ideas for nearly 13 year old girl please.

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goingtobefree Mon 26-Aug-13 15:39:44

She has finished Shelter,seconds away by Harlan Coben. I have bought her gunslinger by Stpehen King,what next?
Any suggestions?

lljkk Tue 27-Aug-13 09:28:52

The better Dick Francis books, Grisham thrillers. Martin Beck series.
I read a lot of Dashiel Hammet at that age, Agatha Christie.

goingtobefree Wed 28-Aug-13 07:12:16

She has read theodre Boone by JG. I have gor her A time to kill, thanks for your advice

booksteensandmagazines Wed 28-Aug-13 15:03:14

The Bodyguard series by Chris Bradford

Dead Time by Anne Cassidy

Girl Missing by Sophie Mckenzie

Ursula le Guin

lotsofdirections Thu 29-Aug-13 17:08:00

I would be wary about 'A Time to Kill', horrible rape of a little girl which left me feeling sick. I'd read it yourself to see if it is too disturbing ( at the start of the novel). My DC would not have coped with it at 12, the stuff of nightmares.

goingtobefree Sun 01-Sep-13 22:28:56

On no, thanks about A time to kill. I did not remember it all, must have been ages.
She clearly is not ready for it.
I will have to delete it from her kindle.
She is still reading Gunslinger and is half way through Jane Eyre.

Suzie70 Fri 13-Sep-13 14:05:55

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anaotchan Fri 13-Sep-13 15:04:50

in the fantasy genre, I would suggest Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Finnikin of the Rock. Two "young adult" novels I have found to be beautifully written, and generally way above average. (maybe more for a 14 year-old, though... depends how mature your daughter is)

tywysogesgymraeg Fri 13-Sep-13 15:12:35

City of Ember, and the other three books in the series.
Black Beauty
What Katy Did
Anne of Green Gables
Little Women and the other three books
The Hunger Games series
The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
The Uglies/Specials series

tywysogesgymraeg Fri 13-Sep-13 15:14:57

Has she read the Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit?
Watership Down is good too.

My DD enjoyed Room, but she might have been a little bit older.

If she likes history, you could try her on Phillipa Gregory and other authors of that ilk.

Does she have an ereader? If so, try The Strangeling's Tale, it has great reviews and my DCs love itsmile.

anaotchan Fri 13-Sep-13 15:19:46

oh, and if she likes history indeed - two French classics accessible to teenagers: The Three Musketeers, and Queen Margot (a little bloodier), both by Alexandre Dumas. Sweeping historical epics, and teach you an awful lot about history!

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 16:07:13

At that age I was massively into Grisham and Stephen King. I read A Time to Kill then, it didn't phase me but I was quite a grown up 12 year old! Maybe go for the Client which obviously has the child witnessing suicide but he is a very strong child character if that makes sense!

If she likes The Gunslinger then some other Stephen Kings are good are not too scary e.g. Different Seasons (has Shawkshank Redemption and the Body in it), IT, The Stand. Hmm, maybe I was just very morbid smile

PedantMarina Fri 13-Sep-13 16:09:36

I'm sure I won't be the only one suggesting, the the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett.

More to mention, but had to get that one in!

My dd has really enjoyed the Lemony Snicket books - A series of unfortunate events

PedantMarina Fri 13-Sep-13 16:18:39

The Little House on the Prairie series might be a bit junior for her tastes, but is brilliant for learning how life was lived in Ye Olden Times (I say this as DP to a secondary school teacher who is having trouble convincing his students that there was a time when mobile phones didn't exist). Better, in fact, than the Little Women series, and not as soppy.

There was this brilliant book called "Claudia" from when I were a lass. Can't remember the author, but it was about a bit-of-a-tomboy girl who was having some typical hitting teens/puberty problems (one friend ostracising her, another she's not allowed to play with, bullies in school).

The Judy Blumes, of course, although maybe hold off on Forever for a few years.

