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Books every teenage girl must read:

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 14:46:46

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IlsaLund Tue 22-Feb-11 15:24:43

How old is she?

If she likes Little Women I'd suggest she reads the rest of the series (Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's boys) and the same for Anne of Green Gables - most of these are available free on Project Guttenberg.

1984 - George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Call of teh Wild - Jack London
Goodnight Mister Tom
Going Home - Michelle Magorian
Flambards trilogy - K M Peyton
Fly by Night - K M Peyton
Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
Diary of Anne Frank

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:32:43

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BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:35:43

All of Austen's

Heda Gabler

Ballet Shoes (because of Petrova)

Tess - before she is too old or she will hate it because it's crap once you're aged 19 or so imho

Lolita - with an open mind

A Clockwork Orange


Dd1 has also read the following recently: The Help / The Road / Madame Bovary / Brideshead Revisited / A Handful Of Dust / 1984 / Lord Of The Flies / Room

Will ask her about others later.

Blackduck Tue 22-Feb-11 15:39:41

The Left Hand of Darkness
The Yellow Wallpaper

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:40:48

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GilbertsGrapes Tue 22-Feb-11 15:41:56

Judy Blume - Forever wink

Of Mice and Men
Handmaids Tale (maybe a little young)
The Yellow Wallpaper
Ballet Shoes
Twins at St Clares (still love those books now!!)

HerBeX Tue 22-Feb-11 15:42:34

Jill Tweedie - In the Name of Love

witchwithallthetrimmings Tue 22-Feb-11 15:44:01

my brilliant career (willa cartha)
south riding (feminism, socialism AND brooding heros whats not to like?)
clash (ellen wilkinson)
the daughters of egalia
Anne veronica (hg wells)

BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:44:25

My two (13 and 15 when they read it) really liked Lord Of The Flies, as did all of the GCSE pupils I've ever done it with. I think it's great!

Yes yes yes to The Yellow Wallpaper.

How about some Douglas Coupland? DD1 quite into him at the moment too.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:44:59

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:48:10

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dittany Tue 22-Feb-11 15:48:33

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BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:49:47

Judy Blume books have really dated though - my dds didn't get on with them at all.

Dd1 read and loved The Handmaid's Tale at 13 and is just about to read Alias Grace (which I can remember absolutely nothing about, so will have to re-read as well!).

Rose Tremain maybe?

I suppose those stupid Kate Atkinson ones are quite teen-friendly too.

BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:50:38

Ooh ooh - Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - dd1 ADORED that and the film is good too!

BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:51:31

And did we say Jane Eyre?

She also liked Great Expectations but that is because she is mad. Hated Wuthering Heights though, so I must be doing soemthing right!

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GilbertsGrapes Tue 22-Feb-11 15:52:06

If not Judy Blume there's always Sweet Valley high grin <Arf>

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:54:56

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 22-Feb-11 15:55:55

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BelligerentGhoul Tue 22-Feb-11 15:57:36

Well I reckon A Clockwork Orange is about as far out of just about anybody's comfort zone as it's possible to get! DD1 hasn't read it yet though.

I think it's important that they get a mix between in comfort zone and out of tbh - sometimes they just need to use reading as a kind of pause button on life and sometimes they need the stimulation of having to work at it a bit.

fatlazymummy Tue 22-Feb-11 15:58:33

Why would you try to make someone read The hobbit? I would never have spoken to my Mum again if she had said I must read it.

HerBeX Tue 22-Feb-11 15:58:37

I'm reading Great Expectations for my RL book group. I too remainn to be convinced

Vanity Fair

HerBeX Tue 22-Feb-11 15:59:10

Have we had What Katy Did? And Little Women?

dittany Tue 22-Feb-11 15:59:25

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