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Subject: tweenage girls
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 5:04 PM ET
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Besides Twilight (and is it apporpriate for and 11 year old?) what are the the tweenage girls reading?

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 5:36 PM ET
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If you explore this forum a bit, you'll find out. :)

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 6:23 PM ET
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I would not give Twilight to a tween without talking to them about equality in relationships.   Talking of your hopes and dreams for them should help counter the poor example of Bella.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 6:35 PM ET
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The Hunger Games and its sequel Catching Fire (due out Tuesday) are big hits with adolescents - male and female.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:07 PM ET
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I would be cautious about giving The Hunger Games to a tween, since it's so violent and there are a lot of kids dying in that one. Twilight alternatives for tweens include:

Bedeviled: Daddy's Little Angel by Shani Petroff
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
Anything by Cornelia Funke, or maybe even Scott Westerfeld if the tween is an advanced reader
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (sort of like Twilight, but with fairies)
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson (EXCELLENT)

For the more horror-minded, I recommend The Devouring series by Simon Holt, and Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender. All of these are mostly YA but will appeal to middle grade readers as well, and for the most part do not involve more mature subjects such as sex. Hope this helps!

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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 11:09 PM ET
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What about Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause?  And Vivian Vande Velde?  Robin McKinley?  There are ghosts, vamps, and weres aimed at tweens.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 12:12 AM ET
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Tamora Pierce is another good tween author her books are about female knights and a group of mages

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 3:57 PM ET
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Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series.  An oldie.  But so well written.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Ellen Raskin's wonderful books - The Westing Game, The Tatooed Potato and Other Clues, The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) and Figgs & Phantoms.  She was the best.

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Date Posted: 8/31/2009 11:01 AM ET
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The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan - there are 5 books.  The first is The Lightning Thief. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 12:33 PM ET
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I could not see letting an 11 year old read Twilight and the subsequent books....  maybe it's just me, but I'm a mother and see things from that perspective....  of course, if I were in doubt, I'd read something myself first and then go from there....

I second The Percy Jackson Series suggestion Jenna made... 

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 9:32 PM ET
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A third on the Percy Jackson series... also Artemis Fowl was another of my daughter's favorites last summer (she's 13 now.)  Try Warriors too if she hasn't read them.   (She has since read all the Twilight books & a few of the Kelley Armstrong & Claudia Grey YA books this past summer... but I also tended to read things first when she was 11 if I had a question about them...)

You may also want to consider some of the Manga series that are out there... my daughter is very big into a few of them. (Just be careful to double check the content first... some are definitely more for older teens or adults wrapped in a "cartoonish" package!)

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 2:37 PM ET
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PERCY JACKSON ALL THE WAY! Also Margaret Peterson Haddix stuff!!