Never too early to start on Douglas Adams!

goingtobefree Fri 13-Sep-13 16:18:55

Twy - apart from what Katy did, she has read all your suggestions
She has Jane Eyre and the gunslinger on the go now.
She did not like LOTR or the Hobbit, may be tried it when she was young.
Read Lemony snickett and did enjoy it as well.
I was suggesting Dracula when she finishes Jane Eyre.

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 13-Sep-13 16:19:04

Oh oh

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
The Underneath - Kathi Appelt

She's nearly 13, so I guess maybe she might be a bit beyond them, but I think the are really brilliant books and enjoyed them both very much in my 30s.

Books I loved at 13:
Wuthering Heights
The Grapes of Wrath

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 16:26:38

Dracula's a great pick, also Frankenstein as a very accessible classic.

What about Steinbeck? Of Mice and Men would be a good one to start on.

Pedant that has just made me remember a VERY dog eared copy of Forever being passed around my year 7 classroom with all the relevant pages earmarked! smile

PedantMarina Fri 13-Sep-13 16:27:25

Ooh! Ooh! That reminds me, I was reading Gone with the Wind then.

goingtobefree Fri 13-Sep-13 16:27:40

I have seen when you reach me in the library, was interesting.

PedantMarina Fri 13-Sep-13 16:29:43

LOL, Marzipan - those were the days when that was the "porniest" we could find...

rubyfoz Fri 13-Sep-13 18:58:22

Has she read Maggie Stiefvater- Raven Boys etc? My DD13 loved all of her books.
Also all of Cassandra Clare's - The Mortal Instruments series and also 2 other series which she really enjoyed.

Has she read Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy? That would be my highest recommendation if not.

Or Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books? They are our family-favourite, DD2 just reading for the first time, so DD1 is re-reading them all so they can discuss them.

ps I still have my copy of Forever, still complete with earmarked pages!

buggyRunner Fri 13-Sep-13 19:57:46

anything by Paula Danzigger- makes you feel good in your own skin- positive messages for your dd

unlucky83 Fri 13-Sep-13 20:27:24

My DD 12.5 (and a cathy cassidy/jaqueline wilson et al fanatic) has just enjoyed a book by Catherine McPhail - called 'fighting back' - just ordered her a couple more by same author from library ...hoping I can start weaning her off chick lit...
She does like Lemony Snicket too ...
She has lots of books (little women etc) mentioned - on her shelf - just waiting for her to show any interest ...sad (Hated the Hobbit - which is my favourite book of all time sadsad )
(I should say haven't read the Catherine McPhail though - maybe I should - she did ask me what a knuckle duster was hmm - hopefully they are more suitable than the Life of Riley books she picked up on an offer for kids books in WH Smiths - where main character is supposed to get the morning after pill for her friend and wishes her parents were cool and would discuss blow jobs at the dinner table like her friend's parents shockhmm)

itsonlysubterfuge Fri 13-Sep-13 21:31:44

When I was that age I started to read the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. I have re-read them multiple times and love them now still.

goingtobefree Fri 13-Sep-13 21:58:44

She has read Phillip Pullman's Northern lights, ruby in the smoke, did not get on with Tiffany Aching though.
She has read Douglas Adams twice!!
some really good suggestions, keep them coming.

goingtobefree Fri 13-Sep-13 22:01:04

She loved Casson family a lot.
Unlucky why don't you her on that.

smeraldina Fri 13-Sep-13 22:17:07

Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt. Really brilliant....

goingtobefree Fri 13-Sep-13 22:18:08

It should read why don't you get her that.

mmelindor Fri 13-Sep-13 22:26:46

My DD is still a bit younger, but I find this blog is fab - written by a young girl. We've found some great suggestions on there.

funnyperson Fri 13-Sep-13 22:46:04

Any good book written before the 21st century decreed that books without sex and violence were 'teen fiction' should be fine in my opinion.

