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Booklist: Clean Reads for Early Teens

July 2nd, 2015 (07:50 am)
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Sophie at Pop Goes the Library requested good clean reads for a thirteen year old girl who had "little interest in clothes, makeup, and, to a lesser degree, boys." As my regular readers know, I live for questions such as these. Here is my response:

MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE
Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar
Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers
My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Tallahassee Higgins by Mary Downing Hahn
Drama by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
Hershey Herself by Cecilia Galante
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss
The Misfits by James Howe
Multiple titles from Scholastic's Candy Apple imprint
Multiple titles from Aladdin's MiX imprint

HISTORY AND CLASSICS
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
White Fang by Jack London
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Lawson
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller

MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy
Various books by John Bellairs

FAMILY DRAMA
The Steps by Rachel Cohn
- Sequel: Two Steps Forward by Rachel Cohn
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Where I'd Like to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell
The Face on the Milk Carton series by Caroline B. Cooney
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
The Maggie Valley Trilogy by Kerry Madden
Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
Homecoming (and the rest of the Tillerman Cycle) by Cynthia Voigt
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
(NOTE: Homecoming and The Rules of Survival are much "heavier" that the other titles listed above.)

IN AND OUT OF CONTROL
Snap by Alison McGhee
Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian
Multiple Choice by Janet Tashjian
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

FIRST CRUSHES
The Wedding Planner's Daughter series by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
- The Wedding Planner's Daughter
- The Cupid Chronicles
- Willa at Heart
- Forget-Me-Not
- Wish I Might
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Note: This is the first in a series of books which follows Alice through middle school and high school, along with prequels which take place in elementary school. Younger readers should stick to the first few books in the series and wait until they themselves are in the appropriate upper grades to read the older books in the series.
Shug by Jenny Han

SUPER SUPERNATURAL SERIES
The OutCast quartet by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
The Uglies books by Scott Westerfeld
The Midnighters trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
The Keys To The Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Since the customer's daughter is an athlete, I would also refer her to my booklist called Hey There, Sports Fan.

Sophie asked specifically about the book Ida B., so I wanted to recommend additional books of a similar nature:

LOSS OF PARENTS
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
With You and Without You by Ann M. Martin
Amalee by Dar Williams
- Sequel: Lights, Camera, Amalee
Pictures of Hollis Wood by Patricia Reilly Griff
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
Pieces of Georgia by Jennifer Bryant
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Related Booklists:
Middle School Must-Haves
If Then for Middle School
Quick Reads and Short Stories
Suggested Sets
Tough Issues for Teens

Comments

Posted by: Deb (debalita)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)

I'm saving this list. My son is in middle school and it's always something on my mind as to what to suggest he read and what not. Thanks!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)

Hey Deb! Yay. :) Did you see the list I made for Jenah's son? Is your son a big reader, a reluctant reader, or somewhere inbetween? Tell me his favorite genre, hobbies, etc and I'll give you more titles!

Posted by: Deb (debalita)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Deb (debalita)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Deb (debalita)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 21st, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
glasses

Thanks for this list! There's quite a few books here I haven't read, and I'll be sure to check them out now.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)

You are welcome. Tell me know which titles you enjoyed!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Can I add another?

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede are fabulous and feature a princess who is not interested in clothes - or anything Princess-like - and runs away to live with dragons. There are four books in the series: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons

Kris
http://paradisefound.homeschooljournal.net/

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Can I add another?

I adore those! Yes, great suggestion. Thank you!

A recommendation in turn: The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Can I add another?

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)

Amandine is by Adele Griffin :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)

Ack! Typo - I meant AMALEE. Thanks.

Posted by: Susan Taylor Brown (susanwrites)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)

Thank you for putting my book on your list!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)

You are welcome!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
books for 6th - 8th graders

I manage the children's department of a large bookstore and am thrilled to have found you! Everyone has to do at least one book report a year on a mystery, and I am contstantly asked for suggestions since we don't have a separate mystery section. I have a series of my own suggestions, but would be thrilled to hear your ideas for 6th, 7th and 8th grade mysteries . . . particularly suggestions for the "reluctant reader". Thanks!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: books for 6th - 8th graders

Hi anonymous soul! Thank you for the compliments. I appreciate the kind words! Let's get you started with the Sleuths and Spies booklist -

http://slayground.livejournal.com/168661.html#cutid1

- and please remind me to post some more for you!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: books for 6th - 8th graders

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 24th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
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Posted at: January 25th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: books for 6th - 8th graders

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Posted at: January 24th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 24th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
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Posted at: January 24th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 24th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 25th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 9th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)

Thanks for mentioning my book THE GIRLS!
All best, Amy Goldman Koss

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 9th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)

Hello, Amy! I am immensely flattered that you stopped by my blog. Thank you so much.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 26th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)

Good call. I have her books on my Fairy Tales Retold booklist.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: CLEAN READS FOR EARLY TEENS

Hi there! Best wishes with your forthcoming release.

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: December 11th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the shout-out, LW!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 11th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)

You are welcome! Well-deserved. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 1st, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
Hi...

You really have huge resources and have lots of followers giving positive feedbacks on it. This thing really encourage me to have a look of it :). Keep it up and more power.

From the Philippines,
Imee
ChooseYourOwnAdventureBooks.org for Kids, Adults and Teachers (http://www.ChooseYourOwnAdventureBooks.org)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 1st, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi...

Thanks!

Posted by: Christie Powell (Christie Powell)
Posted at: October 14th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
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