I am looking for book recommendations for my daughter to read. She is 12 years old, year 8 but a very mature and good reader. School have her on the older section books, but the subject matter in my opinion is too mature in a lot of them. I don't mind a bit of appropriate violence where necessary but there seems to be a lot of sexual content in some of the books she wants to read. She has read and loved the Hunger Games, can anyone recommend anything that will stretch her, and that she might enjoy but without all of the sex. Thank you.
There's some great ones that have come out this year that do that - deeper writing, but without going towards themes that are too old. Have a look at Running on the Roof of the World - it's beautifully written, nice fast paced plot too.
My DD has enjoyed 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, 'Ruby in the Smoke' trilogy (sally Lockhart I think), books by Eva Ibbotson (although some of those do have older themes so will need checking), Frances Hardinge books and Agatha Christie' Miss Marple'. She is Y9, but read most of these during the last couple of years.
My daughter age 12 has been really enjoying the series by Michael Scott called the Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel. I think the first of the series is called the Alchemyst. We have the same issue that she's a voracious reader but not ready for more mature content. Also Scarlet and Ivy books by Sophie Cleverley. I've also introduced her to Terry Pratchett (first the Tiffany Aching, then Mort, and any with the witches in).
Would she enjoy the classics - Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre? Thomas Hardy can be quite readable. The Go-between has a little bit of sexual activity glimpsed by the boy, but it's more inferred than described, generally. I used to read Jeffrey Archer as a teenager and from what I remember they were very exciting but not too sexy (hope I'm right about that!).
At that age I started reading Agatha Christie. Dorothy L. Sayers? Other classic whodunnits? Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are wonderful.
Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Dickens? To Kill a Mockingbird.
I think I was in first year of secondary when I read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which I have re-read as an adult (along with its sequels).
The Silver Sword is a book I think we had to read in class at about that time. Not sure how easy it would be to get hold of, but it was a great book.
John Wyndham - Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos, half a dozen others. (Sci fi from the 50s/60s, still very well worth a read.)
South Riding by Winifred Holtby. One of my all-time favourites. I was about a year older when I read that. It was being serialised on ITV at the time. I suppose there are adult themes in it but not in a prurient way.