Thus, for example, dickens, austen, thackeray, tolstoy, dostoevsky, henry james etc kafka etc. Not sure why the header for this thread relates to a 13 year old girl. Are there pink and blue books at 13?

funnyperson Fri 13-Sep-13 22:52:04

Also, btw, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.
Anything really, except 21st century stuff, which as I said above tends to have compulsory unacceptable sex and violence, unless they have been shortlisted for Booker or Pullitzer prizes as those books tend to be harmless enough.
Mandela Walk to Freedom, Obama biography, etc

funnyperson Fri 13-Sep-13 22:55:52

I notice that Amazon thinks that Jaqueline Wilson and Heidi are suitable for a 13 year old girl. This is dumbing down I think.

marzipanned Fri 13-Sep-13 23:12:20

funnyperson agree that JW would be dumbing down for the girl under discussion on this thread (based on what she's already read) but some 13 year olds are not very confident readers and something easy and accessible like JW is just the ticket. All depends really. I had read and loved some Victorian novels by that age but I honestly take my hat off to a 13 year old who reads Tolstoy/Dostoevsky/Kafka/James. Possibly most patient 13 year old in the world...

smeraldina Fri 13-Sep-13 23:20:14

Indeed funnyperson. Jane Eyre was a great hit with me at 12. Also Conan Doyle's, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Noel Streatfeild's The Painted Garden. But I really can't rave enough about Homecoming. I read it again a few months ago before giving it to a goddaughter. It's about four children making a lone roadtrip through part of America. Very well written, moving and exciting.

smeraldina Fri 13-Sep-13 23:21:36

Oh, what about Durrell, My Family and Other Animals?

TummyMummy36 Fri 13-Sep-13 23:32:01

I remember reading Nancy Drew cases and files at 13. Can't agree more about the violence and sexual references that pop up these days in otherwise innocuous books...

I thought A Monster calls by Patrick Ness was good. So was Wonder (R J Palacio)

A firm fav of mine at 14 was The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy. Also Agatha Christie mysteries.

BadSeedsAddict Fri 13-Sep-13 23:40:16

Meg Rosoff is an amazing teenage author. I enjoy her books and find them moving, even as an adult.

ItsaTIARA Fri 13-Sep-13 23:43:10

Agree Durrell, maybe have another go at adult Pratchett. Georgette Heyer, Arthur C Clarke, Naomi Novik's Temeraire books, Anne McCaffery, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers.

Modern I still like Artemis Fowl and Young Bond for light relief. Frances Hardinge is v good. Neil Gaiman is excellent (try Neverwhere and Stardust).

TummyMummy36 Fri 13-Sep-13 23:44:05

The Fault in our stars, John Green was simply beautiful. Major hit with teens, looking at the fan following in FB for John Green. Movie of the book is in production as well...

ProudNameChanger Sat 14-Sep-13 00:43:35

MmeLindor That's my daughter's blog!! grin

OP if your daughter has read The Gunslinger, she will likely enjoy the rest of the Dark Tower series, there are 7 other books, the last of which is sort of a prequel to The Gunslinger.

WhiteandGreen Sat 14-Sep-13 01:22:24

Little Women.

goingtobefree Sat 14-Sep-13 01:27:13

Funnyperson -the title is because I have two girls,we certainly dont do pink and blue in anything or differentiate that certain things are only for girls. Infact she likes detective, sci fi, dystopian stories.
She has never been interested in JW/Cathy Cassidy.
Read Twilight mainly due to peer pressure but gave up after the second book.
Can't agree with you more about books written before 21st century.
That's why I suggested Dracula. She has read MFAOA.
She is a voracious reader and has read lot of books recommended here.
Mortal engines,chaos walking trilogy .

exexpat Sat 14-Sep-13 01:33:46

Has she read any Jenny Valentine, in particular Finding Violet Park?

And has anyone mentioned Meg Rosoff or Patrick Ness?

OpheliaMonarch Sat 14-Sep-13 02:40:43

These two series of books have female leads of around 12-15 years, and are so good I registered with MN just to pass them on to you!

- 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy, the entire series (also read brilliantly on iTunes audiobook!).

- 'The Thirteen Treasures' series by Michelle Harrison.

Both series are available on kindle and I'm sure adults would love them too. (My DH and I certainly did.)

Would also second (third?) Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books.

