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Subject: Help Looking for a new book/series for my 13 year old girl.
Date Posted: 6/21/2011 7:50 AM ET
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Hi.  I am looking for a new book/series for my 13 year old daughter.  She loves the Nicholas Sparks books and she also really liked The Hungar Games.  Thank you for any suggestions that you may have.

Date Posted: 6/21/2011 6:05 PM ET
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My 13 yo likes the House of Night Series, they are better than some of the other vampire fluff. 

Recently she has enjoyed A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia ,  & Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.

Here is the list for what I plan to have her read this summer:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Jax-Summer-Reading/list/6619/

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 1:52 PM ET
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Margaret,

I read the book list you have prepared and I finally know what to recommend.  I LOVED this book.  It is recommended fro teens and I didn't know that when I ordered it:

ISBN-13: 9780061345807      All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  I would have loved this at your daughters age.  I loved it at 55.

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 3:54 PM ET
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My daughter and I just listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.  We really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 6:51 PM ET
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Pamela -  That does look good, I saw that girl on Oprah.  I added it to my WL.  Funny - when I searched by name a book came up about a Cistercian monk getting in touch with his homosexuality - and I thought - Hmmmm................... 

 

Mary L - I am #7 on the WL for Shiver, for my daughter, I can't wait.

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 10:33 PM ET
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The Maze Runner series is great, it is kind of like The Hunger Games series!

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 3:34 PM ET
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LOL!  I wish I had seen the Oprah with that girl on it.  I didn't know it was a true story.  The parts of the book where she writes what is going on in the girl's mind are brilliant.  She cannot talk until later but is aware.  I love stories like that.

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 9:47 AM ET
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Have you previewed Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue is for Nightmares series? I received the first one from this site not two weeks ago, and had to request the remaining 3 this past weekend - my Casey (she is also 13) devoured that first book in mere days!

Consequently, I will be returning the first book to the posted list shortly smiley

Shane

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 2:40 AM ET
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coworker's daughter likes Erin Hunter's Warriors series -there are tons and they branch off into mini series seems like - into the wild I think is the first one

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 10:09 AM ET
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I LOVE the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer -- the audio versions narrated by Katherine Kellgren are fantastic. Set in the late 18th century, these books feature Mary "Jacky" Faber, an orphan girl from London who is a magnet for trouble and adventure. She is plucky, clever, feisty, and irrepressible. The series is geared for ages 12 and up -- though I am long past 12 years old and I thoroughly enjoy her adventures. Again, the audio versions are delightful and perfect for road trips.

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 11:11 AM ET
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Its an older one, but I reccomend the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate. It's in the process of a reprint right now.

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 9:18 PM ET
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House of Night series does have some pg-13 sex scenes in it. ;o) But they are hugely popular right now and fairly good reads.

I would also recommend Forest of Hands and Teeth, Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, Rick Riordan's two new series (one is a continuation of the Percy Jackson series, the other is about Egyptian mythology), Divergent by Veronica Roth, Incarceron, Fly by Night bu Frances Hardinge, and Haddix's The Missing series. Also Joan Bauer's books are good for more down-to-earth, "clean" stories a la Nick Sparks.

I second The Maze Runner; it's a series with the third book due out this fall.

Subject: Another suggestion
Date Posted: 7/4/2011 3:31 PM ET
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I loved the Hunger Games, too.  Here was another one of my favorites ... Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  It has a small science fiction element, but is just as captivating as Hunger Games with an emphasis on relationships.  Hope she loves it!

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 3:22 PM ET
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The main characters in Shiver had sex. But it wasn't described in any detail, he is 18 and she is 17. 

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 6:33 PM ET
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I second Animorphs! I read those when I was about 13-15 and I just devoured them. They were a lot of fun.

Date Posted: 7/14/2011 1:42 AM ET
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Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, if she likes fantasy at all.  It's basically Horatio Hornblower with dragons, it's fantastically written and researched.  It is set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows the dragon Temeraire and his captain Laurence.

Subject: books for teens
Date Posted: 7/15/2011 12:04 PM ET
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I loved " Mortal Instuments"  by Cassandra Clare  ..Alyson Noel also has a good series for teens

Date Posted: 7/15/2011 10:32 PM ET
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My daughter enjoyed the James Patterson series - Maximum Ride.  They were real easy reads and very interesting.

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 8:47 AM ET
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Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Margaret Stohl...they have witches  and magic and good vs evil etc...essentially a love story at it's heart . It was appropriate for my 12 year old. She loved them and The Hunger Games series is her favorite (along with Harry Potter). I read the first one and did like it and felt it was fine for her. I did not read the 2nd one as I have too much to read now as it is!!  I believe # 3 is in the works.  She also loves anything by Brandon Mull and Rick Riordan abd loves the Sisters Grimm books.  Hope this helps!

Denise