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thefudgeling Wed 16-Jan-13 14:16:03

Hi all, can anyone recommend some good books for 14 year olds. Preferably with female protagonists although this is not essential.

It's for girls who have not read massively widely and are not hugely fast readers. Books they have read and enjoyed recently are:

Hunger games trilogy
harry potter books
twilight books

Thanks!! smile

lljkk Wed 16-Jan-13 16:27:07

How mature are they? How do you know the 14yo girls?

secretscwirrels Wed 16-Jan-13 16:32:03

I struggle to find male protagonists sometimes for DS!
How about The Secret Apocalypse by James Harden? This was a free kindle book and would appeal to anyone who liked the Hunger Games. Quite an easy read. 16 year old girl is sole survivor of a plague that wipes out the population of Australia but nowhere else. Not much violence and no sex.

booksteensandmagazines Wed 16-Jan-13 16:33:31

Girl Missing series by Sophie Mackenzie
Throne of Glass by SJ Maas
Noughts and Crosses series Malorie Balckman
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy
I have a website which reviews books and magazines for teenagers which may be of help

thefudgeling Thu 17-Jan-13 10:04:49

Thanks books that's excellent, I'll get them to have a look.

They are my twin SDDs, and are very mature in a lot of ways, but with not much life experience, if that makes sense.

titchy Thu 17-Jan-13 10:29:45

Try these - they tend to be series so if they like the first one you can pretty much guarantee that's another two or three they'll read!

Uglies, Scott Westerfield
Maze Runner, James Dashner
Hush Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
IDivergent, VEronica Roth
Eve, Anna Carey
Wish me DEad, Helen Grant

lljkk Thu 17-Jan-13 10:47:20

Can't beat a bit of teen angst: either Paul Zindel or SE Hinton. Any of their books.

chocoluvva Thu 17-Jan-13 11:12:11

Hunger Games.

Perks of being a Teenage Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky.

chocoluvva Thu 17-Jan-13 11:13:28

Sorry - they've read the Hunger Games. blush

booksteensandmagazines Thu 17-Jan-13 13:33:22

fudgeling - yes it does makes sense. Hopefully they'll find a book that interests them. If not, they can always email me directly n the website and I'll try and suggest books to match their interests.

Cooroo Fri 18-Jan-13 09:55:38

Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. Dark and funny,and they get darker as the series progresses. DD and I love them!

HoneyKate Wed 23-Jan-13 16:23:57

Hi fudgeling, my teen DD and I both absolutely loved "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. Honestly, I can't recommend it highly enough, a perfect read for young teens of both sexes. My DD found it inspiring and felt a real affinity with the lead female character.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

It might also be worth asking your DD's school for a recommended reading list. Our school puts them up on its website, one for each year.

thefudgeling Thu 24-Jan-13 11:21:49

Thanks everyone! I think I'll give them a list of all the above and see if they like the look of any. In the meantime I've picked up:

girl, missing - sophie mckenzie
what's up with jodie barton - hayley long
torn - cat clarke
life at the shallow end - helen bailey

from the library. books, or anyone else, read any of those?

booksteensandmagazines Thu 24-Jan-13 12:11:24

Girl Missing - a straightforward read. A girl tries to find her real parents, is an adventure story and a minor romance on the side. The girl is pretty much anti-parent but in the end this comes good. Part of a series. I found that reluctant teen girl readers really like these books

Whats up jody barton is really good but it does have a plot twist which knocks you for six. If I say what it is then it spoils the book but I can say that if you are looking for a strong female protagonist this is not the book to choose.

thefudgeling Fri 25-Jan-13 09:33:05

thanks books. Am intrigued about the plot twist. Do you tihnk it might be particularly distressing for a twin to read?

booksteensandmagazines Fri 25-Jan-13 10:05:48

well - the teenagers in the book are twins - very different twins in terms of character - but the plot twist is not about them being twins (although it does cause problems between them but these are resolved) - but about Jody's sexual leanings and finding peace with that. Sorry a bit cryptic but don't want to spoil things...

thefudgeling Fri 25-Jan-13 13:38:57

Thanks, but why is she not a strong protagonist (if you can say without spoiling)?

booksteensandmagazines Fri 25-Jan-13 14:04:44

It'll give the plot away. Its a great book with a twist - it challenges preconceptions and it doesn't end up being the book you think you started out reading.

thefudgeling Wed 30-Jan-13 11:13:07

Thanks! DSD1 read 6 chapters of girl missing on the afternoon I gave it to her!

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