Also Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' etc, and his other series that I think starts with 'The Ruby In The Smoke'.

And how about 'The Secret Garden'? I still love that one myself.

This is my first post, hope I'm doing it right smile

goingtobefree Sat 14-Sep-13 07:03:02

OpheliaMonarch - Thanks for your suggestions and welcome to MN

paperlantern Sat 14-Sep-13 07:28:11

daughter of the empire brilliant fantasy book (and I'm not a massive fantasy fan)

I read a lot of Jean Plaidy at that age. I could pick them up cheap in a charity shop and gave a interest in history

Bearleigh Sat 14-Sep-13 07:28:53

When I was 13 there was a range of books for teenagers under the imprint of Peacock. Puffins for older kids I think.

I loved the following from this:

King of the Barbareens by Janet Hitchen
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

paperlantern Sat 14-Sep-13 07:33:28

actually I wonder if she would like the "I robot" asimov series. I have a friend who read it at a similar age. I meant to but still haven't.

the farenheit book (dystopian future s), the temperature books burn

paperlantern Sat 14-Sep-13 07:41:12

farenheit 451 just googled it

funnyperson Sat 14-Sep-13 07:46:33

My sister was very keen on 'Catch 22' at that age and 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'Mill on the floss' and 'Passage to India' and 'Heat and Dust' and 'October Sky' and as someone upthread implied 13 is a transition age so all the E Nesbit/ LM Alcott/Hodgson Burnett stuff might still apply.
I think someone needs to write a really good 21st century set of books for teenagers- Anthony Horowitz is popular but a little too unbelievable.

funnyperson Sat 14-Sep-13 07:49:26

I'm a bit fed up with the book publishers current notion that anything good for teenagers these days has to include some kind of abusive childhood. I think there is a big difference between coming through tough times and all that child abuse stuff by that awful woman who became laureate I forget her name she is so bad but the 'tulip touch' was a dreadful book by her.

funnyperson Sat 14-Sep-13 07:51:15

Anne Fine. Avoid.

Astr0naut Sat 14-Sep-13 08:06:41

I loved louise Lawrence at that age, children of the dust, warriors of taan etc.

I was also v much into Stephen King, j Herbert etc. I think it was also the age I got into the jean auel prehistoric saga. I basically read anything I could find at the library adult section-bar the granny books. You get quite an eclectic reading history in a small town.

breward Sat 14-Sep-13 09:29:11

My soon to be 13 year old loved The Breadwinner series by Deborah Ellis

They are like a teenage version of A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Set in Afghanistan, Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by the Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own. Parvana, her mother, and sisters must stay inside.

Four days later, the food runs out. They face starvation.

So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance.

Great story, very gritty, a real page turner.

FlobberWobber Sat 14-Sep-13 09:33:36

I capture the castle!

I quite often go through phases of reading YA novels despite my DD being only 4. I would always recommend The Hunger Games for being a cut above usual YA fare. I've just read and loved 2 books in a series, Partials and Fragments. Future dystopia, but set only 11 years after the events that lead to the "end of the world" which makes it rather different to other such books. In a similar vein Enclave and Outpost are very good post-apocalyptic YA books.

For a different genre in YA books, I'd recommend The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I read the first when I was 15 (the age of the girls in the book) and loved them; still read them today for some nostalgia.

Just realised the link to "The Strangeling's Tale" was the Smashwords link.
Here is the Amazon link.

bucylen Sat 14-Sep-13 12:13:35

I second 'I Capture the Castle'; how about 'Lorna Doone", 'Frenchman's Creek" and the Georgette Heyers if she is a romantic?
The Jeeves and Wooster books are great fun too.

whitewineandchocolate Sat 14-Sep-13 13:01:25

Second 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green, my daughter made me read it and I can see why it's so popular with teenagers. He has also written about five other books and she's read the lot!

Also Agatha Christie went down well and she's started on Kathy Reichs, Virals first which I think is for teenagers but has now tried a couple of her adult novels although she took a bit longer to get into them.

PickleFish Sat 14-Sep-13 14:09:26

Noughts and Crosses series is often popular with that age.

