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Subject: suggestions please
Date Posted: 10/7/2009 11:06 AM ET
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My niece is 15.  No official extracurricular activities.  She likes photography and is looking forward to being on the yearbook next year.   Seems to be going through a moody phase, probably because her brother is a Senior and getting more attention right now.  (He's choosing colleges, getting a car, cross country, etc.)

Would love to buy her a book or two for Christmas, but haven't been keeping up on who's good, who's not.  Preferably not something like Twilight that everyone and their sister has read.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 2:50 AM ET
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About Looking or Ways of Seeing by John Berger.  Both classics that talk about how art influences how we see the world.

Another good book on art is Art and Fear


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Date Posted: 10/8/2009 4:51 AM ET
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I think your niece would unexpectedly love Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, his true account of climbing Mt. Everest.  The writing is so vivid, I'm pretty sure it will capture her interest from page one.  Krakauer thankfully also avoids all the boring stats and just gets right into the heart of the story.  I think it might snap your niece out of her moody phase to discover in a book like this that there is a big wide world out there!  

Anyway, I loved it.

ETA:  Oops!  This is not a YA book!  Just a book that a 15 year old YA would like, in my opinion!

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Subject: romances by Nicholas Sparks
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:41 AM ET
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My 2 college age daughters read books by Nicholas Sparks at that age and loved them.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 2:56 AM ET
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Why don't you try House of Night by PC and Kristin Cast. Right now there are five books out. Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, and Hunted. The next one is Tempted and comes out on the 27th of this month. When I found these books I couldn't put them down I love them. I hope that helps you out.


Date Posted: 10/9/2009 7:04 AM ET
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Night Tourist

Death Note


Sarah's Key

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants


Date Posted: 10/9/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Sarah Dessen is also a great author for that age group.

Subject: Uglies
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:15 PM ET
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You should have her try the Uglies series. It wasn't quite what I expected but turned out to still be good books. I thought it was going to be a "you're beautiful just the way you are" series, and begins that way, and then turns into a great adventure.

I haven't read the last book yet (Extras) but have felt that the first 3 books were ecellent and would be easy for a 15 year old to read.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 7:10 PM ET
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I second any of Sarah Dessen's books. .

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 2:18 AM ET
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I like the Meg Cabot Princess Diaries series.

One of my favorite books when  I was younger was "The Mermaid Summer". It is by Mollie Hunter and it out of print, but there are copies available on PBS. I also like "Time Windows" by Kathryn Reiss. Also, "The Farthest Away Mountain" by Lynn Reid Banks.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 12:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/30/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I know it may be too late, but you might try North of Beautiful - I loved this book, and thought of it immediately because the main character is a budding artist.