Book recommendations for a 13 year old girl please??(36 Posts)
She has done all the Twilight type books and I want to get her a few good books for Christmas. She would read anything really - any ideas for something challenging?
I would suggest "Holes" by Louis Sachar for both boys and girls of that age. It was made into a film with Shia LeBoeuf (sp?) in it, a few years ago.
Can I just say thanks to all the ideas on here, am in the same situation for my 13yr old niece! Of course I might have to read them all first myself, teenage fiction is so much richer these days.
But I still have to put up a vote for Jane Eyre which I first read at about 11 and still read now.
Oooh ooh! I have just been buying novels for a 13 year old, so it's on my mind.
Definitely the Robin McKinley books The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown. Beauty is nice too but not so heroic. She has also written a great vampire book - Sunshine - but there is a bit of sex in it so you may want to read it first. Jane Eyre is great for 13 year olds (esp if she likes Twilight). A must read is The Changeover by Margaret Mahy - all about becoming a WOMAN with some supernatural aspects. A really beautiful book.
Ragged, re. the Pern books, it was recently pointed out to me on another thread that the Dragonsong trilogy was specifically written for younger readers - so maybe a good place to start (9 y/o dd read and loved them, though she is totally fantasy/dragon mad as a result of Eragon, so not surprising it was a hit)
For the "Twilight" fan you could try the "Fallen" sequence by Lauren Kate. My non-reading 13yr old boy jumped straight from "Harry Potter" to the "Sharpe" books by Bernard Cornwell after watching the series on TV, then back to Terry Pratchett and fantasy "...anything with a dragon on it, Mum..."
Otter: I have a 12yo bookworm DS.
Around 13 I expect to turn him loose on The Star Wars Novels, also The Dragon Riders of Pern series. He still dives happily into Artemis Fowl, Wimpy Kid books, Asterix and Anthony Horowitz anything.
The school have sent him home recently with books by John Grisham, Robert Muchamore (thrillers, but ok I think) and the Mark Haddon hit: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time... last one I read 6 months ago & thought too mature for him, but cat out of the bag, and all that. I'm sure he's not mature enough to really get the most out of it. He's also enjoying Diana Wynne Jones & probably read for lots more sci-fi (Douglas Adams, Asimov, Ursula LeGuin).
You lad is also old enough, I would have thought, for The Book Thief.
I actually have a HUGE long list of ideas of things he could read (for example: Robert Westall, Warrior Cats, James Herriott (DS loves, lots of rude words!!), Sherlock Holmes), but prefer to let him find his own, mostly.
Jane Eyre might be easier going than Hardy.
OP, what about the classics - Little Women, Little Men and Jo's Boys, with Uncle Tom's Cabin as the background, Rumer Godden: the Greengage Summer, if she likes school stories, the Antonia Forests (see separate threads...) ?
Otter, glad that there's another Sheldon fixated family around. DS now knocks on door three times saying Mummy...Much the funniest thing we watched together for ages. I think Sheldon's mother deserves every gong going. The way she got him to return to LA by saying he would have to teach creationists made me lol.
Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
13 girl - has she read the Rick Riordans - v funny -*Otter*, my ds who seems otherwise to be yours -makes an exception to loathing fantasy for these. My DS currently enjoying, to my surprise, Lord of the Flies and also the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
I think Susan Cooper - the Dark is Rising series, and Jill Paton Walsh's Goldengrove. Agree all the Siobahn Dowds - tragic she died. Bog Child also v good, and if you think she needs something a bit younger, then the London Eye Mystery.
Tess - ok but a bit long, The Woodlanders shorter and weepy ending.
On the Alan Garner theme, The Owl Service brilliant - a bit dated but v much about teen angst, boy and girl.
How about A tale of two cities - gripping story and less cariacature than the normal Dickens.
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Red Shift by Alan Garner?
For a 13 year old girl, "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith is great.
Definitely, Carl Hiaasen. I got DNeice one last Christmas (she was 13) and actually got a hand-written thank you note.
And Garth Nix (I can't keep away from this thread!).
ooooh chinese cinderella by adeline yen mah. so good! i;ve read the adult version falling leaves which is great too!
I'm 21, so can (sort of) remember being that young. I was quite studious, but my guilty pleasure was the angus thongs and perfect snogging series!
another vote for Hunger Games - fabulous trilogy. What about some of Carl Hiasson stuff - he does books for younger readers, quite eco warrior thrillery books. I read Hoot and Flush without even realising they were for his younger readers! www.carlhiaasen.com/young.html
Really good. I've got the Top Gear annual (they each get an annual in their stockings). DH would love the Leonard Cohen book.
Is John Wyndham 'The Day of The Triffids'? I think we've got that, and another of his.
Just googled the Quantum Prophecy series. That might be a good idea, if he reads one and likes it perhaps he'll continue. Thanks Hully.
I wondered about the latest Eragon one, but he just told me he never finished Brisinger (sp?), so perhaps not. He loved the first one though.
yeah, it came out on 16th november - it was a long time coming!
you should definitely read it though Scatter
I've just checked, the last one is out now. I don't know if I'll feel a bit daft buying it now though, I read the first one when I was about 13 so have been hanging on for a while!
Oh, how about The Fire Within series by Chris d'Lacey?
Has your ds read the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Otter? There's lots about lifestyles when earth was covered in forest, about hunting etc. as well as the story, so he may quite enjoy that?
well, if he liked Animal Farm, he might like Nineteen-eighty-four.
there's an A-Z of the big bang theory isbn:9781843585411
also, there are millions of books by jeremy clarkson on his un-pc views of the world. My ex used to read those all the time (usually weeping with laughter)
Top Gear does Christmas is new "Contains a platter of tasty treats to take away the sprouty taste of yuletide boredom. This title includes a guide to wrapping presents, a guide to festive jumpers, and the strange secrets of The Stig's Christmas dinner. " isbn9781849901543
Mother, Brother, Lover by Jarvis Cocker isbn9780571281909 "A collection of lyrics and commentary by Jarvis Cocker, one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers. It presents a selection of sixty-six lyrics, with commentary and an introduction by the man himself. It features such classic Jarvis lyrics as "Common People", "Disco 2000", "Babies", "This is Hardcore" and more."
Lyricvs of Leonard Cohen "When his first album made him an unlikely star in the late 1960s, Leonard Cohen was hailed as the new poet of song. His melodies were hauntingly melodic but his lyrics were like no one else's - poignant, romantic, mystical and darkly comic. This book contains the lyrics to over 100 classic songs. " isbn 9781847728029
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I liked Agatha Christie at that age, nothing like a good mystery.
Agree with Eva Ibbotson, there are five which are a sort of set, with girls' faces on the front, A Company of Swans that Themumsnot said is one. She does some younger children's books too.
Adele Geras, The Girls in the Velvet Frame is lovely.
Has she read Eragon etc? The last one comes out soon, so there might be some good offers on the earlier ones.
Otter! You nicked my ds!
My ds (14) likes the Quantum Prophecy series, Neil Gaiman (recommended on MN), The Left Handed series, Skulduggery Pleasant, John Wyndham
will try and remember more
I love you, nickelbabe. He is into guitars, rugby, Top Gear, The Big Bang Theory and unsuitably adult comedy shows. He does study song lyrics, but won't read poetry. Doesn't like 'woeful orphans' or 'girly talking about feelings for half a chapter'. He liked Animal Farm when they did it at school and a book of real life heroes that was his dad's.
I'd like him to see reading as another leisure activity, on a level with Playstation games, rather than something he has to do. Am I asking too much?
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