Also Moorchild (Eloise McGraw) - seems straightforward but has a lot of themes that an older teen can pick up on

books by Geraldine MacCaughrean

Tender Morsels (Margo Lanagan) - some very heavy stuff (some explicit, some not, as I remember; mostly implied I think?) but also some very deep themes; a sort of modern/sci fi retelling of SnowWhite and RoseRed

PickleFish Sat 14-Sep-13 14:26:30

actually, the more I think about it, I think Tender Morsels is really more for 16 and up. So might be helpful for anyone else visiting this thread to look for recommendations, but for somewhat older than 13.

PickleFish Sat 14-Sep-13 14:28:36

But Lois Lowry - The Giver is also good for that age, another fantasty/dystopian sort of book, in addition to the others I mentioned above that are on that kind of theme

13 Reasons Why is a tear jerker of a book but my teenage cousin has read it. It's about this girl who commits suicide but before she does, records 13 cassette tapes and each tells a story about the 13 reason/ people that she thinks caused her to commit and she sent them to the people and each person is responsible for passing it onto the next person on the list. It's really interesting and my cousin read it for English class. It's recommended by me in my opinionsmile

I also think that The Hunger Games is not to be missed, a beautiful book about District 12 in the future. It's beautiful but sad. I think it's age appropriate for her age group though, more age appropriate than 13 Reasons Why I suppose.

TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Sat 14-Sep-13 15:11:35

While older books can be good, I would give more thought to pursuing books outside of the Western Canons, there are a lot of points of view and perspectives to be heard that are often ignored by it. As young teens, they are at a perfect age for a lot of good books from far broader range of views. Adichie gave a wonderful speech on the issues of the single story of Western cannon (and her books are quite good as well).

Here are some that fit around what you've said is liked:

Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising Trilogies by Kelley Armstrong, great YA. Quite dystopian, more fantasy than sci-fi though both come into play. If enjoyed, the author has a wealth of books that fit into the categories you've mentioned (the trilogies fit into the Women of the Otherworld series, which is 13 novels plus additional novellas, they include the same types of things but the adult stories tend to go into more details about things of an adult nature so it would depend on your teens sensitivity).

The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor (Native Gothic).

Where the Mountains Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Fantasy meets Folklore meets Journey story)

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhones (Ghosts story involving Hurricane Katrina, so quite dystopian)

The Bella Balistica series by Adam Guillain - high action adventure

Almost anything by Malorie Blackman (current Children's Laureate) particularly her Noughts and Crosses series and Cloud Busting.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (b

Anita and Me bu Meera Syal (Story set in 1970s England)

Nevada by Imogen Binnie (Dark comedy)

The absolutely true diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

unlucky83 Sat 14-Sep-13 15:39:00

A word of warning - esp for Funny and marzapanned - Amazon & Jaqueline Wilson - some JW books are aimed at older teenagers - content and concept wise need to be careful with them - I too thought she only wrote for younger readers ...
My DD was 8 she read one of them ...'Girls under Pressure' - flipping through it afterwards I realised there was a scene in it where 'Magda the Slagda' thinks she is going to be raped...not sure if that is a suitable book even for a 13 yo but maybe I'm old fashioned...
Writing style/vocab wise - probably same level as Stephen King...actually I might try DD on Stephen King because she enjoyed the Goosebump books about 5 years ago before she became so entrenched in 'girly' books......

Going to bookmark thread and I will look through for more ideas (and at the Casson series OP)

Saw The Endless Step mentioned - I loved that book ...and 'I am David'...have both on the shelf ...sad

Theas18 Sat 14-Sep-13 16:13:29

if she's reading pretty much anything and everything which mine were at that age just street her away from the lovely bones.

outs another child rape/ murder one and the harrowingbut right at the start so you kind of can't not read it Iswim

marzipanned Sat 14-Sep-13 16:16:08

That's interesting unlucky. I definitely wouldn't want an 8 yo reading about rape (how did your DD react?) but I wouldn't mind a 13 yo. I mean - it's not pleasant subject matter at all, but I think most 13 yo's are aware or starting to become so about these kinds of things, and reading about these topics in books can encourage good discussions.

