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Subject: Searching for good age appropriate teen books
Date Posted: 9/16/2011 3:19 PM ET
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I am looking for a good teenage book/series for my teenage granddaughter.  She loved the uglies series but is having a hard time finding a new book to read that is good, but still age appropriate.  For example, she liked My Sisters Keeper by Picoult but I don't think all her books are appropriate for a 13 year old; she can get pretty 'detailed' sometimes.  Any recommendations? 

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Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Date Posted: 9/18/2011 1:45 PM ET
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Bea -- If she is reading Jodi Picoult and loved it -- she is pretty much mature enough to read beyond her grade level.  I am always a bit disturbed by Picoult's books LOL

Books that I loved in the dystopian area:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Lisa McMann's Wake series

Eve by Anna Carey

The Hunger Games series -- yes, there is a lot of violence inn these books, but they are really well written and when the movie comes out, you won't be able to avoid it.

Paranormal with Humor

Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins (there is a lot of snarky humor in this one!)

Anything by Tera Lynn Childs - she writes perfectly for 13 year old! 


Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

You might also want to try The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  This is beautifully written. It is geared for adults, but there is really no sex (some kissing) or alot of violence,











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Date Posted: 9/22/2011 10:52 AM ET
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Hi Bea,

Anything you are trying to avoid other than getting "detailed" and/or violence?  For example, I started the Wake series mentioned above, but had to put it down because it had too much swearing for my taste (not that that makes it a "bad book".  It just wasn't my style). 

I don't read much dystopian myself, so other than Uglies and Hunger Games I don't have any suggestions there.  But if she likes fantasy, I really enjoy Tamora Pierce's books.  Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles are actually written for a slightly younger audience, but are also wonderful for all ages. If she's into the paranormal genre, I recently enjoyed Monster High by Lisi Harrision (perfect for upcoming Halloween holiday).  And if she likes historical fiction I highly recommend anything written by Esther Friesner or Carolyn Meyer. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 5:36 PM ET
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I was going to suggest the "Hex Hall series! I loved them!

I don't remember there being any sex and not much if any swearing.

"Forgotten" by Cat Patrick, its not part of a series, but EXCELLENT!!!!! and again pretty clean.

The "Magic in Manhattan" series by Sarah Mlynowski are cute for young teens. they are about a teenage witch, and again very clean!


Hope this helps!


Date Posted: 9/27/2011 8:05 PM ET
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Hunger Games reccommended ^ I very much enjoyed it even though it is geared towards teenagers

Sarah Dessen books are great for teenage girls

Delirium by Lauren oliver -another really great book ( my neice read this and she is 13)

Meg Cabot is great- Heather Wells series by her is good and really entertaining (pretty clean also)

The Summer Series by Katherine Applegate

House of Night Series

Shopaholic Series (my neice also really enjoyed these)

All books by Lisi Harrison are geared toward teens if she likes the cliquey, catty girl books

Hopefully you will find something that suits her taste, their are lots of great books out there!


Date Posted: 10/23/2011 9:17 PM ET
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I know I'm a little late on this but..

My daughter is 15 and she enjoyed the 'Clique' series by Lisi Harrison. Also, the Summoning/Awakening/Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong is an excellent series. It's about a young necromancer and her werewolf friend and his brother who is a spellcaster. Very good! The Reckoning - the last book - is a little mature, does involve some kissing but it's not horrible.


Hope this helps.

Subject: Teen girl books written by Christian authors
Date Posted: 12/25/2011 12:42 PM ET
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Just saw your post and thought I'd respond. I just posted that I had two series from a christian author for teenage girls. My daughter read them when she was 15-16 and enjoyed them. First one the author is Shelley Adina and there is Tidings of great boys, be strong & curvaceous, it's all about us, the chic shall inherit the earth, the fruit of my lipstick, and who made you a princess. Also by the author Melody Carlson is Diary of a teenager girl. Kim books 1-3, just ask, meant to be, falling up, Caitlin 1-4 becoming me, it's my life, who I am, on my own and Chloe 5 My name is Chloe. Have other teen books, but those are the most age appropriate..so many are just in appropriate for young teens to read!