 AM ET
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My girls are 11 and 14 and these are some of their favorites.


The Jaguar Stones trilogy - J&P Voelkel

The Companions Quartet - Julia Golding

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid series - Rick Riordan

Gilda Joyce - Jennifer Allison 

The Skeleton Creek books by Patrick Carman are quick reads but fun.  You read the book and watch mini videos on the computer to try and solve the mystery.


Last Edited on: 4/22/11 6:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: books
Date Posted: 4/22/2011 4:20 PM ET
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