Goosebumps I used to love - for an in between Goosebumps & SK stage, there are the Point Horror books (are these still around? I think I read them aged 9 or 10 for the first time, but enjoyed re-reading into teenage years) They're fluff but I think it's good for kids to have a mix of that and the more challenging stuff.

unlucky83 Sat 14-Sep-13 17:00:00

marzipanned - she didn't say anything - not sure if it went over her head but she is very good at looking a dictionary for words she doesn't understand! (I didn't mention it - thinking that if she hadn't quite understood it was probably better to leave it like that - did hide it away though for a few years)...
I have (at 12) let her read the other books in that series and they do deal with a lot of issues teenagers come up against ...I think they are useful for them to read - but not under 10-11 yo...
My DD also writes that kind of story ... I'm not allowed to read them (but have sneakily flicked though) - they are pretty innocent (with the odd comment about the handsome boy have a nice bum hmm
The Life of Riley ones I mentioned - she has read bits and I was thinking of sneaking them out the way for a few years - but she says she doesn't like them as (even though she has the first book in the series) it doesn't introduce characters - you have to guess who they are...but not sure if she is just too uncomfortable reading them hmm ...
Just picked up another Catherine McPhail - and she has read the back and says she doesn't want tot read it sadsad

marzipanned Sat 14-Sep-13 17:16:31

Oh, bless her unlucky. I can still remember the first time I wrote about someone I had a crush on in my diary - I felt sooo naughty putting the words on paper.
Sounds like she is very wise and I think you're right that kids often steer clear of subject matter that makes them uncomfortable anyway.

Takver Sat 14-Sep-13 18:15:02

I'm not sure from your posts OP whether your dd likes fantasy? Some things dd has enjoyed recently (several courtesy of Mme Hooch who posts on here):

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Insignia by S J Kincaid (more sci-fi than fantasy I think)
the Temeraire series (these I've read too, they're rather fun, kind of Georgette Heyer meets Anne McCaffrey - IMO the first book is much better than the sequels, but dd liked all of them)

Mumzy Sat 14-Sep-13 18:46:43

Wonder by R Palacio
A Parcel of Parcels, Fireweed, Dolphin crossing YA books by Jill Paton Walsh
Secert diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4 - Sue Townsend
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Classics: Pride and Prejudice, jane Eyre, Animal Farm, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Mumzy Sat 14-Sep-13 18:58:26

I read Jacqueline Wilson books at hat age when her books were less geared towards the mainstream market. This is my favourite and I still have my copy of Nobody's Perfect
There are cheaper copies in Amazon Market Place

pointythings Sat 14-Sep-13 20:40:10

My 12yo has just finished Seraphina and can't wait for the sequel (due out in 2014) so definitely seconding that.

I'd also recommend some of Diana Wynne Jones's YA books, specifically Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders and Fire and Hemlock.

Takver Sat 14-Sep-13 20:58:29

Just thought of another one - The Last Dragon Slayer by Jasper Fforde

SugarMouse1 Sat 14-Sep-13 21:19:44

All of the books by Meg Rosoff

The Catcher in the rye

The book thief

Rockinhippy Sat 14-Sep-13 21:56:33

My own DD is a bit younger, but is old for her years & a very avid & advanced reader, so I've had to be really careful with finding stuff that grabs her interest & is not too old IYSWIM.

( sorry headache so can't trembler all the authors & neither can she)

The books she has read recently & loved the most...

Maximum Ride series - James Patterson - 8 books all of which she loved.


Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

The Deepest Cut series - 6 books -

Angel Dust.

