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Subject: YA book suggestions? Non-vampire, non-sex, non-drugs??
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 7:10 PM ET
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Any suggestions for my 13-y/o?  She loves mysteries...

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 11:15 AM ET
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Anything by Ally Carter.  Totally appropriate, cute chick mystery/spy books.

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 5:18 PM ET
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Charlie Bone and Artemis Fowl were both pretty good and totally approptiate. I've been trying to get my 11 and 12 year olds to read them. My 11 year old really like "The Compound". I read it and liked it too.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 2:23 AM ET
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Take a look at "The Blue Girl" by de Lint.

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 10:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/20/2011 2:49 PM ET
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Anything by

Bryan Davis

Wayne Thomas Batson

Shawn Lamb

Ally Carter

All of them are super appropriate. I run a teen book review website that tells you about all those negatives! I'm not sure I'm allowed to share my website though....so message me if you want the address. I list: Cussing, Drinking, Explicit content and anything I generally consider innapropriate!

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 9:36 PM ET
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My 11 year old enjoys Agatha Christie. She started with the short stories and worked her way through several novels. These are murder mysteries that were written for adults, so I have read ahead and there are some she's not allowed to read. For the most part, they refer to affairs that led to murders, but they don't dwell on them. They are not portrayed as a good thing- the affairs, I mean.

Also, the Father Brown mysteries, by GK Chesterton. And Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series- I held a couple of those back, as well. If you want, PM me and I'll give you some titles that I let my child read.

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 9:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/7/2011 1:26 AM ET
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Try the Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer.  They're a fun historical mystery series about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:45 AM ET
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Linda Gerber's Bikini murder mysteries are  pretty tame and entertaining...they have an omnibus of the 3 stories now for $9.99 so it's worth it..        

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:46 AM ET
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and i agree, the Ally Carter Gallagher Girl series

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:46 AM ET
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and just thought of one other 2 book series, the Squad by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 3:54 PM ET
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This isn't a mystery series, but I also love the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede.  First one is Dealing with Dragons. 

Delos -
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 6:29 AM ET
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I still have no idea why but I really liked Sharon Shinn's Troubled Waters. She normally writes series about angels, which would I would not be into, but this is an unrelated stand alone book that I have re-read. Just a wee bit o fantasy/magic element, absolutely no inappropriate romance scenes for the young girl protagonist. Not difficult to read. If the YA is a more advanced reader and enjoys something a bit darker - another book I loved was Garth Nix's Sabriel. It follows with two more. Perhaps I loved it because I listened to the audiobook version read by Tim Curry, which was excellent, but this is exactly the kind of no fluffiness coming-of-age but packed with intrigue and adventure book I would have LOVED at that age. There are zombies, but weirdly, not in the modern way. It's hard to explain. Her dad was a necromancer, so it immediately starts out with weird happenings, and her having to learn how to send things to death or call them back, but I can't explain why it's interesting and not gross or terrifying. As with all these kind of books (the good ones) those are just the details, the theme is about her learning to stand on her own and solve big problems without feeling helpless and lost and getting over the loss of her parents. There's kinda a romantic 'interest', but - as you would be running from a big, bad, evil undead wizard thing - there aren't any romance scenes. As with the first book recommendation, it's just wrapped up at the end, they just basically mention they end up getting married.
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 12:34 PM ET
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Virals and Seizure by Kathy Reichs are good mysteries with no sex, drugs, etc.  a little violence only when the bad guys chase the kids, but otherwise, a medical thriller in the 1st one, pirate treasure in the 2nd.

jodi picoult's between the lines is good...

anna dressed in blood is with ghosts and again, some blood but no sex, vampires, drugs...

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 8:24 AM ET
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Just finished Sector 5 by Richard Dubois, got it on amazon for only $3...it's clean, no sex, no drugs, no curses...and, lol, no vampires! I really enjoyed it. CAnt say much without giving away the story but its great and action packed