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Subject: Fiction for 16 yo girl
Date Posted: 1/14/2008 9:04 AM ET
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Hi! I am looking for some good books for my 16 yo daughter to read. We are conservative Christian homeschoolers, so we are looking for books without romance. That's proving to be a challenge. She likes horses & is interested in the Old West currently. She doesn't care for fantasy or science fiction. What books have you had your daughter's read?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Hey Lisa,

We are Christian homeschoolers also and I know sometimes it is really hard to find stuff.  My daughter has a friend who is 15 who has read the Christie Miller series and I think the other one is Sierra something.  Now they do have the girls liking the boys or going out on a date, but from the several I have read ( because my daughter  also wants to read them) it's done well.  Another one her friend has started reading is the Adult Left Behind Series and she is not into sci-fi or fantasy but she has enjoyed this so far and it has provided some interesting conversations also with my daughter and our families they also are christian homeschoolers. 

Hope this helps some.

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 11:49 AM ET
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Has she read Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss? When I read it I thought it would be good for a young lady entering into Christian womanhood. Oh, I also thought of Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard.



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Date Posted: 1/14/2008 4:32 PM ET
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When I was a teen, Janette Oke published her first series, Love Comes Softly.  I read them and loved them.  To me, they really aren't romance, but rather, historical fiction.  I loved that aspect of it - learning about pioneer times in Canada and the U.S.  They really showed me what a true Christian woman should be.  You might look into them.  I just mailed off my entire Love Comes Softly set, but I have other Oke books on my bookshelf.

JC

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Janette Oke "Love Comes Softly" series was the first christian fiction I read as a teen and it was very inspiring to me.

Try the teen section at Christian Book Distributors for ideas.

Leanne Hardy writes a fiction series about missionary families for teens.

Lauraine Snelling has two series about horses. 

Another with horses by Sarah Page Davis The Piper Ranch Series

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 2:45 AM ET
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If she hasn't read the Anne of Green Gables series yet, that might be a good place to start.  I echo the suggestion of  Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series as well.  We recently gave a set of books to a friend's daughter who is also horse crazy.  = )  It's the Horsefeathers series by Dandi Daley Mackall.  The suggested age range for these books is 12-16.  Have you checked out any of Nancy Rue's books?  Some of her titles for teens include Row This Boat Ashore, Stop in the Name of Love, The Janice Project, Home by Another Way, the Nama Beach High series, and the Raise the Flag series.  I have not read any of these yet, but I LOVE Rue's books for younger girls/preteens.  (And I believe PBS member Krista G. is Nancy Rue's niece!)

I hope you find some great reading material for your daughter.

~Jori

Subject: Fiction for 16 yo girl
Date Posted: 1/16/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Thanks for the ideas! I'll check them out.

Lisa

Subject: Fiction for 16 yo girl
Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:25 AM ET
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Have you tried Winnie the Horse Gentler series by Dandi Daley Mackall?  It's christian based about a young girl who likes horses?  My daughter enjoyed them...  she loves horses.  

Donna

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 9:40 AM ET
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My daughter loved the Winnie series! She also read Phantom Stallion. I thought I saw another series about horses by a Christian author, but now I can't find it. I'll let you know if I run across it again.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 8:42 PM ET
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Hoofbeats is a good series and so is heartland.  My daughter has read both those .  They are both good horse series. 

Donna