Blitz - Vince Cross

What's Up With Jody Barton - Hailey Long

Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

Little Darlings - Jacqueline Wilson

Riley Bloom Series - 3 books

Rock Stars Daughter -Caitlin Duffy

Saving Wishes - GJ Walker - Smith

Whisper Series - Tara Westn- 3 books

Unenchanted -Chanda Hahn

Gone - Michael Grant

Also check out these websites - we love the first one as it as it reviews books per age & if you click on each title you will see it reviewed for content as you would with films - makes our lives much easier smile




FranSanDisco Sat 14-Sep-13 22:41:15

DD is reading Uglies by Scott Westerfield (sp?) and there is a sequel called Pretties I believe.

goingtobefree Sun 15-Sep-13 07:28:06

Thanks for all the suggestions, I have bookmarked this thread for reference.
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite authors. She has read some of her books like The homeward boulders, The Ogre downstairs, Howls moving castle and some more.
I have downloaded The fault in our stars in her kindle, she has started this already so now has three books on the go.
Jane Eyre is her first classic book and has taken her a long time, she is catching up with Dr Who old episodes ( she has found out a website you can watch all previous episodes apparently!!) so it is going to be a while to get through these books.
Absolutely brilliant recommendations, this is a tough age group to keep them interested in reading among other distractions in their life.

breadandbutterfly Sun 15-Sep-13 10:05:36

See this other recent, similar thread for ideas:

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breadandbutterfly Sun 15-Sep-13 10:06:10
VenusDeWillendorf Sun 15-Sep-13 11:10:42

Eva Ibbotson anything really, but the secret countess, and that series is more advanced than journey to the river sea, dragonfly pool etc.

Usual le Guin - the earthsea series is wonderful. Her later books are fabulous too.

Patricia A. McKillip -harpist in the wind is lovely, and anything by her.

Y.S. Lee the agency series- Victorian crime, with a twist - a little bit tame, but an easy read.

Phillip Pullman the ruby in the smoke Sally Lockheart trilogy. And his dark materials. Count karlstein
Etc etc

And don't forget some poetry - it can be lovely.

CocktailQueen Sun 15-Sep-13 14:29:54

Ngaio marsh books
Agree wth dick Francis too
The alphabet books by sue grafton are great as well

mmelindor Sun 15-Sep-13 17:30:08

Ha. That is funny. I follow her on Twitter and she has written for my preteen mag. She is very talented. I am not surprised you are proud of her.

mrspremise Sun 15-Sep-13 18:22:35

Agatha Christie, Diane Wynne Jones (esp. witch week), Paula Danziger, Oscar Wilde, Robert C. O'Brian, Ian Serralier were some of the authors I loved at her age. I also read Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David with uncorrupted joy, still love my food books smile

unlucky83 Sun 15-Sep-13 18:55:17

Just to say my DD has now read the latest Catherine McPhail I picked up! grin -disappeared this afternoon for ages - when I realised found her in her bedroom engrossed - read it in one sitting...
I've also ordered the first of the Casson Family series from the library...
marzipanned it isn't a diary (I wouldn't read her diary - after my sister read mine when I was 20 and then proceeded to question me on the contents I don't think I could) - she's not writing about real life - she is writing Jaqueline Wilson/Cathy Cassidy type stories - she illustrates them too ....the 'no-one is allowed to read' is a lack of confidence I think more than anything and I don't know if any of them are completed stories but she has loads of A5 notebooks full of them ... in places they are quite 'good' - at least they seem no worse than similar books she reads ...
Funny I struggle to get her to do essays etc for homework but she spends hours writing these stories...

Ilovemyrabbits Sun 15-Sep-13 19:24:07

John Wyndham - The Chrysalids is an excellent story. I loved the Gone series as mentioned before. I also liked Veronica Roth's Divergent series. I am a bit of a fan of teen fiction.

tyaca Sun 15-Sep-13 20:42:14

how to save a life

can't remember who it's by

EnjoyEverySandwich Sun 15-Sep-13 20:46:50

If she likes reading, then just let her find her own reading matter. It's easier than ever these days with e-readers. My mother never attempted to censor anything I read. Sure I read some books that went over my head a bit, but no harm in that.

