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Books for 14 yr old dd - PLEASE

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Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 14:08:56

She's read everything - I warn you...

Desperate for ideas.

Had some BRILLIANT suggestions for ds, got them all, and he loved them all.

Now it's her turn.

meditrina Sun 23-Sep-12 14:45:30

Works by Nancy Mitford and Georgette Heyer?

Some of the Golden Age murders?

The Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys) followed immediately by Jane Eyre?

Vanity Fair by Thackeray?

Changing Places and Small World by David Lodge?

And of course everything you got for DS, unless it doesn't match her interests at all.

RueDeWakening Sun 23-Sep-12 14:49:38

Any clues about what she likes?

In the meantime, Anne McCaffrey, terry pratchett, rick Riordan, Phillip Pullman, Neil Gaiman?

bigTillyMint Sun 23-Sep-12 14:51:28

envy Your 14yo DD reads envy Mine has abandonned reading for FB/YouTube/whatever sad

maclover Sun 23-Sep-12 14:53:48

Patrick Ness

visualarts Sun 23-Sep-12 15:00:36

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meditrina Sun 23-Sep-12 15:11:13

Also works of Margaret Drabble?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath?

The Frost in May trilogy by Anthonia White

Warrior Queens by Anthonia Fraser?

Works of PG Wodehouse?

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin?

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 17:45:58

Thank you for ideas, she wouldn't read the "adult" stuff yet (although she has read 2 Jane Austen), that's why it's so hard...

DS' taste is wildly different.

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 17:46:42

And hse wants things written now, not my stuff that I htink she'd like..(although I know she would)

Mummycox Sun 23-Sep-12 17:48:39

A few classic moderns:


Adrian mole

Nancy drew

Little women

greenhill Sun 23-Sep-12 18:05:27

The problem with the earlier Adrian Mole stuff is that your DD won't get the cultural context of a lot of the jokes without an encyclopaedia telling her about the people / places from the 80's. It reads like a period piece IMO.

However for a genuine period piece what about I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith? She wrote 101 Dalmations too, but don't let the Disney version put you off. Sometimes older pieces are easier to get, unlike more recent history.

There are a lot of good suggestions here.

DoverBeach Sun 23-Sep-12 18:09:33

Malorie Blackman, 'Noughts and Crosses' series.

Takver Sun 23-Sep-12 18:13:53

Has she read the 'Uglies' series? I've not read it myself but seen it mentioned on here - sounds a bit like a modern version of that 70s film/book where you get zapped at a certain age.

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 18:20:48

She's read all th eAdrian Mole and the Uglies and all the dystopian novels that were all the rage last year! Bumped etc.

Not keen on Malorie Blackman (don't know why - will suggest she tries again)

She's read all the Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the prairie etc

She wouldn't like Rebecca etc yet - she is intellectually mature but not emotionally, she's got no patience with psychological stuff - part of the problem!

greenhill Sun 23-Sep-12 18:31:03

What about classic SF like Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury short stories?

Short stories are a good way of introducing your DD to literary fiction, as they are normally easy to digest in one sitting, there should be anthologies of short stories at your local library too.

Do you think she'd be frightened by M R James ghost stories?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 23-Sep-12 18:33:23

The Garth nix books, lireal, sabriel, the other one???

Tom sawyer

Terry pratchet?

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 18:35:14

Yep read Garth Nix, won't read Bradbury WHOM I LOVE, might try and get more modern versions as mine are 25 years old with tiny type

slhilly Sun 23-Sep-12 18:38:04

I recommend the fabulous for this!

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 18:38:47

will look, ta

tschiffely Sun 23-Sep-12 18:40:48

Hunger Games trilogy

motherinferior Sun 23-Sep-12 18:41:14

Jane Gardam's Bilgewater. Dodie Smith's 'I capture the castle'. Lord of the Rings. Pratchett (obvs).

VivaLeBeaver Sun 23-Sep-12 18:43:05

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

AViewfromtheFridge Sun 23-Sep-12 18:44:29

Another vote for I Capture the Castle. Jenny Downham, Before I Die? My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece? Cosmic?

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 18:45:14

Read Hunger Games

I love Jane Gardam, I love FILTH

I don't think she'd read her yet.

Lord of the Rings no way, she hates hobbity stuff

Prachett hmmm

Hullygully Sun 23-Sep-12 18:45:28

Read Divergent

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