I would give her one piece of advice though: don't feel that you have to finish every book you start. If you're not enjoying it 100 pages in, abandon it. There are more books than anyone could read in a lifetime, so don't waste time on something that doesn't interest you.

fabergeegg Mon 16-Sep-13 00:45:43

hum. well. I was reading the chalet school at 13 and might occasionally have still revisited the magic faraway tree. As I've turned out a bit bookish, I don't mind admitting this. Never did, actually!

Where are the all the kids reading Sweet Valley High or whatever it is now? Are their mums all on netmums? Think I'm in the wrong place...

Ladyflip Mon 16-Sep-13 16:36:28

Was coming on to say I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, but see I have been beaten to it twice already. But simply brilliant for young teens; "I am writing this with my feet in the sink".

Would also suggest all of Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. The thrill the first time you read it, because you don't actually know what's going to happen! Also Emma, and Sense and Sensibility

Jane Eyre
To Kill a Mockingbird
Animal Farm
The Shell Seekers
Cold Comfort Farm

In addition to the above, I read Maeve Binchy (!) can't remember if its very suitable for teenagers but know I devoured them, along with Jeffrey Archers (oh the shame).

TheApprentice Mon 16-Sep-13 18:30:16

I have just read "I capture the castle" for the first time aged 46! I thought it was fantastic.

Has she read "The diary of Anne Frank"? I remember it making a huge impression on me aged 13.

funnyperson Mon 16-Sep-13 20:55:54

Yes, it is the perfect age for the diary of Anne Frank.

Rockinhippy Mon 16-Sep-13 21:31:26

At this young age, I don't consider it sensoring enjoy more responsible parentingconfused

unless you read everything first, then you've no way of knowing what the actual content is & when you have young teens & preteens reading adult books, not being careful & VETTING what they read, is the equivalent of leaving them cart Blanche to watch any 15 or 18 film they choose - hardly a good thing to do at this age ?

& I second The Anne a Frank Diaries - DD is reading that now & really enjoying it, had some very in depth discussions as a result, really caught her imagination & she's finding it all very moving.

She's also reading Beautiful Dead (1) by Eden McGuire - shes enjoying that so much that she read half of it last night

EnjoyEverySandwich Mon 16-Sep-13 23:24:32


drnismith Tue 17-Sep-13 07:33:23

Meg Rosoff's new novel Picture Me Gone has a twelve year old girl as narrator, a safe thriller which is touching and brilliantly written.

JumpMagEd Tue 17-Sep-13 10:21:31

Quick - switch on radio. BBC Woman's Hour is talking teen books for girls in a moment.

SugarMouse1 Tue 17-Sep-13 15:19:51

If she is quite an advanced reader-

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre

Edgar Allan Poe short stories


Saturday by Ian McEWan

The Great Gatsby
I know I'm going to get flamed for this but please don't give her Jane austen, they seem really slo, dull and boring at this age and are enough to put people off classics for life, IMO.

marzipanned Tue 17-Sep-13 15:26:41

unlucky you should see if you can convince her to e-publish them. She could always do it under an anonymous name if she felt embarrassed.

SugarMouse I think Austen is quite Marmite, I didn't really enjoy her until I was older but several of my friends really enjoyed at that age. Why would that put her daughter off the classics if she enjoyed reading some of your other recommendations?!
Personally I'd imagine a 13yo finding Saturday more dull - so much of it is tied up in the adult concerns of marriage, work, children, in a way that I would've thought quite inaccessible to a young teenager, but each to their own smile

SugarMouse1 Tue 17-Sep-13 19:13:56


Don't know, hopefully it wouldn't, but it happened to some kids in my class at school after we were made to read Austen- but many classics are much more exciting and appealing to teens- Wuthering heights for example, if you can get past the strong Yorkshire dialect some of its written in

Saturday is quite fast paced and really exciting, I enjoyed it as quite a young adult.

Or Atonement is quite good, the first part is a bit slow moving, that's all, and perhaps slightly adult around the mention of rape, but I think this is okay for a fairly mature 13 year old.

To Kill a Mocking Bird? Although again, the dialect is difficult to nderstand in some parts

chocobox Wed 09-Oct-13 12:07:17

My eldest DD is 12 and loves Rick Riordan’s books and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

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